Top Travel Destinations for Seniors
Be Independent Home Care, an Irish company that provides one-to-one assistance and support to elderly clients in their own homes to help them maintain their independence and individuality created this interactive StoryMap which profiles ideal travel destinations for seniors. Find out more about them here – http://www.beindependenthomecare.ie/join-the-team/care-assistant-jobs.html. As we get older travel can become more difficult. Managing those cobblestones in Europe or the green pastures in Ireland can be challenging so knowing great, senior-friendly destinations is a bonus. Thanks to Be Independent for their post.
Estranged Family Members – Can’t Be a Bad as The Family Stone Movie
As we grow older, we become more cognizant of the fact that the world is a lonely place, and all we can do is hold on to our nearest and dearest as tightly as we can. But life has a funny way of sometimes creating a painful distance between you and those closest to you. It’s fairly common for many of retirement age to be estranged from their children and grandchildren, from their siblings, from close friends. But if there’s one thing that contributes to good health in old age, it’s having a close-knit family and circle of friends. If you’ve become estranged from your family, here are a few ways to reconnect. The Family Stone – how strong is yours?
- Reach out several times. Not just once.
The main reason that so many familial relationships deteriorate over the years can often be traced to simple lack of communication and stubbornness. Perhaps you feel that you’ve been wronged by a family member, or vice versa. The other thinks you should make the effort, whereas your reality dictates that they should make the effort. This situation can often lead to a communication deadlock that can last for years. Instead, offer an olive branch and make the effort yourself. Let go of whatever it is that’s holding you back. And try not just once, but several times until your family member comes around.
- Forgive and ask for forgiveness.
Whatever it is that’s holding you back from being close with your loved ones, it’s likely that both parties were in the wrong. If your son or daughter no longer talks to you out of shame after some argument, go out of your way to forgive them. Don’t just forgive them in your heart, but forgive them with words. On the flip side, if it’s you that’s caused the schism with your family members (even if it’s a misunderstanding), admit to your transgressions and ask for forgiveness.
- Confront the issues.
Asking for forgiveness is a good start, but it won’t go extremely far in your pursuit to mend broken relationships. You and your family have become estranged from each other for a reason or set of reasons. You cannot forgive each other and then proceed to ignore the elephant in the room. No matter how painful it is, talk about what went wrong. Don’t argue; discuss. Talk about how you felt, and explain that actions are often perceived in different ways by different people. Whatever you do, talk through all your problems.
- Once you’ve resolved problems, follow through.
Reuniting, talking, forgiving all have strong roles to play when mending family relationships. But it doesn’t end there. After being estranged for so long, it’s so easy to slip back into old habits. The reason you’re seeking reconciliation is to have a strong relationship. And strong relationships are tended to with patience, care, and communication consistently. At the very least, call your loved ones once or twice a week. Remember birthdays. Show your love.
Editor’s Note: Do you have personal stories of family estrangement and subsequent reconciliation? How did you get through it? In my work as healthcare marketing consultant and aging expert, I often encounter families who have been torn apart because of caregiving issues for mom and dad. Sly and the Family Stone had the right idea when they sang It’s A Family Affair.
Senior Mobility – Important Reminders from Vive Health
Experiencing problems with your own mobility? You’re not alone. The United States Census Bureau reports that of the almost 16 million seniors who have a disability, a whopping two thirds of them report theirs is specifically linked to issues with mobility – either walking or climbing. Senior mobility is a big issue.
As you age, difficulties with mobility may present themselves in a variety of ways including:
- Fatigue and lack of endurance when walking
- Frequent falls
- Trouble standing for more than 10 minutes at a time
- Pain or discomfort when walking or climbing stairs
- Problems with balance and coordination
If you are one of those seniors who struggles with mobility strain and discomfort, talk to your healthcare provider about treatment and keep these important mobility reminders in mind:
Keep Moving: The dangerous cycle of experiencing mobility problems is that they increase stress and anxiety about staying active and exercising, which are vital practices themselves to maintaining mobility. Fear of falling or injuring oneself might prevent people with senior mobility problems from exercising regularly, or improper attempts at staying active without mobility assistance can result in extreme fatigue and discomfort.
Even if you have trouble walking or climbing stairs, there are loads of exercises and fitness practices that can benefit your health and mobility. Yoga, which can be done sitting in or bracing yourself against a chair, helps strengthen bones and promotes balance and coordination. Low-impact swimming gives you a weightless environment to exercise, building stronger muscles and fighting heart disease. And light weight-lifting with a trainer or physical therapist can enhance muscle tone, boost blood circulation, and combat bone loss.
Find the Right Assistance: Depending on the root cause of your senior mobility problems, an assistive device or mobility aid can be the key to keeping you moving and helping you remain independent. Have a conversation with your healthcare provider about the right device, tool or technology that will assist you in completing everyday tasks with ease, power and support your movements, and boost your endurance. Mobility aids can include:
- Knee Scooters
- Motorized Scooters
- Chair and/or Bath Lifts
Canes and walkers can provide additional support to keep you walking as long as possible, while newer aids like a knee scooter rental provide more stable, flexible assistance to seniors recovering from an injury or surgery. Wheelchairs and scooters give seniors the ability to maintain an active lifestyle of getting out and interacting with others for longer periods of time, while chair and bath lifts assist with getting up and down stairs and in and out of trickier environments like bath tub showers.
Focus on Nutrition: How can diet and lifestyle affect senior mobility? Your weight, health and wellness are all key factors in keeping you active and mobile as you age. A healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (and low in sugar and sodium) can prevent obesity, hypertension, and diabetes – diseases that negatively affect your ability to remain active and mobile.
Incorporating important vitamins and minerals into your diet, like calcium, reduces your risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. And staying hydrated with water throughout the day bolsters blood circulation, mental acuity, and a healthy blood pressure – all which give you energy and clarity for effective day to day functioning.
With the right tips, tools and motivation, remaining mobile and active as you age doesn’t have to be the daunting challenge it seems like. From routine exercise to thoughtful diet modifications to finding the right aids, small, manageable steps are the most effective approach to powering enduring mobility in seniors.
A positive attitude can make all the difference when you are a family caregiver. It can’t be overstated. How you enter the day governs the rest and you want to enter each day with a great attitude about your caregiving. It will make you feel better, be a better caregiver, and have a positive on your loved one. I hope you are enjoying these episodes and that they are helping you. Please let me know. It would be most appreciated.
Chair Yoga – Benefits Are Many
Researchers at Florida Atlantic University examined the effects of chair yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with osteoarthritis.
For the study, researchers randomly assigned 131 older adults with osteoarthritis to either the “Sit ‘N’ Fit Chair” program developed by Kristine Lee or a health education program. Participants attended 45-minute sessions twice a week for 8 weeks. Researchers measured pain, pain interference (how it affects one’s life), balance, gait speed, fatigue and functional ability, before, during and after the sessions.