Senior Depression and Loneliness: Dealing with the Loss of Friends You’ve just attended the third funeral of a close friend within a year’s time. The toll of all these losses is starting to wear on you emotionally. You’d like more support from your family, but how do you ask? If you are losing a lot [...]
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Talking with Your (Adult) Kids The communication gap that occurred when Boomer children were teenagers may repeat as seniors struggle to find the right words to talk to their kids about sensitive subjects. Independence, money, health and romance can leave tongue-tied even senior parents who are close to their Boomer children. How do seniors tell [...]
Ten Tips to Help Seniors Communicate with Their Boomer Children Be assertive . . . There will be situations where people talk to you in ways that are inappropriate. You may be patronized, put down or abused, even by family members. Assertiveness involves figuring out what you need in a specific situation, stating that clearly [...]
In-Home Care Increases Seniors’ Chances of Staying Out of the Hospital Q. It’s time for my 82-year-old mother to leave the hospital. I think she’ll do fine because she is committed to staying healthy. Her doctor and caseworker believe she can live at home if someone checks on her each day to make sure she [...]
How to Deal with a Traumatic Midnight Call My friend Caroline and I were catching up recently, and the topic turned to her mother, who had been hospitalized after a heart attack last summer. Caroline had been notified via a midnight phone call while away on a family vacation. “She was unconscious and the nurse [...]
Senior Conditions that Contribute to Hospitalization While a number of factors can contribute to a senior’s readmission to a hospital after being transitioned home, there are six common conditions that are the most prevalent causes: Arthritis Congestive Heart Failure Diabetes Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) Pneumonia Comorbidity Arthritis Arthritis is a chronic disease, which is characterized [...]
Post Hospital Stay Health Related Warning Signs You will be happy and relieved once your senior loved one gets discharged from the hospital. However, the first 48 hours back home are absolutely critical for both of you. Making sure he gets proper nutrition and hydration, takes medications as prescribed and monitors activity levels are all [...]
Recommended Foods that Aid Senior Recovery We all know that getting proper nutrition and staying hydrated are the keys to leading a healthy life. But what if you have a senior loved one who recently returned home from the hospital and is not well? Are there certain foods that can help speed recovery and help [...]
How to Manage Follow Up Appointments Before your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, he or she will likely receive a list of scheduled and/or recommended follow-up medical appointments. In order to keep his or her recovery on track, it’s imperative that you help make sure your senior gets to each and every [...]
Managing New Medications When your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, she or he is likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don’t create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring your loved one’s recovery. Medication mismanagement is one [...]