As the next presidential elections begin to roll around, expect Medicare to become one of the most highly contentious issues debated amongst candidates. From Bernie Sander’s proposal of “Medicare for all” to Donald Trump’s campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Seniors are currently the fastest growing age group in the state of California, and the amount of non-driving seniors is rising too. In fact, their numbers are expected to nearly double to 9 million over the next decade, with many counties in rural and suburban areas that rely on cars to get around. The issue is, what happens when these seniors can no longer drive around? Fatal car crashes rates nearly double every 5 years after the age of 70, with the 85+ age demographic having the highest fatal crash rate of any age demographic.
Topics: Senior Tips
Many times it can be difficult to tell what kind of fruits, vegetables and other foods for seniors are required for proper nutrition. After all, we hear so many different recommendations and opinions from online video bloggers, news channels, and our own friends and family. A good place to start whenever searching for a healthy and nutritious meal for your senior is local farmers markets.
Topics: Brain health food
As more residents take up space in assisted living homes, more administrators are bringing medical care as close to in house as possible.
Topics: Assisted Living
Studies have long shown the benefits that a furry friend can have on an individual, but new reports are showing that seniors can benefit from pets in advanced age as well.
Topics: Senior Tips
Today, more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a figure which experts predict will rise to nearly 14 million by the year 2050. Alzheimer’s is not a disease which merely affects the individual. However, family members and friends alike must learn to cope with the changes the disease brings to their loved one.
Moving into a new environment where you do not know a single person can be intimidating regardless of age. For seniors transitioning into senior living or assisted living facilities, this holds no less true. This move represents a loss of independence and a great emotional turmoil for the senior who has to undergo it.
Topics: Senior Living
Senior flatulence can be more of an issue than people realize. For caregivers, senior flatulence can actually be an occupational hazard. While one can always ignore the smell or pretend you didn’t hear the noise, there is always the possibility that flatulence can indicate a more serious bowel movement or digestive problem.
Topics: Senior Health
Facing end-of-life care options, whether they be for yourself or a loved one, can be a difficult process. After all, there are many factors that go into the picture, such as location, price, amenities, medical needs, socialization, activities and litany of other choices. Oftentimes, it falls to the caregiver to figure out exactly how someone’s end-of-life care will proceed, and usually the process is not so black and white.
Taking care of an aging senior, parent, or spouse can be a powerful and rewarding experience. However, it can also present serious challenges to overcome. Even though we plan as much as possible and have conversations with seniors beforehand, there are always unforeseen circumstances that can force us to make difficult decisions regarding our senior’s wellbeing.