More than one third of adults 65 years and older fall each year. Help your loved one avoid slips, trips, and falls by purchasing:
* Night lights: Night lights to place in hallways, bathrooms, and other visible places.
* Carpet tape: Carpet tape to help keep area rugs firmly in place
* Non-slip tub mats: Most falls at home occur in the bathroom. Tape to the tub floor and have good tread.
* Shelf grabbers: Shelf grabbers are reach aids used to obtain items without using a step stool.
Heart disease - Our biggest killer
Heart failure can happen to anyone, but it is more common in people over 65 years of age, among men and in African Americans. There are many traits and lifestyle habits (risk factors) that increase the chance of developing it. Some of these risk factors are controlled simply by changing lifestyle habits, while others are things that cannot be changed.
The best way to prevent heart failure is to reduce the risk factors that are controllable. If you are a blood relative of the person in your care, you are at increased risk of heart failure your self and should take steps to control your own risk factors.
Risk Factors: Lifestyle changes may help reduce some of these risk factors, however, when lifestyle changes alone don't reduce these risk factors, ask a doctor for medical help.
* Coronary Artery Disease (coronary atherosclerosis)
* High Blood Pressure
* Smoking and Alcohol Abuse
* High Blood Cholesterol
* Physical Inactivity and Obesity
Even if you don't take a lot of prescription drugs now, you still should consider joining a Medicare drug plan. As we age, most people need prescription drugs to stay healthy. Joining gives you peace of mind knowing you have coverage if your drug needs change. For most people, joining when you are first eligible means you won't have to pay a late-enrollment penalty (higher premium) if you choose to join later. You will have to pay this penalty as long as you have a Medicare drug plan.
Caregivers and Multi-tasking
The schedules that caregivers keep usually require multitasking. While multitasking can work for many situations, it can also increase stress and diminish productivity.
According to thirdage.com, caregivers may wish to try monotasking instead. Here's how:
* Plan your day in hourly blocks, allowing free time for unexpected situations. Estimate how long each task will take.
* Prioritize, and start each day by doing what needs to be done first. Don't take on other tasks until this one is completed.
* Focus only on the task currently being tackled. Eliminate other distractions that will interrupt concentration and diminish productivity.
* Be prepared to re-prioritize in the event of unforeseen changes in a schedule.
(Taken from Caregivers' Corner)