In August 2017, the people of Kingwood, Texas, and the rest of the greater Houston area were bracing for a storm. While no one was able to predict the devastation that ultimately befell the community, people tried to prepare as best they could while going about their daily lives. But even a hurricane could not prevent Lori from caring for her client.February 22, 2018Hilary Young #Caregiving #Aging #Support for Adult Caregiving #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
Seeking help and support is vital to caregivers. Many of us find reading stories from other caregivers helpful to understand and prepare for caregiving duties. Based on popularity and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon books, we have shortlisted five books and graphic novels that depict the challenges of caring for seniors, and the coping strategies these authors employed.February 20, 2018Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
Prescribing opioids for chronic pain remains controversial. What are the treatment alternatives and are there any resources for chronic pain management?February 15, 2018Beth Lueders #Aging #Health/Medical #Elder Care Mediation #Pain Management
Aging Life Care Professionals are specialized caseworkers who focus on holistic geriatric care management. They can be an excellent resource for both family caregivers and isolated older adults, providing help and advocacy across a variety of disciplines. We spoke with Brenda Shorkend, an independent Aging Life Care Professional with over 25 years of experience, and got answers to five most frequently asked questions for Aging Life Care Professionals.January 23, 2018Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiving #Caregiver Help #Planning for Eldercare
Preparing a week’s worth of meals in advance may sound daunting, but if you are an adult child caregiving for aging parents, meal prepping gives you peace of mind that your loved ones will get enough nutrients.January 18, 2018Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiving #Health Living
“Get healthy” is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If this is your goal, how about achieving it by eating produce in season? Consuming seasonal foods not only means that your meals are going to be packed with flavors and nutrients, but it can also benefit your wallet.
The holidays are over. Sigh. After New Year’s Day, the letdown of the holiday season hits a low note for many of us, leaving us feeling lonely, depressed and just not up for socializing. How can we beat this post-holiday blues?
Right at Home developed RightConversations Guide to offer tips on discussing home care with senior loved ones and family.January 02, 2018Beth Lueders #Aging #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Support for Adult Caregiving
“People think hearing loss is an old-person thing,” says Maionchi, an audiologist. “But my average patient is in their mid- to late 50s."December 21, 2017Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living #Health/Medical #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Technology #Senior Care Technology
People with arthritis tend to be less active due to pain and discomfort. But in warm water, the muscles are more relaxed and therefore more flexible for stretching and exercises.December 19, 2017Lisa Trudell #Aging #Health Living #Pain Management
Are you spending an extended amount of time with your loved ones during the holidays? If so, it may be an ideal time for your to be on the lookout for the well-being of an aging loved one. Here's what you should keep an eye on:December 14, 2017Hilary Young #Aging #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Elder Care Mediation #Fall Prevention #Support for Adult Caregiving
Right at Home is hosting a free CEU webinar entitled "Aging in Place: The Preferences of Today's Aging Generation" in collaboration with the American Society on Aging (ASA). Join us for this one-hour program on December 14!December 07, 2017Beth Lueders #Aging #Support for Adult Caregiving
Geriatic massage not only improves aging health conditions, it also benefits seniors with limited social interaction. "The loving touch that goes along with therapeutic touch is immensely powerful," says Nicole Joy, a certified geriatric massage therapist.December 01, 2017Beth Leuders #Aging #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Health Living
Grote Johnson’s father brought the family together. He told his children that he wanted to go out of this world in comfort and dignity. He had decided on hospice at that point. Being a registered nurse and having experience working at a home health and hospice agency in the past, Grote Johnson felt thankful for her father’s openness to have such a difficult conversation with his children, and for his unconventional way of educating his family on the topic.
He is staring right at me but somehow things feel a little “off.” There is tension in his eyes as though he is struggling to remember who I am. He is at a loss for words to explain what is going on.
He is my father, my go-to person for everything—guidance, love, support and comfort.
