Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain die. As the disease advances over several years, it slowly robs people of their memories, personalities and relationships. Over time, the worsening symptoms eventually affect a person’s ability to live independently and perform basic functions in everyday life.
Estate planning can be tricky, and even more so for blended families joined together by a second marriage. In blended families, one or both parents have children from a previous relationship. A careful, thought-out estate plan can help prevent future inheritance quarrels, particularly between stepparents and children.
Topics: Finances and Insurance
It’s not uncommon to hear the terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” used synonymously. But the truth is, the two terms are not fully interchangeable. If someone you love is suffering from a form of decreased cognitive function or memory loss, it is important to get a correct diagnosis in order to provide the best long-term care.
Independent living communities are senior housing options designed with active adults in mind. These communities can come in a variety of forms, usually private apartments or villas, and allow older adults to live independently within a residential community with like-minded neighbors.
Unlike assisted living communities that provide support for those who need help with activities of daily living, independent communities offer a range of amenities and services for active, older adults that make it easier and more enjoyable to live on their own.
Topics: Independent Living
With warmer months ahead, how can active seniors make the most of their time during the summer? For starters, think about the hobbies you enjoy and the activities you want to take advantage of while the days are long and sunny. Here are five safe and fun summer activities for active seniors to enjoy.
A growing number of seniors are choosing to enjoy post-retirement independently in the comfort of their own homes. But with age comes physical and cognitive changes that can make living alone more challenging. Since older adults are more vulnerable to injuries, burns and infections, it is important to take the proper steps to reduce risks in and around the home.
Entertainment in the form of a new or familiar movie can be an enjoyable pastime for people of all ages. In fact, in moderation, television can even provide some benefits, especially for seniors who find comfort in watching their favorite films. For many older adults, watching movies, especially in group settings, can help pass the time, reduce isolation, encourage friendship, inspire emotion and provide a brief mental escape from the outside world.
The kitchen is often the heart of the home; the place where meals are prepared, and where friends or family gather for good food and conversation. But for older adults who experiencing a decline in their physical and cognitive abilities, the kitchen can also be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house.
Life can be unpredictable. One day you are living “life as usual,” but the next, you could find yourself as your parent’s new primary caregiver. These things happen, especially if you have older parents or loved ones.
As we age, it is common to experience changes to our health and develop additional conditions that lead to taking more prescriptions, supplements, or other medications. Studies show that 87% of seniors take one prescription drug, 36% take five or more, and 38% use over-the-counter medications. This increase in daily medications can potentially lead to confusion, missing doses, or taking too much (or not enough) of one.