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.
Managing diabetes isn’t just a daily, weekly or monthly task – it’s a life time diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes. And the rates of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Adults who are age 65 and older make up 25% of the population with diabetes. Is your senior loved one a part of the 25%? If they are, you can help them manage their diabetes and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
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.
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.
Is 80 the new young? If the pace of increase in life expectancy in America over the past two centuries continues through the 21st century, most babies born since 2000 will celebrate their 100th birthdays, according to an article published in the medical journal the Lancet. And people aren’t just living longer. These additional years of life are now being realized later in life.
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.
Almost half (47%) of 40 and 50-year-old adults have a parent age 65 or older who they care for while also raising a young child or supporting a grown child. Also known as the "sandwich generation," these family caregivers are pulled in many different directions, making it difficult to balance everyday life. They may be faced with daily questions such as:
- Can I afford to pay for my loved one's medication while supporting my son in college?
- Do I have enough time to make it to my daughter's soccer game after bringing my parent to their physical therapy session?
- How do I find time to take care of myself?
It can feel impossible to manage everything. There are a variety of challenges sandwich generation family caregivers face each day.
A legacy is a gift or a bequest. And although most people may think in terms of monetary bequests in a will or trust, a nonmonetary legacy may exist while a person is still alive and continue after their death.