This article is a guest-written blog by Hurley Elder Care Law’s Community Relations Manager, Amanda White. CaraVita Home Care is proud to work with Hurley Elder Care Law to ensure all seniors are treated with dignity and respect. A significant portion of our clients are military veterans that have needs for in-home care.
Connecting never goes out of style and seniors are making their presence known on the Internet. The Pew Research Center has shown that Internet use among those 65 and older grew a staggering 150% between 2009 and 2011, the largest growth in any demographic group. Additionally, their 2012 study showed that of those that go online, 71% do so daily and 34% use social media regularly. If social media is a house party, seniors might have shown up fashionably late but they are here to stay late and have a good time. Seniors are enthusiastic when it comes to staying connected with friends and family.
Topics: Senior Treatments
So, you've seen your parents. You've checked our checklist. It seems like maybe they might need a little help. What to do?
written by Dana Herron
Hands that Nurture: the Power of Touch.
By Dana Lusk
Consider the power of touch.It’s no secret that touch is an affirmative, healing force. Holding hands, a back rub, hugs—all have the effect of decreasing stress and increasing good feelings. From the time we’re born, we seek out social situations that will fulfill our need for positive touch.
We’ve often heard widely accepted truisms about aging like “memory loss is inevitable with age.” These statements are culturally accepted as fact, and frame our view of aging as a society. If mom gets a little more forgetful and a little less engaged, it’s just a natural part of aging.
Many of us do not get to see our aging loved ones as much as we would like. We talk to them on the phone a few times a week and check in with their doctors, but often times it is just long weekends and holidays that we pack up the kids and head up to grandma's house. If you are hitting the roads this 4th of July, make sure to keep an eye out for a few signs that mom and dad's health may be declining.
The prevention and treatment of cognitive impairment in the elderly has become an increasingly visible field of study as our nation ages. Recent research ranging from lifestyle measures to pharmacological treatments suggests that dietary measures, physical exercise, and mental activity may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease in elderly subjects. There are more questions than answers, but even CBS News has taken note of the increased attention science is paying.