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Caring for aging parents is a concern for many people. Parents may live alone, be in failing health or have infirmities that make caring for themselves difficult or impossible. Though assisted living and other facilities have grown in popularity, many elders prefer to age in their own homes. Home health care can be the perfect solution for these seniors.
When Aging Parents Need Help
Signs that an aging parent is having trouble living on his own include difficulty walking or maintaining balance, a smell of urine in the house, a decline in grooming habits, body odor, clutter in the house, stacks of unopened mail, weight loss, missing important appointments and forgetfulness. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is an important event that that your aging parent will require increasing assistance in the future. Any significant medical condition may mean that your elderly parent may need help at home.
Availability of Family
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When my mother came to visit, I noticed that she wasn’t moving around like she used to. It took her longer to walk up and down the steps and I also noticed that she does things in consistent routine. She doesn’t remember alot and she’s become extremely sensitive about certain things. Now, don’t get me wrong, she’s still MY MAMA, but she’s not the same. Although mom is only 58, I’m realizing that she’s getting older and I’m concerned that she’ll need help getting around.
What are some warning signs that your parents are getting older? Maybe these tips will help out:
Change in eating habits/weight loss
As people age they may lose interest in cooking, especially if they live alone. My mom, who used to cook a four-course meal every night, is now happy with a frozen dinner or take out. In addition, loss of taste or diminished energy…
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Senior citizens play a very important role in our lives. One look in their eyes can tell a million stories as to how they survived the great depression, slavery, holocaust, war, losing parents at a young age and having to step up to the plate and rear younger siblings; dropping out of school at a very young age to help support the family, and taking any job they could to make ends meet.
So why don’t we support them better than we are doing? Why are they still struggling to pay for medication, food, room, and board? Why can’t senior citizens be taken care of the way they took care of us? Senior citizens have more than paid their debt in blood, sweat, and tears to society.
When my husband and I go grocery shopping at Aldi’s, normally our basket is full, but at as I look over to either…
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Tuesday, April 16th
I’ve been looking for volunteer opportunities here on Isla Colon and haven’t been successful until now! Katie ran into a monk (yup, a monk!) who works with an assisted living facility. He told her about a program where volunteers go to the assisted living home and walk/roll around town with the elderly folks on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. I’m assuming the seniors wouldn’t be able to otherwise get out and see the city so this is great for them (and me).
As with everything else in Bocas, this was yet another fun adventure. This was a different kinda fun – very fulfilling because I felt like I did a good deed. Guess that’s the do-gooder in me…
We arrived at the building after circling the neighborhood a few times. Discovering that we would have to push the seniors in their wheelchairs, I immediately regretted bringing…
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Along with a healthy diet, exercise helps to keep our hearts, lungs, and brains working properly, although too many of us neglect it. We all know how important it is to exercise. Hopefully, we’re all doing something, even if it’s just walking.
As we age, our joints may complain, but it’s more important than ever to keep active, or take a chance on losing flexibility, strength, and range of motion.
So, as you get older, what will you do to keep your body in shape? Will you continue whatever you’re doing now, or will you try something new?
As part of my retirement theme, I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!
If you’d like…
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