Preventing the Cold and Flu in Senior Citizens

Seasonal bugs are nothing to sneeze at. Getting the cold or flu is an incredible inconvenience for most, but for your elderly loved ones, coming down with one of these illnesses can have some pretty serious consequences. As we age, our immune systems (much like the rest of our bodies) aren’t as strong as they once were. This means that we are not only more susceptible, but we are affected more severely than the younger crowd. It’s easy to see why protecting your senior from catching something serious is so important. Here’s our best advice for preventing the cold and flu in senior citizens:  

Safe Transport for Senior Citizens During Winter

If you’ve ever been responsible for the care of a non-ambulatory person, you understand how challenging it can be to transport them from one place to another. It’s physically taxing on you as the caregiver, and it is often very discouraging for the patient, as well.  Unfortunately, all of this is compounded by the snow and ice that we experience in Colorado during the winter.  On top of everything else, safety for everyone involved becomes a real concern when freezing weather hits. That shouldn’t mean that your elderly loved one needs to be sequestered indoors, however. Getting around, and doing it safely, is an important part of a person’s quality of life. A bit of inclement weather doesn’t change that, so make sure that your senior is able to enjoy mobility all year long.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Senior Citizens

Choosing the right gift for the senior citizens you hold dear can often be difficult. After all, how do you ever thank someone who’s shown the world so much love?  These individuals are some of the most special people in our hearts, but we can all agree that buying the right present grows increasingly difficult as our loved ones get older. In addition to differences in taste, a whole new set of challenges arises as seniors downsize their belongings or transition into assisted living. The elderly are much less inclined to want wholly materialistic items, and would often prefer something more thoughtful.

Thanksgiving Puree Recipes for Seniors Living With Dysphagia

Dysphagia can certainly put a damper on the holiday season. Delicious meals and seasonal recipes are a large part of why we look forward to this time of year, so for those living with swallowing disorders, there is a lot of enjoyment that can be lost in serving bland pre-packaged purees. Likewise, family caregivers for these patients face particular challenges during the holidays; after all, you want your loved ones to make the most of these precious moments together.

Helping Seniors Downsize

The last few moves in a person’s life can be difficult – full of old photo albums and memories, that chair that Aunt Diane loved so much, and Grandpa Dave’s favorite old typewriter. While all of these family moments begin to turn up, many soon realize the true extent to which their loved ones have been accumulating clutter over the years. When in these situations, you begin to paint a picture of someone who’s lived a wonderful life, and often, isn’t ready to give up on the trinkets they’ve collected along the way. In these times of potential conflict, it’s important to be empathetic of what your loved one may be going through, and to work through any problems that arise through constructive conversation. Downsizing your senior’s possessions is one of life’s necessary steps, and from an estate management point of view, is essential if your senior is transitioning into the final years of life.

Healthy Sleep Patterns for the Elderly

No matter your age, getting a full night of sleep is important for your health. As you get older, your sleep patterns change, and disruptive sleep can affect your health and day-to-day activities. Many factors lead to restless sleep, but there are certain things you can do to have a peaceful night’s rest.