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.

Respect for Elders Is Simple, Convenient, and Rewarding

 Social Media Team   Tuesday, September 05, 2017   

As a culture, are we doing enough? Showing respect for the elderly is easy and something everyone should do.

Are you showing enough respect for the elderly?

“Respect your elders.” It’s something we’ve heard since childhood, but is it something we practice in our everyday lives? We all agree that having respect for elders is important, but do we actually show this respect in a clear, direct, and intentional way? Having respect for the elderly creates better connections with people who have plenty of life experience and wisdom to share. In our hurried lives, it can be easy to disregard the direct benefits of having respect for seniors, but you can learn much about life by being respectful, gaining respect, and simply listening. You can learn about important morals, values, and principles that seniors have developed over decades. You can learn about how to keep a job for fifty years or how to maintain a great marriage for seventy years. By actively showing respect, you, and the rest of our culture, have much to gain.

Respecting the elderly is easy, convenient, and free

So how can you show this respect? In addition to saying “yes, sir” and “yes, ma’am,” what can you do that demonstrates the respect that seniors deserve? You probably won’t be surprised to learn that it’s simple, easy, and of course, it doesn’t cost a penny; it’s just a matter of behavior. You can start by considering how you address people. Many seniors grew up in a generation for which “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” and “Miss” were the proper ways to address people, and they may view being called “Bill” or “Mary” as disrespectful. Shake hands with people you meet for the first time, make full eye contact, and avoid using slang they may not understand. If they served in the US Armed Forces, thank them for their service and sacrifice. They may share information about the period and branch in which they served, but don’t press them for details unless they first express their wish to share them with you. In many cases, simply listening to their life stories is a sign of respect. Given time, seniors may share fascinating tales from their childhoods or adult lives, giving you a glimpse into American or foreign history that you can’t experience from a book. Throughout it all, if you simply be authentic, attentive, and in the moment, you’ll show (and receive) plenty of respect.

Vitae Care understands the importance of respecting elders

Respect for elders is important to the entire team at Vitae Care. Not only do we have a respectful attitude, we take the time to actively treat all elderly people, regardless of their mental or physical condition, with the utmost respect. This is essential for delivering high-quality home care that produces the best results for all people. We address people with respectful terms and always make sure that everyone gets the attention and care they deserve. Respect is an essential part of our home care services and is part of what makes our team so exceptional. Vitae Care—More Than Just Care.

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Sleep and Aging: Getting Enough Sleep Makes a Big Difference

 Social Media Team   Monday, September 04, 2017   

Lack of sleep can lead to significant problems, but simple adjustments can create better sleep and superior health for the elderly.

The Harmful Effects of Reduced Sleep on the Elderly

All human beings require sleep, and the more we learn about the subject, the more it becomes clear that changes in sleep and aging are also connected. Like water, shelter, and food, the right amount of sleep can help people lead a healthy lifestyle, and not getting enough sleep can cause numerous problems. Lack of sleep can cause headaches, depression, forgetfulness, and impaired judgement. It’s even linked to irritability, making it a problem not just for people who lose sleep but also for their friends, coworkers, and loved ones. While we sleep, our bodies release hormones that repair skin and other tissues; apparently it’s not just a saying that sleep is a great medicine! Lack of sleep is also linked to obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. The more we learn about sleep, the more it becomes clear that it is a vital part of overall health and well-being.

Poor Sleep Among the Elderly

Unfortunately, seniors are likely to suffer from a lack of sleep. The National Institute on Aging looked at information from over nine thousand people aged sixty-five and older and found that a majority had at least one complaint about chronic sleep problems. The elderly commonly have difficulty falling asleep, as well as trouble with numerous waking throughout the night, awaking too early in the morning, and excessive daytime drowsiness. These sleep problems among the elderly can be caused by changes in lifestyles (such as losing a lifelong spouse or moving to a nursing home), medications, psychiatric disorders, and shifts in the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Facilitating Better Sleep for the Elderly

So how can we create better sleeping conditions for seniors? Like everyone else, an elderly person should consider three basic factors that affect sleep: diet, activity, and environment. Evidence shows that eating certain foods can help with sleep. The classic “sleepy foods,” such as turkey and eggs, contain specific amino acids that induce sleep. Carbohydrates from breads and pastas can have a similar effect. Most experts recommend avoiding caffeine later in the day, so if someone suffers from poor sleep, drinking coffee or soda after lunch is usually not recommended. Certain activities close to bedtime, such as watching television or using a computer, can also stimulate the mind and body, leading to poor sleep. However, plenty of healthy exercise well before bedtime can be extremely beneficial and improve sleep levels. Finally, someone should have a quiet, peaceful place to rest. Help elderly patients eliminate light in the bedroom, and reduce excessive noise and distractions when they are sleeping.

At Vitae Care, we understand sleep and aging and know how to create a healthy lifestyle that increases the chances of a good night’s sleep. With a caring, knowledgeable staff, we can help with activities, make recommendations for a healthy diet, and organize a household to create a better environment for sleeping.

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