Arthritis is a blanket term, used to describe over 100 strains of the disease, that is typified by inflammation of the joints or other parts of the body. Inflammation generally causes pain, swelling, and stiffness, and can lead to other more serious health problems.
Retirement homes and assisted living communities are places where seniors often end up when it is no longer feasible to continue living at home. This is generally the result of health conditions and mobility issues that make independent living difficult, if not impossible. Some older adults may welcome the move to a retirement community, while others may be more hesitant to accept their new arrangement. Whatever the conditions may be, there are typically challenges and struggles that ensue when a move to a retirement home is made.
When driving is no longer an option for older adults, a safe and effective alternative method of transportation is required to get around easily for errands, events, and appointments. There are many factors that can impair seniors’ ability to drive, including poor vision, slow reaction time, and cognitive impairment. In some cases, seniors no longer feel comfortable behind the wheel and would rather avoid the stress of driving.
Meals on Wheels is an excellent service that can be extremely beneficial for a wide range of people. It is a great option for people that have no time to cook, are not interested in cooking, or for older adults that can benefit from that incredible convenience and nutritional value. This hugely helpful program was first started by local church groups, and now offers it services to more than 180 communities in Ontario alone.
The general population in Canada, and around the globe, is aging at a rapid rate and it is estimated that by the year 2050 almost a quarter of the world’s population will be over 60 years old. This shift in population demographics has sparked the trend of creating age friendly communities for older adults.
Cold and flu season is upon us once again, and both seniors are caregivers are susceptible to contracting a flu virus during this period of increased infection outbreak. Older adults are vulnerable to the flu due to declining immune function, as we get older the body is just not able to fight off illness and disease with same efficacy that it used to. Caregivers are also at a higher risk, as they tend to spend a lot of time with ailing seniors, and many caregivers also have compromised immunity from lack of quality sleep and chronic stress.
Getting the news that knee replacement surgery is required for better mobility can be distressing, but it can also be extremely beneficial for extending an independent lifestyle. Knowing what to expect before going into the procedure can also be very helpful. The knee joint is a tricky one, and obviously an integral part of being able to move around freely and easily.
It is no secret that hip problems are a major concern for older adults. In a lot of cases people do anything they can to avoid surgery, as the thought of going under the knife is terrifying to many. Most people wait until the pain and stiffness become unbearable before opting to go the surgery route.
Home safety is extremely important for seniors that have chosen to age in place, to help improve comfort and security, while preventing falls and other accidents. The bathroom is one of the most hazardous rooms in the house for older adults, due to slippery surface areas, awkward movements in tight spaces, sharp objects, and pointy corners.
The kitchen is generally one of the most high traffic, busiest rooms in the house, and it can also be one of the most dangerous if not approached with care. There are many potential hazards in the kitchen that can result in injury or worse for seniors.