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The Benefits of Routine for Seniors

When people are young, they often hate routines.  They want excitement and spontaneity.  However, as people age, they thrive less on excitement and more on a regular system.  This is even truer of seniors; routines have many benefits for them. Routines Provide Safety As people age, they often get forgetful.  It may not even be caused by any disease such as dementia, just a part of the natural process of aging.  With this forgetfulness lies a real danger to seniors: they can do things or forget to do things that...

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How to Deal with the Loss of Your Senior Loved One

When you’ve been taking care of a senior parent or family member and they are suddenly gone, it can leave a void in your life.  You have spent so much time focusing on them and now you are left with only the grief.  People who have never experienced this do not realize how difficult it can be to get on with your life. Dealing with Grief If you were the primary caregiver for your loved one, the grief can be different than for other people.  You will experience a wide...

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Losing a Loved One: Dealing with Grief

Death is a natural part of living that everyone faces at some point in their lives.  As we get older, it comes more often.  For seniors, they may face it on a regular basis as they lose friends their age and family members.  The toughest loss can be the death of a spouse. Going Through the Stages When researching this subject, you will find different models on the different stages of grief. These stages are often broken down into five to seven stages and some of them may overlap.  Here...

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Communicating with Loved Ones When They Can No Longer Talk

Several diseases can cause your loved one to lose the ability to communicate through speech.  This is a tragic and difficult event for both the senior and their family members.  However, you can learn new ways to communicate and show your love. Causes of Speech Loss A stroke that causes permanent damage to one side of the body can make speech difficult.  When the person tries to speak, it may not be understandable; therefore, they quit trying to talk.  This is the opposite reaction than what is recommended by doctors...

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The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

Seniors are quite adept at learning about new technology and many of them have their own computers and cell phones today. This allows them to interact more efficiently with their loved ones using the social media that is prevalent in today’s society.  While many experts warn about the dangers of social networking, it has several benefits for seniors. Social Media Helps Families Stay in Contact Whether you are a half-a-world away or just an hour’s drive, you may be too busy to visit an elderly parent as often as you...

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How to Deal with Hoarding in Seniors

Many people like to collect things, from trinkets to photos and other mementos.  However, when collecting becomes hoarding it can be dangerous and hazardous to a senior’s health.  While hoarders are a tiny portion of the population, many of those who hoard are over the age of 55. What is Hoarding? Hoarding is a compulsive behavior that cannot be controlled; it may result from a mental or emotional disease that is often unknown.  It can also stem from anxiety or loneliness.  Seniors who are hoarders are often embarrassed by the...

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Causes of memory loss that aren’t Alzheimer’s

When your senior family member begins to get forgetful, your first thought may be of Alzheimer’s.  While this does affect many older people, it is not the only cause of memory loss.  Before you assume that it is the cause, rule out other problems. Medications and Treatments Certain medications can cause memory loss; you may notice it in the list of side effects.  Anti-anxiety medicines often cause issues with memory.  Treatments for cancer like radiation or chemotherapy can also affect memory.  Some treatments cause temporary loss for a few hours...

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Tips for Managing Diabetes

Diabetes can be a difficult diagnosis for a senior and their family to hear, but it does not have to be devastating.  It is manageable and can be controlled with a few lifestyle changes.  Seniors who have the disease can still live full, healthy lives if they are aware of certain tips.  Caregivers who provide ongoing care for family members also need to know these tips. Exercise Regular exercise can help keep diabetes under control, but it can be difficult for some seniors to maintain.  Due to health issues, they...

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The Benefits of Music Therapy for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Numerous advances in understanding Alzheimer’s has helped to create new therapy techniques and medications that slow the effects of the disease.  Some improvements such as new medicines can actually slow the progress while others can improve mental clarity of the patient.  One such improvement is music therapy. What is Music Therapy? Music is a powerful medium for almost anyone; the same is true for seniors with Alzheimer’s.  Music therapy is simply the process of using music to change a person’s behavior or provide memories to improve clarity. Music can alter...

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The Benefits of Swimming for Seniors

Exercise is beneficial to people as they age to keep them healthy and strong.  The problem for many seniors and their caregivers is finding the right exercise program that is helpful without aggravating existing health problems.  Swimming is one exercise that is often recommended for seniors and has many benefits. Swimming is Easy on the Joints High impact exercises such as running and jumping can be hard on the bones and joints and cause fractures and injuries.  Because swimming does not put stress on those areas, it is a great...

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