Aging is a sometimes-fearful fact of life. Perhaps you fear the time when you’ll need a hand with the basics like making meals or cleaning the house. You might fear the thought of someone else caring for you when you’ve spent the majority of your life caring for others. But if you, or a senior close to you is no longer vibrant and energetic, or seems to be neglectful of their surroundings, even of their own personal care; it could mean that regular assistance is needed.
A cure for Alzheimer’s has not yet been found; and popular belief is that there’s nothing that can be done to prevent it. But the contrary is true; we can actually reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With a combination of healthy habits and lifestyle choices, while we may not completely prevent Alzheimer’s, research shows that we may be able to slow and possibly even reverse the process.
Talking with our parents about subjects relating to aging can be tough. If their health is declining, or they are starting to need assistance with the tasks of daily life, it’s likely to be even more difficult. You may anticipate that they will resist or refuse to accept that they need a hand. You may hesitate in talking about assisted living, knowing that they will feel sadness or stress at the thought of leaving the home they’ve always known.
There is much discussion about fish oils and the health benefits of including them in your daily diet; in fact fish oils are one of the best-selling nutritional supplements on the market today! Whether age eight or eighty, Canadians and Americans alike benefit by adding fatty fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, Arctic char, mackerel and sardines to their meal plans. But why are fish and fish oils of interest particularly to seniors?
Living alone is often the first choice for seniors. There’s a certain peace of mind to spending your retirement in the place you’ve called home for years or even decades. But there are safety concerns that go along with being a sole occupant. Here are a few common-sense tips and safety precautions for seniors, or anyone, that is living alone.