Caring for the Entire Senior – Mind, Body, and Soul

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care talks about how to care for the entire senior; mind, body and soul.

    Mary Alexander: Hi, I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today, I am going to talk about how to care for the entire senior; mind, body and soul. Most people look on aging with fear. That's for good reason, because there is a lot at stake. From injuries to losing independence, we all worry about what happens as we continue to age. Both you and your parents know that growing frailty and loss of independence can be the beginning of a downward spiral. In fact, new research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network confirmed that 90% of seniors put loss of independence at the top of their list of aging worries. It is a valid concern, and one that is acknowledged by family caregivers and professionals who work with older adults everyday. But there is good news about aging. While staying physically active may be a challenge for seniors. Getting your parents moving can help prevent and even reverse signs of frailty. Dr. Stephanie Studenski, one of the nation's foremost authorities and researchers on mobility, balance disorders, and falls in older adults says that through activity, seniors build both physical and mental reserves that can help their bodies better tolerate problems that come along with aging.

    In this video series, we're going to give you the information you need to determine, if your parents are being affected, both physically and emotionally by aging. We'll also talk about the fears brought about by aging. What constitutes frailty, and how it can be prevented, or even reversed? Lastly, we'll give you a number of exercises to help your senior loved ones stay strong; mind, body and soul.

    Home Instead Senior Care, the national leader in providing in-home care services for seniors is bringing you this video series to help you, help your senior loved ones. Helping seniors is something Home Instead has been doing passionately now for more than 15 years. I not only work for Home Instead, but I am a Certified Senior Advisor. More importantly, I am currently a long distance caregiver for my dad, and I spent several months caring for my mom locally.

    First, let's talk about the physical and emotional signs of aging.