How Can You Handle Tough Discussions with Your Aging Adult?

Just because your senior needs your help that doesn’t mean that you’re automatically right all the time as far as she’s concerned. In fact, there are probably going to be some times that you as her caregiver have to put your foot down and have some difficult talks about what’s going to happen next. Neither of you might enjoy this, but it’s still necessary to hash things out. Bring Notes and Reminders Tough discussions sometimes mean that you’re nervous or that you feel ... Read more

The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

As people age, certain daily activities of living can become more difficult than they were in the past. One task that can be hard is brushing teeth. Arthritic hands with poor grip and hands that tremble can make holding a toothbrush or putting toothpaste on it hard to do. However, good oral health is important no matter what a person’s age is. In fact, a new study shows there is a link between oral health and blood pressure. How Oral Health Impacts ... Read more

Four Excuses Your Senior Might Have about Exercise

If you’ve been trying to convince your senior to take up a little bit of exercise, she might have had some reasons not to do so. To be fair, some of her reasons may well be valid, but there might be some reasons that don’t hold as much water. Always rely on what her doctor recommends in terms of exercise and moving more. Athleticism Is an Activity of the Past In the past, your elderly family member might have been quite the athlete. ... Read more

How Do You Prepare Your Dad for a Lengthy Power Outage?

Extended power outages negatively impact all ages. They can be especially alarming to an aging parent who lives alone. Make sure your dad is prepared for a lengthy power outage by using this checklist. Keep Non-Perishable Foods and Water Bottles on Hand During a long outage, your dad may not have access to water. If he's on a well, the pump isn't going to be running. If there was a flood, his water may not be safe. Make sure there are several gallons ... Read more

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
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