Millions of elderly Americans have trouble swallowing food and liquids, a condition that’s known as dysphagia. When not properly addressed, a senior’s swallowing impairment can lead to more serious health problems like dehydration, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. If you are currently caring for an aging in place loved one with dysphagia, preparing them some appetizing and nutritious foods that are also easy to swallow can be challenging.
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According to WebMD, roughly half of all men and women in the U.S. over the age of 65 don’t sleep enough. In many cases this lack of sufficient sleep is due to the aging process itself, but other causes include stress, certain medications and chronic pain. Unfortunately, not sleeping enough oftentimes leads to more serious health problems that can threaten a senior’s ability to continue aging in place at home. Here are several reasons why getting sufficient sleep is vitally important for seniors.
Are you currently caring for an elderly parent who squints while watching TV, keeps bumping into stationary objects or constantly trips and falls-down? If so, they may be suffering from vision loss. At some point most seniors start gradually losing their vision because of the aging process itself. But if your mom or dad’s poor vision seems more pronounced, it could be due to an underlying eye condition that can quickly place their health and wellbeing at risk. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to assist an aging parent with vision loss, starting with these.
You’ve been taking care of your aging in place elderly mother for about a year now, and everything was going fine until recently. But now mom’s energy level has decreased noticeably, and she’s stopped participating in many of her favorite activities. Her lack of interest and decreased energy have got you worried, but you’re not sure what to do. Thankfully, helping a lethargic senior regain their “zest for life” is possible when using these tips.
Your aging mother died a few months ago after a long illness, leaving your elderly father alone in the house they once shared. Ever since mom’s death, dad just hasn’t been the same and you suspect he may be suffering from loneliness. He’s not eating right, keeping up his appearance, and has even stopped meeting his friends for morning coffee.
Although it’s not uncommon to get a urinary tract infection (UTI), they can be quite harmful and dangerous for those aged 65-and-above. Complications that are possible when a senior gets a UTI include bloodstream infections (sepsis) and irreversible kidney damage. Many aging in place seniors who are the recipients of in-home care also have dementia, making it hard on a caregiver to determine if they have a UTI in the first place.
We’ve all seen movies with the grouchy old man who’s yelling at the neighborhood kids for being on his lawn. But the sad reality is that millions of aging in place seniors feel unhappy, unwanted and depressed. If you’re currently looking after an elderly loved one who’s always angry and never seems to smile, it can be challenging to “turn their frown upside down”.
One of the biggest challenges when caring for an aging in place elderly loved one is getting them to eat enough. Millions of older Americans experience a loss of appetite that places their health and wellbeing at risk because their body isn’t getting the daily nutrients it needs.
Your elderly mother has gum disease and needs several of her teeth pulled. Many aging in place seniors suffer from poor dentition, resulting in speaking and chewing difficulties that oftentimes place their health and wellbeing at risk. Mom’s dentist suggested dentures to replace the teeth once they’re extracted, but she’s hesitant to do so because of concerns that they’ll be too uncomfortable. What should you do?
Millions of aging in place Americans aged 65-and-over suffer from the degenerative bone disease known as osteoporosis. Unfortunately for many seniors with osteoporosis, enjoying the daily activities they once did has now become a painful and dangerous undertaking.