InnovAge has many aging experts from physicians and nurses to dietitians to those who run our facilities. Each one shares important tips here built on years of experience as caregivers.
Eating well: “Malnutrition is a common problem for the elderly,” says Jen Naber, a registered dietitian at InnovAge. “The symptoms of malnutrition, such as weight loss, disorientation, lightheadedness, lethargy and loss of appetite, can easily be mistaken for illness or disease.”
Relationships: “As we get older, we begin to recognize that many of our friends and loved ones are no longer with us, and a holiday that is committed to relationships can be a difficult reminder of loss,” says Janette Roberson, executive director of the InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program. “Because depression becomes increasingly common with age, it’s important to have people in our lives who can provide those life-affirming connections.”
Driving: “As a caregiver, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to intervene,” says Kathy Simmons, a registered occupational therapist at InnovAge. “Some warning signs of impairment include ‘near misses,’ citations for reckless driving or other traffic violations, loss of concentration, driving too slowly or too fast and getting lost. Bring up the subject before an accident or injury occurs.”