seniors enjoy assisted livingMost of us want to stay in our homes for the rest of our lives. After all, we raised our children there. We have great memories in our homes. We know the neighborhood. And then there’s the issue of going through all our stuff if we want to move...not a pleasant prospect.

But is staying at home good for us? New research indicates it may not be.

mac diabetes copyquarter of American adults over 60 have Type 2 diabetes. If your parent has diabetes, how can you help? If your parent does not have diabetes, how can you help prevent it? 

The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases with age, and the risk of Type 2 diabetes affecting other body systems also increases with age.

paying for skilled nursingYour patient requires skilled nursing care, but the family has no resources and is unsure how to pay for it. What can you tell them?

nurse helping older woman walkWhen a central Ohio senior you love is hospitalized for an illness or injury or planning for an upcoming surgery, understanding what Medicare will cover for rehab to help with their recovery is important. Older adults and adult children may not have had any experience using their Medicare benefit beyond physician appointments and outpatient testing until now. This quick overview should help give you a basic understanding of the benefit.

adult daughter talking to mother Dear Andi:

My aging mother needs more help than I can provide for her here at home. In my conversations with various continuing care retirement communities, I think that skilled nursing would probably be the best option. What do I need to do? Any advice would be helpful.

Sincerely,

Dora

heartbeat imageStroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the leading causes of long-term disability. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke every year.

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to any area of brain is stopped, causing brain cells to be deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die, the abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory or muscle control, are lost.

senior at festival  Summer in Central Ohio is a great time to visit local festivals. However, a festival that requires a lot of walking or doesn’t offer shade may make it difficult for your senior parents to enjoy themselves.

But everyone is different. Your parents may be able to walk for hours but can’t stay in the sun for long. Or they may need a wheelchair for long distances because they tire easy.

We’ve looked at some of the area’s highlighted festivals and events this summer and rated them for accessibility, walking distance, access to shade, and access to water.

adult daughter speaking with elder parentsDear Jane,

Since my father’s recent passing, my mother is no longer able to live alone. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about a year ago. Although she takes medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol, she’s otherwise in good health.

This winter, she did catch the flu that was going around Central Ohio and had to be admitted to the hospital for a few days, but she’s feeling much better now.

She’s temporarily living with my husband and I, but we both work, and it’s not safe to leave her alone during the day.

Does she have any choices other than a nursing home?

Sincerely,

Laura

adult child hugging motherA person who has dementia may have difficulty finding the right words; they may repeat certain sounds, words, and phrases, seem confused, and be unable to adequately express themselves. This frustrating condition causes people to feel helpless, anxious, irritable, and depressed – a very difficult state to witness, especially when it attacks a person who is very important to you. Many family members of dementia patients feel as if their loved ones have become mere shadows of their former selves. Fortunately, between the confusion, there are good days and bad, and remarkable moments when the loved ones they remember shine through.