Older people want to live their lives to the fullest as long as they are able. They don’t want anyone to assume their judgment is impaired just because their mobility is declining. Older adults are usually willing to make life easier on others, but not at the cost of their independence.

If you make the decision to become a caregiver to an elderly person and have them move into your home, a new dynamic occurs. You are now if cha...

Children with cerebral palsy have mobility issues that can be addressed quite easily as they grow. When they are still very young, they are not as independent and rely on you to carry them and help them get to where they need to go. As they grow, you can make special changes that allows them feel their home is a place of comfort that provides them with a sense of belonging. Since cerebral palsy affects people differently, it’s...

The number one reason elderly people visit the emergency room every year is related to falling.

The fall can occur because of vision problems, weak leg muscles, poor footwear, and home hazards such as uneven steps, clutter lying around, slippery throw rugs and so on. One third of the falls in the elderly population are related to household hazards. The more risk factors there are, the greater chance a fall will occur. Unfortuna...

There are all kinds of security systems out there. Which one works best for your loved one?

Mobility issues impact a large number of seniors. In fact, just over 10% of all seniors use a cane, 4.6% use a walker and 3% use a wheelchair or a scooter. Loss of mobility often leads to frustration and depression. If your loved one feels challenged by mobility issues there are a number of ways you can help.

Offer moral support and understanding
For many seniors, changes in mobility is seen as a major life change. Reduced mobi...

     Growing up I was the youngest of three children. In fact, I was what many would refer to as, “the late in life accident”. My mother was forty when she had me, while my father was forty-one. While I was in college my father passed away and I became more and more concerned about my mother with every passing year and with every illness she acquired. My sister and brother and I began to have concerns about her living alone ev...

Accidents, two-thirds of which are falls, are the fifth largest cause of death in the elderly and can both be caused by, and/or result in, mobility problems. As a consequence, various issues arise that should be dealt with.

  • Often seniors or people with mobility problems withdraw and become depressed because of the lack of social interaction. Their fear of falling keeps holds them back from being active and they feel stuck i...

In today’s economic environment, more people are considering or re-considering their living arrangements. I see movement from assisted living facilities back to home environments, movement into continuous care retirement communities, and families previously living independently coming together under one roof.

I often get asked what is the best environment and the answer depends on what is important to you and your family. The f...

Did you know that the #1 cause of home fires is stove fires?  40% of all home fires originate at the stove top.  Even though a stove fire may be small in size, it can fill a home with smoke very quickly.  Smoke inhalation is the #1 cause of fire related deaths. 

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before and during a home fire:

Simple things to do to prevent and prepare for a fire:

  • Test your smoke and ca...

(ARA) - When you think of your aging loved ones, what do you worry about most? Is it a heart attack or stroke cutting short their life, or perhaps cancer? While these illnesses are very real worries for everyone as they age, it may surprise you to discover that falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and 75 percent of these falls occur in the older adult population.

Falls are the single larg...

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