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

When Is It Time to Hire Home Care Providers?

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 ... Read more

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Helping Seniors with Regular Exercises

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 ... Read more

Is My Aging Relative at Risk for Accidental Poisoning?

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 ... Read more

Four Tips for Helping Just Enough

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 ... Read more
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