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Difficult Conversations - Giving Up the Car

An elderly loved one may resist when a family member raises concerns about his or her driving because he or she wants to remain independent as long as possible. For an elderly driver, surrendering the car keys signifies a lifestyle change, affecting where the senior lives, who he or she sees and which activities he or she pursues. A senior may feel devastated and afraid of losing control and autonomy. Therefore, it’s important to consider his or her viewpoint and understand his or her concerns about handing over the keys.

Bathroom Safety - A Shower Chair or Bath Bench

More than one in three persons over age 65 fall each year at home, often in the bathroom while attempting to shower or bathe. Standing up while showering or attempting to safely climb in and out of the bathtub can be difficult tasks for people with balance and physical limitations. In fact, up to one-third of elders have difficulty getting into or out of a bathtub or shower.

Take a Trip - You'll Live Longer

Travel not only helps you live longer, but also boosts your mood and relieves the built-up pressure of daily stress. Doctors advise that getting away even for 24 hours refreshes the body and renews your motivation to tackle tasks and goals.

Planning For The Future of Our Older Citizens

While it can be troubling to see forgetfulness, lapsed hygiene and other signs of ageing affect your older loved one, the good news is that many elderly are actually relieved their families notice and care. In many cases, the older person can remain independent at home with the support of family members and professional in-home caregivers like Right at Home.

Planning For The Future of Our Older Citizens

While it can be troubling to see forgetfulness, lapsed hygiene and other signs of ageing affect your older loved one, the good news is that many elderly are actually relieved their families notice and care. In many cases, the older person can remain independent at home with the support of family members and professional in-home caregivers like Right at Home.

Seniors and Medications

Put a system in place for obtaining and taking medications. If possible, use a single pharmacy for all prescriptions. The pharmacy may be able to help simplify the management process that adjust medication refill dates so that all prescriptions are 'due' for a refill at the same time may be an effective strategy.

Five Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The Institute of Public Health’s report Making Diabetes Count (2007) estimated that there were about 143,000 people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Ireland (based on in 2005 figures) and predicted that this number would increase by 37%, to 194,000 people, by 2015.

Today's Challenges with Care of Our Parents

Our longer lifespan. A century ago, the average life expectancy was around 50 years. Today, the average is 78.8 years—which means that plenty of us will live into our 90s and even achieve centenarian status. But experts tell us that these bonus years may be marked by poor health and disability. It's increasingly likely that if we find ourselves needing care at age 75, we still might be caring for an elderly parent.

Spring into Fitness

Spring time can help dissipate the depression of the darker days of winter.  With the onset of brighter days and longer evenings exercising outdoors will prove beneficial for mental and physical health.

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