As seniors age, the more common health problems become. While this is to be expected, it doesn’t mean that seniors have to live this way. Among the top health concerns for seniors are heart and respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes.
When you are no longer able to give your loved one the care that they deserve as a result of increasing health problems, or you find that their social life and well-being are being negatively affected because of a lack of social interaction, it may be time to transition your loved one into an assisted living community. While you have your loved one’s best interests at heart, they may be reluctant to make the move and they know you only want what’s best, but they might think you don’t understand or care how they feel.
Holistic therapies are increasingly being used to manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Therapies including music and pet therapy, aromatherapy and now art are being used to help unlock the minds of those with memory loss. Because of the abilities of holistic therapies to increase self-expression and social interaction, they are quickly becoming one of the top ways to engage seniors in leading assisted living and memory care communities worldwide.
As a loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease or dementia progresses, their need for additional care and supervision may increase. As one of the most challenging aspects of caring for someone with memory loss is actually recognizing when that level of care is needed, it’s important to look for certain signs it may be time to begin considering your options. Though you may want to keep them at home, the level of care that they need cannot always feasibly be obtained in a home setting, and memory care assisted living may need to be considered.
As seniors age, shaky balance and decreased stability can increase their risk for falls. These changes that occur with aging are often thought to be just a symptom that needs to be dealt with and simply put up with, however, they do not have to be. By understanding what causes falls, how to prevent them and what exercises to do in order to improve balance, falls can be prevented and avoided, leaving seniors to live a healthy and active lifestyle for as long as possible.