What is Heart Arrhythmia?

If your parent has been diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, you are probably feeling worried. After all, having a loved one diagnosed with a heart condition is scary stuff. And, “arrhythmia” sounds like a complicated and confusing term. Understanding what heart arrhythmia is, what symptoms to look for, and how the condition can be managed might help you to feel more confident in your role as a family caregiver to a senior parent.   What is it? Simply put, heart arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. ... Read more

What to Do After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

If your parent has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, both of you may be experiencing various emotions that range from denial to fear and anger to grief. It’s important to be able to communicate these feelings. Ultimately, you will want to get to the place where you have accepted what may lie ahead and are living in the present, appreciating what both of you have now. There are specific steps you can take now that will help bring this sense of ... Read more

National Woman’s Check-up Day (May 8th): What Exams Should Your Mom be Getting and How Often

Each year on the second Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Health holds National Woman's Check-up Day. On this day, women are urged to go for a check-up. Has your mom been for a check-up lately? If you're not sure, now's the time to talk about scheduling one. During that medical appointment, make sure your mom's physician is running the following exams. Blood Pressure Blood pressure is usually one of the first tests your mom's doctor will run each year. High blood ... Read more

The Early Warning Signs of Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that commonly affects older Americans. In fact, one in four of those over the age of 60 will come down with this serious disease. As a caregiver, it’s important to know the signs that someone suffering from high blood glucose levels may exhibit.   The Early Warning Signs The signs of diabetes can be confused with other illnesses. If your loved one is exhibiting any of the following, it’s best to make an appointment with their primary health care provider ... Read more

Is It Time to Take Your Aging Parent’s Car Away?

According to the CDC's 2015 statistics, over 40 million U.S. drivers were over the age of 65. This age group was also in over 236,000 crashes, leading to an excess of 5,700 deaths. To prevent crashes and fatalities occurring from crashes, it's important to know when it's time to take your parent's car keys away. In 2003, an elderly California man became confused and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. He drove his car more than two blocks through a busy ... Read more

April is Defeat Diabetes Month: Do You Know the Symptoms?

Diabetes affects approximately 25% of people ages 65 and older in the United States. When a person has diabetes, their body is unable to process food into energy because the body does not make enough insulin or isn’t able to properly use insulin. There are two common types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed when a person is an adult and is the most common kind ... Read more

5 Benefits of Home Care

Americans live busy lives.  Many households have two working parents, kids in school, goal to pursue, and other demands. When an aging parent begins to need care, adult children may often find themselves stepping in to take on this responsibility as well. Although noble, caring for someone who may have suffered a stroke or who has dementia, for example, can be trying. That's why home care is available for aging parents who need care a few hours a week, everyday, or even ... Read more

Encouraging Dad to Hire Home Care After a Hospitalization

Your father, maybe in his 60s, 70s, or 80s, has recently been hospitalized. You’re concerned about him because, even though his doctor has recommended home care support, he doesn’t seem inclined to believe that’s necessary. Right now, he’s outright refusing to even consider home care support services. This is causing you and the rest of your family a great deal of frustration and anxiety. You don’t want to see him back in the hospital before long. A hospital readmission is technically any time ... Read more

Caregiver Stress Can Sneak Up on You

Most of the time illnesses and other health related challenges in life have a tendency to sneak up on us. On some rare occasions we may be hit with the full-blown flu, for example, and be completely caught a surprise. However, most of the time we are readily aware that there are various risk factors surrounding us, so when we do get sick or begin dealing with some serious health issue, we aren’t all that surprised. When you are a family ... Read more

National Nutrition Month

The theme for this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. Designed to remind people that it is the little changes in life that can bring big results, they suggest making small changes in the diet “one forkful at a time”.   Helping your Elderly Parent Incorporate a Healthy Lifestyle MyPlate offers easy solutions to busy schedules. Breaking up the plate into various portions helps keep both quality and quantity in check. The recommended distribution is as follows: Half of the plate should consist ... Read more
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