Life is full of ups and downs. Each one impacts our mental wellbeing – for better or worse. When we are mentally healthy, life’s challenges may get us down for a period of time, but they are balanced out by positive experiences. When the difficulties of life become overwhelming, however, depression can develop – something
We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, and nothing feels better than enjoying a good laugh with friends. For people who have loved ones with dementia, however, the often challenging nature of the disease can seem like anything but a laughing matter. Still, humor is an essential part of dealing with stressful situations,
The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity for family members to spend quality time with the seniors they love. And, it’s also the ideal time to make sure that the holidays will be just as safe for your senior loved ones as they are celebratory. Since there are a variety of fall risks and other
When a senior we love is having difficulty completing a task, our natural instinct, with the best of intentions, is to step in and take care of it ourselves. But is this really helping the senior – or could it be hindering their senior independence? The truth is, there’s a fine line between ensuring an
Ask a group of people what it means to be social, and the answers will be as varied as each individual: meeting friends at a restaurant each week for lunch, belonging to a club, taking classes. For seniors who find it difficult to leave home, however, socializing could be reduced to sporadic phone calls and
There’s really nothing better than sitting down with family for a hearty, home-cooked meal. Yet for many older adults, particular health concerns can hinder the enjoyment of meals or even the ability to shop for nutritious foods, which in turn leads to malnutrition. Senior HomeCare of Tucson shares tips to overcome some of the most
Family caregivers know firsthand how fulfilling it can be to help their loved ones experience a higher quality of life. Yet they also know that providing care is not without its challenges, and this is particularly true when a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. And with Alzheimer’s, the varied behaviors can
The rewards of providing care for a senior loved one are incredible. Family caregivers share a bond with their loved ones that’s unlike any other, and this deepened connection, combined with the feeling that comes from knowing you’re making a real and lasting difference in someone’s life, provides a sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.
There’s nothing quite as freeing as hopping in the car whenever we please and driving off to whatever destination we choose. That’s why for many older adults, determining that it’s no longer safe to drive can produce feelings of great loss. Yet with effects of aging such as reduced vision, slowed reaction time, side effects
“I just had my glasses on a moment ago…where could they have gone?” “Is today Tuesday, or Friday?” “Have I taken my medications yet this morning?” For older adults, questions like these can arise on a daily basis, and can raise concerns with family members about whether such memory lapses are simply part of growing
The relationships we have with our siblings are unlike any other, and typically are the longest lasting relationships we’ll enjoy throughout our lifetime. Though we may have fought like cats and dogs as children, many siblings find that, in adulthood, they’ve formed strong friendships. Yet regardless of the bond you may have with your siblings
Think through some of the little everyday tasks you’ve taken care of today without giving them a second thought: making the beds, running to the grocery store, stopping for coffee with a friend, preparing dinner. Now imagine no longer being able to accomplish these things independently, and the feelings of fear and frustration you’d experience.
We all look forward to the chance to spend extended, quality time with those we love over the holidays. And while the festive meals, bright decorations, gifts and laughter are vital components of family holiday celebrations, there’s another key aspect to be sure to include in your visiting: assessing older loved ones for any changes
The latest information from the Administration on Aging indicates that about 13.3 million people 65 and older (29%) live alone. Almost half (46%) of all women ages 75 and older live by themselves. What’s worrisome is that, as people get older and more vulnerable, their odds of living alone increase. Senior isolation can have many