Dealing with aging parents can be difficult for adult children. Be prepared, get help when needed, take care of yourself and be understanding of your parents' plight, and you can enjoy their golden years as much as they do.
The definition of "old age" is often debated, but many experts agree that individuals who are 65 or older are considered geriatric. Social Security recently increased the age at which individuals can start collecting benefits from 65 years to 67 years, according to Huffington Post.
According to news outlets like NPR, the New York Times and Philadelphia Metro, someone between the ages of 69 and 71 is considered elderly. Technically, a person is considered elderly if he is past middle age.
Age affects pulse rate. Younger people have a higher pulse rate than elderly people. According to Healthline, pulse, or heart rate, is the number of times the heart beats per minute taken when a person is at rest and during exercise.
"Continuing care" refers to a type of retirement community in which several healthcare services are offered on one central campus. This provides residents with fast access to medical care and assisted living, according to Retirement.org.
Several steps can be taken if an elderly driver, who is showing signs of poor decisions behind the wheel, does not respond to discussions with family members. The senior care website Caring.com recommends the following actions.
People over the age of 50 can stay fit by eating healthy and doing workout routines that focus on balance, cardio, core and strength training at least three to four times a week. Exercising is also the best defense against degenerative back and neck problems. When working out, it is important to remain mindful of physical limitations. It's beneficial to keep a steady pace and refrain from overexertion.
Seniors who no longer work at full-time jobs or care for families are often left with a lot of free time while also experiencing decreased mobility. However, there are numerous resources to keep seniors active, from community service activities designed specifically for seniors, to art, music and family programs that they can engage in with friends and family members, according to AgingCare.com.
The first signs of fine lines generally begin to appear during a person's mid to late 20s. By the 40s, the skin begins to lose elasticity and deep lines begin to appear around the mouth and eyes.
As of 2015, the U.S. National Park Service no longer accepts Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes; it sells annual passes instead. While it accepts Golden Age and Golden Access Passports, it no longer sells them, selling Interagency Senior and Access Passes instead.
In certain cases it may be possible to receive financial compensation for providing care to an elderly family member, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. Some possible options include state-administered programs such as Medicaid, which vary greatly depending on location; stipends sponsored by Veterans Affairs; or coverage from a private long-term care insurance policy.
As of 2015, the most important predictor of a person's mobility in the later years is one's health behavior, states the International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. Obesity, smoking, consuming alcohol and poor nutrition also significantly limit mobility as a person ages. Gender, age, diseases and socioeconomic status also have an impact.
An elderly person can live approximately three weeks without food, according to Dina Spector for Business Insider. However, there are additional factors to consider when determining how long a person can survive without food. These factors include age, weight and hydration levels.
To write a hospice care plan, caregivers of a terminally ill patient work with hospice nurses, social workers and counselors to determine the type of care needed for the patient. The plan determines medication, counseling, caregiving and spiritual needs, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
To safely use a walking cane, the cane should be held on one's good side and should provide support to the lower limb on the opposite side; users should take their time when stepping with the affected leg, bringing the cane forward with each step, according to JustWalkers.com. Weight should be leaned through the arm that holds the cane.
Muscle mass decreases as people age because the size and number of muscle fibers decrease with age. A lifestyle that is too relaxed or sedentary can increase the loss of muscle mass, and can even lead to atrophy in older patients, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Partners Healthcare describes private care as being in home care for someone who is no longer able to take care of themselves and requires assistance with daily living functions. Allied Services defines personal care homes as a premise where food, shelter and personal assistance are provided for a period exceeding 24 hours.
Rating the best nursing homes involves researching each facility and rating it according to location, standard of care provided, cleanliness, staff competency and costs. A point system is a simple way to score each facility and narrow choices down to the top two or three nursing homes.
Normally, the skin becomes more lined and wrinkled and less elastic as a person ages, according to WebMD. Hair also typically becomes thinner on the scalp. With age, the hair turns gray, as hair pigment cells lower in number.
Medicare administrative contractors process claims for health care services rendered by a provider. Contractors serve as the primary contact between Medicare's fee-for-service program and enrolled health care providers.
Compression socks and stockings help relieve the symptoms of varicose veins by applying pressure to the leg, reducing the vein cavity. This promotes better circulation in the legs by reducing the amount of blood in the varicose veins, which helps to relieve swelling and discomfort.