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

Is Your Loved One at Risk for COPD?

The American Lung Association estimates that approximately 24 million people throughout the United States are living with COPD. Short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD is a group of progressive diseases of the lungs that obstruct airflow. The two most common of these disorders are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These diseases can dramatically impact your parent’s health and well-being, and their quality of life as they age in place. Understanding their risk factors can help you to make care choices that ... 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

Helping an Elderly Parent who has Gout

Gout is the result of uric acid needle-like crystals deposited in tissues and joints. It is the most common inflammatory arthritis among men and can produce severe pain in its acute phase. Appearance Gout has several stages, some of which produce no outwardly visible signs and others that produce acute flare-ups accompanied by intense pain, redness and swelling of the affected area.  It is commonly associated with the big toe, but may be found in other joints as well such as the knees, ... Read more

What Are the Risk Factors of High Blood Pressure?

Caregiver in Dix Hills NY High blood pressure impacts approximately 1 in every 3 adults throughout the United States. This accounts for around 75 million adults in the nation, or 32 percent of the total adult population of the country. Only around 54 percent of those who are living with the condition actually have their condition under control, and manage it properly on a regular basis. As a family caregiver it is important that you understand not only the serious dangers that ... Read more

Exercise Tips for Elders with Arthritis

Elder Care in Massapequa NY Arthritis affects approximately 21 million people, causing them to feel painful inflammation of their joints. The pain can sometimes become too much to handle, resulting in the elder living a more stationary life. What these seniors do not realize is that exercise can actually lessen the intense sensations they have in order to help them continue living their life without the constant worry that their arthritis will flare up. With these exercise tips and the approval of their ... Read more
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