Is Your Senior at Risk of Developing Pneumonia?

Pneumonia can be extremely serious for your elderly family member, especially if her health is compromised in other ways. Here's what you need to know as her caregiver. Pneumonia Is a Lung Infection Pneumonia sounds complicated, but it's just an infection in the lungs. There are a wide range of different bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia, so her doctor might want to culture some of her mucus to determine what the right medication is. When someone gets pneumonia, they might cough, ... Read more

Is Your Senior Suffering from Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disorder in the United States. This condition impacts more than 7 million people, with approximately 25% of these suffering moderate to severe cases of the disease. While psoriasis itself can cause tremendous discomfort, including itching and pain, it can also greatly increase the chances of your parent experiencing other health issues. One of these is psoriatic arthritis. Studies show that approximately 30% of all those living with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, and 85% of those ... Read more

What Are the Five Stages of Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson's disease affects approximately 1 million people throughout the United States. Another 60,000 will be diagnosed each year. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, it is important for you to educate yourself as much as you can about the disease, so you can understand what your senior is facing, and better prepare yourself to be their caregiver throughout the diagnosis. One element of this is understanding the stages of the disease. Parkinson's disease is progressive, which means ... Read more

What Might Trigger a Migraine for Your Senior?

Whether they occur rarely, once a month, or a few times a week, migraines can often seem as though they come out of nowhere. Your parents may feel healthy, and then suddenly start experiencing the prodrome symptoms that come as warning signs for migraines, or a sudden migraine attack. These can not only leave your senior in pain and struggling with other challenges, but can diminish their quality of life as well. As a family caregiver, you can make a difference in ... Read more

Do Senior Men and Women Experience the Same Stroke Symptoms?

If you are a family caregiver for an aging adult, your priority should be giving them the highest quality of life, regardless of whether you are caring for a senior woman or a senior man. It is important to realize, however, that caring for a man and caring for a woman can be very different. Not only are there different life experiences, personality elements, and needs to keep in mind, but there can also be different ways that they approach challenges ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can be a devastating condition for elderly adults. Those who suffer from this condition are at greatly increased risk for fractures that can have a severely negative impact on your parent's health, well-being, and even mortality. If your parent has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the care that you give them can make a tremendous difference in how they are abe to cope with the condition and their health and safety. Use these tips to help you care for a senior with ... 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

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