What Kinds of Vehicle Technology Might Make Driving Easier for Your Aging Adult?

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. Voice-activated Controls 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 ... Read more

How Senior Care Aides Can Help Bedridden Seniors

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 ... Read more

Tips for Helping Your Senior with Heart Failure Cope with Fatigue

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 ... Read more

How Can You Tell if Your Aging Adult Is Feeling Mentally Healthy?

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, ... Read more

7 Winter Safety Tips for Elderly Adults

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 ... Read more

Why It’s Bad to Have High Triglycerides

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 ... Read more

What Can You Do to Keep Your Senior’s Food Safer at Home?

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 ... Read more

How You Can Support National Home Care & Hospice Month

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 ... Read more

Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Financial and Legal Planning After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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 ... Read more

Your Mom’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Puts Her at a Higher Risk of COPD

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 ... Read more
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