When people envision a bully, they think about a young kid or adolescent picking on someone smaller than them. What happens when an adult becomes the victim of bullying?October 24, 2017Hilary Young #Aging
Hearing loss affects more than 48 million Americans. The National Institutes of Health estimates that a third of U.S. adults age 65-74 and up to half of adults over age 75 have measurable hearing impairment.October 17, 2017Beth Lueders #Aging #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support
“Moving is the third-most stressful life event that a person can experience, just behind death of a loved one and divorce,” says McMahon. “There is a very emotional and physical process to moving, and it helps to have someone get you through it.”October 10, 2017Hilary Young #Aging #Health Living
“Hi, Grandma. Hey, Grandpa. I’m in trouble, but please don’t tell anyone. Please. The cops arrested me and I didn’t do anything. I need $1,000 to post bail. I need you to send me money.”October 02, 2017Beth Lueders #Aging
Millions of Americans live with cognitive change, a decline of mental functioning that can affect memory, reasoning, language and judgment. Cognitive change, outside of the natural aging process, stems from a number of causes including head injury, stroke and neurological conditions.September 05, 2017Right at Home #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Aging
It’s that time of year again: back to school. And while you might think that only applies to kids, there are actually a significant amount of older folks who choose to go back to school post-retirement. In fact, more so than prior generations, seniors are choosing to continue their educations later in life, proving that it’s never too late to learn something new.August 31, 2017Hilary Young #Aging #Support for Adult Caregiving
Put on your brimmed hat, gloves and clogs. Stretch your green thumb. The sizzling days of summer are fading to the refreshing temperatures of fall—the perfect time for planting cool-season vegetables and herbs. Artichokes, spinach, radishes, cilantro and parsley are favorite headliners of late-season gardens. Whether you are new to garden planting or know your way around compost and N-P-K ratios, we’ve got several tips and reminders for your fall gardening.August 15, 2017Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living
Bell’s palsy is a temporary paralysis of the face caused by inflammation, compression or trauma to the facial nerve. Typically, the disorder only affects one side of the face, and the resulting physical distortion occurs suddenly and peaks within 48 hours. Because of the facial paralysis and possible affected speech, Bell’s palsy may be confused with a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), but Bell’s palsy is not connected with either of these conditions.August 10, 2017Beth Lueders #Caregiver Help #Aging #Health/Medical
When Karen arrived for work one afternoon and was kicked out of the home of a memory care client in her care who didn’t seem to recognize her, she didn’t panic. Instead, Karen walked out the door and decided to improvise. She put her hair up in a ponytail and knocked on the door. Her client greeted her with a big smile and invited her to come in the house.August 03, 2017Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiver Help #Health Living #Support for Adult Caregiving
These baby boom boys and girls are now aging individuals who almost all agree on one thing: living in their own home later in life. Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s aging baby boomers want to age in place.
Debbie is a new grandmother who is looking forward to not only spending time with her granddaughter, but seeing her own mother interact with the newest family member. Four generations will be together this year. She explains, “Family is really core of the religion for me.”
Educating people about nutritious food is the first step toward achieving health empowerment. The second step is actually making nutritious food available to them. Through their work with food, the Atwoods are potentially empowering an entire post-retirement community to take control of their health.
