Monthly Archives: April 2017

Depression and Seniors

QUESTION: My mom seems depressed lately, could this actually be true?

Did you know that depression is very common among older adults? Some feel that if they have lost their health, lost their spouse, lost their friends, “lost” their house, and now they don’t know what to do. Interestingly, sadness doesn’t always accompany depression but forgetfulness, aches & pains and irritability often do! Many Seniors have never had to deal with such an issue. They think that if they just keep pulling up their bootstraps and working harder then everything will be okay. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work when it comes to aging! We all will get older no matter what! If you are a senior and think you might be depressed or you know a senior who is, don’t hesitate to get help. There have been amazing advances in medications as well as counseling. Other tips include:

1) Get more exercise- get those endorphins flowing!

2) Connect with others- we all know how the smile of a friend makes us feel better.

3) Get more sleep!

4) Eat a more balanced diet. Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you can eat junk food all the time!

Believe it or not, a move to a campus such as Stow-Glen can really help with the cure. We help with exercises, diet and most of all, friends- how great would it be to have hundreds of neighbors of the same age and interests!

For more information on all that we offer, please visit www.stowglen.com

Helping a senior get dressed

Question: I think mom needs help getting dressed, what do I do?

If you’ve ever helped a senior get dressed, you know it can be a tough situation. If you’re a senior who has a hard time, you know what I’m talking about! Here are some tips to make this awkward dance a little less awkward!

  1. The person who wears the clothes picks out the clothes! My grandfather looked like a hobo most days but it was a look he had spent more than 70 years crafting- trying to get him to change now would have only led to arguments and grief! (However, if dementia is a concern, offering 2 sets as a choice might work!)
  2. Take the process slowly! It must take a friend of mine 10 minutes to put on his socks- but that’s ok! As long as he’s safe and balanced he doesn’t need any help.
  3. Arthritis does not like buttons, zippers and hooks! Consider options from home care websites that feature hidden Velcro, elastic waistbands and slip-on shoes.

Helping someone get dressed can be a delicate situation, especially if it’s a parent. Needing someone to help you get dressed is even worse, especially if it’s on of your kids.

Stow-Glen has the largest staff in the area to help with these awkward and potentially embarrassing situations- we know what to do and how to handle it- we’ve been doing it since 1984! Let us know if we can help- call today!