June thru August tend to be the hottest months of the year in the United States. The southeast especially can get very hot and humid this time of year, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses in seniors. Just this past week, we had record high temps throughout the nation, making it dangerous for anyone and anything in it's path. 

 

Seniors are the most at-risk population of heat illnesses and contributing factors related to heat illnesses. Much of the time seniors have underlying health conditions, take medications, or have cognitive decline that can cause them not to feel as thirsty or hot, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, causing them to forget to drink enough water and keep themselves cool.

 

Symptoms of heat related illnesses can vary from sweating, to fainting, headaches, nausea, and in the worst cases, high body temperature and heat stroke. Symptoms depend on the severity of heat illness, and in the case of seniors who may be cognitively impaired, the chances of them being able to let you know they are having these types of symptoms are lower than someone who may be healthier.

 

As your loved one gets older, you may be considering hiring an in-home caregiver to avoid assisted living, so your loved one can remain in an environment where they are most comfortable, surrounded by the house and familiarity of possessions they cherish while they’re safe and healthy.

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month?!

 

It may come as no surprise, as many areas in the U.S. are beginning to see warmer weather this time of year.

 

One of the best hobbies for seniors is gardening. Whether you like sprucing up your flower beds, planting seeds for a veggie patch, or you’d rather stick to indoor plants, gardening can be a great way to stay active, healthy, and maintain a sense of purpose as a senior.

 

If you’re worried you don’t quite have a green thumb, no problem! Below is a list of some of the hardiest plants to grow, no matter where you choose to grow them!

The warmer days have officially circled back…Spring is here! As the cold diminishes and the days get longer and warmer, you may be feeling energized by this change in the weather. This is a great opportunity for you to get outside and take advantage of the warmer days. Keep reading for ideas on how you and your loved ones can enjoy the outdoors this spring together!

No one really wants to think about what will happen after they pass away, but many caregivers are put in those situations when their loved ones begin to age. Ideally, your loved one should have already prepared a will or an end of life wishes document, but not everyone does.

 

If you are the sole caregiver of an aging loved one, it’s helpful to know the process of how to ensure your loved one’s wishes are met when they are no longer able to tell you themselves. That’s when you may need to think about end-of-life care, or hospice, as well as planning around those challenging times and providing respite to yourself too. Caregivers often suffer from burnout, because caring through an elderly loved one who can no longer care for themselves can be a full-time job, and it’s exhausting. Many family caregivers may still have their own jobs, lives and children to look after, so finding time to take care of yourself is important too.

 

Family caregivers are often also tasked to make those tough hospice, or end of life decisions for their loved ones, and it can be overwhelming. Below, we are going to offer you some tips on how to plan for end-of-life care, so that you can be as informed as possible when the time comes that you will have to make those decisions for your loved one to ensure the highest possible standard of care.

 

Keep reading to learn more.