Senior Moments Blog

All About Stairlifts

Feb 20th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Senior citizens crave independence, and seniors live more healthy lives when they can be as independent as possible. But this becomes substantially harder when their mobility and senses begin to wane. Where once they could willingly combine full-time work with raising a family, they often require assistance for basic functions such as moving around their home, especially when it comes to going upstairs or downstairs.

An ideal solution to the difficulties posed by multi-story homes is to install a stairlift. This is a device which allows the user to navigate stairs by moving along a metal track which is fitted to the shape of the stairs, whether it is perfectly straight or bends at any stage. The motor is charged by a battery and it is



Medicare, Why Seniors Should Care

Jan 5th, 2017 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The health industry continues to increase premium costs. This is why some insurance companies chose to opt out of ObamaCare in 2016. They were simply not willing to live with consumer-friendly requirements that bit into their profits. Ryan’s plan, “…would erode much-needed coverage and shift costs to many who live on fixed incomes and continue to struggle in the shadow of the Great Recession.” AARP Bulletin, January-February 2017

A full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) would eliminate all the Medicare benefits created by the law, including free preventive services (flu shots and screenings for cancer and diabetes), savings on prescription drugs and the future of Medicare with a slow-down of spending, fraud, waste and excessive payments.



Understanding Dementia Care

Nov 13th, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The infographic in this article is offered to help caregivers better understand the experience of the person with Dementia. The more we understand the better we are equipped to offer compassionate and competent care for the person with Alzheimer’s or any Dementia-related illness.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

Sep 9th, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Victims of AD need more structure in the Moderate stage. The generally experience sleeplessness, wandering, late-day confusion and agitation which are all part of the same problem. BAI Beacon states, “The damaged brain has to work much harder to understand the environment and be able to function.” (Ibid) People with AD tend to lose their sense of smell and need food that is well or highly seasoned; their eating is disrupted and the challenge for the caregiver is to find and prepare food that is appealing to their care receiver.

Persons in the Moderate stage of AD may resist bathing and need help to dress. They struggle to find words to express what they want to say. They begin to experience illusions and delusions.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



Jerry D. Elrod–1972

Jul 18th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

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HomeCare: The World’s Fastest Growing Industry

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Senior Moments Blog

At this point in time, the US healthcare industry is worth $84 billion and employs 1.7 million people. Employment as a home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, with a growth rate of 38% expected by 2024 from a decade previously. On the basis of those statistics, the industry appears to be thriving.



Healthcare of the Future

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We humans all require healthcare, and senior citizens need more attention to health issues as we age. Unfortunately, one of the main barriers to receiving the necessary level of healthcare is the practical element of being unable to physically access a healthcare professional. However, thanks to advances in technology, this may soon become a thing of the past.

Home Healthcare Adaptations (http://www.home-healthcare-adaptations.ie/), a home care company based in Ireland, created this infographic which explores how the world of healthcare might look in the near future. It profiles the concept of ‘virtual healthcare’, whereby patients can receive a virtual home visit through a hologram of their physician, and also a virtual doctor app where patients can receive information on treatments available to them by simply browsing their smartphone or tablet.



Senior Citizen Depression Explained

Aug 14th, 2015 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depression in senior citizens is not part of normal aging. This article and infographic explain depression and provide much-needed assistance to care-givers and seniors dealing with this illness.
Taking care of our health from a young age is vital in order to ensure that we can enjoy our lives as we get older. Ensuring that we eat well and exercise regularly can contribute to a healthy body and mind in later years.

While it is important to look after our bodies, it is unavoidable that we will struggle to function as efficiently when we reach our elderly years, in comparison with when we were in our twenties. However, in some instances certain illnesses may be overlooked due to an acceptance that they are a regular factor in the aging process. This is not always the case.



Time for the Swan Song?

Jul 9th, 2015 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of the experiences of aging that creates emotional distress for senior citizens is figuring out when to stop a life-long activity or behavior. Driving, climbing ladders, walking without assistance, cooking, cleaning, living alone… are all common issues seniors have to make decisions about.

In addition to those, there are some that are specific to lifestyle and earlier career choices. I remember the evening Jerry came home from performing a wedding service saying that was his “Swan Song”. When I asked him about it, he reminded me when Frank Sinatra gave his last performance, many critics said he needed to give it up. He just couldn’t sing and perform well anymore. Jerry reported he learned that about himself that evening.