June is Men’s Health Month, a month to bring awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases in men. Does this sound like your dad or husband? “I’m fine, I don’t need help from any one. I took care of the family for 67 years, I think I can take care of myself.” Your dad has always been the provider for your family, so why should he take the time to care for himself? He doesn’t believe in going to the doctor or asking for help. No matter how many times you offer to give him a ride or go along with him to his appointments – he simply won’t go. Having your dad be resistive to the idea of going to the doctor for a regular check up can leave you feeling defeated.
You may be familiar with the common signs of someone with depression: feeling sad, hopeless and being down on themselves all the time. If someone you know is experiencing these feelings, don’t take them lightly – but also know there can be much more subtle signs of depression to look for. The dictionary defines depression as: a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness.
Watching your parent age and no longer being able to care for themselves isn’t easy. You never imagined that you’d be their caregiver. From helping them bathe every day, make their meals or checking on them every night after you get off work. You always pictured them as your “mom” or “dad” who cared for you — but now you’re taking care of them. And it can take a toll on you, both emotionally and physically.
Moving to an assisted living community is an emotional time, from closing one chapter to moving on to a new part of life. Carole, a resident at The Arbors at Dracut knows these feelings all too well. After taking care of her husband, Ray, the love of her life for 68 years, he passed away. Carole was so busy caring for Ray, that she didn’t have time to care for herself. The morning after his funeral, she was admitted to the hospital only to find she had Atrial Fibrillation, Congestive Heart Failure, and Pneumonia. Like many spouses who assume the role of primary caregiver, putting her husband’s needs before her own took a serious toll on her own health.
In the early years of life, your children depended on you for almost everything. Your days were filled with running them to practices, lessons, making their dinner and watching them grow. As they become adults and grow their own families – your relationship changes. They will always call you “mom” but you are no longer their 24/7 support system. You may be uncertain of what to do with your new lifestyle and feel an empty void. Unsure of how to fill this void, senior adults can become depressed and lonely. They may turn to alcohol or prescription drugs for a quick fix to cure their loneliness.
There is always an activity happening at The Arbors! From bowling, movie nights, live music or baking classes, there is something for everyone! Residents are able to choose from a variety of activities and programs that best suits them. Here’s a look at some of the activities residents at The Arbors participate in.
For many, the death of a mother is one of the most emotional and difficult times you will go through. She was your support system, number one fan and always looking out for you. Besides processing your own feelings and emotions, you may also be helping your father process his. Here a four tips to help your dad cope with the loss of a spouse.
May is American Stroke Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke. And every four minutes someone dies from a stroke. If your senior parent has ever experienced a stroke before, you know that it can turn their life and yours upside down. In fact, more than half of survivors 65 and older have reduced mobility.
There are many ways to celebrate your “mom” on Mother’s Day to make her feel extra special. But, what if she lives in an assisted living community? No problem. Whether you have a spa day or plan a potluck – you can still spend the day pampering her. Here are a few ways to make your mom feel appreciated on Mother’s Day in an assisted living.
For many seniors who have chronic diseases, taking a daily medication is essential for maintaining health and quality of life. But, receiving multiple prescriptions from different doctors, or a miscalculation in dose can also be a source of danger.