Using Technology to Communicate Care

For many American homes, voice-controlled speakers and personal assistant devices have become a norm of convenience. From turning up the music volume to dimming lights, Amazon’s line of Echo products have become a source of home-living ease for many. However, an often overlooked benefit of the Echo product line-up is the added ease of daily living it can provide our aging adults. And, in the time of social-distancing and medical isolation, these products can also increase connection and interaction with our loved ones without the need to compromise safety.

Home Away From Home: Granny Flats

If you thought having your aging parent move into your house was the only alternative to expensive assisted livng facilities when they are no longer able to live independently, you may be the perfect candidate for an ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit.  ADUs are also sometimes referred to as granny flats or mother-in-law cottages.  These are small standalone units added to the backyard of an existing single family home, or apartments converted from extra space in the house such as a garage or basement. 

Role Reversal: When Kids Become Caretakers

If you have an aging parent, It’s likely that you’ve already begun to help your parents in ways you’ve never had to before. Maybe you’ve begun to manage paying the bills, driving mom to doctor’s visits, or helping dad out with yard work that he just can’t do anymore. This process of role reversal is called “parentification,”  and it describes the dynamic wherein children assume more and more responsibility and control over their parent’s lives, eventually acting as parents to their parents. While confusing and possibly overwhelming, this process is a very common part of aging for older adults and their families.

Alzheimer’s Is Life Altering For The Whole Family

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that eventually interferes with even the most basic daily living tasks. Changes in behavior and personality may require a person with Alzheimer’s to require round the clock care in a specialized facility.

Dementia Care for Seniors

Elderly parents diagnosed with Alzheimers, with aid and proper planning, can continue to live in their own homes for many years with the help of caregivers, outside care providers, and assistive products and devices.

Parkinson’s Disease Is a Major Adjustment For the family

Parkinson’s disease comes with a host of challenges for both the individual and their caregivers. When your parent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, modify their homes and lifestyles to make it easier to age in their own home.

Congestive Heart Failure

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on reddit Reddit FINDING SUCCESS IN CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE Living With CHF Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is estimated to affect more than 5 million aging Americans and perhaps your loved one too.   This diminished capacity to pump blood can come from an overall […]

Parkinson’s Disease Is a Major Adjustment For the family

Parkinson’s disease comes with a host of challenges for both the individual and their caregivers. When your parent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, decisions regarding their care are often difficult to make. While, some individuals do require a nursing care facility, many are able to live in their own homes with assistance

Alzheimer’s Is Life Altering For The Whole Family

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that eventually interferes with even the most basic daily living tasks. Changes in behavior and personality may require a person with Alzheimer’s to require round the clock care in a specialized facility.

Hear Us Out: Home Modifications for Loved Ones Living with Hearing Loss

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on reddit Reddit As hearing deteriorates your relationship doesn’t have to Loss of Hearing Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health problem among older adults. Studies show that about 33% of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 experience hearing loss. […]

Helping Loved Ones Adapt to and Live Independently with Mobility Impairments

As your loved one ages, they may begin to feel weak or helpless as they begin to need help with everyday tasks they used to complete independently.  One of the most drastic changes your loved one may experience is a loss of mobility in their arms, hands, and fingers.  Life changes like mobility loss often cause fear, stress, confusion, anger, and even depression in older adults as they struggle to adjust to their new “normal.” 

Moving Towards Mobility: Independent Living in the Wake of Mobility Impairments

Older adults often struggle with the toll aging takes on their bodies. As time passes, their muscles weaken, their bones lose density, and their joints break down, causing discomfort and pain as they perform daily tasks. Many older adults feel the impact of this most in their legs, hindering their ability to move around as they once did. While these barriers may prove troublesome to independent living, they can be overcome.

COPD and Me: A Guide to Staying Safe while Aging in Place

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, often referred to as COPD, describes several progressive respiratory diseases (such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis) that target the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. While COPD presents a unique set of challenges to older adults and their caregivers, it is important to remember that millions of American families are able to successfully manage this diagnosis every year with the appropriate combination of treatment and modifications to their daily lives.

Lost Vision, Found Independence: Aging in Place with Visual Impairments

Vision loss is one of the first signs of aging experienced by older adults – one in three people over the age of 65 experience some form of vision loss in their lifetimes. Loss of vision is often accompanied by feelings of fear, anger, confusion, and even depression. Adjusting to life with vision loss is difficult, no doubt, but it is also manageable. Your loved one can and will be able to persevere with the right support.