Driving safely could mean that your elderly family member embraces some of the new types of technology that are available in vehicles. Here are just a few of the ones that might interest her the most.
Systems that operate with voice commands, such as radios or cruise control, can help your elderly family member to keep her eyes on the road and her hands on the wheel. Both of those can keep her far safer while driving than if she were ...
If you are a family caregiver that is looking after a bedridden elderly relative, you know it is much harder than it looks. Whether they are on involuntary bed rest following surgery or an illness, or it is something more permanent like late stage Parkinson’s disease, seniors need a lot of assistance when bedridden. Many family caregivers find it helpful to hire a senior care assistant to come in a few times a week or even every day to provide the ...
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms experienced by the approximately five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with heart failure. This fatigue is described as lack of energy or tiredness that occurs throughout the day, that occurs in response to normal activity, or that prevents your parent from being able to handle normal daily activity.
This fatigue occurs as a result of the heart not being able to pump enough blood throughout the body. When this ...
Mental health is a huge part of helping your aging adult to stay healthy overall. If she's not feeling well in terms of her mental health, her physical health can start to suffer, too. Here are some starting points for determining how mentally healthy your senior is.
Try Asking Her
You may not always get as truthful of an answer as you'd like with this question, but it's important to ask. Your senior may not want to burden you with how she's feeling, ...
Winter means beautiful frosty landscapes and exiting holidays, but it also means harsh weather, freezing temperatures and dangerous conditions in many parts of the country. Family caregivers like you need to put some thought into how you can keep your elderly relative safe, healthy and warm during the winter months.
Here are 7 winter safety tips for elderly adults that you as the family caregivers should implement as soon as possible.
1. Stock up on ice melt and make arrangements for someone to ...
When your aging parent goes to the doctor, they probably have a number of routine tests. The medical staff checks their blood pressure and performs certain blood tests. They probably also check cholesterol levels and triglycerides. You might know what cholesterol is, but triglycerides aren’t often talked about. However, they are an important factor in your parent’s heart health.
What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are sometimes called lipids. They are a kind of fat found in the body. They play an important role ...
When you think about food safety, the first thing you think about might be whether the food is thoroughly cooked. What can be more important is how the food is stored before and after it's cooked. If you haven't paid much attention to how your elderly family member is storing her food, it might be time to take a closer look.
Check Whether the Food Requires Refrigeration
Some foods require refrigeration, but that may not have been how your family stored them ...
Every November is National Home Care and Hospice Month, which is a time to heighten awareness about this important service to families as well as to honor home care professionals that do their jobs with compassion and pride. For those that have elderly relatives that are in need of home care or hospice services, these professionals are truly an invaluable support. Beyond these objectives, national, state and local groups also try to raise awareness of services, focus on supportive legislation and engage ...
There are more than five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. If you are the family caregiver for one of these people, it is likely that you have thought about what this disease will mean for your senior's future and for the care that you will need to give them.
You already know that you will need to give them additional physical and emotional support, and eventually arrange for continuous care, such as through a ...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)is a chronic disorder that involves inflammation of the joints. Symptoms are sore, swollen, and stiff joints. It typically starts in small joints like the fingers and toes and expands to the ankle, wrist, knees, hips, and elbows. As it progressive, it has the power to damage bones and joints.
As RA is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, there's no cure. Medications ease some of the discomfort. Exercises also help. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
If your ...