July 19, 2019

How to Ask for Help in Your Golden Years

Filed under: Aging,Aging in Place,Home Health Care,Seniors — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:49 pm

How to Ask for Help in Your Golden YearsBy Anica Oaks

You may have heard the saying, “Grow old gracefully,” but there are many changes that occur as you move beyond middle age and into your golden years. Your 60s, 70s and beyond will be filled with various psychological and physical changes and challenges. Asking for help can make you feel weak, but you aren’t. It’s a sign of strength and self-awareness to recognize when you can no longer do something on your own.

Understand How Age Changes Things

You were probably taught from an early age that it’s important to be independent. Asking for help can make us feel like we’ve failed somehow, and you may worry that you’ll look weak and be a burden to your loved ones.

Getting older comes with some inevitable changes, and it’s important to accept these facts rather than try to go against them. Your health may decline, or you might have to live with a health condition like arthritis. You may also be dealing with feelings of loneliness and isolation now that your children are grown. If you are widowed, then facing the rest of your life by yourself can trigger deep feelings of sadness that may turn into depression.

Recognize What You Need

Are you physically struggling to get around like you used to? Maybe going up the stairs is too painful or strenuous now. Perhaps you have emotional needs that aren’t being met, but you don’t want to bother people by calling them up just to talk.

Maybe you notice some health symptoms that weren’t there before; do you have frequent chest pains, feel dizzy or have become more forgetful than you used to be? It’s natural to want to ignore these things and write them off, but getting help early can make you happier and protect your well-being.

Finding the Right Resources

The last thing you may want to do is move into a care home, but they are not all like hospitals or filled with sick seniors. Instead, there are many retirement villages and facilities that offer round-the-clock assistance while still giving you plenty of space and independence.

For those who do not have any close family or friends they can reach out to, exploring elderly home care options can make you feel empowered and give you the help you need. Make sure that you are vocal about everything that’s bothering you; it’s possible for loneliness, sadness and even fear of the future to make us come off as cold and distant.

Don’t allow yourself to become closed off from the world. As you progress through the next stage of your life, be open to asking for help, receiving love and being in the presence of others as much as you can.

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July 17, 2019

A Guide to Treating Chronic Pain for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:17 pm

Chronic Pain for SeniorsBy Lizzie Weakley

Your chronic pain condition doesn’t need to run your entire life. Try these tips to find relief and enjoy more of your daily activities.

Get More Exercise

Regular exercise will strengthen your muscles and keep your body in a better overall condition. Even a small amount of movement each day will help you manage your pain.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with simple stretches and a daily walk. Consider enrolling in an exercise class geared toward seniors. Your health care professional will be able to recommend specific exercises that strengthen the area where you experience the most pain.

Look for Natural Alternatives

NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin are good to use in a pinch, but they can have complicated effects with other medications. Extended use of NSAIDs can also result in stomach problems in the long term.

Look for natural forms of pain relief like herbal teas, heating pads, and ice packs. Cold should be used to ease immediate pain, and heat should be used to loosen muscles. You can also try acupuncture, massage, and other treatments to find relaxation.

Seek Regular Treatment

You aren’t expected to manage your pain alone. Many different chronic pain services are available to help you find a long-term solution. Start by talking to your doctor about the options available to you. You might also want to visit a specialist related to your condition.

Don’t let yourself go without treatment. Some cases of pain are truly chronic, but others can be solved with medical care. Pain doesn’t always stem from an obvious source; only a doctor can identify and treat the actual cause of your discomfort.

Get Plenty of Sleep

A full night’s sleep has been shown to significantly increase your tolerance to pain. Adding two hours of sleep to your current schedule could increase your tolerance by as much as 25%.

As a senior, getting enough sleep isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Your chronic pain might even keep you from falling asleep at night. Clear your schedule so that you can sleep in a little later in the morning. You might also consider taking naps in the middle of the day. You’ll feel significantly better when you wake up.

