Monday, November 14, 2011

Motorized Wheelchairs for Seniors on the Go

If you or someone you know is experiencing mobility problems or can't stand or walk for even short periods of time, then you might want to look into a power wheelchair. These come in all different shapes and sizes, ranging from kind of the traditional looking wheelchair with a small motor, to three and four wheel scooters or even fancy motorized wheelchairs like this one. The picture here is a Pride Jazzy 600 Power Wheelchair and it is good for both indoors and outdoors. The joystick on the armrest is used to steer and control it, and it can maneuver quite nicely. If you are a senior who would still like to be active, then something like this may be just what you need.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Meals on Wheels Program

One of the most helpful programs while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's was the Meals on Wheels program. The volunteers who delivered the meals were always friendly and encouraging. They took a special interest in the patient and even included some little extras on birthdays or other special times of the year. Our senior was on a much different schedule than the rest of the families, so it was pretty rare that they ate with the rest of the family. However, it was always a comfort to know that a special meal was already prepared, sitting in the refrigerator for when it was needed. For more information on the Meals on Wheels program visit their website: If you are caring for a loved one or you are a senior yourself and its not as easy to cook and prepare meals as it used to be, then definitely check into this program. From their website you can locate a local group in your area that can help you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How Pets Assist With Caregiving

If you are caring for a loved one, you've probably noticed that our pets, whether it be a favorite cat or a dog, can sometimes provide tremendous comfort for those that we are caring for. Our cat Hershey used to love to lay on the recliner or bed with Grandma and snuggle up against her leg or side. She had Alzheimer's disease and was unable to move around on her own or communicate much and sometimes she would be anxious or agitated, but she seemed to be particularly peaceful when Hershey was laying besider her. What was particularly interesting is if Hershey was laying on the kid's bed or next to them and their legs were under the covers he woud go after them and play like most cats do, but not with Grandma. He seemed to sense what she needed most, and he would not paw at her feet or anything like that, but instead, he would lie peacefully beside her and just be a comfort to her.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Beware of Treatment Scams

Elderly people are common targets for deceitful con artists who claim that they are supplying remarkable cures and medical breakthroughs. Often, what they really offer is only false hope. As time goes on, symptoms are no better, perhaps worse, and a great deal of money is often lost. The worst part is that these charlatans keep older people from seeking and getting suitable medical treatment. False advertising can come from many sources, including telephone calls, e-mail, magazines, and newspapers. Some of the most prevalent fraudulent claims include anti-aging preparations, or products that promise that you can eat anything that you desire and still lost weight. Cures for serious or chronic ailments including Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and diabetes may also be claimed. A basic rule that will serve you well, regardless of age, is when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So, no matter what the claim, always do your own due diligence so that you can steer clear of any treatment scams.