Monday, November 14, 2011

PSA: United Health Care's Solutions for Caregivers

It's not just older Americans that sometimes live alone and need help, but certainly we need to pay more attention to our elders.  SolutionsForCaregivers has lots of good information for people with elderly or disabled (or both) friends or family living nearby.

Did you know that:
19% of Americans age 65 and older live alone
  • Just because you don´t live with your loved one, doesn´t mean you can't help them prevent household accidents. Take simple precautions such as placing water absorbent, non-skid mats on floors in front of sinks or encouraging your loved one to wear shoes that provide traction.
15% of Americans age 65 and older are unable to lift ten pounds, leading to a lack of mobility
  • This can make even simple tasks like cooking dinner difficult for your loved one. Help offset this by placing appliances in easy-to-reach places and purchasing items such as a pasta pot with a built-in strainer that make everyday tasks easier
42% of Medicare enrollees age 65 and over have limitations in activities of daily living
  • Activities such as grocery shopping can become more tedious as a loved one gets older so stock up on nutritious foods that won´t spoil to help make trips to the store less frequent.
19% of Americans over the age of 85 experience symptoms of depression
  • One way to fight depression is by socialization, so engage family members in group activities such as cooking dinner together. Establish a new family tradition in the kitchen this holiday season and think of ways to include your loved one in the action, such as reading a recipe or sharing stories.
UnitedHealthcare cares for caregivers and these tips are just a few examples of the help available to you through Solutions for Caregivers. This resource can assist you whether your loved one is around the block or across the country. Visit for more information.