It’s no secret that it is getting colder, especially here in Western North Carolina. The snow, ice and cold temperatures can make life challenging for anyone. Those slippery sidewalks and in general cold weather can caused a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for older folks.
A majority of older adults prefer to continue living in their home rather than moving in with a relative or relocate to a senior living community. However, with age, many people may begin having difficulties with every day activities like shopping, cooking, cleaning and personal care.
Some of the common complaints or concerns family members and caregivers hear include:
- “The stairs are getting too hard to climb.”
- “Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.”
- “Doing the laundry wears me out a lot more than it used to.”
- "I don’t feel comfortable driving to the grocery store anymore.”
While family members and friends may lean in and lend a hand, assisting with even a few simple tasks takes time and effort. This can quickly grow into providing hours of help each week as their loved ones need increase.
Fortunately, there are a multitude of services for the elderly that can minimize caregiver burden, extend seniors independence, improve their safety and overall help successfully age in place. Keep reading on to learn more!
As the holiday season is just around the corner, it is officially that time of year where you may begin to feel overwhelmed with planning meals, trips to visit family, holiday shopping and everything in between. The holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring family together and enjoy quality time. The good news is – even if you’re loved one isn’t living at home anymore, you can still bring them good cheer by planning holiday visits, outings and celebrations.
The holidays are all about spending time with those you love, so be inclusive and make your loved ones feel right at home by bringing the holiday spirit to them!
Planning for in-home care, whether it be for yourself or for a loved one can be overwhelming. Simply making the decision if now is the time to hire home care help, especially if it’s for a parent, grandparent or spouse who once took care of you can be the most challenging part.
While there are a lot of options, taking the time to do your research and know what questions to ask will alleviate stress and help you and your family make the best decision!
Staying in your own home as you get older is referred to as “aging in place” and the good news is, with the right help you might just be able to do that!
Establishing a better understanding of your loved one’s need for care should also include discussions with family members and others that are involved in their care. Part of that discussion should include if family members or others are available or willing and able to provide the level of care that may be needed.
A growing crime in the United States is elder financial abuse. As the wealthiest generation thus far, many seniors are being targeted for any number of scams due to the wealth they’ve accumulated throughout their lives. There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has been affected by elder financial abuse or perhaps even you have witnessed family members, co-workers, friends or others trying to take advantage of seniors to get their money.
It’s unfortunately common, but only recently has it been considered a “true” crime. Elder financial abuse is often underreported for any number of reasons, including failing health or memory causing it to seem like too much work for the seniors affected, or it being considered a “family” matter making others reluctant to get involved.
There are many reasons that older adults may be susceptible to fraud. These adults may have disabilities or have to rely on others for care and activities of daily living, or may experience trouble with technology they don’t understand how to use. Any of these things can make someone a target for scams, financial exploitation and fraud.
Despite these threats, there are ways you can help prevent you or your loved ones from having to go through such an experience. There are ways that you can safeguard personal and financial information, as well as educating yourself to be aware of the signs that could mean you or your loved one is getting swindled.