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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
After a person has chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in their body. Later in life, the virus reactivates ...
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 ...
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 ...
Is your aging loved one struggling with daily living tasks? Are you too busy to be with them all the time? Even if you wanted to, chances are you have a job, family or other things that prevent you from giving all your time and energy to your elderly relative. If you’ve heard of home care providers, you know that they can be the solution to a family caregiver’s dilemma of being responsible for their elderly loved one when they need ...
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Family caregivers want to provide their aging relative with every opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. They focus on nutritious meals, encourage them to stop smoking and arrange for elderly care providers to help with bathing, dressing and grooming. However, many family caregivers overlook regular exercise for their elderly loved ones, mistakenly believing that seniors with physical limitations either don’t need exercise or cannot participate in it.
The truth is there are lots of ways that family caregivers and elderly care providers ...