If you are female and in your 50s and early 60s, you may want to raise a glass of wine to a study in the journal Menopause: moderate alcohol consumption may lower your risk of osteoporosis.December 27, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living
If the thought of retiring and living solely on your Social Security benefits scares you, you may have reason to breathe a sigh of relief, or at least exhale enough to realize that it is possible to live a happy life in America on a senior’s fixed income.December 20, 2016Beth Lueders #Planning for Eldercare #Aging
Table tennis is an activity that many elders participate in, regardless of physical ability. Aside from being enjoyable, playing table tennis can also help elders avoid falling. As a physical exercise, table tennis helps reduce the risk of falls.November 29, 2016Dr. Rein Tideiksaar #Aging #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Caregiving #Fall Prevention
You swirl another ladle of gravy on the mashed potatoes and gulp down another helping of turkey. But before the pumpkin pie is cut, you start to feel that internal restlessness. What happens to your body’s digestion when you overeat?November 22, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living #Health/Medical
The airplane, phonograph, automobile and motion picture were just a few of the most notable inventions of years gone by. What would you list as your most-appreciated scientific invention of your generation? Here’s a few decades’ worth to get you started.November 15, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging
Caregivers are frequently told how important it is for them to stay engaged socially, but I think we sometimes forget how beneficial it can also be for the care receiver.November 10, 2016Elaine K. Sanchez #Aging #Health/Medical #Caregiving
The key to preserving mobility in old age? You have got to move! Here are 5 core and glutes exercises that are vital to your independence.November 07, 2016Michele Fan #Aging #Fall Prevention #Health Living
In what is considered his farewell address to the American people, former President Ronald Reagan penned a November 5, 1994, letter announcing his recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, the irreversible neurological condition that is the most frequent form of dementia.November 01, 2016Beth Lueders #Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care & Support #Aging #Caregiving #Health/Medical #Support for Adult Caregiving
Decreased mobility due to aging is not irreversible, even though studies show that people typically lose 8 percent or more muscle mass every decade after age 40. Muscle mass gives you strength and is associated with mobility. For some older adults, it is also vital to their independence.October 31, 2016Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiving #Fall Prevention #Health Living
Do you have any healthy Halloween recipes? Share with us!October 27, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living #Caregiving #Health/Medical #Support for Adult Caregiving
As a trained exercise physiologist, Dr. Berg used to give lectures on diabetes around Omaha, Nebraska. Eventually, he decided to bring people in and show them what to do to meet their needs, instead of just talking about it. The "SELF" program was born as a result.October 24, 2016Michele Fan #Health Living #Aging #Planning for Eldercare
You don’t always have to wait until an emergency happens to get help, though. Here are three indicators that it might be time to bring in some help.October 17, 2016Elaine K. Sanchez #Aging #Caregiving
Every year, Americans celebrate National Dessert Day (October 14) by sampling a full menu of sweets. Do you know which American age group is most likely to pick up their dessert fork or to dip a spoon in some dessert decadence?October 13, 2016Beth Lueders #Health Living #Aging #Health/Medical
“People waste their later years because they feel defeated by age, or by health,” says Ladimer. “But there are still ways they can create change. It’s never too late for change.”September 22, 2016Hilary Young #Aging #Caregiving #Support for Adult Caregiving #Government
A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds that Americans who watch at least three hours of television a day double their risk of dying prematurely compared to people who watch TV an hour or less a day.September 20, 2016Beth Lueders #Health Living #Aging #Health/Medical
Here are seven almost-givens for your truly golden years:September 15, 2016Beth Lueders #Health Living #Aging #Fall Prevention #Caregiving #Planning for Eldercare #Caregiver Help
While pill organizers can help avoid medication errors, there must be a good fit between the user and the pill organizer, otherwise, the benefits of using a pill organizer will be lost, and may actually impair one’s health.September 13, 2016Dr. Rein Tideiksaar #Elder Care Mediation #Aging #Fall Prevention #Health Living #Support for Adult Caregiving #Pain Management
As our parents age, it is time for the family to unite to create a working plan that considers the needs and concerns of the entire family. Family members need to have these difficult conversations in a real way to ensure that their aging parents are safe and that family relationships survive. Elder/family mediation is a successful tool that gives families a way to effectively manage the aging process that confronts us all.September 08, 2016Michele Fan #Aging #Caregiver Help #Support for Adult Caregiving #Caregiving
Spending time with grandkids isn’t just about making sure they have a good time. It’s an opportunity to teach them how to treat other people. If we act like a doormat, we teach them that it is OK to be rude and inconsiderate.September 06, 2016Elaine K. Sanchez #Aging #Health Living
These and other stories are in the September edition of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, providing information, advice and support for adult caregiving.September 03, 2016Rita Ude #Aging #Fall Prevention #Support for Adult Caregiving
What benefits of empty nesting are most appealing to you?August 16, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging
A 2012 National Health Interview Study found that 11.2 percent of adults report having daily pain.August 09, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging #Health Living #Pain Management #Health/Medical
Arthritis is a condition that wears down and destroys a joint in the body. Degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis known as osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that most commonly affects the thumb.August 02, 2016Beth Lueders #Aging #Government #Health Living #Pain Management