Often times, aging family members are taken care of by their children, spouses and other relatives. The following articles discuss various forms of family caregiving and other topics that are related to being a family caregiver.
Senior Citizens on the Road: Tips for Safe Driving
There is no question that a person’s body gradually breaks down as he or she grows older. Many of the health concerns that plague our elderly loved ones in their day-to-day lives may also affect their ability to drive safely.
Understanding the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale
The GAF Scale represents the fifth stage of the multi-axial assessment process that clinicians and physicians may use to determine an individual’s level of psychosocial functioning.
Health Assessment of Older Adults
Health assessments allow caretakers and healthcare providers to evaluate the overall health and well-being of their charges, with the overall goal of encouraging and promoting independent function and general wellness.
Aging Issues – An Introduction to Elder Care
Elder Care is an umbrella term that encompasses care and services associated with the frail elderly. In some parts of the world it may be referred to as “Aged Care” and includes a wide range of services. Learn more about Aging Issues…
Geriatric Care: Avoiding Burnout
Experts in the field of geriatric care estimate there are 44+ million family caregivers in the United States; approximately 23 million households. Family caregivers provide long-term care in the home of those with chronic illness or disabilities. Assuming the role of a family caregiver can involve love, compassion, obligation, guilt, pride and even financial circumstances.
Aging Parents: Consider Senior Housing Options Before a Crisis
The old, two-story bungalow was perfect 30 years ago; but over the years it has become too quiet, too big and too dangerous for your favorite 80-year-old to navigate. In addition, momís heart condition sometimes makes her dizzy, she doesn’t cook anymore and she readily admits that driving the old Chrysler wears her out. But when one of the kids suggests it might be time to consider independent living or assisted living, the proud matriarch puts her foot down. Learn more about broaching the subject of senior living communities with aging parents…
Care for Elderly Parents: Where to Find It
Given that 80-85% of elders who need care are in crisis, it is fortunate that options for care for the elderly have grown considerably over the past decade. In addition, our ability to uncover and understand what these options entail continues to evolve. Today, we have access to a huge amount of information as well as an increasing number of resources to help guide us as we navigate a course to finding the best possible care.
Senior Services: Keeping America’s Seniors Happy & Healthy
As the percentage of older Americans increases, senior services are growing in response to the particular needs of seniors. Both the public and private sectors have responded and continue to evolve. Most services are available to seniors living in their homes as well as residing in a variety of senior living communities.
A Geriatric Care Manager: When To Hire One
A geriatric care manager provides specialized services for seniors and their families during the search for senior housing and senior care services. Part social worker, part advocate and part educator, a certified geriatric care manager examines a seniors situation holistically, using this information to help identify a seniors needs and determine the appropriate type, level and source of housing and care to help meet those needs.
Care for the Elderly: Who Will Do It?
By 2030, 72.1 million adults over age 65 will live in the U.S. Thatís more than twice the number of older adults in 2005 and 20% of the projected population, begging the question: who will care for the elderly?
Residential Care: Is It The Right Choice For You?
As we grow older, our needs change. Safety, meeting basic daily needs, taking medications and memory issues can all impact the needs of an aging population. Two of the most common care options for seniors in need of caregiving support are in-home care and residential care. Whether you are weighing the pros and cons of residential care versus in-home care for yourself or a loved one, there are a great deal of factors to consider.
Caregiver Stress: Managing The Guilt
Guilt is one of the more common emotions felt by caregivers of aging parents and loved ones. Caregivers are often overburdened and torn between what they need to accomplish for their employer, their spouse, their family and their care recipient. What was not accomplished often leads to feelings of caregiver stress and guilt.
U.S. Helplines & Hotlines for Suspected Elder Abuse
Should you suspect an elderly loved one is being abused either at home or at a long-term care facility, there is help available. View a comprehensive directory of elder abuse hotlines and protective services agencies for all 50 states across America.
Chronic Pain Control for the Older Adult
Ever-increasing pain in the bodies of our elderly population is often considered a normal and unavoidable part of the aging process, but the discomfort of your senior loved one is not a problem that should be tolerated or ignored.=
Medication Management and Safety
As your loved one ages, he or she is more prone to develop adverse medical conditions, which, in turn, may result in numerous medications being prescribed by a variety of different health care professionals. While it is essential to treat illness in the elderly, taking multiple medications poses many risks.
Planning for a Hospitalization
Planning for a hospital stay can be stressful at any age but for seniors it also comes with fear and uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be that way. Being prepared, knowing what to expect and having someone to look out for your best interests before, during and after your hospital stay will make for a better experience.
The Psychological and Social Impacts of Aging
At first glance, it seems that the average senior citizen is free to pursue leisure interests and generally enjoy a life unencumbered by former responsibilities and aggravations. While these things are true to a degree, it is important not to overlook or discount the many stresses a person faces when he or she begins to age. Read more about how to help your elderly loved one cope with the impacts of aging…
Keeping Medications Cost Effective
A 2011 survey conducted by The Senior Citizen’s League discovered that 44% of respondents struggle to pay for their prescribed medications. Your loved one may also be feeling the pinch of expensive drug prices but, fortunately, there are safe ways to decrease these costs and make medications a little bit more affordable.
List of U.S. Local Area Agencies on Aging & Title VI Programs
Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) provide referrals and information that help older adults remain safely in their homes and in their local communities for as long as possible.
Grief and Challenges Magnified for LGBT Caregivers
Caregiving is an emotionally taxing and difficult task for loved ones to undertake. It requires a level of dedication, intimacy and love that goes above and beyond relationships in which partners are healthy and able to care for themselves. That being said, caregiving for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) community often is even more challenging because those relationships are not always out in the open as heterosexual relationships are.
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be challenging, intimidating, even overwhelming at times but always rewarding. Typically, it’s a family member who takes on the responsibility of providing that care.
Dementia Safety in Your Loved One’s Home
Individuals with memory loss and confusion are at risk of harming themselves because their judgment is impaired, so dementia safety precautions are vital. They may not remember how to use a band aid, go outside without wearing a winter coat or may eat food that has grown moldy. Individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia begin to require supervision in order to be safe.
Activities To Do With Seniors Who Have Dementia
Activities and hobbies that used to be second nature might start to feel fuzzy or distant. This harsh reality can be discouraging for the person suffering from dementia, as well as the friend or loved one who is trying to engage them. The biggest goal when planning any type of activity for seniors with dementia is to make them feel successful. It doesn’t matter if they play the game right or if the activity is even completed, the important thing is that they have fun. Learn more about fun activities…