7 Ways Seniors can Prepare for Colder Weather

Because of it’s location, the San Francisco Bay Area can get surprisingly cold. At times, the weather can be quite unpredictable and difficult to prepare for, which greatly impacts seniors and people with disabilities. Although a mere inconvenient to most of us, winter weather can pose serious risks to the wellbeing of our aging loved ones. Here are 7 ways seniors can prepare for colder weather in San Francisco and the Bay Area: Is Your Home Winter Ready? Confronted by with the cold weather, San Francisco’s drafty houses are often unprepared for strong, persistent winds. Many of our houses aren’t ready for such weather, but staying warm becomes a greater challenge for an aging loved one. Sen

How to Help Seniors Practice Gratitude

It is easy, and quite understandable, for seniors to get wrapped up in the negative aspects of their lives: the loss of loved ones, diminishing health, and slow days after a lifetime in a busy career or bringing up children can really take a toll on a senior’s mental well-being. We are often told that we should always strive for happiness, as if it is a magic cure, but being happy is not always that easy. Working with seniors as a home caregiver, you probably have a better understanding of the trying circumstances seniors need to face and deal with on a daily basis, and you may wonder what you can do to make it easier on them, without trying to tell them to flip the “happy switch.” Practicin

13 Ways to Prevent Falls in the Home for Seniors

Home caregivers and seniors with mobility issues may know what they need to do or look out for to prevent falls, but if you are expecting a loved one with mobility issues for a visit, do you know what you need to do to keep them from falling? According to the CDC, one in four people over the age of 65 in the United States fell in 2014. That adds up to about 29 million falls and a shocking 27,000 deaths as a result of the falls. It is also the leading cause of fatal injuries in seniors and can cause hip fractures, head trauma, and broken bones. On an emotional level, seniors who fall can become fearful of going out, which can be detrimental to their physical and mental health. Our simpl

Halloween Can Be Extra Scary for Someone with Dementia

Halloween is an exciting and fun time for most people, but for someone with dementia, it may be overwhelming and cause anxiety and fear. Depending on the stage of dementia, unexpected visitors, scary costumes, and loud and eerie sounds may trigger anxiety and even fill seniors who have dementia with terror. Seniors with dementia have a harder time distinguishing reality from fiction, and instead of seeing their grandchild in a little zombie costume, they may think the living dead is really in their sitting room. Halloween celebrations are often unavoidable. The neighbors across the street are going to take extra care in making the scariest decorations possible, the children next door are goi

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