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.
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.
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.
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.
Ranking right up there with losing their freedom and independence, one of the biggest fears that aging in place older Americans face is suffering a stroke. Thousands of seniors suffer strokes every year, making it the leading cause of permanent disabilities in the elderly population.
Millions of aging in place elderly Americans don’t get the daily nutrition they need. Although people over the age of 65 don’t require the same amount of energy they used to, their bodies still need essential nutrients like fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates to keep them active and independent.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, over 1.5 million Americans have the disease, with another 60,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Most commonly found in those aged 65-and-over, Parkinson’s can be a major game-changer when it comes to a senior’s ability to continue aging in place at home.
Many aging in place elderly Americans don’t get the exercise or social interaction they need during colder winter months. If you’re serving as a caregiver for an older loved one, getting them outdoors once spring arrives is vitally important for their continued mental health and wellbeing. Fortunately, there are several creative ways to get a senior outside in the spring, starting with these.