Podcasts for Seniors

They’re not just for computer geeks anymore. Last year, more than 112 million Americans said they listen to podcasts, and that was an increase of 11% over the previous year. Podcast Insights reports that nearly 44% of us have listened to at least one podcast, and nearly half of us do so at home. As we age, many of us experience problems with vision. Reading is something we sadly have to give up. A growing number of seniors are discovering they can still keep up with what’s going on in the world by listening to podcasts. The main benefit is … Read more

Technology Upgrades Residential Senior Care

It’s estimated that one in five adults in the United States now have access to a smart speaker. There are nearly 50 million of these voice-powered devices now in use. Alexa could very well be the most spoken name in the world. These devices can offer more than quick ways to find out the temperature outside or order something from Amazon. They’re helping seniors and their care providers. Providers like Libertana Home Health and Bayada Home Health Care are using Amazon’s Echo technology to deepen access to medical assistance and use Alexa’s artificial intelligence to be a digital and entertaining friend that can reduce … Read more

Bed And Seating Aids

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to experience difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. An exercise injury can reward you with a stiff joint, giving you a taste of what might be waiting for you as you get older. Bed and seating aids help older adults remain independent with daily activities like getting in or out of bed, or sitting in a chair. They make these everyday actions easier and safer. Useful and Easy Aging and living with chronic conditions can increase the amount of time we spend at home, which makes it important to make … Read more

Older Adults And Feeling Cold

It might sound like a stereotype, but medical science won’t argue if you say that many older adults often complain about feeling cold. It’s a fact that as we age, some of us find it harder to tolerate cold, especially in hands and feet. Increasing sensitivity to told temperatures may be the sign of a medical problem such as diabetes or hypertension. It’s also common for medications like beta blockers prescribed to older adults to decrease the heart rate, which can reduce the circulation to our hands and feet. Calcium channel blockers may be prescribed for seniors living with hypertension. … Read more

Why Do Older Adults Lose Their Appetites?

“I’m not hungry.” It can be a common response caregivers hear at mealtime. Nobody wants to be forced to eat, but there’s also a concern about nutrition. Many things can cause us to lose our appetite – and it can happen at any age – but it is a common occurrence in older adults. The biggest concern – whether it happens to us or to someone we care for – is getting to the underlying cause. Start with Ruling Out Health Issues Serious health conditions or side effects from common prescription medications often turn out to be the cause of … Read more

What To Wear…Helping Older Adults With Clothing

Much of life goes in circles. We hated getting dressed when we were kids, and some of us end up not appreciating it all that much as seniors, either. When we were young, it just got in the way of more interesting things. As we age it sometimes becomes a challenge we’d rather just skip. That challenge can be physical, like raising your arms up to slide into a sweater, or getting close enough to our feet to slip into a pair of socks. Or, the obstacle can be cognitive. A stroke or Alzheimer’s disease may have turned decision-making into … Read more