The Elderly and Living With HIV

It is estimated that 50% of people diagnosed with HIV are over the age of 50. That is a staggering statistic, and something you don’t want to take lightly when it comes to protection and sexual health. With a lack of proper education and a stigma that comes with having HIV, it’s important that we bring awareness to the growing number of elderly adults living with this autoimmune disease.

Three Reasons Why You Need Advanced Directives

When it comes to your care during a time of crisis, an advanced directive is a great way to ensure that decisions are being made in your best interest. In short, an advanced directive allows you to designate a trusted individual to make important health-related decisions on your behalf if you are every unable to. While each state’s laws are different, the individual’s next-of-kin generally makes decisions on their behalf. However, with an advanced directive, you get the medical power of attorney over who to designate as a decision maker. To help educate you on the topic, here are three reasons why we think advanced directives are the right choice to make.

4 Ways to Appreciate a Senior Family Member

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day, and with it, comes a great opportunity to celebrate senior family members.  Established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, National Senior Citizens Day is meant to be a day of gratitude, because “we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute.”  In the spirit of this heartwarming salute to the living “links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a Nation,” we’re suggesting four ways to celebrate the seniors you hold most dear. 

Palliative Care: 3 Ways to Make Patients Comfortable at Home

Palliative care is a specialized treatment program for individuals with serious or chronic illnesses, and focuses on improving patients’ overall quality of life by easing their physical pain and emotional turmoil. Those in need of palliative care require a lot of attention and support from their doctors, caregivers, and loved ones. If you’re a guardian of an ailing patient, here are three key strategies to making them more comfortable at home: 

4 Ways for Homebound Patients to Stay Socially Active

One of the main challenges homebound individuals face is staying socially active. Seniors and patients who are confined indoors due to medical reasons should find ways to stay engaged with friends and family. Without regular social interactions, people can become bored, lonely, and even depressed. To avoid these negative emotions, here are a few activities that can help patients stay connected with others: