10 Skincare Tips for Seniors

No matter how old we are, taking care of our skin - our body’s largest organ - can sometimes feel like a sizable job. Just as we leave the season when everyone seems to be worrying about sunscreen application, the air cools down, we turn the heat on, and all of a sudden we’re dealing with dryness, itchiness, and redness. It can be tempting to focus on however our skin is feeling on any given day or in a particular season, but the reality is that skincare is important year-round: we need to wear sunscreen in the winter, we need to moisturize our skin the summer, and we always need to pay attention to any new developments in our skin.  Since our skin changes as we get older, i ...

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Health Screenings Schedule for Seniors

As we get older, our health tends to demand more attention and upkeep. One way to keep on top of our health – and the health of our senior loved ones – is to complete health screenings for the various chronic and acute conditions that tend to affect older adults.  Since many of us check in with our health at the outset of a new year, what better time than now to make sure that we’re getting ourselves and our loved ones appropriately screened? Though those in their fifties aren’t seniors, we’ve started the guidelines in this post at age 55, since early screenings are great preventative measures that help keep us healthy into our senior years. We’ve also included information abo ...

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Seniors and S.A.D.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression “related to changes in seasons” that most commonly affects those who suffer from it during the winter months, due to a change in sunlight exposure. SAD is differentiated from the “winter blues” experienced by those who live in cold climates with short winter days by the fact that it causes more severe symptoms that impact everyday life, like feelings of hopelessness, low energy, and an inability to focus .  In this post, we’ll outline the symptoms of SAD, so that you can look out for these symptoms in your senior loved ones. We’ll also discuss some risk factors that can make seniors more susceptible to seasonal de ...

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Guide to Senior Spring Cleaning | Caring Senior Service

It's that time again! Spring is here, which means it’s time to get the house clean and organized. A clean home can help you feel more comfortable and less stressed. It can also help eliminate safety hazards. However, getting your home cleaned can be a big challenge — especially for seniors who may have health challenges. If you assist an aging loved one or a client with spring cleaning, here are some tips to keep in mind.   Set Realistic Expectations   Before getting started, set realistic expectations. Determine how much time you can devote to the project — either a few full days or parts of some days. This can help you set a cleaning schedule. Then, you can decide how much ...

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The Importance of Sexual Health for Seniors | Caring Senior Service

Sexual health and intimacy in seniors is something that we as a society tend to have a difficult time discussing. The reality is, however, that over 40% of people between the ages of 65–80 are sexually active, and failing to have open conversations around this topic leads to a lot of misconceptions, flawed information, and downright myths. Sexual health is a core component of healthcare, and it’s something that older adults should be able to discuss without shame or stigma.   Many Seniors Have Active Sex Lives     Studies show that about two-thirds of seniors are still interested in sex. Furthermore, about 50% of seniors say that sex is an important factor in their qualit ...

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The Benefits of Telehealth for Seniors

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many doctors’ offices began offering telehealth services. In the US, Medicare expanded its coverage for telehealth services , so that senior patients can take advantage of ‘virtual’ visits with their doctors. As we continue to practice physical distancing and keep our socialization limited to our ‘bubbles,’ telehealth will remain one of the common ways many of us access healthcare services. Telemedicine is particularly useful for seniors, who are at risk for more severe coronavirus symptoms and are therefore being especially cautious. Using telehealth services may be quite a new experience for seniors, so in this post, you’ll find an ...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Preparing to Return Home after In-Patient Rehab

After a major medical event, like a stroke or hip surgery, seniors may be transferred from the hospital to an in-patient rehabilitation facility to continue their recovery. Once they reach certain milestones, they can be discharged home. However, returning home can pose some difficulties regarding safety, logistics, and more. Learn more about preparing to return home after in-patient rehab.  View the text alternative of Preparing to Return Home after In-Patient Rehab. Share this Image On Your Site Preparing to Return Home after In-Patient Rehab Seniors may spend time in an outpatient rehabilitation facility following a surgery or serious medical event, like a stroke. While returnin ...

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How to Help Seniors Find a Sense of Purpose | Caring Senior Service

As seniors age, they may begin to lose sight of their purpose or relevance in life. This is due in large part to the fact that life tends to slow down. We retire from our careers, our kids grow up and establish families of their own, we become less interested in or able to do things we once enjoyed. These changes can cause seniors to feel forgotten, worthless, or meaningless. However, a strong sense of purpose in life is directly tied to better health. And every senior has something they can contribute to this world. Let’s explore how seniors can find and maintain a sense of purpose as they age so they can enjoy life to the fullest.    What Is a Sense of Purpose   A sense of purpo ...

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Signs Your Senior Loved One May Need a Caregiver

We can't always help our aging loved ones as much as we would like. Whether because we live too far away, because our work or kids take all our time, or because our loved ones need professional care that we can't provide, sometimes we have to look for someone else who can give them the care and attention they deserve. Finding a caregiver for your loved one is sometimes the best decision even if you live nearby and are an active part of your parents’ or grandparents' lives. As much as we want to care for our loved ones ourselves, it's no secret that caregiving can be exhausting and can lead to burnout. If you are trying to manage a career and/or a family at the same time as caring for you ...

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2021 Resolutions for Caregivers

Here we are: it’s a brand new year! So many of us are breathing a sigh of relief to see 2020 in the rearview mirror, and to have the fresh start of a new year. It’s a traditional time of the year to set goals and make resolutions, so in our first blog post of 2021, we’re offering up six new year’s resolutions that family caregivers might like to adopt this year.  1. I will take care of myself first. The old adage about “putting your own oxygen mask on first” is a common refrain in caregiving – but that’s because it’s true. It’s easy to forget about the care you need in your efforts to be the best caregiver possible, but it’s very important to resist the temptation ...

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