5 Tips for Getting Seniors with Dementia to Take Medications

One of the challenges you may face as a caregiver to an older adult with dementia is getting them to take their medication. They may refuse because they are confused or because they are afraid. They might also feel like they have little control over their lives and refusing to take medicine is one way of regaining some control. Knowing these 5 tips could help you to overcome the challenge and get your aging relative to take their medicine with less fuss. #1: ... Read more

Does Your Parent Need a Measles Booster?

You’ve likely heard that measles cases in the United States are on the rise. Measles is mostly thought of as a childhood illness, but it can affect people of any age. Although once nearly eradicated, 764 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year. You may think that your elderly parent isn’t at risk for getting the measles because they were vaccinated as a child. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that certain groups ... Read more

Helpful Tips to Use When Talking to a Parent With Alzheimer’s

Millions of people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the U.S. It's not surprising if you know someone with Alzheimer's. It could be your mom or dad. When a parent has Alzheimer's, there is a large learning curve. It's not too bad in the early stages, but the disease will progress. As it does, communicating with your parent is a challenge. Here are some of the reasons why it's hard and how to deal with it. Aphasia Aphasia is a language disorder caused by the ... Read more

Effective Ways to Get Your Dad Eating Extra Vegetables

Some nutrients are essential to how your body functions. As you age, you need antioxidants to help with cell and tissue health. You need protein for muscles and calcium and vitamin D for bone strength. As senior citizens look more at quick and easy meals, vegetables often get ignored. Vegetables are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. The folic acid in many vegetables helps with red blood cell production. Vitamin A helps keep the eyes and skin healthy. ... Read more

Five Physical Reasons Your Senior Isn’t Eating Well

Malnourishment is something that far too many senior citizens deal with at some point. Some of the causes are physical and may be situations that you can help your elderly family member to resolve. She Feels Full Too Quickly One of the things you might hear from your aging family member when you try to prompt her to eat is that she’s not hungry or that she’s already full. She does need a certain amount of calories, vitamins, and other nutrients in her ... Read more

When Do You Need More Help?

There is going to come a time on your caregiving journey when you realize that you might need a little more help. These are some of the most common situations that cause a caregiver to ask that question, but there are definitely others that fit in, too. Your Health Is Suffering If you’ve been ignoring your own physical and emotional health, that’s going to catch up to you. You need to take the hint that your brain and your body are sending you ... Read more

Does Drinking Alcohol Increase Stroke Risk?

If your aging parent enjoys the occasional glass or wine, beer, or other type of alcohol, you may wonder if it could negatively affect their health. While some research shows that small or moderate amounts of some kinds of alcoholic beverages are safe or may even have health benefits, a recent study indicates that even small amounts could increase the risk of stroke. The Alcohol and Stroke Risk Study Researchers from four organizations (Oxford University in the UK, Peking University, the Chinese Academy ... Read more

How to Tell if Dad Has Shingles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are approximately one million shingles cases every year in the United States. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus. If you’re not familiar with shingles, knowing what the symptoms are can help you to identify the condition in your aging relative. About Shingles After a person has chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in their body. Later in life, the virus reactivates ... Read more

Five Signs That You’ve Found a Great Caregiver

Caregivers often come and go from your parent's life. When you've found a great caregiver, it's easy to feel a tremendous sense of loss when they leave. To make it easier to find new caregivers who are just as good, there are a few key traits you can look for. #1 – Patience When your parent struggles with simple tasks, it can be faster to do it for them. That can also hurt them. Your mom or dad needs to feel independent. The ... Read more

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is thought to impact up to 2% of the total population. This condition leads to extreme feelings of fatigue and tiredness, and can also resemble the symptoms of the flu and other illnesses. It is often long lasting and can be debilitating. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand this condition both so that you can care for your elderly loved one should they develop it, and that you can be aware of the potential impact it ... Read more
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