Many elderly persons are confronted with physical and psychological issues. Some of these concerns include coping with sicknesses, insufficient retirement income or the inability to live without help. Other problems can also include the loss of a next of kin, siblings or close acquaintances.
Unfortunately, psychological maladies among the elderly are quite hard to detect. Loneliness is often attributed to growing old or fewer social circles. Elderly individuals sometimes are not able to report such conditions to medical professionals. Sometimes they are just reluctant to admit to having problems out of shame or pride. The most common problems include alcohol abuse, dementia, physical and psychotic disorders.
One of the major issues that seniors usually encounter is depression. Depression is a word that frightens even the strong of heart. It is difficult to recover especially if the melancholy goes further than a momentary feeling of sadness. This can be a severe disorder that affects an individual’s judgment, attitude, disposition, and physical condition. The incidence and seriousness of depression may escalate if treatment is not administered right away.
What helps? Nurture sympathetic relationships. Peers and family members are the main sources of strength of senior adults. It will be very hard to overcome depression if you remain secluded and lonely. Maintain these relationships. Indulge in social activities and group pursuits. Reach out constantly to friends and next of kin.
This is not a sign of personal weakness or a cause of inconvenience to those around you. Keep in mind that these persons care for you sincerely. They will gladly extend a helping hand. Likewise, it is not too late to develop new friendships and to build a support network.
Share your thoughts with colleagues. Never hesitate to ask them for help so they will listen to your grievances and fears.
Socialize even if you are not really comfortable. It is expected that people who feel miserable would rather be cut off from the rest of the world. Staying in the company of people will help you feel less disheartened. Another option is to sign up with an advocacy group that fights depression. It is possible to support one another, give and obtain heartfelt advice in coping, as well as sharing experiences.
A home care nurse from Specialty Care Services will not only help care for your physical well-being, but also be a companion and friend to stimulate you mentally and socially.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common affliction in this age of computers, affecting up to 15% of the general population. The majority of sufferers are in the 45 to 60 year age group, and more women are affected than men. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most commonly associated with computer use, but people engaged in any job where there is forceful and repetitive movement are also likely to develop the condition.
The carpal tunnel is a small passageway through which nerves and muscle tendons pass between the forearm and the hand, and when the median nerve is squeezed and irritated, the result is pain, a tingling sensation and weakness of the thumb, index, (more…)
Emotional and mental vitality are as important to health as physical activity. In fact, one is no more important than the other. When you are physically active, you will find your outlook and attitude are more positive. Your mind has a powerful effect on your body, and your physical state can affect how you feel and think. Social interaction, exercise and being involved in activities, can make a big difference in how you feel.
Sometime seniors become depressed because they are not as “active” as they once were. (more…)
Men and Women share many of the problems of aging. But women face many health problems unique to them as they grow older. Doctors have rated five medical conditions for women that are of the greatest concern to them:
Heart Disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Although more men die of heart disease, women tend to be under diagnosed, often to the point that it’s too late to help them once the condition is discovered. (more…)
The July issue of Medical Care reports that the number of nurse practitioners in the U.S. will almost double by the year 2025. A nurse practitioner receives post graduate training through a Master’s or PHD program after receiving a nursing license. The number of physician’s assistants is also increasing and both groups are expected to ease some of the burden anticipated on the health care system in the future.
According to recent statistics, the aging rate of the American population may contribute (more…)
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the results of a recent survey. They have found that 16% of Americans over the age of 15 provide some form of unpaid care to a person needing assistance due to a condition brought on by age. The help provided to these seniors includes anything from companionship to helping with activities of daily living like grooming, transportation and doing household chores.
Twenty-three percent of those giving some form of elder care also have at least one child at home under the age of eighteen. The majority of these caregivers are women (56%). (more…)
With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing the continuation of The Affordable Health Care Act there are other government programs under examination to see if their budget should be cut. The effectiveness of these programs will hopefully be the deciding factor in whether they are kept or not.
CBS News recently looked at one program that has been successful and does reduce costs as it allows older Americans to continue to live at home. (more…)
The Census Bureau has analyzed the data and it appears that North America will have more people aged 65 and over than aged 15 and under by 2050. The medical advances that have been made over the years are certainly a large contributing factor in this trend.
An increase in the senior population in the U.S. means there will be a continuing need for family members to offer some form of caregiving. A person new to this job should be careful to avoid the pitfalls that they will encounter. (more…)
The Affordable Health Care Act, which was before the Supreme Court due to the requirement that those without insurance must buy the plan from the government, has been upheld. This is good news for seniors as many of the bills changes have a direct effect on Medicare and other services that affect older Americans. If the bill had been overturned because of the mandate issue it would have really hurt as seniors who have Medicare already have insurance in place.
The time before the decision (more…)
A new study shows that husbands who have been a caregiver for a number of years may not be as badly affected as wives in the same position. The study followed 745 pairs of spouses and found that wives were more prone to say they were depressed both before and after their spouse had passed away.
Both genders reported needing help with activities of daily living three years after their spouses passing but the percentage of women that needed help was greater. Both sexes reported better health a year after the death of a spouse. Researchers thought this improvement in health was related to the respite from caregiving duties but three years later the female subjects reported poorer health than the male.
Some of the statistics may be due to the fact that men and women usually behave this way in general. On average men tend to report less depression and physical problems than women but the researchers believe that providing full time care could take a greater toll on women.
At Specialty Care Services we can help with everything from laundry to medication management for those in need of some respite from caregiving. Visit our website to find out how our expert senior care providers can help ease the burden of your role as a caregiver.