Seniors And Sleep: How Much Is Enough And How To Encourage Better Sleeping Habits

As you age, it isn't uncommon to have more difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep. There are numerous things that can get in your way of sleeping long enough or receiving quality sleep, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and lifestyle habits. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends that older adults (aged 65 and older) should receive somewhere between seven to eight hours of sleep each night. The NSF does state that some adults may need as many as nine hours of sleep, while some be able to function fine with five to six hours. [Read More]

3 Signs That Your Loved One Might Benefit From Home Care

Assisted living, in the form of home care, allows your elderly loved one to get the assistance that they need from professionals to do everyday tasks, take care of medical needs and more, while still living in their own home. The only problem is that in most cases, your loved one won't think to make the transition to assisted living, since they have been living on their own for their entire life. [Read More]

Four Ways To Make Your Home Safer For A Family Member With Dementia

If you're looking into home care for your elderly family member, you first need to make sure that your home is suitable. Elders with dementia can get confused very easily and may find it difficult to navigate a once familiar home. Still, a home is almost always the best environment for them -- if home care can be provided. 1. Place a Gate Around the Stairs A toddler gate or even a pet gate can be suitable for this -- it just needs to be something that your elder family member will remember that they aren't supposed to open and cross. [Read More]

3 Fears Of Senior Parents About Supportive Living

When faced with making a decision about moving a parent to supportive living, several fears might arise. Most of those concerns can come from your parent. In order to help your parent overcome his or her fears, it is important that you understand what they are. Fear of Moving Moving is a task that is difficult at any age. However, it can seem like an even bigger task for older people. [Read More]