woman looking at scrapbook with senior with alzheimerNot being able to communicate verbally is a difficult situation for both the affected individual and their family members.

Seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia or have experienced a stroke may be unable to communicate verbally. Even so, there are a number of ways families may communicate with them.

two seniors exercising in the parkDespite the inevitable passing of time, there are many ways senior citizens can maintain or even get back the health of their younger years.

Although it may be easier for people who were healthy in the past to be healthy in their golden years, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes for the better.

Senior recovering from fall injury at physical therapyExperiencing a fall can make a senior feel out of control and give them a lack of confidence as they move about.

Adults over the age of 65 have a 25% chance of falling, according to the National Council on Aging. With their weaker bones and bodies, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior citizens.

Dental 300 x 200As we age, it becomes even more important to practice good dental hygiene.

Senior citizens become more at risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, discoloration and worn enamel. Unfortunately, dental health is often overlooked as people get older. Some people even mistakenly believe that once they get dentures, oral hygiene is less important.

Visiting elderly in the nursing homeFor those not familiar with assisted living communities, the thought of walking through those front doors on a regular basis can be a bit … well, uncomfortable.

There are a number of reasons loved ones may not visit a parent in long-term care facilities. Children who arranged for their parents to move may be feeling guilty for getting Mom or Dad out of their longtime home.

Bariatric ObesityWith obesity continuing to be a growing problem in the United States, the need for quality bariatric care is also on the rise.

Bariatric care (specialized care for obese patients typically weighing over 350 pounds) is a specialized level of service for residents needing assistance with everyday tasks that become more difficult with weight problems. 

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.