Who Will Care for YOU?

As a social worker for a company providing community based home care services, I see firsthand the needs of the elderly who want to remain living as independently as possible in their own homes and apartments. Their needs often include routine weekly housekeeping, meal prep or home delivered meals, assistance with laundry, transportatio

National Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day®

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcXTYDmC2SI[/embed] Walk, stretch, dance and celebrate. Americans of all ages and fitness levels are invited to join in National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Moving Day® events to raise awareness and funds to fight Parkinson’s disease. An estimated 1 million people in the United States and up t

Healthy Food Shopping for Senior Adults

Serving size. Calories. Total fat. The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month® is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” a reminder that every bite counts toward a balanced diet. Adopting good nutrition often starts in the grocery store aisle. The following can help the adult children taking care of elderly parents to ensure elder

Is There Such a Thing as a “Safe Discharge Plan”?

A typical scenario is that an elderly person takes a fall at home. Whether or not there are resulting fractures, the family and/or physician is afraid to discharge the person back home because now, since having had a fall, the person is deemed unsafe at home. Next, many times without consulting the person involved, the family is off in

Dementia Care and Running Interference

Throughout her writing, caregiving expert Harriet Hodgson details her journey caring for her mother with memory disease. In her book “Alzheimer’s: Finding the Words,” excerpted here, she shares about needing to run interference for her mother, even when her mother lived in assisted living.   At least two out of three pe

Ambiguous Losses Come with Caregiving

I was my mother’s caregiver for nine years, my twin grandchildren’s guardian/caregiver for seven years, and am my disabled husband’s caregiver now. I’ve had this role for two years and there are more years to come. As time passed, I became aware of the losses associated with caregiving. These are ambiguous losses—painful losse

Aging in Place: Making Your Home Work for You

As we get older, many of our homes no longer work as well for us.  But most of us want to remain in the homes we love. Fortunately, there are many solutions.  There are trained experts in home modification all over the country.  There are many new tools to specifically address the issues of aging. Home Advisor has joined with t

9 Ways for Seniors to Get Involved!

Millions of aging Americans are reticent to give up on activities just because of their years on the calendar. Their refusal to fade into the sunset is spawning a number of clubs and groups across the country and all while protecting their health and longevity. Social engagement and meaningful activities for seniors help stave off mo

4 Parkinson’s Caregiving Insights

Nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, the nervous system disorder that disrupts body movement. Each year, more than 50,000 people in the country are diagnosed with the progressive motor condition that mainly affects older adults but can occur at any age. Parkinson’s disease gradually attacks nerve cells

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month to help Americans unite in the fight against this chronic brain condition that progressively affects thinking, memory, and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with mental decline seve