Posts Tagged elderly

Caregiving for the elderly

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Have you ever considered the complex job of being a caregiver for an elderly individual?  Did you know that in the United States, the vast majority of care that allows older people to live at home is provided by family members?

Imagine this scenario:  you are an older adult, doing all the caregiving for a spouse with dementia.  You are trying to keep your life-long partner at home.  You have adult children, but they live hours away, or in a different state.  Your spouse with dementia can no longer drive, manage finances, or cook.  Your spouse is now having trouble with simple tasks, like showering.  To make things more complicated, you just found out you  have stage 1 cancer.  Can you manage alone?  Can you afford paid help?  Are you able to ask others for help?  Below are some of the many tasks caregivers provide.

PRIMARY CAREGIVERS:

-provide personal care (i.e., helping with a  shower)

-do household chores (clean dishes, do laundry & vacuum)

-run errands (grocery shopping, purchasing supplies, clothing)

-cook

-manage all aspect of finances

-complete yard work, and home maintenance

-provide transportation (ie, to the doctor’s office, to church, to the pharmacy)

-keep a calendar up-to-date (this can become complex depending on the diagnosis)

-coordinate or arrange volunteer or paid services (i.e., sitters)

-take time to provide companionship (i.e., going for a ride to get a favorite treat)

-shop for birthday or holiday gifts for other family members

-do end-of-life planning (i.e. creating a Living Will, updating legal documents, or even pre-planning funeral arrangements)

Some caregivers do all of this, with no help at all.  It is easy to see how a spouse who is elderly, could easily become anxious, over-whelmed, depressed, and sheer exhausted- placing their physical or mental well-being on the “back burner”.  Let us all take the time to reach out to the elderly we see at our place of worship, in our neighborhood, through or work, or in our extended community and ask how they are doing?  Could they use some help?  Or perhaps don’t ask, just bring over some cookies and start a conversation to show you care.

 

 

 

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Benefits for Seniors- Ingredient in Red Wine

Can red wine help keep seniors on their feet? | Video | Fox News.

Did you know that falls contribute to a great deal of injuries in seniors?  I have worked with quite a few seniors in long-term care that began their stay at the nursing home with a fall.  Perhaps they end up with a broken hip, requiring over night care and physical therapy.  According to this article, there may be an ingredient in red wine that helps “steady” seniors on their feet.  It may be a stretch, but its still interesting.

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After Death, Who Inherits Credit Card Debt?

After Death, Who Inherits Credit Card Debt? | Fox Business.
Do you have an elderly family member who has credit card debt?  Or, do you have a loved one who recently died who had credit card debt?  If so, you might be interested in reading this article about who inherits credit card debt after the death of a loved one.

Discussing finances with a loved one can be stressful, but is well worth avoiding even greater problems in the future.  We all know that paying off your credit card is good for many reasons (increasing your credit scores, living within your means, etc).  Preventing your loved ones from having to carry your debt is just another good reason to pay it off!

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Suicide and The Elderly

When you consider those whom commit suicide, do you consider those in their 70’s or 80’s?  I don’t.  When I pause to consider this topic, I think of teenagers who don’t feel accepted by their peers and middle-aged men who are in a mid-life crisis or who have had a radical change in their finances.

Wanting to learn more about this issue, I read an article from USA Today (2007) regarding suicide in older adults.  The article gave a few real-life stories of suicide in the elderly and I was surprised how often this occurs.  Certainly, there are people from every age group (starting with young children) who commit suicide; but for some reason, suicide among the elderly rarely crosses my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lock Your Doors

Elderly couple read Bible during home invasion | Crime | Lincoln County News.

Have you ever known anyone who never locks his or her door?  My dad rarely locked his.  When he had a stroke, it actually proved beneficial; as a friend who came to visit was able to get medical help quickly.  As a general rule however, I think it is best to keep your doors locked.  Read the rest of this entry »

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97 Year Old Woman Gets Degree

97-year-old high school grad | Video | Fox News.

Imagine never graduating from high school because you had to help provide for your family and then receiving your degree over 70 years later.  What a story… the woman is so proud!

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Pets- Numerous Benefits for the Elderly

Pets for the Elderly: Research

Have you ever owned a pet?  I have owned two dogs.  I know that pets can relieve stress (and sometimes add some!)  Wanting to know more about seniors and the benefits of pet ownership, I did some research and found this site very informative.

http://www.petsfortheelderly.org

It is a non-profit that “helps pay the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat from a participating shelter — including pre-adoption veterinary exams and spay/neuter, if part of the adoption fee”. Read the rest of this entry »

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