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June 2012

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Tips for Adult Children Caring For Aging Parents

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Caring for an aging parent can be a daily juggle.  It is estimated that up to 7 million people in the United States help care for an older relative long distance. If you are the designated caregiver in your family and you live more than an hour away from the relative who needs help, Consumers Union suggests these ways of preparing for the next crisis.

Maintain a care notebook
Keep a file of your parents’ medical records, including test results, current medication, allergies, insurance coverage and Social Security numbers, along with their physicians’ contact information. Collect e-mail addresses and phone numbers for neighbors and close friends, as well as the phone number for the nearest hospital.

Develop a relationship with your parents’ doctors
If possible, schedule your parents’ appointments while you’re visiting. To avoid future frustration, ask your parents to sign privacy releases giving your doctors authorization to speak with you by phone regarding their care.

Find a local senior or geriatric care manager
These professionals are usually trained in gerontology, social work, nursing or psychology, and can identify problems and help provide solutions that you might not be aware of. They can also screen, place and monitor in-home help, and arrange for short- or long-term assistance for long-distance caregivers.

Set up an Medical Alert System
If your parent lives alone, talk with him or her about an electronic alert system for emergencies such as LifeCall. These systems, typically lightweight devices worn around the neck or wrist, require only a push of a button to generate an automatic call to summon emergency help. You might also want to arrange a daily check-in call or e-mail message.

Don’t go it alone
If you have siblings, try to split doctors’ visits, financial costs and other responsibilities with them as much as possible. Make a list of family members, friends and neighbors who are willing to help with transportation and home visits. Check into senior day care or recreational programs available through local governments or nonprofit groups. Also investigate the availability of meal-delivery programs and transportation services.

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The Older But Wiser Brain

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It’s not all bad news! Yes, it’s true our reaction time is slower and it takes us longer to retrieve information … BUT we are more shrewd 🙂  In other words, our complex reasoning skills improve. We’re able to anticipate problems and reason things out better than when we were young.

And, there’s another area of improvement as we age: empathy — the ability to understand the emotional point of view of another. Empathy increases as we age.

One of the great discoveries from recent neuroscience research is that the human brain is always changing, from moment to moment and throughout life. It continues to develop, and even continues to grow new brain cells.

Physical Fitness Helps
Art Kramer, a neuroscientist from the University of Illinois has found that memory can improve with treadmill workouts. He writes that after treadmill training, MRI scans of his elderly test subjects revealed larger hippocampi and other brain regions .

Also Important!

  1. Eat right – Many foods, including nuts, fish and red wine, have been linked to a healthy brain. But concentrating on an all-around healthy diet may be the best nutritional strategy for keeping the brain sharp. And don’t skip breakfast!
  2. Good posture – Maintaining an upright, un-slouched posture improves circulation and blood-flow to the brain.
  3. Sleep well – A good night’s sleep is vitally important to a healthy mind, especially memory. Get enough sleep and take naps.
  4. Paint, draw, or doodle – Whether it’s a masterpiece or a mere doodle, simply making a picture is an excellent workout for the brain.
  5. Listen to music – Music affects the brain profoundly, and has been linked to improved cognition and memory functioning.
  6. Learn something new – Many colleges and senior centers offer engaging, low-cost lectures and classes for older adults. Ongoing education is a surefire way to keep sharp.
  7. Do puzzles – When you challenge and stimulate yourself intellectually, you exercise your brain and increase your mental capacity. Crosswords are a popular choice.
  8. Write – Writing improves working memory and your ability to communicate.

Contact LifeCall Medical Alert Systems, one of the leading providers of BOSCH in-home health care monitoring solutions for seniors
and at-risk persons seeking to retain their independence and remain in their own homes.