A career as a caregiver can be extremely rewarding, but undeniably difficult at the same time. Caregivers must have the ability to take on many roles; not only must a caregiver provide the “basics,” such as help with administering medications and getting an elderly person around – but they must often play the role of a friend or companion as well, keeping their clients company.
Whether you have a caregiver helping you with your elderly loved one, you’re looking into becoming a caregiver, or you’re simply curious, read on to explore a typical day in the life of a caregiver. Continue reading
Although there is no clearly defined age when someone reaches “senior citizen” status, a pretty good barometer is when someone turns 60, when the so-called “golden years” begin. But for many, these golden years aren’t always golden, as medical issues often become more persistent, and the older age really starts to take its toll on the body, reminding people that they’re not as young as they used to be. For some, however, 60 is merely the new 40. Continue reading
According to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office, “more than two-thirds of 65-year-olds will need assistance to deal with a loss in functioning at some point during their remaining years of life.” If you have a loved one with limitations, of course you want to provide him or her with the best care possible. Usually, the best way to do this is to hire an in-home caregiver, who can tend to your loved one’s needs on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, selecting a caregiver is never easy – but there are a few steps you can follow to ultimately make the right decision. Continue reading
You’ve finally retired – congratulations! However, retirement (as you’ve discovered) isn’t your cup of tea. The time off you’ve spent has been largely boring, and according to Forbes, the United Kingdom’s Institute of Economic Affairs found in a study that 40 percent of those who have retired suffer from depression, and a full 60 percent have health problems after they retire.
Part of it is that all of our lives we get used to doing something. When we retire, we suddenly have nothing to do — something we’re not used to. Oh sure, we plan on getting up late, getting things done around the house, or maybe traveling, but that quickly leads to boredom. Continue reading
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, about 13 million Americans suffer from incontinence. Sadly, while there are plenty of viable treatment methods available for people with incontinence, only about one in every 12 people will actually seek medical attention for this condition. Instead, they make the mistake of trying to treat the symptoms of incontinence themselves, believing some (or all) of the following incontinence treatment myths. Continue reading
It’s date night with your spouse, and you’re looking forward to taking in the movie that critics are buzzing about at your local multiplex. There’s only one problem – you experience incontinence and are concerned that you’re going to be leaving the theater multiple times throughout the flick’s two-hour run time to go “take care of business.” And who knows what pivotal plot points you could be missing during those precious moments when you’re “going,” not to mention how annoyed you’ll be by repeat bathroom visits.
The good news is that there’s a number of things that you can do to make sure that you’re not making trips to the bathroom during the movie on date night, ranging from the simple to the more complex. Here’s a look: Continue reading
A recent study by the United States Centers for Disease Control has found that about half of the older US population deals with incontinence on a regular basis. Therefore, if you’re an adult living with the frustration of incontinence, you’re certainly not alone. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that struggling with incontinence can take away from the activities you love in life, such as spending time with your family.
Don’t let incontinence run your life; keep these simple yet effective tips in mind to better manage your incontinence and live life to the fullest. Continue reading
It’s estimated that up to 33 percent of adults experience some sort of incontinence. And by “some sort of incontinence,” we’re referring to the various degrees that it affects people. For example, temporary incontinence is one type, as it’s characterized by involuntary urine leakage that isn’t long-lasting. Temporary incontinence, while not exclusive, often occurs with women following a pregnancy, or with men following prostate surgery, as the pelvic floor muscles are weakened.
Temporary incontinence usually goes away with just a few minor lifestyle changes and adjustments (if not time to heal) – but there’s always the chance of such re-occurring. Here’s a look at some tips and tricks to prevent incontinence from returning after you’ve kicked it: Continue reading
As we age, it’s important for us to keep our minds mentally focused and active. Mental decline occurs when we don’t exercise our brains. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, lack of learning increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, increasing brain activity may help strengthen our brains’ connectors and brain cells. Through learning, we may even cause our brains to create new brain cells.
While learning isn’t necessarily a silver bullet when it comes to mental decline, the truth is that it can stay off problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. People who are constantly learning can actually delay its onset. Continue reading
If you suffer from diabetes, you may have heard that you must take care of your feet. Those who suffer from diabetes often incur nerve damage or neuropathy that increases the risk of injury due to decreased sensitivity in your feet. You can literally get injured and be unaware of the injury. Because diabetics are more likely to suffer from circulatory problems, you may have a harder time healing as well. What’s more, if you have high blood sugar levels, you may be unaware that your immune system is not working properly. Continue reading