The holiday season is here and our emotions are running high with the holiday preparation — the decorating, the shopping, and the planning for family gatherings. The anticipation of what may unfold this holiday season fills most of us with excitement and joy. But for some of us, especially those with ample idol time, we may be filled with sadness remembering what once was.
It’s that time of year again – cooler temperatures, autumn scents, cozy blankets, holiday planning, and the company of friends and family. Thanksgiving is right around the corner encouraging us to focus on the ways we are thankful. Many seniors find comfort and excitement during this time of year.
You begin noticing changes with your loved one in daily task completion or even daily task completion has fallen to the waist side - dishes in the sink, bed unmade, dirty laundry piles, bills unpaid, changes in appearance, bathing infrequencies, mobility difficulties. Or maybe your loved one can’t keep up with home owning responsibilities. This may be a new awareness for you, or it’s something you’ve known for a while, yet out of your own denial you weren’t ready to accept reality your loved one needs assistance.
As we age, our brains change making it harder to recall information and to learn new things. Those who suffer from dementia really feel the effects which can affect their daily life immensely. That’s why it’s extremely important to keep our minds stimulated on a frequent basis so we can help ward off the effects of an aging brain.
As we feel the effects of an aging brain, our first instinct may be to isolate, to avoid, or to hide. These defense mechanisms will only encourage the negative effects of the aging brain. We need to do our part to combat these effects. We do this stimulating our brains and remaining socially engaged. Let’s check out some ways to stimulate our brains and stay socially engaged.
It never occurred to me how it’d feel working for a company who supported and encouraged experiences and opportunities that ignited my soul. It didn’t occur to me until I had it. As I tell most seniors I work with, “you don’t know what you are missing out on until you have it.” This rang true to me. I’ve worked for companies who say they cared, yet their actions never followed. The beliefs I’ve encountered are “what you’re doing isn’t good enough. We need more”. It wasn’t ever about what was important to me as a human being and all about what I could do for them, usually pertaining to financial gains. Being the hard working prideful employee I am, I took these beliefs to heart. Until one day, I had enough.
We never feel more alive than when summer hits and we are able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life - a walk in the park, enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio watching the sunrise, watching our grandkids relish in their outdoor activities, and BBQ’s enjoying the company of our friends and family. We can get caught up in the excitement that we forget about the possible effects summer conditions induce if we aren’t prepared – hot sun, high temperatures, and unforgiving humidity. These effects can be dangerous to an aging adult. Therefore, we’ve prepared a few friendly summer safety tips to help keep you safe while you enjoy the pleasure summer brings.
Many people procrastinate having conversations with their loved one about senior living out of fear – fear of their reaction or maybe their own fear. They may fear having to admit their loved one is needing more care and they don’t want to face the reality. For most of us though, having this talk is inevitable and it is only as hard as we make it. The longer we wait, the harder it will be. If you find yourself ambivalent about having this conversation, try using these tips to get you started
We may not understand why and when things happen in our lives or the quiet voice guiding us in a certain direction. It usually takes months or years before we can look back in the rear view mirror and see how our experiences were the pathways to a bigger plan. Each thread; whether a trial, joy, struggle, or accomplishment was woven together for a purpose; sometimes leading us to the best thing that ever happened to us. This was the case for Virgil Post, a Nye Square resident.
You knew this time was coming, but you didn’t want to admit it. You didn’t want your world to change. You’ve just made one of the biggest decision of your life- leaving your safety net where you feel secure and comfortable and moving into a senior living community that seems so undesirable. The racing thoughts come flooding in trying to scare you into wanting to stay; you fear the unknown. Well I have news for you, you aren’t alone.
We’ve all experienced a sudden mishap that leads to a slip, trip, or fall. Maybe we’ve had the ability to catch ourselves before it led to a serious injury, or experienced a time when we weren’t so lucky to catch ourselves. Since our bodies aren’t as forgiving when we’re older, a major fall can threaten our independence. Falling is many senior’s number one fear, which can cause them to limit their activities and living life to the fullest.
When I work with seniors, they tell me that they have a hard time deciding to move to a senior living community because of their “stuff”. They just don’t know what to do with it, which leads to moving paralysis and procrastination. It seems like a lot to deal with, and many just don’t know where to begin.
Volunteering can make you feel good about yourself because you can use the gifts and talents you've been given or worked so hard for in your life back to others. Or maybe you are developing a new skill you've always wanted to pursue, but didn't have time or money because you needed a the paycheck. In addition, you can are forcing yourself to stay active and engage your mind. Challenging yourself may help mentally fit. There are all intrinsic values of volunteering.
Are your adult living activities becoming laborious? Do you feel as if there is nothing you can do and you are scared of losing your independence? Well, you are not alone. According to many studies, seniors fear losing their independence even more than death. By adding these top exercises to your daily routine, you can maintain and even improve your ability to keep your independence for longer. Let’s investigate what they are.
Marv Welstead, 95 – a Nye Square resident – has been a huge advocate in advancing Alzheimer’s research because of his personal experience with his wife Jean Welstead. When Jean was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001, Marv felt like the whole world was coming down on him, “I was in shock. I’ve never heard of it and to think our marriage of 59 years was about to change was very overwhelming and scary.”
Scams are happening daily. You’ve probably received a phone call, something in the mail, a knock at your door, or an email in the last few days where someone or some company is trying to sell you something or asking for a donation. Senior scamming is becoming more prevalent due to this generation growing up in the 30s and 40s where households were taught the importance of being polite and trusting. Therefore, it makes it hard to say “No” or to hang up the phone on a stranger.
Does the thought of dating make you want to run the opposite direction? No matter what your age is, dating can be intimidating. And for those who have been out of the dating scene for some time, it can even be stressful. But there's good news, folks!
Senior living communities aren't what they use to be. They range from high luxury resorts to the homelike feel of the house you spent many years in. When asked, most seniors say they prefer living in a senior community than being home alone. Here are some reason why.
One of the biggest worries seniors have when thinking about adventuring into a senior community is a fear of getting lost. How will I ever find my way around this treacherous place? This fear can debilitate seniors enough to keep them from not moving to a senior living community...