0 item(s) - $0.00

Part of the natural cycle of life is when the loved ones who first taught you to drive as a teen begin to lose their own ability to drive safely. It can be a difficult and awkward conversation to have, but it is for their safety, as well as for the safety of those who share the roads with them. Even if the seniors in your life are not yet at the point where driving is becoming a hazard, it will happen eventually. According to the Census Bureau, the number of Americans 65 and older will explode from 47.6 in 2015 million to an astounding 72.7 million in 2030. Whether you try and delay the topic or face it head on, it will be a discussion most of us will be forced to have at some time in the future.

Seniors are at a higher risk for depression that other age groups because of the unavoidable experiences that come in the later years of life—retirement, the death of loved ones, social isolation, and deteriorating health. Many seniors resist asking for help to deal with chronic sadness because they don’t want to be a burden or because their depression has left them feeling hopeless and defeated. Family members must be alert to the signs of depression so they can help and support their loved ones. Depression is not an inevitable part of aging and when you recognize the symptoms you can face it head on.

For the elderly in assisted living facilities little things can add a colorful splash of variety, comfort and joy to a monotonous daily routine. When there are few changes to shake up the day to day schedule, all it takes is a visit, an unexpected surprise or a show of affection from loved ones to uplift and entertain. Of course, it helps to know what gifts seniors in care facilities need.

A surprising trend in retirement communities is an increased amount of seniors seeking environmentally friendly places to spend their later years. Eco-conscious retirement communities are gaining popularity in the United States, and the numbers are expected to grow as baby boomers age and seek healthier, greener alternatives. Andrew Carle, Director of the Senior Housing Administration Program at George Mason University, predicts “Moving forward, in the next 20 years, these green communities will become the standard.” Organizations like The Green House Project, which is celebrating 10 years of leadership in transforming independent and assisted living retirement communities, are taking charge and spearheading the movement for green retirement living.

We’ve all taken a nose dive because of a trip or a fall. While we may have been embarrassed if people are around or suffered a few scrapes or bruises, we brushed it off and life went on. For seniors over 65 a fall suddenly becomes a serious danger.  The statistics are dire: they will incur 250,000 hip fractures and more than 25,000 deaths from falls each year, resulting in health care costs of about 34 billion dollars. 

Falls claim the mobility and lives of too many of our elderly loved ones, but there is a way to help prevent them from this lurking peril. A simple exercise routine to improve coordination can effectively decrease the risk of losing their balance and falling. The following movements should always be done with a chair or railing that can be used for balance. Have your senior start slowly and never push themselves beyond what they feel capable of doing safely.

Page 2 of 3