At Sunrise, we know that providing quality care for seniors is a rewarding, full-time job. For the average caregiver looking after a senior loved one, the great responsibilities that go along with family caregiving often go unnoticed. In our latest infographic, we break down statistics that reflect the average U.S. caregiver’s balancing act between their caregiving role, family life and career responsibilities.
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There may come a time when seniors will have to make a medical decision, but are not capable of doing so because of compromised competency or other disabilities that leave them unable to advocate for themselves. While this can be a challenging point in time for both individuals and their loved ones, a medical power of attorney is there to help them handle this situation, stepping in to ensure that every health care choice coincides with seniors' wishes. That being said, you will have to do a great deal of preparation in anticipation of this occurring, working with seniors and their families to guarantee you are all on the same page so each potential medical decision matches people's desires.
There are more than 5 million Americans today who are living with Alzheimer's Disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The National Cancer Institute states that in 2010, 13,027,915 American people had a history of some form of cancer. Until recently, these two groups weren't seen to be related in any significant way. However, a new study out of Italy finds that individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to have cancer, and those who have cancer have a lower chance of developing the cognitive illness.
Diabetes remains a very real health risk for seniors all over the country. The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 10.9 million people ages 65 years or older have been diagnosed with diabetes, making up approximately 26.9 percent of the total population in this age group. In an effort to live long and healthy lives, seniors need to be aware of what puts them at risk of diabetes and what they can do to prevent the disease.
What is it about a Passover Seder that elicits such a fervent response in elderly Jews? Even those with little Jewish content in their lives, with minimal ritual observance, routinely make a great effort to gather for the annual Seder. It is a ritual practiced by almost all Jews of every denomination, throughout the land of Israel and the Diaspora.