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First Aid Skills Every Caregiver Should Know

Emergencies are unpredictable. That’s why it’s crucial for your caregiver to be equipped with first aid skills. In the event that your parent or loved one is injured or falls ill, a swift and educated reaction is imperative in saving their health. There are several crucial first aid emergencies that a caregiver might face with an aging adult. Here are some issues to always keep in mind:

Falling. One in four adults experiences falls. Falls are not a normal part of the aging process, and they can be prevented with regular exercise and proper medication. However, if your loved one does fall, you should refrain from immediately helping them up to avoid additional injury. First, take time to assess the situation and determine what kind of injury might have occurred, and then call emergency services if it seems serious

Choking. It’s common for aging adults to struggle with chewing and swallowing. These issues can lead to a choking emergency. If a loved one is unable to speak, grabbing their throat, or turning blue, you should perform the Heimlich maneuver and call emergency services. It’s important that the caregiver is aptly trained on proper Heimlich procedure as to not cause further damage.

Cuts and Tears. As we age, the collagen in our skin diminishes and our skin becomes more delicate and prone to bruises and cuts. Proper first aid application can quickly heal a cut or scrape and prevent it from becoming infected. In more serious scenarios with excessive bleeding, you should call emergency services or see a doctor.

First aid classes and workshops are regularly taught at your local Red Cross and other public health organizations in your area.

Women’s Health Week

From osteoporosis to menopause, women develop different health concerns as they age. Gender-specific challenges like hormonal changes, as well as shifts in lifestyle, mean that women need to develop a healthcare plan that takes into account their unique circumstances. 

As journalist Nancy Brown points out in a blog post about women’s healthcare, “Far too many women focus on the health and happiness of others without taking the time to care for themselves. While there’s a sweet, loving motive behind this kind of priority structure, it also comes with a fundamental flaw: If these women get sick, those who depend on them will be left in need.” 

Proactive Prevention 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health promotes National Women’s Health Week each May starting on Mother’s Day. The purpose the program is to inspire women to take better care of their wellbeing while also taking specific steps to improve their health.  

The organizers of National Women’s Health Week encourage women of all ages to be proactive about their health by following these key strategies: 

  1. Keep up with recommended screenings and preventative care. 
  2. Maintain moderate physical activity: at least 2 ½ hours per week. 
  3. Follow nutritional guidelines for your age and develop a healthy eating plan. 
  4. Prioritize mental health. 
  5. Practice healthy behaviors. 

Silver Sirens 

As women age, many health problems can occur, including preventable conditions that can be controlled via diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. As a result, it is vital for older women to have access to the information and tools necessary to manage their health effectively. 

“Women continue to be the support beams of our families and our communities,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “We often make the healthcare decisions for our families, but we seldom make time for ourselves.” 

That’s a mistake for our own health and the health of our nation. We can’t support others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. 

Outreach Opportunity 

Women’s Health Week is a fantastic opportunity for senior living providers and caregivers to educate female residents and their families about all the ways to improve overall health and mental function. Senior living providers interested in participating in Women’s Health Week should check out the organization’s website for more information.  

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The Importance of Staying Active as We Age

No matter your age or health, exercise is key to increasing longevity. Regardless of the shifting factors in our aging loved one’s life, maintaining a regular exercise schedule can improve every aspect of their lives, including cognitive function, physical strength, and social interactions. Here’s a more in-depth look at the importance of staying active in our senior years.

Exercise is a social activity. Walks, jogs, and group work outs give older folks a chance to interact with others and form friendships. It’s also an underlying method to providing accountability and support.

Exercise Improves Mood. For people in any stage of life, exercise can be the ultimate pick-me-up during a bad day. Studies show that an hour of daily exercise does wonders for a person’s emotional well-being, and it also decreases feelings of depression that are prevalent in seniors.

Senior couple doing light exercise outdoors

Exercise improves strength and mobility. For those struggling with daily physical tasks like preparing food or playing with grandchildren, regular exercise can strengthen muscles, improve mobility, increase balance, and prevent falls.

Exercise Increases Mental Capacity. Exercise supports the connections between neurons and increases the blood supply to various regions throughout the brain, and research from the Mayo Clinic shows that cognitive activity improves after six to 12 months of regular exercise. A dose of physical activity can increase cognitive abilities and slow the process of mental decline. It also increases oxygen to the brain, which helps us think clearer.

Exercise Improves Healing. Exercise boosts our immune system in ways that modern pharmaceuticals and organic supplements just don’t cut it. People who are regularly active heal 25 percent faster than those who don’t exercise.