What are the Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that most often occurs in women who are in their 50's or 60's. It starts in the ovaries, which are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries are located on either side of the uterus. It is their job to produce eggs and hormones, like estrogen. They are tiny. Each is only about the size of an almond. This means that cancer in the ovaries often isn’t discovered until it has spread to ... Read more

Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

Your task list can feel like a ball and chain around your ankle or it can help you to get more accomplished than you ever dreamed possible. Here’s how you can make yours more efficient. Share Your List with Others If you’ve got other people offering to help, take them up on that. Share your task list, either electronically or otherwise, with friends and family members and homecare providers. This allows them to see what there is to do and how they can ... Read more

Who Are the Caregivers of Older Adults?

According to a 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, there are primarily two categories of caregiver: Caregivers who assist an older adult with any need because of health or functioning deficiencies Caregivers who assist “high need” older adults with probable dementia or with at least two self-care activities (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring in and out of bed)   According to According to the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), approximately 17.7 million individuals, which is about 7.7% of ... Read more

Addressing Concerns About Your Parent’s Care Plan When Doctors Don’t Listen

When you're helping care for your parents, communications with the different doctors are essential. If you're not working as a team, it can lead to concerns with their care plan. What happens if your mom or dad's doctors don't work together and give you conflicting information? What if they wave away your concerns saying they have the medical degree and know better? It's not always easy to get new doctors, especially if you live in an area where there are more people ... Read more

Four Tips for When Your Senior Won’t Do What She Needs to Do

Your senior knows that she should be doing certain things to keep herself as healthy as possible, but how is that going lately? If it’s not going so well, you might have to try some of these tips. Get a Grip on Your Reaction Your first reaction to this type of situation is not likely to be the one you really want to put forward. It hurts when your senior isn’t taking care of herself and you might want to do things for ... Read more

How to Help Your Senior to Conserve Her Energy

If you and your senior haven’t talked much about conserving her energy levels, it might be time to do so. When your senior does conserve some of her energy, she can use it in ways that she enjoys and that benefit her. Keep Energy Levels in Mind Everyone has energy cycles throughout the day, including your senior. She might have a lot more energy after she eats breakfast than she does later in the morning. Scheduling her day according to the ebb and ... Read more

Changes in Behavior Should Be Anticipated When a Senior Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the type of the disease that can change a person. There’s no cure for it at the moment, though there may be some positive indications of better treatment options. One of the key signs and symptoms family and friends need to keep in mind when somebody they love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a change in behavior. Often these behavioral changes have absolutely nothing to do with the inherent nature of the individual, but rather the way the disease attacks ... Read more

Caring for a Senior with Osteoporosis

While one may not think of them as such, bones are living organisms that move through a constant cycle of growth, decay, and regeneration. With age comes the slowing of this cycle leaving un-replenished bones weakened and fragile, making them more susceptible to breaks and other severe injuries. This deteriorated state of bones due to loss of tissue is called osteoporosis. What is osteoporosis? The word osteo means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the process of bone regeneration, leading bones ... Read more

Five Ways Your Senior Can Stay Healthier as She Ages

If your elderly family member plans to keep her life pretty much how it is now, she needs to do what she can to remain as healthy as possible. That might mean making a few small changes here and there. Visit Her Doctor More Often Lots of aging adults aren’t all that excited about visiting their doctors. Your senior might be concerned that her doctor will find something “wrong” or she might just not enjoy going. Regardless of her reasons, she really does ... Read more

Is a Staycation the Best Way to Take Your Parents on a Trip This Summer?

Vacations help families relax and unwind for a few days or weeks. When you have an aging parent joining you, it can make the vacation harder to manage. You have different activity levels. Your kids may have a lot of energy, but your parents need time to stop and rest. You want to try new cuisines and really get a taste for the area's culture and gastronomy. Your parents want foods they know won't upset their digestive system. You like renting a ... Read more
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