This is the time of year when we think about family and all we have to be thankful for. One of the high points of the season can be sharing precious moments with aging loved ones. Sometimes as we share stories and memories, it becomes stressful and tries our patience. We worry about them being safe, healthy and happy.
If you ever had school age children, you probably spent some time in October conducting a fire safety survey and making a few changes around your house. That
Getting enough nutrition is important at any age. However, 15% to 50% of the elderly suffer from malnutrition according to medical studies. A 1992 survey by Ross Laboratories shows that over 20% of seniors skip at least one meal a day. Plus, another study found that 16% of seniors eat less than 1,000 calories a day.
There are many reasons why your elderly loved ones might not be eating as they should.
- Depression from living alone can make it hard to prepare food for just one person, causing them to lose interest in eating.
- Some seniors may have physical limitations like arthritis that make it difficult to prepare food.
- Their dentures are ill-fitting and painful, so they may avoid foods that require a lot of chewing, like meats and raw vegetables.
- Some older people lose their sense of taste and smell, making foods taste bland and taking the enjoyment out of eating.
- Medication side effects can make foods taste bitter or cause a loss of appetite.
- Seniors may have no way to get to the grocery store; and they don
When a family is faced with caring for an aging loved one, it is not uncommon for the issues of money and inheritance to create tension among siblings.
Disagreements are inevitable, but they do not have to mar relationships forever. It is important to acknowledge that families have problems and that everyone comes from a less-than-perfect family.
Sibling relationships are often the longest of our lives, lasting 80 years or more. And while several research studies reveal that up to 45 percent of adults have an emotionally charged or distant relationship with a sibling, the caregiving dynamic can either polarize relationships or bond siblings closer together.
With that in mind, consider the following tips to help you and your siblings find a new and improved way to interact and to face caregiving as a team.
Try to let go of the
Many adult children tread lightly when it comes to the health of an aging loved one, especially when it could threaten independence. And, sadly, it often takes an incident of some sort before families feel that
Even though Grandma didn
Because our Keeping In Touch Solutions staff is committed to helping families with safety concerns and quality of life issues for seniors, we understand the needs you have and the needs of your aging loved ones. We understand that few aging adults want to leave their homes. We also understand your feelings as a long distance caregiver.
Sometimes it is difficult for us, as adult children, to switch roles occasionally with our aging parents. No wonder how awkward it might be, one of our most important jobs is to advocate for their needs.
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