• What You Need to Know About Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundown syndrome, also known as “sundowning”, affects some people who have Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Sundowner's syndrome results in various behavioral changes in elderly people just before it gets dark outside. It is not known what causes this syndrome, but there are things caregivers can do to help their loved one.

    Aggravating Factors

  • Considering Options for Long-Term Care of Alzheimers

    If you are caring for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, it's important to think about long-term care options. Consider the following options for long-term care of Alzheimer’s:

     

  • Learning About Vaccines for Seniors

    Vaccines work to prevent a variety of potentially deadly diseases. However, many seniors are not up-to-date on vaccines and may require boosters to stay protected.

    Are all of your vaccinations current? If you are over age 65, there is a good chance that several of your vaccines require boosters. Being current on your vaccinations helps to prevent many serious diseases and infections, such as measles, tetanus, and mumps.

    What is in a Vaccine?

  • Senior Longevity: Do-It-Yourself Health Testing

    There are tests that seniors can do at home to get a better idea about their current health. Do-it-yourself health testing can help you monitor how lifestyle changes are affecting you.

    It is important for seniors to constantly re-evaluate their health and be able to track certain things, since this helps you decide when you need to see a doctor. Things like strength, balance, and heart rate are all indicators that your health is either staying steady or declining. There are some do-it-yourself tests that you can do at home to learn more about your general health.

  • Nutrition Advice for Older Adults

    As people age, their nutritional needs often change. Because of this, it is very important that they get the nutrients they require for optimal health.    

    With aging comes changes that can affect your dietary needs, as well as how the body digests and uses food. This means that you may need to adjust your diet to ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need. It is important to understand the changes so that you can prepare for them.

    Age-Related Changes that Affect Nutrition

  • Ensure Healthy Aging with the Right Exercise Essentials

    It is important for seniors to exercise regularly to help promote optimal strength, balance, and health. However, there are things to consider to help ensure safety.   

    Regular exercise is an important part of healthy aging, but seniors need to make sure they are getting the right kind of exercise. Many older adults are not able to perform vigorous exercise anymore. Fortunately, getting the right mixture of activities will help to improve cardiovascular health, bone and joint health, and your overall well-being.

    Cardiovascular Exercise

  • Medication Administration Concerns for Older Adults

    When it comes to the health of older adults, there are a few special concerns when it comes to seniors taking their medications safely and per doctor's orders.

    The majority of Americans aged 65 and older take prescription medications on a daily basis. Taking these exactly as prescribed is critical for overall health. Taking them incorrectly can be dangerous. It is important to organize medications and have a system in place to make sure all medication is taken on a regular schedule.

    Missed Doses

  • Things to Talk About with Your Spouse Before You Retire

    Your finances, lifestyle, health care, and long-term care needs are all things to talk about with your spouse before you retire.

    Does your spouse or significant other share your retirement vision? While many people retire at age 65, you might be unable to retire at this age due to savings, expenses, or other concerns. When to retire, finances, lifestyle, health care needs, and long-term care needs should be part of your discussion with your spouse before you retire.

    Finances

  • Assisted Living Placement Services

    Although choosing an assisted living facility for your aging loved one may seem quite difficult, assisted living placement services can help make this decision easier. An experienced senior placement service can help families find the most appropriate long-term living option for their loved one.

  • Programs and Services for Family Caregivers of Veterans

    Taking care of a veteran requires strength and commitment. Since many veterans continue to suffer from flashbacks and PTSD, it’s also important for a family caregiver to be patient and understanding. However, without help managing responsibilities, a caregiver may experience stress, anxiety, depression, and negative effects on his or her personal health.