So many bills go up, but retirement income rarely does. If your parents do get a little more from Social Security or interest, it's unlikely it covers the increases they face on bills like property taxes, insurances, prescriptions, and heating fuel/electricity. When they need to cut expenses, what are some of the best ways to help them?
Cut Insurance Rates
Life insurance, car insurance, and homeowner's insurance can all be lowered if you do a few things. Start with life insurance, stop smoking ...
A common concern among older adults and their family caregivers is the possibility that the older adult may develop dementia. Many diseases can be prevented with lifestyle changes that improve overall health. Can the same be said of dementia? Possibly—and the suggested steps for dementia prevention certainly can’t hurt! In fact, they may improve health in other areas and increase the senior’s happiness. Below are some of the step’s experts suggest may reduce the chances of your aging relative getting dementia.
Mobility is a huge part of keeping your senior healthy and vital as she ages. It’s also one of the major considerations if she wants to age in place. But if she’s avoiding being mobile, that can be a sign of bigger issues.
She’s Lost a Good Bit of Muscle
Your senior loses more muscle naturally as she ages. There are ways for her to slow that process down, though. Exercise helps, even if she’s just doing a little bit. Also, if she’s ...
When we think of vaccinations, most of us think of children and babies. However, there are vaccines that people need as adults and even as older adults. Vaccinations help to prevent serious illness and, in some cases, death. Some vaccines that people have as children lose effectiveness with age. And, some vaccines are needed annually. Knowing which vaccines your aging relative needs can help to keep them healthy and protect them from potentially life-threatening illnesses. Below are some of the vaccines ...
Unfortunately, being a caregiver often goes hand in hand with feeling stressed out. There’s a lot involved in the role. Caregivers often feel stretched for time because they work, have children to raise or other family responsibilities, and just need some time for themselves. It’s important that you find a way to relieve caregiver stress because it can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health. If you’re not sure how you can fit stress reducing activities in your ...
Most people have no idea what Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is until it affects a member of their family. CJD is a progressive brain disorder that causes dementia and, ultimately, death. The symptoms of the disease are much like those of other kinds of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. However, the progression of the disease is much faster. Knowing more about the disease is one of the first steps in being a more effective caregiver to someone with CJD.
Overview of CJD
CJD became more ...
Whether you have been a family caregiver for years or are just getting started, one risk you have likely heard a considerable amount about is shingles. Understanding this risk is an important part of protecting their health and well-being as they age in place.
Some things you should know about shingles and the risk it may present to your parent include:
● Approximately 1 out of every 3 people throughout the United States will develop shingles at some point in their life
● There ...
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As if family caregivers didn’t have enough to worry about with their elderly loved one, the idea of healthy meals and snacks should always be a top priority. When aging adults live alone, their eating habits tend to worsen. In many cases, they only like junk food and refuse to eat healthy meals. There are many reasons for this, but no matter what the cause, family caregivers need to come up with a plan to make sure the senior has nutritious ...
Everyone feels anxious now and then, but if your aging loved one is struggling from extreme worry, fear or distress that lasts for longer than a few weeks, they could have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is the persistent and invasive feeling of nervousness and fear that interferes with a person’s daily activities. Anyone who looks after an elderly loved one should spend some time researching the symptoms and treatment for anxiety disorder, so they can recognize when a person needs help.