Often as parents age, in today’s world, we find the children and primary contacts live far away. Here are some tips for families to share to help those far away to stay connected with parent’s caregiving and help alleviate the guilt of not living closer.
Have a plan
Outline the major responsibilities involved in your parents care and develop a system to keep everything organized - including items like regular doctor's appointments, bills and account information and activities, along with dates, intervals and the names of those responsible.
Also have an emergency action plan. What if your parent is hospitalized? Who will be first to respond? Be sure emergency contact information is current, that everyone knows their role, and that your parent's health care proxy and living will documents are accessible. While it's a sensitive and difficult topic, be sure you know your parent's end of life wishes.
Meet the Caregivers
If possible, meet in-home or care home caregivers face to face, at least once. For those in a nursing home or retirement village meet the key staff members who will be interacting with your parent. For those with in-home care nurses, and doctors may be among those most involved in your parent's care so try to put a face to a name.
Keep in touch
Maintaining close relationships with your loved one's caregiving community is smart, helpful, and easier than ever. Ask them how they would like to keep in touch: email, Facebook, text, daily phone call? Get and use their contact details. Consider equipping Mum or Dad with an inexpensive laptop or a pricier but more portable iPad. Skype is a wonderful way for them to also stay in touch with growing grandkids and for you to keep an inadvertent eye on them too.
Make sure there are plenty of family pictures, cards and kids' art around their room and make sure they are surrounded with familiar items of their choosing.
Share the caring
If you have siblings or other close family members, be sure to share the responsibilities so you can all stay in touch and be connected with anything that happens.
While distance may separate you both physically there is no reason you can’t stay close with just these few simple strategies.
It's summer, the weather is glorious and whatever your age you should be out and about and enjoying life but sometimes its all too easy to make an excuse so here are 5 myths about exercising for those a little older that just hold it!
Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.
Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.
Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.
Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.
Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.
Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising
Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.
Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.
Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.
I recently came across this article written by Regina Brett, who as you can see isn't actually a 90 year old, but the simplicity of the messages struck a chord and so this blog post I just wanted to share with you courtesy of www.reginabrett.com - Enjoy - Thanks Regina!!
People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age. Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humour in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched. Whatever her age might be, these universal lessons are relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what's important in life.
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