Many seniors only sleep 4-6 hours a day. For pain management, try to average 8 hours; shoot for 10 if your pain is bothering you. If you continually deal with insomnia, your doctor may be able to prescribe a sleep aid to assist you.

There’s no single solution for the management of chronic pain. Your pain specialist may recommend several different treatments; try each option, and stick with the ones that work best for you.

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July 5, 2019

Best Recreation Spots And Activities for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Entertainment,Senior Activities,Seniors Recreation — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 9:22 am

By Michael Feldman

Do you think your ideas of keeping your elderly family members are lacking the spark? Or you are a senior person yourself and you are on the lookout for ideas to stay happy and engaged. If you are nodding your head in a Yes, you must not stop here and keep reading ahead to get your hands on some amazing ideas for the best recreation spots for senior family members.

Our elder citizens need our love and time the most since they are stuck at home and have little to do with recreation. If you are caught up in your daily routine and cannot spare some time to spend with them, then you should check out these recreation spots and ideas to ensure that they have a good time while you are busy elsewhere.4 senior women

Here is a list of top out-of-the-box ideas that you can pick every time you want to do something special for your elderly loved ones:

  1. Wine Tasting
  2. Mini Golf
  3. Gardening
  4. Arts and Crafts Work
  5. Karaoke
  6. Trivia Night
  7. Family Movie Date
  8. Senior Exercise
  9. Sauna Bathing
  10. Bird Watching
  11. Amusement Park
  12. Storytelling Groups
  13. Pet Care Training
  14. Charity Walks
  15. Swimming
  16. Massage Date
  17. Cooking Competition

Wine Tasting

Your beloved parent or grandparent has spent his/her lifetime drinking wine and they can definitely tell a classic wine from an ordinary one. Plan a wine tasting session and see what are some of the best choices you can stock at home for regular usage as well as for special events. Add a little twist to the wine tasting session and gift them the one they like the most.

Mini Golf

You really want your grandpa to re-live his golf playing joyous moments from his youth but the golf parks are far away to be his routine. Snap! Bring mini golf to your home garden. Keep them healthy and involved with a sense of appreciation to green elements.

Gardening 

Bring a lot of new greens to your home, regardless you have a decent landscape area or not. Remember to choose easy-to-manage vegetables and fruits to grow at home, and always offer to help them keep the plants alive. Connection with Mother Nature and seeing the fruitful results of their gardening skills is a fulfilling idea. Later, also arrange a special dinner date with the home-grown vegetables or fruits.Gardening with Seniors

Arts and Crafts Work 

Bring easy-to-manage artwork for their activities at home or enroll them in group activities. Let them flow with whatever they want to paint or decorate, let the artist come out and shine. Keep collecting these masterpieces and then also arrange an exhibition on the family reunion day. For everything they make, show a lot of appreciation to keep them happy and stay connected to ask what they are making next.Arts and Crafts with Seniors

Karaoke 

Elders with a mobility issue or health restraints need activities which require less physical effort. So, sit with them and let them sing their hearts out. Join them by arranging a Karaoke night with neighbors or family members. Join them to listen to the best numbers from their times; enjoy a merger of modern and ancient music tastes in one single night.

Trivia Night 

Family gatherings are always the best source of recreation. Make it a habit; let your children see what you do with your parents or grandparents and they will learn how you expect to be honored when you are old. Trivia night are an engaging and entertaining piece of activity where the whole family gets a chance to spend a quality night together. Let the elderly people test you and benefit you with their knowledge.

Family Movie Date 

Elderly family members often wish to be part of your active social routine, not just being limited to the activities they can perform on their own. They want to feel young and cherish family moments. Gather everyone and take them out for a movie date. Make sure the sofas are comfy and you get them a good glass of beer along with a good bunch of fellows.

