Medication helps seniors live longer and enjoy a better quality of life, but proper management of their medication is crucial. It’s probably no surprise to learn that people over the age of 65 use more prescription and over the counter (OTC) medication than younger age groups. People ages 65 and older make up 12 percent of the US population, but comprise about 36 percent of prescription medication and 38 percent of OTC use. Many seniors are also taking more herbal and dietary supplements than they have in the past — rising from 14 percent in 1998 to 63 percent in 2019.
As we age, it’s important to pay attention to the types of meals we’re eating. Aging is linked to muscle loss, thinner skin, and less stomach acid, and seniors may also experience a loss of hunger and thirst cues — many of these can lead to nutrition deficiencies and dehydration.
Consistent, attentive care is vital in the days and weeks leading up to and following surgery at any age, but for older family members, it’s crucial. You and your family, however, may be unable to provide as much help as you’d like due to work and family obligations — or perhaps you live out of town and are unable to take the time off needed to come stay with mom or dad.
We are often posed with the question, "How do I know if it's time for my loved one to take advantage of in-home care?"
Holidays can be challenging for families affected by Alzheimer's. But with the right approach and proper planning, those special holiday moments can be joyful and memorable. Try these tips to make the holidays easier and enjoyable for everyone!