“As surges of Coronavirus infections have begun to re-emerge and people are being more lenient with social distancing, families around the country are preparing to celebrate summer holidays, including Father’s Day. Honoring and celebrating important fathers and male family members has been a long tradition for many families, however, considerations must be taken before inviting grandpa over for cake and presents this year.
“Holidays are a valuable time for the whole family to catch up, make new memories, and bond,” says aging expert and author of BOOM: The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that you can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive Lisa Cini. “For our aging loved ones who may not get to see their families often due to distance, holidays are treasured. Yet, with Coronavirus disproportionately affecting at-risk populations, such as those with pre-existing conditions, or 65+, Father’s Day should not be treated the same in 2020, especially with at risk loved ones….”
Read the full article here: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amidst-coronavirus-pandemic-families-unique-163400162.html
Most of us know women who have developed dementia or Alzheimer’s whom we never expected would. As a condition that can change so much of how we experience the world, it’s fair to say that all of us hope we can learn how to prevent it.
As a healthcare professional, I’ve observed the changes and challenges that dementia brings but the good news is that there is hope. There are things we can do to reduce our risk of developing dementia.
So while we want to do what we can to not develop dementia, people like me are working hard to help more people learn how to get it right with people who are living with dementia.
We hope that someday dementia may be viewed with a mindset that “life has not just ended”, an acceptance that while the dementia journey is indeed different, it’s not all bad. Perhaps we can even be okay with what may be a beautiful time walking alongside our companion with dementia.
But let’s back up and identify what we can do to reduce our own risk of developing dementia: “
Please see the full article here: https://northfortynews.com/category/health-and-wellness/todays-women-preventing-dementia/
“Countries all over the world are hit by the unprecedented crisis COVID-19. To slow down the spread of the infection is just as important as stopping the spread of the infection, in order to prevent overwhelming, the healthcare system. Hence, countries have taken careful measures to flatten the curve. Some of the measures include implementing safe distancing measures, practicing good washing hygiene and most importantly staying or self-isolating at home.
Elderly must adhere to these measures strictly because they are more susceptible to this virus due to their aging immunity system. Their aging immunity system also means that their recovery period is slower, when they contracted this virus. In addition, for elderly who have other chronic diseases, contracting this virus will be more complicated.
Though these self-isolation and social distancing measures protects the elderly’s physical well-being and lower their risk of contracting this virus, their emotional and mental well-being could be affected. They will feel lonelier, especially for those elderly who are in self-isolation. These measures also disrupt some of their routine activities, such as catching up with friends, going for routine check-ups, shopping for groceries, making them feel more helpless and frustrated…”
Read the full article here: https://www.senecaglobe.com/caring-for-elderly-who-are-self-isolating-at-home-during-pandemic/
“As senior centers, adult day centers and other programs geared toward older adults temporarily closed their doors, family caregivers hunkered down with their loved ones to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus. Changing routines, missing socialization opportunities and lacking cognitive stimulation may become increasingly problematic as time goes on.
Deyon Murray, of Boynton Beach, Florida, for example, says her newly relocated father, 88 — now her housemate — is feeling the void of activities. He was used to going to a senior center daily but it is closed. “I can see where he’s bored already and I have to sleep in the day because I’m a night hospice nurse,” she says. “I don’t know how to keep him occupied.”
If you and your loved ones are stuck at home and cabin fever is setting in, here are some ideas to help prevent boredom and stay active….”
“Across the nation, patients are foregoing home health visits out of concerns they will be exposed to the virus that causes Covid-19. According to a Home Care Association of America survey, nearly 90% of home health agencies reported their clients canceled one or more visits because they feared possibly contracting the virus from home health providers coming into their homes.
One large home health company recently received 8,000 visit cancellations within a week. While some patients have had family and caregivers step in to provide non-medical support, others are delaying necessary medical care which could lead to clinical deterioration and increase their risk of complications….”
Read the full article here: https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/05/19/home-health