Tips for Coping with the Changes Your Parent Faces After a Stroke

Watching your parent go through a stroke can be a terrifying situation. Strokes are very serious medical condition, and are the third leading cause of death and leading cause of long-term disability among older adults. This means when your parent goes through a stroke, you will be a critical element of their recovery. As their family caregiver, you won't just be helping them deal with the stroke itself. You will also be facing the changes they can experience after the stroke, and ... Read more

Benefits of Seniors Adopting a Pet

Research reveals that elderly adults can benefit physically as well as mentally from having a pet, specifically a dog or cat. With age comes a lot of stress, health issues and loneliness. A dog or cat can provide aging adults with a constant companion, a focus for their attention, and incentive to be more active. Family caregivers that may be hesitating on whether their elderly loved one should get a dog or cat should learn more about the benefits that adoption ... Read more

What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?

Heart attacks can be dangerous and terrifying. These medical emergencies occur in over 735,000 people throughout the United States each year, and thousands will die as a result. As a family caregiver, you should know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women, with more than 25 percent of deaths in the country being associated with heart disease. There are many important steps you can take to protect your senior from this danger, but one of ... Read more

How Safe Are Your Senior’s Living Areas?

Keeping your senior safe at home is one of your biggest priorities as her caregiver, but it sometimes feels like a complicated series of tasks. Try to break the project down and focus on one area of her home at a time. Check the Carpet and Throw Rugs Flooring is a huge safety concern for aging adults. Your elderly family member’s ability to continue to move safely through her home is crucial. Look for anything that makes her flooring potentially dangerous, such as ... Read more

Caring for Someone with GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can be a huge problem for your aging family member. It can be so irritating to her that she might even stop eating, which can put her at risk of developing malnutrition. What She Eats Matters Everyone has slightly different trigger foods, but there are foods that in general make GERD worse. Foods that are high in fat content, like fried foods, or foods that have a stimulating effect can have a bigger impact than other foods. Spicy ... Read more

What if Your Senior Only Wants You to Help Her?

Being a caregiver is hard work and sometimes you need to take a break, but what happens when your elderly family member refuses that idea? If you’re the only person that she allows to help her, that can put a big wrench in your plans. This Isn’t Unusual Needing help from other people is embarrassing and your elderly family member may have come to terms with the fact that you’ll help her. But that doesn’t make this easier for you. It’s tough to ... Read more

Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don't want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them ... Read more

Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don't. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs. It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, ... Read more

What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

When the winter weather comes, it is important to be prepared for the potential of serious storms and power outages. You're elderly loved one could suffer serious consequences during a power outage, but with proper preparation, you can protect their health and safety as they get through this event. If there may be a wintertime power outage in the near future, some steps you can take to protect your parent include: If the power outage is imminent and you are not confident your ... Read more

Tips for Fast Relief on National Winter Skin Relief Day

January 8th is National Winter Skin Relief Day. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand how dangerous dry and irritated skin can be for an elderly adult. Seniors tend to have skin that is more vulnerable, thinner, dryer, and more easily damaged than that of younger people. This can then make them vulnerable to infections that further compromise their immune system and can potentially put them at risk for further illness and infection. Proper skin care is ... Read more
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