Many seniors are turning to alternative health and wellness therapies in addition to conventional medicine. While doctor’s visits and prescriptions may be imperative to maintaining healthy, complementary practices are becoming popular among seniors as a way to nurture the mind and body. For some, these complementary therapies can be spiritual, for others they are a way to ease anxiety, depression, and symptoms of pain or discomfort. There are several practices that have emerged, and even some that have been around for ages. Read on. [Read more…]
As a senior citizen or family member of a loved one, planning for inclement weather such as a flood is important. The elderly are more likely to live alone, have physical immobility, or have special needs, which makes them more vulnerable than younger people when there is a flood. Therefore establishing an emergency plan ahead of time will allow your loved one to know exactly what to do if disaster strikes. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a flood:
- Have a family communication plan: Often times during a flood, the electricity may go out or phone lines may be compromised. Therefore it can be tough to get in touch with family to let them know that you are okay or if you need help. [Read more…]
Living in an assisted living community, seniors often find themselves with ample downtime and oftentimes, there is not much to do. Keeping seniors active has known to decrease depression, loneliness, and promote exercise and socialization. Therefore, in recent years, activity directors at assisted living communities have begun looking for new and innovative ways to keep seniors busy and active.
Here are some ways that assisted living communities are going beyond just bingo in order to keep residents entertained in their daily lives:
- Yoga and Other Wellness Activities [Read more…]
Despite what you may think, iPads, social media, and online shopping aren’t just for younger generations. According to a Pew Research Study, 68% of Americans in their early 70s go online.
With more time to spend and ample downtime, research shows that seniors are using devices for activities like keeping in touch with friends and family through email and social media; browsing the internet; and downloading apps to play games and read books.
While they’re are seeing great benefit from being online, the elderly are one of the most targeted demographics for scammers and thieves. Poor judgement and lack of education leaves seniors more susceptible to being lured into fraud, identity theft, and online predators. Common ways seniors are targeted online include: [Read more…]
Determining where a parent should live when they are no longer safe living alone is a tough decision for families to make. Fortunately, there are several types of senior housing communities to choose from. One that is often an ideal solution is an assisted living community.
The key to making an informed decision is doing your research. This means taking the time explore each option and visit those that seem to best meet your senior loved one’s needs.
But what happens when there is no time? [Read more…]