While the everyday tasks of daily living can become more difficult or near impossible for older adults with dementia, it becomes increasingly important for them to feel a sense of capability and accomplishment, no matter how big or small.
According to the National Council on Aging, 1 in 10 persons aged 60+ experience elder abuse to some degree. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse gets reported. Of those who abuse elders, about 60% are actually family members - either the children or spouse of the abused. When considering care options for your loved one, it's important to educate yourself on the signs of abuse and what to do about it.
Shingles is a name that strikes fear in many people - and if you've ever had Chicken Pox (varicella zoster virus), then you are likely concerned about it yourself. That's because the same virus that causes Chicken Pox reactivates after laying dormant for years to become a Shingles outbreak. This painful resurgence of the virus typically causes rashes, blisters, and mild to intense nerve pain. By most accounts, it is a terrible experience - but thankfully there are ways to prevent and treat Shingles.
Many of us are familiar with sibling rivalries and clashes that occur while growing up. Typically that rivalry tones down quite a lot in adulthood, but it may rear its head again during a critical time: when deciding on care for an aging parent.
Finding a quality, safe service to provide help for an ailing parent can be a challenge. That's why over eleven years ago I started ACC Adult Home Care to raise the bar on the standard of in-home assisted living. Yet despite providing a reputable service with caring, compassionate, and diligent caregivers, I still found a common roadblock that kept those in need from availing themselves of our services: the elderly, ailing individuals themselves.
Injuries and surgeries can take a lot out of us. That's why Physical Therapy is so important to follow dilligently - to repair and retrain your normal mobility and range of motion. Once the in-facility PT is done, many find themselves asking the question... now what should I do?
Veterans are passionate about service to our country - and here at ACC Adult Home Care, we are passionate about caring for them. We believe that years of sacrifice and hard work deserve to be honored and we are all indebted to their service.
As veterans age, certain activities are harder to perform and assistance may be needed. Thankfully, there are services abound to help ease the stresses of the Golden Years; and there are also resources available to Active Duty veterans who may need financial assistance.
One of the biggest threats to having continued independence and mobility is a fall. With falls come breaks, sprains, aches, and pains. What's more, the sense of losing physical balance has an impact on the state of emotional well-being, especially for the aging adult.
When health declines, so does the environment surrounding the ailing individual. Home maintenance, social interactions, and the care of beloved pets become more difficult for those with mobility or cognitive issues. While the initial reaction may be to abandon or remove tasks and responsibilities, soon the thought of how the sudden abandonment affects the ailing individual in a negative way comes to mind.
Melva Sherwood, RN