In honor of World Cancer Day (Feb. 4, 2019), we at Towne Home Care are spreading awareness of how cancer affects the elderly. Myths about cancer abound and there are some major misconceptions about the elderly in particular. Myth: The Risk of Getting Cancer Is the Same at Any Age Actually, 9 out of 10 cancers are diagnosed in people who are 50 or older. The risk of contracting cancer definitely goes up with age. However, cancer is a global epidemic and affects people of all of ages, races and socio-economic groups. Myth: There’s No Point in Treating Cancer in the Elderly Treatment is helpful at any age. Older patients often have other health conditions which need to be taken into account when treatment is administered, but doctors are trained and experienced in dealing with these issues. Many elderly people have been successfully cured of cancer and have lived for
You may be surprised to learn that your bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house. There are about 370 incidents a day of shower or tub-related accidents, and babies and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Getting In and Out of the Bath One out of every 3 adults aged 60 and older have trouble getting into the tub, and getting out can be just as big a challenge. Slippery surfaces mixed with soap, shampoo and warm water can be treacherous and the depth of the tub makes maneuvering difficult. It may be time to switch from baths to showers, since showers are easier to navigate. All you have to do is step inside. Showers can be made even safer with shower chairs, which circumvent balance problems. If the draw of the bath is that you can get clean without washing your hair, consider switching the showerhead to
My dad’s favorite day at the senior center is Monday. That’s because on Monday afternoon, a group of boys from a neighborhood after-school club come to spend a few hours at the center. They play checkers with the seniors, hear their stories and just hang out together. Dad loves being around young people and it energizes him for the whole week. Dad is luckily of sound mind, despite being confined to a wheelchair. He is always looking for mental stimulation and activities he can enjoy. He tells me that the boys’ visits to the center are not just for the purpose of cheering up the senior citizens. In fact, the boys get as much from these visits as the seniors do. Many of these boys are from homes where the father is entirely or partially absent. They don’t get a lot of chances to interact with older male role models.
I’ve been a caregiver for my Dad for three years now. He needs round the clock care and I’m an only child, so there’s no one else to do this job. I want to care for Dad, since I owe him so much, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. A year into caregiving, I realized that my emotions were all over the place. I was at once frustrated, angry, helpless, guilty and drained. I went to sleep every night thoroughly exhausted and often woke up in the middle of the night for caregiving duties. I hadn’t seen my friends in months and my social interactions consisted of a few scattered text messages from my more tenacious buddies. Then I read in a magazine that between 40 and 70% of family caregivers suffer from symptoms of clinical depression. Boy, did that make me nervous! I arranged for a friend to
Adult coloring has become popular in recent years, and for good reason. Coloring is extremely therapeutic. It improves mood, relieves stress and reduces agitation. It’s a great way for a caregiver to rejuvenate and relax. Senior citizens with dementia or other health problems can also benefit from coloring. It helps maintain motor function, improves dexterity, boosts hand-eye coordination and provides a sense of satisfaction. Download our fall coloring page and enjoy an hour of tranquility.
There’s nothing scarier than discovering that your child has cancer. The word itself strikes terror in the hearts of people everywhere, and feelings of helplessness and sadness are sure to follow. But there is good news – childhood cancers are generally curable, and 84% of kids in developed countries recover. If you’re dealing with cancer in your child, here are some tips to help you get through it. Get Educated The more you know about the disease, the less scary it is. And the more information you have, the less frustrated you will be since you will know what to expect. It’s a good idea to write down everything medical professionals tell you, since you might be numb and unfocused at the time. If it’s written down, you can always refer back and refresh your memory. Hang on to Your Routine You won’t be able to continue all your activities,
As we age, our immune systems become weaker, making it more difficult to fight off infections. Older adults are more susceptible to diseases such as the flu, shingles and pneumonia. They are also more likely to suffer from complications of these diseases, which may even lead to death. Vaccines are especially important for people suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, but they are essential for all senior citizens. The following vaccines are covered by Medicare and should be given to seniors. Flu Vaccine Complications of flu combined with pneumonia are one of the top 10 causes of death for older adults. The flu vaccine is administered annually in the fall in preparation for winter. Flu season starts in November and the vaccine takes two weeks to take effect, so it’s best to get it as early in the season as possible. Ask for the higher dose
A long summer day, food sizzling on the grill, talking, laughing, eating, kids playing. What could be more perfect? Whenever we have a family barbecue, we bring along my dad. He’s not very mobile these days, but we find him a seat in the shade and he enjoys the food and the atmosphere. He smiles at the grandchildren’s antics and enjoys listening to all his kids interacting. He can’t eat steak these days but boy, does he love his juicy hamburgers! I had always assumed that grilling was a really healthy way to eat. It avoids all the batter and grease of fried foods and is heavily based on spices. But then I read on WebMD that there are two disadvantages to barbecuing. The first one is that it encourages us to eat large quantities of fatty meats like sausages. The other disadvantage is that grilling forms compounds that might
An outing to a park has many advantages for an elderly person. It gets them out of the house and out in the fresh air, it offers interaction with people of all ages and it’s a good way to get exercise. But not all parks are created equal, and some are more senior-friendly than others. So, before you take your loved one or client to a park, check whether it’s set up properly. Some to things to look out for include: Accessible Paths Paths in parks should be relatively flat (no more than a 2% grade) for seniors in wheelchairs or using walkers. They should be wide enough that an elderly person will not be forced off the path by a pedestrian or biker coming in the other direction. Spaces between paved and unpaved areas should be small so that a wheelchair or cane will not get stuck. There should
We just love esoteric holidays like Insurance Awareness Day. They’re excellent opportunities to talk about topics which often get ignored. And how many of us like to talk about insurance? Hanging out with your insurance agent may not be your idea of a good time, but it’s important to review your insurance every year to make sure you’re covered for everything you need. As circumstances change, so do your insurance needs, so you may have to update or change your insurance policies. You’ll want to look at your car insurance, home insurance and supplemental insurance. And you will want to pay special attention to your health insurance. As providers of home care, we know that many of our clients aren’t aware of what their health insurance covers. We are constantly being asked whether home care is covered by insurance. (The answer to that question is: sometimes. For more information, read