As we get older, we must become more and more mindful of our surroundings and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and injuries. Stair safety requires particular attention because stairs can cause significant and even life-threatening injuries. Fortunately, there are several stair safety tips for seniors that can reduce the risk of falling and keep everyone all safer in your home. Top Stair Safety Tips for Seniors Install sturdy … [Read more...]
There’s always something going on at the Lighthouse!
Diabetes Management in Senior Living Communities
Diabetes requires constant attention and management, and seniors often find it particularly challenging. However, with the proper support and resources found in many senior living communities, seniors with diabetes can stay healthy and improve their quality of life.The Importance of Diabetes Management for SeniorsUncontrolled diabetes can lead to chronic health problems like heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision loss. … [Read more...]
How to Help Seniors Adjust to Life in an Assisted Living
As our loved ones age, they may require more care and attention than we can give them ourselves and may find it beneficial to move into an assisted living community. That being said, the transition (even if it was their idea) can sometimes be difficult for both the person moving and their family and friends. Luckily, there are ample ways to help seniors adjust to assisted living and feel comfortable in their new homes. You can ensure a smooth … [Read more...]
Who Qualifies for Assisted Living & What Age is Right?
Assisted living is often an attractive option for seniors who wish to maintain their independence while having access to help when needed. But who qualifies for assisted living, and what are the age requirements?In this article, we'll go over some of the general qualifications for assisted living, but first, let's take a brief look at what assisted living is (and what it's not). Overview of Assisted Living: What It is and Who It's … [Read more...]
Common Myths & Misconceptions about Assisted Living
Assisted living communities can seem intimidating, and many myths and misconceptions surrounding these facilities make them even more intimidating for many people. The truth is that these facilities provide a safe, caring environment for seniors who need help with some daily activities but still want to remain as independent and active as possible. Below are some of the most common misconceptions about assisted living, so you can make an informed … [Read more...]
Fall Prevention Exercises for Older Adults
According to data from the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, and they account for nearly 1 million hospital visits each year. But there are several simple fall prevention exercises seniors can do on a regular basis to reduce their risk of falls and stay as strong and healthy as possible.When performing any of the exercises below, you should always ensure someone else is home with you and available to help in case … [Read more...]
Spousal Caregiver Burnout: What It is & How to Cope
According to research from AARP, 20% of the U.S. population is considered a caregiver. And while some of those caregivers are paid professionals, a significant portion are spouses caring for their partner. As wonderful as it can be to care for someone you love, taking on the role of a caregiver can be overwhelming and exhausting, leading to what is known as spousal caregiver burnout.What Is Spousal Caregiver Burnout?Spousal caregiver … [Read more...]
Strange Side Effects: Is It Your Medication Or An Underlying Condition?
It's a common scenario: you start taking a new medication and begin experiencing some weird new symptoms. Is it the medication or something else? Sometimes it's hard to tell, and in some cases, it may be both. Here are some things to consider that may help you figure it out.How Do I Know If My Medication Is Giving Me Side Effects?Check The LabelFirst, check the label or your medication guide for a list of common side effects. If you … [Read more...]
8+ Proven Interventions for Dementia Patients
It's estimated that over 55 million people worldwide live with dementia, and that number is expected to increase as the population ages.While there is no cure for dementia, many proven interventions can help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. These interventions can be divided into three broad categories: medical, social, and environmental.Medical interventions include medications that can help slow the … [Read more...]
Caring for Someone with Sundowner Syndrome
The term “sundowning” is used to describe a set of behaviors, feelings and thoughts that typically occur in the early evening and is common among the elderly or those diagnosed with forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. “Sundowner Syndrome” can cause confusion, agitation, anxiety, and other troublesome symptoms that interfere with quality of life, overall happiness and the sense of well-being for the person affected.A person with … [Read more...]
- Next Page »