Do We Get More Conservative As We Age?

There has been much reporting that cable networks like CNN and Fox News are losing viewers to the one thing that even the savviest advertiser cannot combat: death. Let’s face it, these 24-hour news sources are largely geared to those in their golden years, as evidenced by the endless stream of blood pressure, incontinence, and Viagara ads. It makes sense: seniors are much more likely to be retired and in front of the television for more hours per day. The average age of a Fox News viewer has been pegged as both 68 and 70.

Another thing that seems true is that we become more conservative with age. This can be the result of several factors.

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The Decline of Intellectual Curiosity

This amalgam of scientific studies indicates that a person’s intellectual curiosity tends to decline with age. The willingness to learn more about different people, cultures, and ideologies plays a key role in helping to broaden one’s horizons. Those with more educated backgrounds tend to be more open to change and empathy for the positions of others.

Changes in the Ability to Judge

As we age, our ability to process information slows. While people in middle age and above can rely on years of experience while judging situations, they also are less adept at recalling information. That means that they spend less time thinking about the wide ranging aspects of information. This study showed that people in this age range tend to favor black and white interpretations over ones that might have some ambiguity. That can lead one to take a more conservative stance.

The Stress of Change

Young people tend to be more flexible and able to adapt to the demands of change. Battling the life challenges brought about by mental and physical changes, older people tend to prefer situations and a lifestyle that is predictable and unlikely to have any major alterations.

This posting included information from a very interesting piece on the Psychology Today website; for the full article, go here.

Visit Grandma Soon!

The decision to move a relative into managed care is a tough one. It can represent a dramatic change for any person, especially if they have lived a life of independence. However, just because a move is completed does not mean that people automatically adjust well to their new surroundings.

While many residents do adjust well and make new friends, it is important to remember that they are still part of the family. One of the reasons that people resist going into a home is the feeling that the family is “leaving them behind.” You have heard the old saying “out of sight, out of mind,” right? Well, that applies to people, too.

If your elderly mother or father is no longer living with you or nearby, it is easy to become busy and forget about them. However, they don’t forget about you. If someone in a home is lonely, they will greatly look forward to upcoming visits because it allows them to reconnect with the family. Cancelling a planned visit can be very disappointing and repeated cancellations can even lead to depression and anxiety. Your loved one may even feel that you don’t care about them anymore.

We are all very busy nowadays, but please don’t forget your relatives that no longer live at home. Try to put yourself in their place: if you spend all of your time in an environment you find different from the norm you have enjoyed for many years, people that remind you of your old life can mean a lot. Remember to also include them for family events, such as Christmas dinner.

Seniors also treasure the time they spend with their grandchildren. Remember to regularly bring them along as bonding with grandpa and grandma is also important.

While it may not be possible to see them every week, always remember to share quality time with your elderly loved ones as often as you can.

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How Seniors Benefit from Gardening

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We know gardening is a simple, rewarding hobby. But did you there are physical and mental health benefits to gardening as well? It’s only recently we’ve begun to recognize how the hobby can be to people of all ages feel stronger and healthier, including seniors.

Reduces Risk of Disease

Many of us don’t get as much physical activity as we should. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention  states that just 2.5 hours moderate physical activity per week can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoperosis, heart disease, and stroke.

Gardening is a great way to incorporate moderate, full-body exercise into your daily routine. Unlike many activities, like running and cycling, gardening is accessible to those who are older, have disabilities, or suffer from chronic pain. You can do it at your own pace in your own home.

Relieves Stress

You may have retired, but it’s still important to manage stress in your life. Stress can cause irritability, headaches, stomach aches, and increase your risk of a heart attack.

Fortunately, gardening is a scientifically-proven stress-buster. One study showed that gardening is more effective in easing stress than other leisure activities, like reading a book.

Andrea Faber Taylor, a horticultural instructor and researcher, says it’s the repetitive, soothing nature of gardening that makes it so effective. “The breeze blows, things get dew on them, things flower; the sounds, the smells,” she describes.

Lowers Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

We still don’t understand all the factors that influence the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, researchers in this study found that gardening is the single biggest factor in reducing a person’s risk of dementia.

The study looked at the lifestyle habits of nearly 3000 older adults over the course of 16 years. Those who were daily gardeners had a 36% reduced incidence of dementia.

It’s not certain why this is the case, but it might have to do with the fact that gardening involves so many of different parts of the body and mind: strength and endurance, dexterity, problem-solving, and sensory awareness.

Improves Mental Health and Depression

About 6.7% of the adult population suffers from depression, including seniors. Coping with mental health challenges can be especially difficult for seniors who live alone and have scant contact with friends and family.

While gardening cannot cure a mental health issue, it is proven to help patients feel better. This benefit stems from a combination of physical activity, natural surroundings, mental stimulation, and, of course, the personal satisfaction in growing something beautiful.

How PSWs Help Caregivers

Looking after my mother proved to be both the most difficult and most rewarding thing of my life. We all get old, and I knew that Mom’s health would decline, but it all happened very suddenly and in a way I didn’t expect.

Mom’s stroke left her partially paralyzed. She was also afflicted with a condition called global aphasia, which affects the communication centres of the brain. For the first few weeks after the stroke, she could not talk and found it very difficult to follow instructions.

Therapy with a speech pathologist brought back a good portion of Mom’s abilities, but there was only so much that could be done physically. She would need a wheelchair for the rest of her life and no longer had the independence to feed, cloth, or toilet herself.

I have been self-employed and working from home for a number of years, so I moved Mom in with us. It was a big adjustment for both of us, and, rather quickly, I started having trouble keeping everything in balance.

Fortunately, Mom qualified for home care assistance and we soon had a PSW coming in every morning. This was a godsend for me because our worker arrived first thing to help mom prepare for the day. This involved getting her out of bed, dressed, washed (or bathed), and fed a good breakfast.

Having these tasks taken care of for me made all of the difference. In my profession, the morning is the busiest time, so it was very tough for me to allocate the necessary time to get mom going. Quite frankly, I was worrying that the situation would no longer be do-able as it was affecting my ability to work and earn a living.

Another very important benefit is that the PSWs provided additional company and friendship for mom. This became something she looked forward to every day and it has certainly enriched her life as a result.

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Right At Home Senior Home Care

Sending your aging parent to one of the home care facility doesn’t mean you no longer care for them. This just means you want to give them the best care they deserve such as mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is a hard decision for most adult children because in some reason they cannot manage the right time to take care of their aging parent. This is not giving up. This is just asking for help for others that can provide the require care for the aging people. Finding and trusting a home care is very difficult. But as you research for the companies giving this kind of service for the older people, you can definitely choose which one to trust. Choosing company means know the feedback or reviews by their client and the rating of the site. You can also ask people who had experienced the service of the home care. When you sum up all the key points, it will be easier for you to decide where you entrust your loved one’s care and safety.

One leading home care facility is around the country of Canada. They provide first class services professionally. The Right at home senior home care really know how to give necessary need of aged people with superb treatment and assistance. Your aging parents will treat it as their second home peacefully. Adjustment is just normal but as they get to encounter the service they getting, you will have a peace of mind and worry no more.

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Giving the necessary need for your loved ones can prolong their life. Especially when they feel safe, well take care of and proper health monitoring. The senior caregiver gives supportive in-home care for best solution of comfort, safety, independence and like loving family relationships in the facility. A partner to help your loved one is all what you need.