Inflammation is an important aspect in many chronic diseases, including cancer, dementia, diabetes, and many others. Inflammation is a normal and even healthy thing under the right conditions, such as when a person cuts their finger. In that case, it means that the body is sending germ fighting inflammatory substances that prevent infection to the site of the injury.
However, when inflammation sticks around for a long time, making it chronic, it can trigger illness because the immune system attacks healthy tissues. ...
Very often caregivers avoid respite as much as they can because the idea is uncomfortable or they don’t know what to do. If that’s the case for you, you need to know that having elderly care providers able to take over for you makes respite one of the easiest options you can use. All you need to do now is decide what type of plans you want to make.
Whatever Helps You to Relax
Once upon a time, you knew what activities you enjoyed that ...
Dementia causes changes in how your senior views her world and how she processes it. What she used to consider a healthy meal might be different now than it was before. The irony is that she needs to eat healthier foods more than ever now that dementia is part of her life.
Meal Planning Gets You Thinking about Nutrition
When you’re just trying to get any food into your senior, you might not be getting the healthiest options into her diet. With a ...
It's hard to imagine, but some people do experience changes to their health when caring for a parent. The emotional strain can make you isolated and anxious or depressed. Dietary changes may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Does this mean your health will definitely change? Not necessarily, but you need to be proactive. You need to understand the warning signs and take steps to prevent family caregiving from impacting your health.
Why Does Blood Pressure Increase?
While there are links ...
Each year, elderly men and women get inundated with calls from people claiming to be with the IRS. The calls say the person hasn't paid enough in taxes or something of that nature. Seniors are directed to share personal information or send money via gift cards.
As more people catch on, scammers change the IRS scam. There are currently several versions of the scam out there and some have changed by using a technique called spoofing to make it look like it's ...
When you’re brand new to being a caregiver, there’s so much that you don’t know yet and that you haven’t experienced. There’s so much to consider, in fact, that you might not realize fully what you’re getting into.
Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when becoming a caregiver.
If Anyone Else Requires Your Attention, Too
No one exists in a bubble. There are likely other people, maybe even a couple of pets, who need your time and attention. ...
Mindset matters a lot when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms and pain. But getting into the right mindset requires a great deal of behind the scenes education, changes, and assistance. Having the right mix makes a big difference for your senior.
Follow the Plan Set up by Her Doctor
After diagnosis, your senior’s doctor will lay out a plan for managing her arthritis symptoms. That plan is based on her current health, her needs, and the severity of her arthritis. Some of ...
What do you really know about Alzheimer's disease? Many people associate it as a disease the elderly face. While the elderly are more likely to develop Alzheimer's, it can happen at any age. The average age of onset is 75. Does that mean everyone is 75 or older when they learn they have Alzheimer's? No. There are many younger people being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
What is Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease?
Early-onset Alzheimer's is diagnosed as Alzheimer's that starts before the age of 65. ...
Whether you are a family caregiver or your dad's medical power of attorney, you should always keep researching options for home care services. What's working for your family right now may change. If you stay up to date, you'll be ready to address changes as they arrive rather than rush to figure things out when you're already stressed.
Health Can Change Without Warning
It's said that there are no guarantees in life. That's very true. Your dad may seem healthy. He could have ...
Is your elderly father growing bored with staying home all the time? When illness or injury get in the way of an active senior social life, it can be quite frustrating. As a family caregiver, you are responsible for keeping your aging dad safe, comfortable, clean, fed and healthy. However, none of this can address the fact that your father also needs an active social life and should participate in activities when he can.
So, how can family caregivers like you get ...