One of the most common questions asked in the geriatric industry is not how to begin care, but when to begin care. At what point do common symptoms of the everyday cold or illness begin to require more in-depth attention? When does avoiding the tough conversations with your parents about their health start to have a negative impact on their lives? The question of when to seek medical advice for elderly parents does not always have a clear answer, but we can offer a few common signals that may be signs that your parents may soon require increased medical attention.
One of the challenges we see with medical professionals in geriatric care is the lack of compliance and adherence to medication management. We often hear from our physician partners and families of the frustrations of their patients and loved ones who struggle with medication management and keeping with treatment protocols because of confusion or forgetfulness. This can often lead to more serious problems if not managed correctly.
Being in the industry of caring for seniors, you quickly find out who had the foresight to plan for their future and why it’s so important. In this day and age of cut backs, lay off’s and trying to make your paycheck stretch a little longer, long term care insurance is not at the top of the list and is not a familiar topic with most people. And quite frankly, it’s not clear when I need to get it and why I need to think about it now before I need it, while I’m still relatively young?
As we get older, we need to become even more aware of our bodies nutritional needs. Because we are living longer than ever before, we need to keep our body, mind and spirit intact. A good way to do that is by eating healthy. We’ve heard this throughout our entire lives, eat your vegetables, drink your water and exercise.
As we age, our bodies start to change. Our autoimmune system isn’t as strong, our bones get fragile, we get sick faster and our memory starts to fade. Nutrition is a key ingredient to keeping your body the best it can be. Fruits and vegetables can help provide you with fiber, vitamins and minerals and can help protect you from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.