You’ve probably already checked their blood pressure, ensured they’ve eaten breakfast and lunch and confirmed their doctor’s appointment for tomorrow. But have you drunk any water today, let alone even eaten lunch yet? Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding jobs out there, but it can also be considered one of the most mentally and physically challenging. If things are left unchecked, it can lead to a downward spiral and that puts you at risk of experiencing what is known as caregiver burnout. If you are feeling exhausted emotionally, physically, and mentally know that you are not alone and there are ways to gain healthy control of your life again.
We're all eventually faced with a crossroads during aging where we can no longer live independently — either because we no longer want to live alone or we require more assistance that can be provided at home. If you or a loved one find yourself in this situation, you will need to decide what type of senior living is best for your situation.
Currently, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. At this very moment 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, but by 2050 this number could rise as high as 16 million. Because there is no known cure, this number is likely to continue to rise at an astronomical rate. Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association work diligently to invest in a world without Alzheimer’s by leading research and awareness that encourages people to get involved.
The responsibility of caring for a parent often falls to the person in need’s adult child. While many children are more than willing to help out and step in as caregiver to their parents, they frequently do not realize the gigantic commitment it takes to be someone’s full-time caregiver. Their great intentions can result in them feeling overwhelmed and experiencing something called ‘caregiver burnout.'
Humans are social creatures. Spending time with friends and family is not only enjoyable, but it is also essential to our health. In fact, this Forbes article cited research showing that low social interaction is as bad (or worse) for your health as being an alcoholic, smoking 15 cigarettes a day, becoming obese, or never exercising.
Topics: Social Wellness
Remember the adage, “the nose knows?” Our sense of smell has a powerful impact on other systems in our body. Oils have been used for generations but recently as more and more people are beginning to examine the true benefits of essential oils. Several studies have found aromatherapy to be an efficacious, non-pharmacological therapy. This year at Franklin Park, after thoughtful research and analysis, we’re excited to launch our first aromatherapy lounge in the memory care neighborhood of TPC Parkway. Since we have had such great response from so many, we wanted to share some of our stories and how we are continuing to pioneer this effort to bring wellness to our residents in new and exciting ways.
For many people, thinking about aging brings up a nagging fear: Alzheimer's Disease. That fear starts to grow if your spouse starts to act confused or forget things.
While it may seem that the younger generation is the primary users of social media, the senior generation is quickly catching up on some social media platforms. In fact, a 2016 study showed that 62% of adults 65 and older are using Facebook regularly. If your parent or loved one is actively using social media, it can benefit their lives in many ways. Here are five reasons why your parent should be using social media.
Topics: Social Wellness
As you get older, you may find that you need extra support with everyday activities or you may no longer want to deal with home maintenance and upkeep. While you do not need nursing or medical care, you could use help with transportation, laundry, meal preparation, and other essentials of living. Alternatively, perhaps you could use more companionship or would like to make new friends. Independent living communities, like Franklin Park Senior Living, can provide a new living environment that fulfills these needs. When the time comes that new care is needed, Franklin Park Senior Living also offers assisted living and memory care services.
While you may find the idea of an independent living community attractive, how do you pay for it? Let us discuss several ways to pay for independent living that you might not have previously considered.
When people think of senior living options most of the time, they think of a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. That lack of understanding could be why some people are resistant to the idea of moving into a senior living environment. However, senior living does not have a one-size-fits-all solution, and nursing homes are not the only option. There are several types of senior living arrangements, and each is designed to meet specific needs of the people being served by the community.
Topics: Senior Living