We believe in sharing what we’ve learned about the home health care industry and all related topics to help and support you. Our variety of blogs feature insights, experience and news about aging, healthy lifestyle, and overall well-being. We are continually expanding the blog posting, please expect new publishing’s every two weeks, enjoy the reading. The writer’s opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect Vitae Cares position. However, we encourage, appreciate, and try to stimulate a culture of discussion and even dispute.

Aging: The Worldwide Elderly Community Is Growing Older

 Social Media Team   Sunday, April 30, 2017   

Aging is a global phenomenon challenging societies across the globe. By 2050, the number of elderly persons is projected to more than double.

You are in good company

Becoming a senior citizen—often is not the easiest part of life. However, here’s the good news: you are not alone. You’re retired from work; you have no more official tasks to perform—that’s a transition which may be difficult. A colleague takes over, your expertise is not of interest anymore, and the younger generation starts building its own expertise. Nevertheless, as a senior citizen, you have the chance to start again, find new directions in life, and take up interesting hobbies that keep your body and mind busy. Naturally, when growing older, the body eventually becomes more vulnerable. You will need more time to rest, recuperation will take longer, and you might experience little aches and pains now and then.

Freshmen in the elderly community

You are a part of the elderly generation now but you are the freshman, you are only a little over 60 years old. Isn’t this appealing? artwork-sketch crowd with colorful background What exactly defines the age at which you join the elderly community? Is there a certain number that prescribes it? The answer to this question is no; there are no boundaries. Everything is flexible in this advanced stage of life. That the elderly community is expanding in a big way is a proven fact. With a healthy lifestyle, well-being, and a good health care system, longevity is rising, and more and more citizens are entering the elderly community. This section of our society has earned respect and has become a voice to be heard. This is a new development, a movement that clearly has to be taken into consideration by society and governments when planning for the future.

A declared trend: Independent living at home

The population is growing older, a development documented by facts and figures. A recent report from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that “the percentage of the global population aged 60 years or over increased from 8.5 percent in 1980 to 12.3 percent in 2015 and is projected to rise further to 21.5 percent in 2050. By 2050, the projected 434 million people aged 80 or over will account for 21 percent of the global population over age 60.” The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing states that “it recognizes population aging—the shift towards a larger proportion of older persons in the population—as an important global trend.” Our society will have to recognize this trend in creating and preparing an environment with appropriate infrastructure to help, support, and take care of the needs of the growing senior-citizen community. This is a real challenge for future generations and a global issue. Some elderly persons are already in need of support, whereas others are not there yet; it all depends on their health and well-being. What almost all senior citizens have in common, however, is that they want to keep their independence at home and enjoy a happy and healthy life as long as possible.

The movement: Giving the elderly a voice

This section of the population deserves privacy, freedom, dignity, and respect. Granting them these rights involves not only caring for older persons but also continuously working to develop solutions for their well-being and good health. The elderly have a right to their own voices; they deserve to be recognized as a generation with specific needs and to be sustainably integrated into society as a whole.

Vitae Care provides caring services and is by your side every step of the way. We will regularly talk and write about the Vitae Care Movement, providing a voice for the elderly and in-home care solutions. Please stay tuned for new insights about financial perspectives, housing options, in-home health care services, and social impacts of aging such as growing isolation and loneliness.

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Senior Companion Care—The Spring Season Brings New Beginnings

 Social Media Team   Saturday, April 15, 2017   

Spirits are high and it’s time to start new things, an enjoyable season. In-home care services embrace these vibrations and help with all your endeavors.

Beautiful blossoming of flowers and trees

Who doesn’t know how spring feels? Everyone loves the season of new beginnings, with the awakening of nature and how lovely it is. Finally, spring has sprung. Temperatures are warming up, a light breeze is in the air, and the smell of the first flowers is everywhere. illustration-butterfliesBirds are shimmering and butterflies are floating; how wonderful, take a deep breath and feel bright and light: life is beautiful. Especially for the elderly who enjoy senior companion care, it is a gorgeous feeling to go outside with no winter coat. Feel the warmth of the sun on the face, and discover the first flowers coming out of the soil. It’s the season for embracing activities, and eventually, getting a whole new start. You might fall in love, or decide to lose the weight on your hips that somehow piled up during winter, or just enjoy the lighthearted feeling of ease. You see people riding a bicycle, skating on rollerblades, or out for a stroll; it’s the call to get out of the house almost like newly discovering the world. Spirits are high, and people are all smiles. Eventually, you are wearing a brand-new outfit, and you feel gorgeous and free. With an official start date of March 20, every year spring creates a wonderful momentum that lifts spirits and inspiration for the year to come.

Getting winter behind you gets more important when you are elderly

Why is this such an important moment for many elderly or sick people? Why do they long for spring? Because of the cold season, the elderly and sick are mostly forced to stay in the comfort of their homes. They are stuck and lose temporary mobility and independence. It is not just because of the chilly temperatures outside; seniors do not want to fall on ice or snow and end up in the emergency room with a broken leg. Forced to stay home, social contacts weaken. What remains is the telephone or other media to connect with people and, of course, senior companion care. Winter is the season to hide away in a cozy home and not come out until spring has finally arrived; it also makes senior citizens more vulnerable with the advent of the flu.

Spring has sprung

Senior citizens long for spring. They might sigh and say after all, “Just survived another winter.” The more enjoyable season, spring brings many new opportunities, and it is simply easier to leave the house. The benefit of Vitae Care companions is, they will transport you to the hairdresser for a long-needed haircut, help you decorating your yard with a few spring flowers, support you to clean the closet and bring out lighter clothes or follow you on a short walk in the neighborhood. Even nutrition is changing, as seasonal vegetables and fruits bring back wonderful colors and greenery to plates. When spirits are high, it’s time to start new things, be happy and let Vitae Care give you the support you need.

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