Sidney Katz, MD, first formulated an index of basic activities that are necessary for a senior to live independently in 1963. The Katz Index of Activities of Daily Living is still used by healthcare professionals to assess functional abilities and evaluate long-term care needs in older adults.
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The holidays are special for many reasons, but most importantly, they allow us to catch up with family. They are especially helpful in allowing us to visit aging parents or relatives who may need that extra care and attention. This may be a time to address some issues, check on their health, or simply spend some quality time together.
There’s no doubt that finding in-home care for elderly loved ones is a process. Begin your search by identifying your home care needs and determining the level of care that’s required. To do this, it is important to understand the two basic levels of in-home care services: home health care and non-medical home care.
Desperate though caregivers may be for a temporary respite from their care responsibilities, many care recipients are resistant to strangers coming into their home to help. The help may be perceived as an invasion of privacy, a loss of independence, or a waste of money. Yet in-home assistance is often critical in offering caregivers a break and time to relax and rejuvenate.
Family and friends love to gather for the holidays, but the holidays can bring on extra stress for families who care for an ill or aging loved one. If just the idea of getting out of the house or inviting guests into your home elicits sweaty palms and sleepless nights, read on for holiday breathe-deep help.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time for family and friends to gather together, enjoy good food, and spend quality time with one another in a festive atmosphere!
With changes in weather and holiday events coming up, be aware of these fall safety tips. Taking such preventative measures can help create a more festive and fun season!
The top 8 fall health and safety tips can help make the most of the season while avoiding seasonal hazards. They range from lighting up indoor living spaces to ensuring outdoor fall safety.
As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of major life changes, including career transitions and retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, physical and health challenges—and even a loss of independence. How we handle and grow from these changes is often the key to healthy aging.
That midnight snack of processed food isn't doing your heart any good, say experts!
Most of us know that eating well, getting plenty of the right kind of exercise and controlling our weight are all important for a healthy heart. Ongoing research continues to refine our understanding of heart-friendly choices.
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease in the US. Since it is more than just a basic skin condition, it is helpful for seniors to learn to manage it.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, an estimated 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. (National Psoriasis Foundation)