Senior Moments Blog

Heart Healthy Seniors

Nov 8th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Love Your Heart, Stay Healthy

As we age, we seniors need to take better care of ourselves. This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through how you can care for your heart to ensure you stay happy and healthy for as long as possible.

Unfortunately, heart disease accounts for 1 in 3 deaths and claims 17.7 million lives every year.

When functioning at its optimal level the heart shuttles 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Another important factor to understand is the differences between a heart attack and cardiac arrest.



Depression in Seniors

Oct 26th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Depression in senior citizens tends to go largely unnoticed. A study by Mental Health America revealed that 2 out of 3 seniors knew ‘little or nothing’ about depression, while only 42% of seniors said that they would seek medical help if they felt depressed. Worryingly, almost 3 in 5 seniors were willing to accept depression as an inevitable part of aging.



Celebrate Active Seniors October 1st

Sep 26th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

On Sunday October 1, the International Day of Older Persons will be celebrated and this year’s theme is ‘Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons’. In some quarters, there remains a perception of senior citizens as frail-bodied and mentally struggling. In reality, many senior citizens around the world smash through that stigma by continuing to make extraordinary contributions to their communities and, in some cases, to the world at large.



Fitness Plan for Grandparenting

Apr 5th, 2017 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

SCJ has a new friend! He is Paul, a health and fitness blogger at FatherFitness. Recent correspondence with Paul resulted in his offering to write an article about grandparenting and fitness. It’s a great read, so enjoy!
When our son was born in 2009 my mother-in-law retired so when my wife returned to work a year later we had the best child care option. Granny Marje had always been active, juggling three jobs, all involving the care of young children until she retired aged 60. It would have been so easy (and maybe welcomed! for her to kick back, take it easy and settle into a relaxing retirement. Of course we had other ideas for her, blessing her with the task of Granny daycare three days a week.



Home Protection for Seniors

Mar 26th, 2017 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The home garage door offers one of the best options for thieves to break in to senior citizens’ homes. With the assistance of a small block of wood and a coat hanger, as described in this link, a garage door can be opened in about six seconds. And this kind of break in is becoming increasingly common.

Seniors use a variety of methods to increase their safety and reduce possibility of burglary, including alarm systems (monitored or not), security cameras and intricate locking systems on exterior doors



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.”