Month: March 2012

What Is Ageing In Place?

In recent years, the phrase "aging in place" has received a lot of attention by aging seniors and their families. The most accurate definition of "aging in place" is adapting or readapting an apartment or home to the advancing needs of aging senior citizens. Aging in place depends on the physical and mental health of the aging. Familiar Surroundings That Become Alien Environments One of the advantages of aging in place is familiarity with surroundings where seniors live. However, this can be a compromising situation especially if there are physical debilitations. It takes careful planning to arrive at the best solutions and decisions regarding aging in place. Begin planning by discussing the needs of the aging thoroughly. This should start long before decisions become necessary. Know Their Wishes Beforehand Most individuals know their wishes for their senior years well before they reach an age when health changes related to normal aging are apparent. Encourage aging relatives early to make their feelings known on to their families and friends who are involved in their planning for their future. This helps make families and friends aware of an aging individual's wishes. Adapting To Changes One of the most difficult issues for most aging seniors is adapting to radical changes in their lives. Creature comforts they've come to rely on and the security of familiar surroundings can help retain vigor and mental...

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Help! I Can’t Do This by Myself Anymore

Caring for an elderly mother can be rewarding at times; however, it can also be one of the most saddening and vexing experiences. Because mothers deserve to be treated like princesses as they get older, you might feel obligated to constantly care for her. However, this can be trying on anyone’s patience causing emotional breakdowns and short tempers. Here are some suggestions on how to lessen your stress so you can spend more quality time with your mother and less time feeling resentful. Senior Citizen Living Sometimes, it is not necessary for an elderly mother to have constant care. She might still be mobile and able to take care of herself. In this case, she might be happiest living in an area that is designated specifically for senior citizen living. Your mother will be able to socialize with people who are all in the same age group and walk of life. This is a positive situation for both you and your mother. Your mother will still feel free and independent, while you can visit her as often as possible. Assisted Living Complexes For those mothers who need more help, an assisted living complex is an excellent option. Although an expensive option, those with the means should consider this. Sometimes you can get too busy to properly care for your mother. The people who work at these assisted living establishments...

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Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

Alzheimer's disease is an illness that causes the brain's neurons to deteriorate. This causes the sufferer to lose memory, loss of language skills, and changes in behavior. As the disease progresses to different areas of the brain, it affects different skills and abilities. Alzheimer's is a degenerative illness, meaning that it progresses and gets worse as the person gets older. Alzheimer's disease is different from other types of senility, but it is the most common cause of dementia among senior citizens aged 65 and older. Not everyone gets Alzheimer's, and it is a disease and not a form of aging. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, nor is there any way to halt or reverse its progress through the brain. Causes of Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Most cases of Alzheimer's disease are late-onset, meaning that they affect people aged 65 and older. As of the time of this writing, scientists do not know for sure what factors cause late-onset Alzheimer's disease. The greatest risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease is advanced age. The older a person gets, the more at risk they become for late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Those with a family history of Alzheimer's are more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which suggests that there may be a hereditary link. However, many people develop late-onset Alzheimer's disease who do not have a family history of the disease....

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Alzheimer’s: I Love My Mom, but I Hate Her!

Seven years ago my father died, leaving my mother to cope alone. Before he died, we knew that something was off with mom, but he assured us that it was just her getting old and he could deal with it. Once he was gone, she got worse and I finally broke down and took her to the doctor. The diagnosis – Alzheimer’s disease. Both my grandparents on her side had struggled with the illness for years before finally succumbing to its damaging effects, so it was no surprise to find out that my suspicions were correct. Still, it was depressing to think of the long road ahead for my mother and the position I would be place in taking care of her. Today, almost a decade later, there are moments when I wish I could just walk out the door and leave her behind. It is awful watching my mother decline, having to clean up after her because she has forgotten how to use the bathroom correctly or chasing her down because she does not want to wear clothes that particular day. It is hard having to tell her the same thing over and over and over, answering the same questions every day, knowing that the answers are entirely new to her, even if they aren’t new to me. It’s overwhelmingly exhausting and it is never-ending. Dealing With Guilt...

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Homes with Mother-In-Law Suites

When purchasing a new home, many families consider houses that feature mother-in-law suites. Mother-in-law suites, also known as secondary suites, are a growing trend in home construction, and have become a major selling point for homeowners in the United States. What Are Mother In law Suites? Mother-in-law suites are typically entry-level dwellings. Similar to a small or studio apartment, most suites include a bedroom, bathroom, living area and kitchenette. To accommodate the elderly, most secondary suites have safety features such as handrails, walk-in showers and are wheelchair-accessible. Many also offer amenities such as intercom systems, private telephone lines and security features. Benefits Of Homes With Mother In Law Suites With baby boomers reaching retirement age, senior care is a growing concern in the Untied States. Many individuals with elderly parents are looking for options concerning the care of their parents. For these individuals, purchasing a home with a mother-in-law suite can be a solution to these concerns. Below are just a few of the many benefits of owning a home with a mother in law suite. Nursing Home Alternative -For seniors in relatively good health, mother-in-law suites offer a great alternative to nursing homes or assisted living communities. Senior care can be a significant source of anxiety for family and loved ones. And while nursing homes may be the best option for some, many children of the elderly don't...

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