Falling is a major medical concern for older adults. Among seniors in the United States, falls are the number one cause of death (resulting in, on average, one fatality every nineteen minutes) and of non-fatal injury that requires hospitalization (resulting in an emergency room visit every eleven seconds).
If your aging parents were to fall ill or otherwise rendered incapable of handling their own finances, would you be prepared to take the wheel? It’s a difficult subject to think about, and an even tougher discussion to have.
The holidays are approaching rapidly, and with them we anticipate feelings of joy, gratitude and time spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, for an alarmingly large number of Americans, the holidays may also signal a time of loneliness and despair.
Polypharmacy is defined as the simultaneous use of multiple drugs, and is becoming an alarmingly common practice among the elderly. With a specialist to treat each condition of the body, it’s easy to understand how patients end up with multiple prescriptions, on top of over the counter drugs and daily supplements.
It is truly a blessing of the times that there is such an array of services today that are affordable to provide seniors options for living in communities that meet their individual medical care needs, personal interests, financial budget, and location preferences.
Seniors are an especially vulnerable part of the population when it comes to identity theft. Overall, they tend to be less aware of the trends scam artists are trying, have an increased likelihood of using postal mail, and are more trusting of strangers than other generations, making it easier to steal their identity.