The holiday season, marked by joyous festivities and cherished traditions, can be an intricate tapestry of challenges for family caregivers of individuals living with dementia. As households come alive with the spirit of celebration, those tending to loved ones facing cognitive decline find themselves navigating a delicate balance between preserving longstanding customs and adapting to the evolving needs of their family member.
Halloween is a festive and exhilarating time of the year, offering the perfect opportunity to bring generations together and create cherished memories. Involving the elderly in Halloween activities not only evokes a sense of nostalgia but also fosters a strong sense of community and belonging. With a thoughtful approach that considers their unique needs [...]
The holidays are a great opportunity to spend extra time with senior loved ones and get a clear picture of their needs. The most precious gift we can give our elderly loved ones is our time. Spending extra time with seniors opens the door for honest conversations about health and daily needs. Even when seniors have difficulty being honest, family members can use the checklists below to determine whether or not it’s time for home health care. By simply spending more time in your loved one’s home and observing them in everyday life, you have a better chance of catching early signs of dementia or noticing changes that are signs of significant health or physical challenges.
Are you searching for ways to include a senior loved one in holiday activities? We've put together a list of ideas to help aging loved ones feel included, especially if you are all under the same roof! Create family costumes from household items. Decorate the porch for trick-or-treaters. Consider putting a bowl of candy on the [...]
We don’t have orange and red leaves falling in Florida, but we are blessed with some of the best weather year-round! Many of the seniors we serve grew up in colder states and miss the changing colors. We want to encourage you to bring fall to Florida this year! Ten fall activities to do with [...]
Holidays are an opportunity to connect with senior loved ones! The keys to quality time are conversation, intention, and attention. So this Easter, we encourage you to only whip out your phone for photos and reminiscing. When you get to a family gathering with loved ones in their eighties, nineties, or those struggling with dementia, [...]
Valentine's Day can be tough for a senior that has lost their sweetheart. Depression can creep in during holidays for seniors, and mental health is just as important as physical health. So it's critical for caregivers and family members to keep an eye out for depression, anxiety, changes in mental state, and even loneliness in [...]
Do you have a senior loved one still living at home? Even if you utilize home health care to manage your elderly parent's needs, it is vital to do a yearly home safety evaluation! Seniors are at risk for falls due to declines in physical health, impaired vision, medication side effects, chronic diseases, surgical procedures, [...]
Are you visiting an elderly loved one this holiday season? Elderly loved ones do not always communicate health issues, injuries, or other concerns to long-distance family members. Holiday visits are the perfect time to assess your loved ones' needs without being intrusive. You can assess your loved one's health by engaging with them on a [...]
What are the holiday traditions that you remember from your youth? Who are the people who created those memories for you? For your parent or older adult, the memories they helped create are often the ones that sustain them in their older years. Often travel and intensive decorating or party activities are difficult for your [...]