Amada Senior Care Blog

Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

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When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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Should Your Elderly Parents Move in With You?


If you enjoyed the company of senior loved ones in your home this holiday season, you may feel one of two ways about their time with you. Maybe you’re relieved the festivities are over and are looking forward to an empty nest this new year – or perhaps you savored precious quality time with the seniors you barely see. Either way, if a parent or senior loved one is having increased difficulty with their current living situation, you may be seriously considering whether it’s a good idea to have them move in with you. According to the Pew Research Center, one in…

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Caring for Senior Relatives Over the Holidays

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Are you home for the holidays?  Is your nest full of siblings, spouses, sons, daughters, cousins, and children? We know that hosting family can be stressful, which is why we’ve directed this post towards those who may be guests in the home of a senior loved one or their family-member caregivers. Having help from willing relatives can do so much to ease these relatives’ minds and relieve their stress. According to the Population Reference Bureau, family members provide more than 95% of informal care for older adults who do not live in nursing homes. If family like unoccupied teens or lounging uncles are willing…

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10 Great Holiday Gifts for Your Senior Loved Ones


It’s that season of the year again; the holidays are fast approaching and time is running out to complete your shopping. As you write your gift lists, you may find yourself stumped when trying to figure out the perfect present for the senior loved ones in your life. This holiday season, what counts is consideration of an elderly loved one’s preferences, needs, and limitations. In addition to sending warmth and holiday cheer, focus on facilitating their care and well-being. Below are 10 holiday gifts that we’ve found are great for seniors.   1.  LIGHT IT by Fulcrum LED Wireless Magnifier…

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues


It’s known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many seniors, the holiday season brings sadness and depression. Seniors can experience this Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for physical reasons, such as shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep them from participating in holiday activities. Emotional reasons like loneliness and missing deceased loved ones can also trigger seasonal depression. SAD, also known as the winter blues or holiday blues during this time of the year, is considered by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a “specifier for a recurrent major depressive disorder… that…

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