A week after his double knee replacement surgery, John Cain was walking on a high-tech treadmill that made him feel lighter than air. With bandaged knees and thick, warm socks, the 65-year-old strode slowly but steadily on the machine known as the AlterG, an anti-gravity treadmill.
Helen, a resident in a senior care community, is 60 years old and living with dementia. She has a boyfriend whose room is down the hall. He’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. A family member is appalled when she sees Helen kissing her boyfriend – and suspects there has been some sexual activity.
If you’re a caregiver taking care of a family member at home, what you do for your loved one every day is no doubt all consuming. From showering, toileting, dressing, and feeding your loved one, to making frequent trips to the doctor and pharmacy – all while keeping up with household chores – you may find you’re losing sleep, and another day comes too soon.
It’s a fact. Almost everywhere in the world, women live longer than men. It’s also a fact that older women are more likely than men to be coping with ongoing health challenges.
In senior living communities, staying mentally active is crucial for overall health and well-being. A key study found that mental activity can also delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
For people living with dementia, dining can serve up a host of challenges. Many memory care residents in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other senior living communities are finicky eaters, and food preferences often turn on a dime. Some have difficulty discerning colors, temperatures, and plate boundaries.
In my 19 years in the healthcare industry I have talked with hundreds of residents and family members and it helped me have a greater appreciation for what families go through when making the big, life-changing decisions for their older family members. But nothing could prepare me for what it was like – up close and personal.