Millions of Americans experience dysphagia – the medical term for difficulties swallowing or eating – and aging adults are more likely to be affected. The U.S. Department of Health suggests that about 15 percent of the elderly population experiences some form of dysphagia. Needless to say, the simple act of eating is anything but for this population. This article discusses ways you can create delicious and nutritious dysphagia-friendly meals.
At some point, everybody’s life has been impacted by a nurse. From birth (or giving birth) to the time you broke your arm in the same game you broke the team record for blocks, or in the twilight hours of your life, a nurse has been there offering care, a listening ear, or a loving embrace. This year, the National Nurses Association has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse.” As we celebrate National Nurses Week on May 6 - 12, let’s take a moment to thank nurses for the lessons they share through their example. Here are five lessons a nurse teaches us about life.
While research on the benefits of protein in battling common diseases continues, one thing is clear — we need protein in our diet. By adding a serving of protein to our menu, we can control weight, improve brain function, control blood pressure and heart function, prevent disease, and build essential muscle mass.
One lifestyle change that can promote healthy aging is maintaining a diet that contains foods linked to improving memory and cognitive functions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds. With this in mind, it’s important that every American takes proactive steps to help combat the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people suffering from dementia will wander. “Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering,” they report. “Even in the early stages of dementia, a person can become disoriented or confused for a period of time.”
If your patient or loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, as the disease progresses, they may begin to wander into busy streets, get lost during severe weather or find themselves in other equally compromising situations. As a caregiver, wandering is one of the most difficult challenges in keeping your patient or loved one safe.
Fortunately, evolving technology in wearable tracking devices provide caregivers assistance in facing this challenge. Wearable devices balance giving your patient or loved one a sense of independence while also keeping them safe.
Most of us don’t want to think about the day when we can no longer take care of ourselves, or when our loved ones can no longer live on their own. But the hard truth is that 70% of us will need some form of long term care once we reach our golden years. This means we may need assistance with daily activities, such as walking, bathing, dressing, eating or using the restroom.
Many individuals wait until they or their loved one needs this care only to find the process challenging to navigate. There are steps you can take now to better prepare yourself should the day come you or loved one needs long term care.
Flu season is especially harsh on people age 65 and older, because they are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. That means caring for an aging loved one with the flu virus can be a complicated and time-consuming process. However, if you or a loved one falls ill from the flu virus, assisted living respite care could be a great option for treatment. Here are some ways you can evaluate if assisted living respite care for the flu is a good option for you and your loved one.
From watching holiday movies while the fireplace casts a warm glow to gathering around the table for good food and laughs, we tend to associate the holidays with positive feelings and heartwarming moments. But for some, the holidays can also trigger unwelcome battles with sadness and depression. Here are a few things to consider if you think your loved one may be experiencing holiday depression.
Long term care communities are a place where the comfort of home and quality care intersect. Every day, professional care providers go beyond their assigned duties to make patients and residents feel at home, as the long term care profession focuses on person-centered care. Rather than dictating strict, hour-to-hour schedules, many skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities embrace choice, or individual preferences, so residents can live freely in a safe and comfortable environment.
Trips to the hospital can be a disrupting experience for aging adults. For assisted living residents, hospitalization may lead to a loss of independence upon return to the community. Fortunately, assisted living staff are committed to safely reducing repeat hospitalizations for residents. Here are six steps you can take to help make a successful care transition from a hospital to an assisted living community.