Huge improvements in medicine and surgical techniques have enabled many people to live much longer than was previously possible. However, living longer increases the chances of needing some assistance with everyday tasks; this can apply whether your aging relative is simply struggling to cope or has any number of ailments affecting their ability to look after themselves.
The New York Times suggests that given the need that seniors have for human contact, this can nevertheless be fulfilled by other modern technology. Thankfully someone writing to the editor has pointed out the importance of human contact.
That is easy to say but can mean real challenges for whoever will provide that contact. The infographic below highlights the challenges and is a worthwhile read for anyone who is a caregiver or who needs a caregiver. Continue reading “The challenges that caregivers face”
Caring for an older relative can be hard work – and one of the hardest parts is often trying to ensure they’ve eaten enough, or eaten the right foods. A good start to solving this problem is to figure out just exactly why they aren’t eating properly – there are lots of potential reasons for it, and narrowing it down can help you target the source of the issue. Here are ten reasons seniors sometimes don’t eat properly: Continue reading “10 reasons why seniors sometimes don’t eat properly”
News coverage of Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” – seems relentless, but many people still have difficulty figuring out exactly how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect them personally. This is especially true for Medicare beneficiaries. There is plenty of misinformation and confusion as to what parts of the ACA apply to Medicare beneficiaries and how this government program will change under the new law.
When one of your parents or grandparents reaches the age where living alone is difficult and even dangerous, it is time for them to move into an assisted living center or a nursing home. This is done because the care that they get there can help them in many ways, but they may be resistive to the idea anyway. A lot of this stems from the fact that they just do not like the shift to a new setting, out of the home that they have loved for years. Even if they are moving into very comfortable accommodation like the Barlavington Manor residential care home center, they still might need some help adjusting to the new living situation. There are a few key ways in which you can assist them. Continue reading “Helping Seniors Adjust to New Settings”
Being stuck in bed is no-one’s idea of fun and can in fact be very damaging to your self-esteem, never mind to your fitness, your relationships and your career.
But being bed ridden does have upsides and if you’re going to survive the experience you need to focus on these rather than the negatives. In particular, being stuck in bed gives you time which you can then use to accomplish a whole range of things and to develop yourself in a variety of ways. Read on and we’ll look at some of the most productive and effective ways you can spend your time stuck in bed. Continue reading “Some Productive Ways To Spend Your Time When You’re Bed Bound”
Dissatisfaction with working conditions and the government’s perceived undervaluing of their services has led many nurses to desert the profession, contributing to a skills shortage that, according to Health Workforce Australia, will only worsen over the next five years. Continue reading “More Nurses Needed To Treat Aging Australians”