Senior Exercise

Importance of staying active for the elderly can hardly be overstated. But at times, they just don’t feel like getting out of their comfort zone or some physical discomfort may be inclining them to stay glued to their chair. Chairs! No worries go for some on-chair exercises. You will get a lot of ideas from online videos. Grab a handful of relevant videos and when they wish to remain in their comfy chairs, let them be.Exercise with Seniors

Sauna Bathing 

Want an exotic recreational activity for your grandparents or parents but have no time to plan anything out of the place? Boom! Get a hot tub at home or take them to a sauna where they can rejuvenate. Hot baths are not just an exotic experience, they come with so many health benefits as well. So you can have dual benefits in one source of joy.

Bird Watching 

Appreciate their love for nature and arrange some bird watching trip. Get your children to join along and make sure they get a fair chance to appreciate the Mother Nature for those beautiful creatures. Let the old and young enjoy the masterly flights of birds in the open air or take them to an aviary to see some creatures they have never seen up close.

Amusement Park 

Who says amusement parks are only for children? Take elderly fellows to amusement parks and amuse them with technological advancement. Let their inner child feel comfortable to enjoy some special treatment. Serve their favorite flavor of ice-cream they were fond of since childhood. Recreate the best childhood memories you have with them when they took you out to these amusement parks.

Storytelling Groups 

Our elderly people have had their fair share of life experiences and learnings. They could be a great source of learning and mentorship to our children based on these lifelong lessons. Plan group activities for them to share their life stories with others.

Pet Care Training 

Pets are the most loyal partners when it comes to staying with elderly family members. They take care of each other given they have proper training and communication. Get both partners into training of better living. After all they spend most part of the day together, it’s important for a healthy relationship.

Charity Walks

Elderly often miss being socially active and being a reason for improving the lives of others. Take them to charity causes; let them be a part of the social and noble causes for the sake of humanity. This brings back their sense of responsibility and gives them a chance to see their contribution in this world.

Swimming 

The community pool is yet another source of networking as well as a healthy leisure activity for our home-stuck elders. Put them into learning classes and let them get the benefit of both social and healthy lifestyle. Where swimming is considered a joyous activity, it comes with known health benefits for arthritis or blood pressure patients.

Massage Date

Don’t feel like exerting any effort into physical activities because you had a tough week at work, get a massage and take your grandpa or grandma along with you. Spa massages are the most relaxing and soothing recreational treats one can get (or two can get). Take a drink along and enjoy your spa talk with an invigorating spa experience.

Cooking Competition

Loving families are the ones who cook together not just eat together. It helps you to work on your family bond and teamwork alongside. A happy date idea is a family cooking together; get your tailgate grill and set out for an outdoor BBQ, what a treat it would be!

Make teams and let the elderly ones be the judge to decide who won this year’s family cooking competition. If they don’t feel like just sitting and tasting at the end, bring them in your team of cooks as head chef.

By now, you must be planning your next family day to fit in one of these recreational activities to rekindle the family spirit. Bring the best of the leisure time for them to feel the connection and family bond. Let them know they are special and you are there when they need someone to lift them up from their boring lifestyle. If so, here is what you must consider:

  1. Take their input, at the end of the day you want to make them happy so ask them what they feel like doing.
  2. Plan ahead of the day and make sure you stick to it.
  3. Do not rush activities, they have been waiting, so make sure it is worth it. Spare some time at the end as well; do not make them feel that you are in a hurry to get done with it.
  4. Make sure their health and enjoyment go side by side, focusing on just one side will not serve the purpose.
  5. Have expert advice, always make sure you consult with their physician before putting them into any sort of physical activities.
  6. Take their feedback before planning the next one. Happy Seniors

So what are you waiting for? Start jotting down the to-do list for your next elderly day out or at-home recreational sessions. If you have some other ideas to share, please share as a comment with others who are on the lookout for ideas.

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June 24, 2019

4 Options to Keep Aging Teeth Healthy

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 10:21 am

Seniors Dental Care

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

It used to be an accepted part of life that people would need dentures when they reached a certain age. However, dentures are no longer inevitable today. Taking proper care of your teeth can keep them in good shape for many years to come. If you want to maintain a full set of pearly whites as you age, here are four options to keep your teeth in your mouth and off the nightstand.

