When you walk through the doors of even the cleanest and best-maintained senior living community or nursing home, you may detect a slightly musty or grassy odor. Depending on whom you're talking to, this might be deemed "old people smell” and associated with uncleanliness. But, is there really a common odor to senior living communities, and if so, what causes it?
Mental wellness is a staple of our health, and the older we get, the more important it becomes. Of course, evaluating your mental health isn’t necessarily easy to do as it doesn’t have as many noticeable signs as your physical wellbeing.
With the summer season comes a list of outdoor activities for those of all ages to enjoy! While exploring the great outdoors, for the most part, can be fantastic, it can also be dangerous when it comes to your body’s needs. Exploring outside and participating in activities is key to a healthy and happy lifestyle, so it’s important to find ways to best prepare your body for an outdoor adventure. Did you know, as you age, your sense of thirst will decrease? That does not mean you need less water!
Managing your loved one’s health can be an overwhelming task, but staying positive and maintaining a positive attitude is essential. Getting involved in your loved one’s health care shows support and can decrease health risks. At Franklin Park, we believe in providing the best health care options for seniors and would like to share some tips on how to make doctor visits more efficient and less stressful for you and the senior in your life.
Family senior caregivers make a tremendous difference in the livelihood of the seniors they care for. Many times, as parents age or develop medical conditions, they require additional care that you may have not anticipated. In this circumstance, it can be hard to adapt to your new role as a caregiver when you have little-to-no experience providing care for the senior in your life.
Here at Franklin Park, we understand that being a caregiver for a family member can be challenging. We want to highlight a few key skills that caregivers have that their beloved family members appreciate dearly.
Having aging parents who still live at home can pose certain risks. You may start worrying that housework and landscaping are becoming too much for your older loved one(s), and seasonal home maintenance can be dangerous for those without secure balance and strength. Fortunately, senior services are available if these concerns begin bubbling up.
Sleep can be elusive and as we get older, it can become more difficult to follow a regular sleeping schedule. At Franklin Park, we encourage using natural methods to help you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. You may think you’re getting enough sleep, but did you know, there may be subtle signs that are indicating you’re not getting enough?
Adult Orphan, “Solo Ager,” and now Solo Senior, each of these terms can be used to describe the same thing. What does it mean? Are you prepared? How does a Solo Senior plan for the future? Here at Franklin Park, we break down all these questions and more in our guide for Solo Seniors.