Is There a Benefit to Seniors Playing Video Games?

Elderly woman sitting at the table and types on laptop.The online world provides us with instantaneous responses to any sort of question we are able to imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we might have thought of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. Among the most worthwhile online innovations for those who are in the senior care industry is brain training applications, computerized mind games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning. But just how well do they actually work? Are there real benefits to seniors playing video games? [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

Get to Know the Boomerangs – the Older Sandwich Generation

Due in part to the advances of science and medicine, humans are living longer than ever before, resulting in a new role for the sandwich generation (adults providing care for both children and aging parents): the role of the boomerang generation. [Read more…]

Atlanta Seniors: Learn How to Relieve Arthritis Pain in Just 45 Minutes a Week

When it comes to exercise and staying active to maintain optimum health, seniors are no exception! However, for Atlanta seniors who are fighting arthritis pain, getting an adequate amount of physical fitness can be troublesome. [Read more…]

Dementia Treatment In Your Back Pocket

Nowadays, music is more obtainable than ever before. For individuals who carry smartphones or tablets with them every place they go, thousands – if not millions of songs – are just several touches or finger swipes away. If you provide care for a senior individual, your smartphone can become one of the most useful tools in your possession in helping an elderly person thrive by awakening his or her emotional wellbeing with music. This widely circulated video recording from the Alive Inside documentary shows just how tremendously powerful music can be as a form of dementia treatment and to help older adults with restricted abilities. [Read more…]

Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aids (e.g. reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What’s a typical age-related change? Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. [Read more…]

Changes Related to Aging

Contrary to popular belief, most American seniors live independently while maintaining strong relationships with family and friends. Their personalities remain relatively stable throughout their lives. Depression occurs less in un-institutionalized seniors than among young adults.

Normal age related changes do occur. These may include:
  • Hearing impairment
  • Failing vision
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased likelihood of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension [Read more…]

Six Subtle Signs Indicating More Care at Home May Be Needed

As eyesight diminishes, mobility falters or memory fades, it’s not easy to admit you may need help, and when it comes to personal care needs, it can become even more difficult. Couple this with a fear of losing your independence and it isn’t hard to imagine why many seniors keep their needs to themselves. This is why watching for signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed oftentimes falls on family, friends, or advisers. [Read more…]

What Does “Healthy Eating” Mean?

Most of us know that staying healthy includes making smart food choices and being physically active. But we’re not always sure what healthy eating really means.

“I have good intentions to eat right, I really do,” says Ben, 59, “but sometimes I’m just not sure what that means exactly.” [Read more…]

Managing Arthritis in the Winter

What is arthritis?

It is pain in the joints caused by inflammation, or break down of cartilage (the tissue between joints that absorbs impact), lack of fluid in the joints or an auto-immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis.) Though conclusive evidence as to the link between cold weather and pain does not seem to exist, ask anyone who suffers from arthritis when their symptoms are the worst and they will probably all answer “in the winter.”

Though many of us—especially the elderly—choose to stay indoors during winter, this sedentary lifestyle might actually make us feel worse. It is important to stay active year round to decrease arthritis symptoms and to maintain overall health. [Read more…]