Does Your Senior Have an Appropriate Home Emergency Plan?

While you never want to think about your elderly parent facing an emergency or serious event, in your role as a family caregiver, it is crucial that you help your parent to prepare for and address these properly. Ignoring the possibility that they might experience such an event, or not preparing them properly, can leave your parent vulnerable to a variety of serious consequences, putting their health, safety, and property at risk. One of the most important things that you can do ... Read more

Knowing the Difference between Dementia and Depression

Dementia and depression are two very different diseases and yet, in the elderly, they can have remarkable similarities, leading to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatments. According to Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist, author, and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, “A million or more Americans who have been diagnosed with dementia (including Alzheimer’s dementia), which is debilitating and incurable, are actually suffering from major depression—and that is completely curable in more than 90 percent of cases.” Why the Misdiagnosis? Dementia and depression have many ... Read more

What Can You Do if You Suspect Your Loved One’s Needs Are Changing?

One of the features of helping an elderly loved one as her caregiver is that her needs may change without you realizing it. if you're suspecting that your loved one needs more from you and from other family members, try going through some of these ideas to assess what's going on. Talk to Your Loved One First The first step is to talk to your loved one about your suspicions. In some cases, you might simply be feeling overprotective of your loved one. ... Read more

Is Swimming Good Exercise for a Loved One with COPD?

If your loved one has COPD, then you already know that exercise is important for her overall health. The problem can be finding the right exercise for your loved one. Swimming is one option that your loved one might be interested in trying out, as long as her doctor agrees that it's okay for her to try. Your Loved One Doesn't Need Special Skills to Swim One of the best things about swimming is that you don't really need any special skills in ... Read more

Signs that Your Senior is Not Getting Enough to Eat

Inadequate nutrition is a potentially dangerous issue for elderly adults, leading to increased risk for a wide variety of health problems and complications, but unfortunately a large percentage of the older adult population of the United States lives with chronic malnutrition. In fact, experts note that between 29 and 61 percent of elderly adults who are admitted to the hospital for any cause arrive with malnutrition. Being able to recognize the possibility of malnutrition is important for you as a caregiver ... Read more

Could Your Aging Loved One Benefit From Transportation Assistance?

In your role as a family caregiver, starting home care for your senior can be an exceptional way to meet their needs and boost their quality of life. In-home senior care services providers can offer a wide range of highly personalized services tailored specifically to your loved one’s individual challenges and limitations so that they are able to meet these needs while encouraging better mental, emotional, and physical health and well-being. One of the most beneficial services for many seniors is ... Read more

How to Help Your Parent Downsize with Minimal Stress

Downsizing can be an extremely beneficial process for your elderly loved one. Reducing the belongings that they have and transitioning them into a smaller home can help them to live more comfortably, enjoy more of their home and reduce the risk of injury due to mobility or balance issues that make certain features dangers, and even be closer to you and the rest of your family. Despite all of these benefits, downsizing can be a stressful and emotionally difficult process for ... Read more

Setting Care Boundaries with Your Parent When They Come to Live with You

Having your elderly parent living with you can be highly beneficial for all of you. For your parent, being in your home with you and your family ensures that your aging parent is close to you, getting care and support at all times. For your family, this helps to support closer relationships. This arrangement can also provide financial benefits for all of you and allow your parent to help you with your children, if desired. When considering having your parent living ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior Who is Suffering from Shingles

Shingles can be a miserable and even dangerous condition for an elderly adult to have. Coming from the same virus that causes chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus, shingles causes a red, blistering rash that can cause severe pain and itching and last for several weeks. If not handled properly, a shingles virus that occurs on the face can spread into the eye and lead to eye damage and even blindness. If you are a family caregiver for one of the 1 ... Read more

How can Identity Thieves Steal Your Elderly Loved One’s Information?

If you are responsible for the elderly care of an aging loved one, you might already be aware that seniors are at an even higher risk for identity theft than their younger counterparts. This is due to many reasons, one being that the thieves might think that can get away with it easier, or that your loved one’s information is easier to steal. Regardless of their reasoning, though, there are several ways that identity thieves can go about stealing your elderly mother ... Read more
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