Reducing Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays

by MichelleR on December 29, 2015

It’s very human to feel that holidays should be happy times, with generations of traditions coming to the forefront. After all, we say we celebrate holidays. Doesn’t that mean happiness? The reality, however, is that many people can feel isolated and lonely during this sometimes forced “season of good will.”

Elders can have an especially hard time with the holiday season. While aging and maturity can bring the wisdom of years for many people, there are inevitable losses that come to even the most healthy individuals. Many of these losses are emotional and social in nature. Spouses become ill or die. Other aging relatives and friends become seriously ill, or die. Neighborhoods change, often leaving even those well enough to remain in their own homes feeling friendless and isolated. The holidays can bring this isolation and a feeling of loneliness to a head.

You, the adult child of a parent who may seem depressed during the holidays, can do much to help. Yes, you are busy and stressed yourself. However, by simplifying the holiday season all around and concentrating on what really matters – people – you can offer your parent help through what can be, for some, a time of discouragement.

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Planning A Doctor Visit

by MichelleR on November 3, 2015

A Partnership

How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Unfortunately, talking with your doctor isn’t always easy. In the past, the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. You and your doctor can work as a team.

Creating a basic plan before you go to the doctor can help you make the most of your visit. The tips in this chapter will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about.

(Watch the video to get tips on planning for your doctor visit. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)

Make a List of Your Symptoms

Talking about your health means sharing information about how you feel. Sometimes it can be hard to remember everything that is bothering you during your doctor visit. Making a list of your symptoms before your visit will help you not forget to tell the doctor anything.

Symptoms can be physical, such as pain, fever, a lump or bump, unexplained weight gain or loss, change in energy level, or having a hard time sleeping. Symptoms can also involve your thoughts and your feelings. For example, you would want to tell your doctor if you are often confused, or if you feel sad a lot.

What to Include

When you list your symptoms, be specific. Your list should include:

  • what the symptom is
  • when it started
  • what time of day it happens and how long it lasts
  • how often it happens
  • anything that makes it worse or better
  • anything it prevents you from doing.

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When was the last time you had a good laugh?

August 28, 2015

Have any of you ever seen the Disney movie, Monsters Inc.?  If you haven’t, here is a very quick summary in a nutshell:  These monsters live in a city where their electricity is powered by screams.  There is a “Scream Factory” in town and in this factory there are doors that the monsters can go […]

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Ever think about becoming a CAREgiver?

August 11, 2015

If you enjoy interacting with older individuals and want to pursue an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of seniors as a paid job, caregiving might be the career for you. There are many seniors in our community that are in need of modest to full hands-on assistance with their activities of daily […]

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One word holds all of the power!

June 27, 2015

What if one thing could improve your life in ways that you have always dreamed of?  What if that one thing was as simple as ONE WORD and this one word could mean the difference between constantly trying to clear hurdles and new found success?  The authors of, One Word That Will Change Your Life, […]

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