Imagine that you are elderly, frail, or feeling weak, either because of surgery, pain, or chronic or acute illness. Imagine that you have a loved one who is as such, and place yourself in his or her shoes. You need to get to a medical appointment, but you don’t know what questions to ask, you tend to be forgetful about what doctors say, or you may have some concerns that you’re worried you will not be able to articulate. If this is you (or your loved one), then perhaps a medical escort is the best option for you.
Ah, retirement. After decades of hard work and saving up, now you can sit back and spend glorious days of rest and relaxation, with a lot of free time to do whatever you want. Some people may find that without a job, the sudden amount of free time can be staggering. It can be certainly be boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are so many possible hobbies and activities to do, depending on your interest, personality, and preferences.
The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends. But even though it is the season to be jolly, this particular time can be difficult on elderly people’s health, as schedules might be disrupted for trips, shopping, and rich and decadent feasts. This can mean disrupted medication and sleep schedules and can make it harder for them to stick to a healthy diet. Large gatherings can also be the source of infections, and this doesn’t bode well for their immune system as well. Here are some tips for our senior loved ones to stay healthy during the holiday season.
Anti-hypertensives, anti-hyperglycemic agents, medications for increased blood cholesterol, pain relievers… There are many diseases that age predisposes to. As such, it is no surprise that elderly people, especially those with chronic illnesses, have a lot of maintenance medications. This can have a number of possible negative consequences. Managing medications may be daunting, but effective management is key to you and your loved one’s independence and quality of life.
Age-related changes in the eye can be inconvenient or can result in vision loss. Because prevention is always better than cure, it is important that you are aware of these conditions and that you consult your eye doctor at the first instance of eye trouble. Regular eye exams should also be completed to maximize early detection of these conditions.