respite 300 x 200Caring for a family member or friend with special medical needs can be a physically, mentally and emotionally taxing job.

Respite care is an important part of the senior care equation in that it provides a much-needed break for the caregiver as well as providing professional short-term care for adults with special medical needs.

safety 300 x 200Winter brings with it a slew of inherent risks for older bodies.

Extreme temperatures, snow, ice, and illness can be hazardous for anyone, let senior citizens who may have decreased strength and balance and more fragile immune systems. Embassy Healthcare offers the following suggestions for older adults and their families on taking proper precautions during the coldest months of the year:

arthritis 300 x 200Most people don’t think about food when they think about treating arthritis, but it can be a powerful tool to help manage the chronic condition.

Arthritis, affecting 50 million Americans, is a degenerative disease that causes the deterioration of cartilage in joints. In addition to controlling one’s weight and increasing low-impact exercise, there are a number of foods that can help manage symptoms and pain.

winter activities 300 x 200Being active in the cold, snowy months of winter can seem like a lot of hassle for many senior citizens.

However, it may be the time of year when it’s most important to keep their mind and bodies sharp and active, since they may tend to stay inside, isolating themselves from social and physical activities.

Image of elderly man alone for the holidaysThe “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” may seem to be anything but when you’re an elderly person who spends a lot of time alone during the holidays.

Senior citizens who have lost spouses, friends and loved ones over the years are particularly susceptible to feelings of depression, loneliness, and isolation at this time of year. Perhaps feeling pressure to enjoy the season, they may remember past holidays spent with loved ones and lament the passing of those days.

Image of patient during physical therapy session after surgeryRecovering from a surgery can be a challenging task for a senior citizen who may feel uncertain about whether they can physically withstand the process.

It’s important for the patient to have a positive mindset going into rehabilitation and for them to have strong support from family as well as staff at the care facility.

Image of elderly nursing patient walking in the park with family.The progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia may make it impossible to have the same relationship with loved ones as we once did, but we can still have valuable connections with them.

Many people delay visiting family members with dementia, unsure of what to do or say. The key is to put the hesitancy aside and just visit them. Once you see where they are cognitively, you can begin to work on ways to communicate and connect with them.

Image of elderly woman who prevented infection.Infections are a growing concern as we age, with one-third of people over the age of 65 dying from an infectious disease.

Senior citizens are more prone to infections, which occur when microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites) invade the body. This can lead to illness, disease or organ damage. We can get infections through water, air, food, and soil. Open sores on our skin also subject us to infections, because our skin serves as a barrier to microbes.

Image of Woman driving safely on medication.Driving requires a responsibility to oneself and others on the road to be conducted in a safe manner.

The natural aging process and medications can compromise the safety of older drivers, their passengers and motorists and pedestrians on the road.

Under The Influence Of Medications

Medications can have a number of side effects that can make driving more dangerous, especially when they are paired with multiple drugs taken by many seniors. These medications include those for anxiety, anti-depressants, pain, allergies, and muscle relaxers. These risks include:

Image of elderly couple riding bikes with arthritis.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can make it challenging to live your best life, but there are plenty of ways you can handle symptoms and learn to not let it keep you from many of the things you love.

RA is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, causing pain and swelling in affected parts of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RA often attacks joints in the hands, wrists and knees, damaging joint tissue in the process. It can cause chronic pain, a lack of balance and deformity in affected joints.