It can be hard for seniors who have lost their life-long partner, especially on the one holiday of the year meant to celebrate that love. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day of sorrow for the senior in your life, there are ways you can share the love and turn the holiday into a celebration of the bond between your family.
Being a caregiver for an aging loved one can be challenging. As he or she continues to need more care, you may start scolding yourself for not spending enough time with your loved one, or for not having the energy or patience needed to give your loved one the kind of one-on-one care they require. When you are feeling exceptionally stressed, tired and worn out, you might even think your loved one is deliberately making it harder for you to care for them properly by being demanding, irritable or unreasonable.
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As summer is in full swing and the outside temperature heats up, it's a perfect time to start talking about preventing dehydration throughout the summer months. Older adults are at increased risk of dehydration due to reduced ability to conserve water, a decrease in thirst, and a decreased daily fluid intake. Chronic illnesses and medication use increase risk as well, so seniors suffering from diabetes or dementia or taking certain medications may be at higher risk of dehydration.
If you’ve been thinking of talking with your aging parents about the future, you may feel hesitant. Perhaps you fear your parents will resist discussing any changes to their lifestyle, or maybe you simply aren’t sure how to broach the topic.
You know in your heart when it's time to talk to your aging loved one about living in a retirement community. But how do you begin such an important, complicated conversation? Is there some way to keep the discussion upbeat and optimistic so your loved one is actually looking forward to living in a retirement community? Also, how do you determine whether a retirement community will fully address your loved one's needs and expectations?
Trusting in long distance care for your aging loved one is a very difficult challenge. How do you know they will be well cared for? How do you know what questions to ask the caregiver, and how will you know if they will actually carry out your loved one's wishes? While you will never have full control over the care of an aging relative or friend, there are some strategies that you can integrate into your everyday life to put yourself and your aging loved one at ease while working through long distance care.