Staying on your feet.

Falls are common among older
adults and can cause a lot of problems. 

However, they can be prevented, and
usually without medical intervention. The CDC reported that one in three people over 65 falls each year, making it the leading
cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for the age group. Falling’s effects
can persist for a long time, making it harder to get around and easier to
suffer another injury.       
                                                   
Exercise should be the first
defense against falls. Some senior living communities offer workout and rehabilitation
programs that can help. Increasing balance with exercises like tai chi can also
have ancillary benefits like making it easier to get around and boosting
mood. Weight training will also increase muscle and bone strength, further reducing
injury
risk.               
                                                                                                                 
Keeping your eyes open and your legs moving should help you enjoy another safe
summer.

To reach one of our Advanced Senior Solution’s team members, either go to
the Contact Us tab or call 727-443-2273. We’re here to help with all of your
elder care questions, care needs, and much more! Call us today for a free
no-obligation care consultation via phone or in person.

When is it Time To Intervene With Your Parents Care?

When is it Time To Intervene With Your Parents Care?

How
do you know when it’s the right time to intervene with your parents
care?  This can be a very delicate situation. You don’t want to alienate
your parents by prying too much into their affairs, but you certainly
don’t want to wait until you get a call from the hospital ER or worse,
your State’s Department of Children and Families.  To know when it’s the
right time to intervene might take “seeing out of the box”.  As adult
children of elderly parents, we tend to see them as they once were,
instead of how they are today. Look at your parent as if you were
someone other than their adult child, such as a neighbor or a caregiver.

   Of course most families are ready to act when there are obvious issues or serious incidences, but here are some early signs to look for that indicate your parent may need some intervention sooner rather than later:
· They
drive only when absolutely necessary, only during daytime hours and
only to places nearby home. I suggest to my client’s families that when
they are here visiting they have their parent drive them around and go
outside of their local comfort zone.  If you’re not comfortable with
them driving you around, then that’s a red flag.
· Unopened
mail, insurance or bank statements and junk mail are hidden out of view
in drawers, under sheets of a spare bed or under the table cloth. (I’ve
really seen this). Of course some obvious clues are late notices and
returned checks because of duplicated or over payment.
· Household
maintenance projects are left unattended because maybe they can’t see
the water leak stain on the ceiling or ants crawling on the counter.
Maybe they can’t hear the toilet running.
· Look
for signs of malnourishment.  Check the pantry for outdated canned
foods and the refrigerator for spoiled moldy food. Have they had to
tighten their belts to the next hole or two? You can tell this by
looking at their belt – there will be a wear line from the buckle from
where they normally had it positioned.
· Missed
medical appointments, vague responses to your questions related to
their latest doctor visit (“I’m fine, don’t worry”), or they are using
more than one pharmacy. Any of these can be cause for concern.
Above
are just a few examples of some early signs that your parent’s
functional status is declining to a point of concern. A Professional
Certified Care Manager with a background in social work, public health,
or gerontology can help assess their level of functioning and recommend
the most appropriate types of intervention and services. 

To
reach one of our Advanced Senior Solution’s team members, either go to
the Contact Us tab or call 727-443-2273. We’re here to help with all of
your elder care questions, care needs, and much more! Call us today for a
free no-obligation care consultation via phone or in person.