Prescription medication can do amazing things for the health and wellness of aging adults. From reducing the effects of chronic conditions to dealing with symptoms of diseases, medication prescribed by a doctor can really improve an elderly adult’s quality of life. However, making mistakes in taking that medication can lead to serious problems, even accidental poisoning. Because March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, it’s easy for family caregivers to evaluate medication management to ensure that their aging relative can avoid accidental ...
There’s a delicate balance when you start helping a senior family member a little more. How can you tell when you’re helping too much or too little? Communication is a big part of this dance, but it’s also about respecting the independence that your elderly family member still has and wants to maintain.
Your Senior Is in a Transitional Phase
This is an odd phase for your senior to be in. She may have been staunchly independent for her entire life and now ...
When you get into a car, there's always a bit of a risk. Another driver might not be paying enough attention to the road and cause or almost cause a crash. An animal may run out in front of you. The weather might make road surfaces hazardous.
Elderly drivers may be excellent drivers, but it's not always the case. It can take fractions of a second longer to react to a situation. It can be harder to properly check blind spots. Changes ...
A chronic disease is one that lasts 12 or more months and requires regular medical care. Some chronic conditions impact how well someone can perform activities of daily living. High blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes are three examples of chronic health conditions.
If your dad wants to improve his health. There are four habits he should break right now.
Smoking or Being Around Smoke
Does your dad smoke? Does he spend time with smokers? Does he have a fireplace or wood stove? Does ...
Studies show that over half of elderly Americans struggle with one of the most common eye diseases—cataracts. Because the disease develops slowly, it can take a while for aging adults to notice that anything is wrong. Family caregivers should pay attention to the signs and symptoms of cataracts in their aging loved ones, then schedule an appointment with an eye doctor.
Understanding Cataracts and their Symptoms
The lens of the eye is usually clear, but over time it can become cloudy, obscuring vision ...
Your senior might just give up on eating altogether if she’s having a difficult time chewing. Painful chewing or difficulty swallowing make eating way more complicated than it really should be.
Some of these options can help.
Use Ground Meats Instead of Whole or Cubed Meat
Ground meats are a much easier way to get meat into your senior than either whole pieces or even cubed meats. This is an excellent replacement in soups or stews, too, because it doesn’t change the dish and ...
There are currently approximately 5.7 million adults in the United States living with bipolar disorder. That means it’s a condition that is far from rare. However, many people know very little about it until someone they care about is diagnosed or they find themselves acting as a family caregiver to someone who has the disorder.
If you’ve recently begun caring for an older adult with bipolar disorder, you may have a lot of questions. Learning more about bipolar disorder can answer some ...
In the vast majority of situations, if your elderly adult goes to the emergency room or undergoes a medical procedure or treatment, their healing doesn't stop when they walk out the door of the facility. Instead, they continue the recovery process at home. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to take as many steps as possible to help them make the most of this recovery time. That includes creating an environment of healing in their home so they ...
For the more than 50 million adults throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with arthritis, the pain can become a major part of their day. This pain can range from mild and occasional to debilitating and chronic, and it can influence your loved one in many different ways. Some experience fatigue as a part of their pain, while others struggle with serious emotional consequences.
Whatever the impact, if your parent is dealing with pain associated with arthritis, as a family ...
When many people think about having a serious medical procedure such as hip surgery, they immediately think of people recovering by lying in bed in a hospital. As a family caregiver however, you should understand that if your elderly loved one undergoes hip surgery to treat a hip fracture their doctor will want to get them active again as soon as possible.
Getting physically active promotes strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the new hip joint, and helps the body to ...