Creating new things is a fun, relaxing way for seniors to spend their time, especially for those with dementia. The great news? Even a weekly art class could have added benefits. Studies over the past two decades found that creating art can improve happiness and encourage speech. Plus, it can even boost cognitive function in parts of the brain affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. This practice is commonly known as art therapy in the senior living and care industry.
As you or your loved one ages, it’s a good idea to research and implement different strategies to make this season of life as fulfilling and joyful as possible. For example, one of the leading causes of mental and physical health decline in seniors is isolation. To combat loneliness, create a plan for transitioning or downsizing homes. Senior living communities help promote healthy aging by providing a safe environment, as well as fostering connection and mental stimulation. To learn more, here are eight specific benefits you can expect from a senior living community.
Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune issue in which the thyroid cannot manufacture enough hormones to maintain healthy function in various parts of the body. This condition targets the endocrine system, which is responsible for hormone production. Still, it can also impact other areas such as the brain, energy levels, metabolism, heart, bone density, skin and bowel movements, to name a few examples.
For seniors facing this particularly unique season, the winter doldrums may seem inevitable. Although the pandemic is still present, days are shorter and temperatures are cooler, there are still proven ways to combat seasonal melancholy. Whether it’s for you or an older loved one, try these eight tips and tricks for beating the winter blues for seniors.
Retirement is an exciting time of life; whether you’re ready to embrace new experiences or take a breather from the chaos of a regular routine, the opportunities are endless and open. Everyone’s experience will be different, but we’ve got a few suggestions on what to do in retirement (and how to plan ahead).
If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia, one of the first troubling symptoms you may notice is a change in communication. Dementia communication shifts can vary from your loved one searching for the correct word to not comprehending fast speech patterns or jumps in conversation.
For caregivers, the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year to participate in carols, cookie baking or decorations. Amid all of this excitement, anxieties and stressors of the day-to-day provider responsibilities remain and sometimes become heightened amid new holiday events or factors. To help avoid the end-of-year-stress, follow our staff’s ten caregiver tips.
You may speak with your aging parent on the phone frequently, but COVID concerns have likely kept you away recently. Hopefully, you have the opportunity to visit this holiday season. Seeing your loved one in person is great for spending quality time, but you can also use it as a chance to assess their overall well-being.
Books for caregivers are an excellent resource when taking care of a loved one. Whether you’re caring for an aging parent or family member with dementia, it can be incredibly challenging, especially when you’re unsure where to start. Educating yourself is an invaluable part of becoming a caregiver. Learning as much as you can about caring for an aging person will help you understand why they’re behaving the way they are—and what you can do about it.
Mental health for seniors can often be neglected. Life gets in the way with children and grandchildren, retiring, downsizing or an increased focus on physical health. As we age, we know it’s more important than ever to take care of our bodies, but we forget our minds. Ironically, many transitions that keep seniors busy—family, life changes, ending your career, moving—can take an even bigger toll on mental health. Alternatively, some seniors may slow down and spend more time alone, resulting in other mental illnesses or general sadness.
As of last year, Johns Creek, Georgia, was named one of Money’s 20 most desirable cities to live in the United States. Located just 40 minutes from the metropolitan bustle of Atlanta, this suburban community is diverse, secure, friendly and active. The proximity to nature trails and recreation parks will entice you to soak in the outdoors—and provide the perfect reason for the grandkids to visit.
If you’ve recently become a caregiver for an aging parent or spouse, it’s important to research and prepare for the new duties of this valuable role. Caregiving responsibilities are often both deeply rewarding and incredibly demanding and may present unexpected challenges along the way. To help prepare for this transition, we’ve collected some of the most common caregiver responsibilities to build into your plan.