Mental Health

Tips to Help Seniors Find New Hobbies

Retirement offers a unique opportunity for seniors to enrich their lives by exploring new passions, hobbies, and interests. However, in some cases, health challenges and mobility limitations can create barriers to pursuing these activities. In these situations, the experienced in-home senior care providers at Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs can help. Our caregivers Read More »

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Benefits of Daily Routines for Seniors

Research shows that one of the most important things for seniors is to maintain a sense of structure and purpose. A daily routine can provide you with a variety of physical, mental, and emotional benefits- which contribute to a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, and Denver can help support Read More »

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Sharing Caregiving Responsibilities

Caring for an elderly parent can be rewarding and exhausting at the same time and, when you add a chronic illness, the situation becomes even more complicated. Sharing caregiving responsibilities with siblings can help make things easier- but can also be frustrating and cause the relationship to become strained if you’re not careful. If you Read More »

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Signs of Declining Function in Seniors

Signs of Functional Decline in Seniors Medical experts define functional decline as a reduced ability to conduct self-care activities of daily living due to a decrease in cognitive and/or physical functioning. This often starts slowly in your 40s and 50s and then picks up speed in your 60s. Unfortunately, since it is so gradual, it often goes Read More »

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Tools & Technology to Keep Seniors Independent

These days, more and more seniors are opting to age in place in their own homes. This is possible due to the variety of tools and tech that are available to keep seniors independent. Some of these tools/tech are: Smartphones/tablets Wearable devices GPS-enabled devices Video monitoring systems/services Emergency response devices Video monitoring systems/services Voice-activated devices Read More »

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Caring for Seniors with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur more frequently with seniors than any other demographic, with people over 75 more likely to experience a TBI resulting in hospitalization or death. The highest mortality rates belong to seniors, partly because they are the most vulnerable to falls with serious head injury. Followup care for seniors with a TBI Read More »

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Interaction with others is connected to mental health

It has long been known that interaction for seniors is a great way to stay mentally alert and to lengthen their life.  New research shows even more benefits when seniors stay socially active throughout their golden years. Caregivers at Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs have seen these benefits first-hand.  The in-home care provided Read More »

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The latest scams and how they target seniors

Criminal-minded individuals are always looking for easy targets, and that’s why they like to pick on seniors, who may be easier to confuse or to persuade in whatever scam the perpetrator is working. Over the years, many of these scams have become fairly sophisticated, and it’s difficult for seniors to separate truth from fiction when Read More »

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