Orthodontics

Braces aren’t just for teenagers anymore. If you missed out on straightening your teeth as a child or have teeth that have relapsed from previous treatment, orthodontic treatment can align your teeth and improve your bite. Teeth that are straight and aligned last much longer than teeth with crowding, which makes it difficult to clean them thoroughly, or malocclusions that cause wear and tear on the tooth’s surface.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth often lead to more missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, the jawbone becomes weaker and surrounding teeth begin to loosen and shift. Protect the rest of your teeth by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Implants can even be installed on teeth that have been missing for years. Unlike dentures, implants replace the tooth down to the root, which strengthens the jaw and helps to keep existing teeth in place.

Root Canals and Crowns

A damaged or abscessed tooth doesn’t automatically mean an extraction. Many teeth can be saved with root canal treatment and a crown. It might be tempting to save money in the short term by having a tooth pulled instead of getting a root canal, but that savings today will cost you in the future when the surrounding teeth begin to loosen.

Periodontal Care

Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss. If you want to keep your natural teeth, it’s important to stay on top of gum care. Twice-yearly cleanings are essential for keeping your gums healthy, but sometimes aging and illness can cause periodontal disease despite good care. Prompt treatment, such as a gum graft or laser treatment, from a gum specialist called a periodontist can save your gums and your teeth.

Although these four options can help keep your aging teeth healthy and prevent tooth loss, regular visits to your dentist are the most important factor in keeping your teeth healthy at any age. Make an appointment today to get a cleaning and checkup and to learn more about retaining your smile into your golden years.

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June 10, 2019

Vacationing with an Elderly Parent: Options

Filed under: Aging,Senior Housing,Senior Travel,Seniors — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 11:58 am

market streetAs a caregiver of an elderly parent, getting away is a must. But it can also be very difficult. It can be even more difficult if you don’t have a backup plan to help when you are away.

If you’ve decided to book a vacation that includes your elderly or cognitively impaired parent, make the most of it. You want to make great memories with your parent, but also want your vacation to be relaxing and memorable for yourself and your family. The answer is to plan very carefully and look at a few options.

You will need to plan and pack meticulously.

  • Make sure that you have medical clearance
  • Pack medication and any necessary paperwork
  • Make driving comfortable
  • Plan frequent breaks during travel and while vacationing
  • Relax and enjoy time together

For additional relaxation and downtime, you may want to consider hiring a caregiver to travel with you – which could be very costly. Another option would be to find a destination that provides secure vacation and temporary accommodations for your elderly or cognitively impaired parent.

Market Street at East Lake is in beautiful Tarpon Springs, Florida which is a vacation destination! Market Street at East Lake offers limited vacation stays in a resort-style setting with chef prepared meals, private label wine and fully furnished suites in an assisted living and memory care facility for your loved one.

While your loved one is in a safe and secure environment, you can enjoy the aspects of your vacation that you, as a caregiver, need in order to recharge and energize. If you choose a destination with a facility as accommodating as Market Street at East Lake in Tarpon Springs, you have the option to drop by and pick up your loved one for a pool day or dinner. It could be the perfect solution that you have been looking for.

Come and see what Market Street of East Lake has to offer your loved one.

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May 23, 2019

Why Dental Implants are More Practical and Affordable for Seniors

Filed under: Aging,Healthcare,Seniors Health — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 10:41 am

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

dental implants for seniorsHealthy teeth are a vital part of our overall health. They allow us to eat comfortably and help to reduce the chances of secondary infections from dental problems. As we grow older, though, it may not be possible to maintain our original teeth. Decay or damage can simply be too extensive, and it becomes time to talk about other options for improving your oral health. One choice that is growing in popularity is dental implants. If you have teeth missing or in very poor condition, there are several reasons why you may find that implants are a good choice for you.

