Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Americans are living longer thanks to modern medicine and our understanding of disease prevention, diagnosis, and management; however, as a result we have also seen a significant increase in the number of older adults living with dementia. One of the most common questions I am asked, related to dementia, is, “how can I prevent this from happening to me?”
When children and families are away and seniors are alone, home health care agencies provide valuable services, such as helping seniors stay safe and assisting them to complete their daily tasks and activities of daily living.
I first understood the importance of the services that aides provide when I worked as a Social Service Coordinator at a subsidized senior living facility. Though residents living in this building envisioned being able to live independently, many were not thriving. Emerging health problems, social isolation, and mental health issues, among other factors, greatly limited many of the residents I saw on a daily basis.
South Mountain Memory Care - Chef Cheryl Feist
Why do you want to work in a senior living community?
I take great pride in working with the senior population who may no longer live alone and cannot prepare homemade meals any longer so sometimes they resort to prepackaged or frozen foods. Most days you become their personal chef.
How do you modify recipes to make sure they are healthy?
There are so many different options to modify recipes to make them healthier. You can use puree or mashed fruit, pureed beans or soft tofu. I like to revise and do a taste testing with staff before we serve it to our community.
When you begin to look for senior living, you’ll soon find out that there are all sorts of options to choose from. These options can be confusing and overwhelming, so here they are in plain and simple terms! Independent Living (IL) communities are geared for seniors who do not need any assistance in their daily living. These communities offer cottages and/or apartments for rental. Activities that are offered will vary between communities, communities may offer a great deal, while others will offer some activities and others will offer no activities. As far as meals are concerned, some communities will offer a meal(s) while others will not. The amenities offered by the community will impact the price you pay.
Most seniors are able to age in place in their homes for many years, but there comes a time when one’s quality of life is better in a senior living environment. Sometimes a fall or significant memory issues can trigger the transition to senior living, but the most difficult circumstances occur when seniors have no triggering events. Families often wonder ‘for how long is it safe to allow mom or dad to live at home’? Are you worried about a loved one and think they may need Assisted Living? Here are some signs to that can indicate the time has come.
Reduce Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age. In fact, according to cancer.net, the average age at the time of diagnosis for men is 68 and for women is 72. For rectal cancer, it is age 63 for both men and women. Older patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer face unique challenges, specifically with regard to cancer treatment. But, fortunately, colonoscopy can help reduce your risk.