Seniors and Reverse Adolescence

It’s not unusual for seniors to exhibit a variety of unexpected changes in behaviors as they age. For example, seniors sometimes become difficult or demanding, a sign of their struggle to maintain independence in the face of physical disabilities. They may get snippy or lash out as they struggle to deal with chronic pain and illness.

Pets for Seniors: Care for Older People and Their Pets

There is much scientific and anecdotal evidence to support the health benefits of pet ownership. According to Lynette Hart, Ph.D., studies have demonstrated that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home. Additionally, WebMD reports of one study where people having either a cat or a dog had lo

Grieving for a Loved One Who is Still Living

There are situations that can further complicate our ability to mourn a loss. My heart goes out to all of you who are dealing with the pain of caring about a person who is alive, yet unavailable as a result of psychological or memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s. Perhaps you want to help keep someone you love safe and feel powerle

Tips for Caregiving: Visiting a Person Who is Frail

[caption id="attachment_2318" align="alignright" width="295"] Margo Rose and her friend Mildred[/caption] It can be very awkward knowing what to do during a visit with someone who is in frail condition. I know this from experience since once a week I have been going to see my 98 year old friend Mildred who is blind and recovering fro

The Secret of Senior Mobility and Independence

In 2014, when I flew out to visit old family friends “Ginny and Lars,” I was sad to see Ginny meeting me at the airport in a scooter. Since her diagnosis with a rare auto-immune disorder, she had become reliant on a scooter when walking moderate distances. During my visit with them, walking was always a concern, and if she didn’t

Seniors Caring for Seniors (And Why It’s a Win-Win)

It could be a surprising scene. An adult child visits his mom to see that the caregiver Mom has been raving about is just five or ten years younger than his mother. Although this can be a surprise for adult children taking care of elderly parents, it’s not a surprise for their parents. In fact, it’s frequently a preference! As th

Taking Care of Elderly Parents: Fall Prevention for Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Roughly 20 percent of falls cause serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, and head injuries. Weakened balance, vision, and physical strength affect an elderly person’s ability to stay on his/her

If I Get Dementia

I ran across this list today and thought I’d share it with you. It was written by Rachael Wonderlin, who has her master’s degree in gerontology and works at a dementia care community in North Carolina. It appears on her Dementia By Day blog and was originally published for the Alzheimer’s Reading Room. I thought our readers who ar

Winter Nutrition for Seniors

When the temperature drops, healthy eating can become less of a priority. Keeping a healthy diet in winter can be a challenge, especially if you are an older adult. With age, the body naturally starts to become less efficient in absorbing essential nutrients. Add in wintertime’s decreased activity, and many seniors opt for convenient,

Cold Weather Safety for Seniors

The beauty of winter turns part beast when arctic air, icy conditions, and mounds of snow prove particularly dangerous for older adults. If you are taking care of elderly parents during winter months, we suggest these precautions: Stay warm indoors. A comfortable thermostat setting in winter is 68° to 70° F. Seniors who feel chil