Creating a Plan of Care Before a Crisis Happens

Although it is something that none of us likes to ponder, the passage of time and the effects of aging place our parents and other older loved ones at risk of rapid changes in their health status and capabilities. A sudden illness, a fall or other unexpected event can turn their life – and yours – upside down in an instant.

Given the potential consequences, perhaps the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” offers the best advice for all of us.

Easing the Transition to Long-Term Care for Your Loved One

Change can be uncomfortable for any of us – regardless of age. However, as we get older change can become even more difficult.

Over the course of our lives, we can become a bit less flexible and more attached to familiar people, places and routines in our environment. In a fast changing world, the “sameness” of a consistent, daily routine and familiar surroundings is often a source of comfort, calm and confidence.   

Living Well with Cardiopulmonary Disease

The National Institute of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, defines cardiac rehabilitation as a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. These rehab programs include exercise training, education on heart healthy living and counseling to reduce stress and help individuals with cardiopulmonary problems return to an active life.