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Fighting Off Isolation For An Older Loved One

Fighting Off Isolation For An Older Loved One

As we get older, we all become prone to a range of health issues. However, amongst diabetes, heart disease, and the like, one of the most dangerous health issues of all is isolation. Here, we’re going to take a look at how older people are more susceptible to isolation, the devastating effects it can have on their health, and some tips on how to help them fight it.

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Why it matters

Isolation is considered amongst one of the greatest health risks facing the elderly in the modern age. It’s not fearmongering. Health studies have found that isolation has a causal link with an increased risk of premature death. Furthermore, it can seriously damage our quality of life.  Not only can insolation lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. People who are socially isolated after 50% more likely to suffer dementia and other cognitive decline issues. Furthermore, people who are isolated are more at risk of serious impacts from injuries, since they may not have people to check up on them as often as they would, otherwise.

Giving the company you can

Now that you understand the real threat that isolation can pose to their health, what can you do about it? The simplest answer is to offer them companionship. Your time may be limited by other responsibilities but visiting them once or twice a week, getting them out of the house (if they can healthily travel), and making a daily call can help them both get the companionship they need and ensure that they feel loved.

Ensuring the care they need

If you’re worried about an older loved one living together, there are several options. You can invite them to live with you or move in with them, though that would mean becoming their primary caregiver, which is a huge responsibility. Aside from that and helping them find a nursing home, you can consider companion care as an option. This way, they can live in their own home, be surrounded by the things they love, and get professional care, making sure that they meet their daily needs as healthily and safely as possible. Good companion care also includes conversation and companionship, taking care of more than just physical needs.

Helping them branch out

This tip largely depends on the physical independence of your loved one, what’s available in your local area, and how you can help facilitate them. However, there are websites that can help you find all kinds of activity and social groups for older people. Helping your loved one find a peer group that they can spend social time with can help keep them mentally and emotionally younger for longer, ensuring that they have genuine social connections and friendships that can sustain their mental health.

Companionship is a simple answer but, most importantly, it’s the right one. Making sure that your loved one gets the attention and care they need is crucial, and there are ways to ensure that even if you don’t always have the time to provide it yourself.

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Making Plans For The Future of Aging Parents

Nobody wants to think about their parents getting old and potentially suffering from poor health.  We must, however, be prepared for the event that they develop a chronic health problem or increased fragility, because if or when the time comes you may need some extra help. Such decisions need to be shared with the whole family so that everyone knows what to do if the worst happens. Here are some helpful ideas on how to plan for the future of an elderly parent.

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Talk to your parents

It will never be a simple or enjoyable conversation to have, but nevertheless, it is an important one. This concerns your parents, and this is only fair that you speak to your parent(s) about the plans when they are fully in a position to have the conversation. If you have brothers or sisters, do try to include them in the conversation, because everyone needs to be on the same page to prevent any conflict from arising in the future. Things to take into consideration include:

  • Their needs when it comes to future care 
  • Their wishes as they grow older
  • Where they would like to live
  • Their financial situation
  • Any support that they may need now 

How this discussion will pan out depends on your family dynamic, so try to pre-empt any triggers for potential fall out and tension during the conversation. This way, you can have an appropriate response ready beforehand to try to keep the discussion as calm and as productive as possible.

Assess their needs

You may have concerns regarding your parent’s health and wellbeing now. Maybe they have recently lost weight or had a few falls, or began to forget the occasional thing. Maybe their vision and hearing are not quite what it used to be. If this is the case, you need to think about and assess whether they have any urgent needs, such as mobility aids or more specialist care.

Most people will have strong feelings when it comes to their living arrangements when they are older, so it is important to talk to your parents about the options available to them and be sensitive when it comes to it.

Talk about their housing options

While your parents might be lively and able to live an independent life at the moment, they might one day need a little more support. To ensure they enjoy a good quality of life, it is worthwhile talking about their different senior housing options, such as:

For example, a nursing home might be the best option if your mom or dad requires a high level of medical and one-to-one care. Assisted living allows them to retain independence as much as possible. However, in-home care can provide your elderly parents with extra support within the home, such as help with laundry and meal preparation so that they can maintain a reasonable level of independence. 

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STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

By Guest Blogger Chris P.

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS FROM FALLING

Elderly face many physical issues due to lack of strength, an imbalance in their body and due to weakness in their bones. One of the problems caused by these reasons is their falling. It was noted that the in the people of aged 65+ the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries is falling. Falling may cause minute fractures to severe injuries which include broken bone, hip fracture and head injuries that sometimes become a cause of making the old people fearful or depressed and it makes them inactive and lazy due to which their health too is affected. There are certain steps which may prove helpful in keeping the elderly parents from falling. These steps are

1- Simple Steps
The senior citizens can be weak therefore they need support even to walk. Therefore it is beneficial for them to take simple and short steps. Dizziness may be another reason for falling. With age not only the number increases but also the problems that come in one’s life. It should, therefore, be made sure that some senior citizens should not stay alone as their falling can cause serious injury to them.

2- Vision problem
Weak eye sight is another issue which causes falling. Even if they use glasses, they may face vision problem as the short sightedness, and long sighted ness may change with time. It is therefore important to have a regular eye check-up so that the vision does not cause any problem for them.

3- Safety Assessment
There are certain things present at home which may become a source of falling for the elderly such as low light, stairs, and bathrooms. To prevent falling due to these things appropriate measures must be taken. For example, the house should be properly lighted so that they should not face any problem in seeing things, along with that the stairs should have two secure rails as they help in balancing while going up or coming down. Similarly, in case of bathrooms grab bars must be installed near the toilet and in the bath tub or shower. They provide great safety to the older people.

4- Signs that show difficulty in walking
There are certain actions which an elderly may perform proves that he is facing difficulty in walking such as when any senior citizen while walking try to hold the wall, furniture or any other object then it is vague that he is having difficulty in walking properly. These signs refer to that of dementia. In which the person may face issues like memory loss, weak mental ability. It may also occur after a stroke, and the person may feel difficulty in walking without any support. In such cases, the proper and timely medication must be given to them so that their health is improved.

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About Author:
This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: https://www.agespace.org/.