You Replace Only The Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is rarely organized. You may lose one on the upper right, one on the lower left, and one in the front, or any other random order. Bridges, partials, and dentures require larger openings for insertion, but dental implants can take the place of a single tooth. If an adjacent tooth needs to come out later, it is no more complicated to add another implant. Other dental options require a totally new appliance for the expanded space.

You Won’t Lose Them

This goes for loss from inside your mouth and out. One of the greatest inconveniences and fears of dentures is that they will come out of your mouth when you are speaking or eating. All on 4 dental implants are permanently attached, with no concerns about adhesives. And because they don’t come out at night, you won’t worry about dropping them, getting them dirty, or leaving them in a hotel room.

They Are Easier to Care For

Dentures require a container for cleaning and a seemingly endless stream of tablets. They take up space on the bathroom countertop and provide an unpleasant intrusion when you are a guest. Dental implants are brushed and cared for just like natural teeth, reducing the expense, mess, and space associated with caring for your teeth.

They Will Last Longer

Typically, dentures only last five to eight years, while dental implants can potentially stretch out as long as 15 years with proper care and with gentle use. Using dentures can mean additional time at the dentist on a more frequent basis, as well as the expense of purchasing new appliances more frequently.

Having healthy teeth is an important part of your overall health, especially as you enter your senior years. However, the effects of time and life can leave your teeth in poor condition and in need of removal. At that point, you have a choice between traditional options like dentures and bridges, and more permanent solutions like dental implants. Over time, implants are less expensive and more practical.

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February 15, 2019

Age Keeping You from Your Hobbies? 4 Leisurely Alternatives to Fill the Void

Filed under: Aging,Memory Care,Seniors Health — seniorlivingguide @ 1:34 pm

Courtesy of Lizzie Weakley

Often, aging individuals can find it challenging to maintain their hobbies they once enjoyed. This can often leave an empty space in their lives that they aren’t exactly sure how to fill. Sometimes, it can even lead to social withdrawal or a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, it is important to stay active and engaged in activities you love as you get older. While you may not be able to participate in rigorous physical activities that you enjoyed when you were younger, there are still many fun and leisurely hobbies you can take up. The following information provides some helpful tips about pastimes you can begin at almost any age: 

Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles and games are a great way to keep your memory sharp. Many people believe that they can even help to improve your cognitive abilities and prevent memory loss. Therefore, these make great activities for the elderly. Planning a game night with your friends and family is also a great way to engage with others and become more social. Planning a game night can be relatively simple. To start off, you should research some of the most popular games that your guests are likely to enjoy and then purchase a few. You can also prepare snacks or a nice dinner to make your guests feel right at home. 

Arts and Crafts 
Arts and crafts are also another great option that can be taken up at nearly any age. If you are a creative person and enjoy making things, this could be something you can explore. You can learn how to paint, draw, sculpt, or take up photography. You can also make your own DIY projects and crafts, such as wreaths, flower arrangements, jewelry, pressed flowers, scrapbooks, and birdhouses. 

Sewing 
In addition, if you are interested in sewing, there are many options to pursue, such as knitting and crocheting. You can knit blankets, scarves, or socks and even take up quilting. If you are interested in making your own clothing, this can also be a great way to pass the time. There are so many options when it comes to sewing, and learning these new skills can help you to make things for yourself or even gifts for your friends and family that they can appreciate for many years to come! 

Coin Collecting 
Coin collecting can be a very rewarding and engaging activity. It can allow you to potentially make money in the future if you are able to hold onto your coins while they increase in value. Not only this, but collecting coins helps you to gain a deeper appreciation for history and culture. If it is something that interests you, you may want to visit some of your local silver coin shops to learn more about the hobby. 

Overall, you shouldn’t let aging hold you back from finding new activities that you enjoy. Hobbies can help to bring a lot of fulfillment into your life and they can make a great way to pass the time on slow and boring days. You just need to find what you enjoy and turn it into a hobby or skill that you can develop!

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