Make Sure Your Mom Uses These Tips When Driving Alone

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 ... Read more

What Habits Should Your Dad Kick to Improve His Health?

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 ... Read more

Symptoms and Treatment for Cataracts in Aging Adults

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 ... Read more

Four Tips for Seniors Who Have Trouble Chewing

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 ... Read more

What is Bipolar Disorder?

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 ... Read more

Creating an Environment of Healing in Your Senior’s Home

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 ... Read more

Tips for Easing Arthritis Pain

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 ... Read more

Encouraging Your Senior to Get Active Again After Hip Surgery

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 ... Read more

Smart Ways Seniors Are Avoiding the Grandparent Scam

The FTC reports more than $40 million was stolen from elders who fell for the grandparent scam. That's $14 million more than what was stolen just one year earlier. Scammers are adapting the scam to trick seniors into falling for it. Elders used to be asked to wire money or purchase gift cards. Now, scammers are requiring seniors to mail or ship cash to the scammer. Teach your parent to quickly identify the scam by using these tips from seniors who have ... Read more

Start 2019 By Asking Your Parents These Questions About Home Care Needs

In a 2014 AARP survey, 8 out of 10 seniors admit they want to age in their current home. Of those people, about 7 out of 10 say their home has a bedroom and bathroom on the main level. Only 35 percent admitted they have doorways that are wide enough for wheelchairs. Aging at home may be your parents' goal, but do you understand your parents' wishes for home care? The start of a new year is here. Start 2019 by asking ... Read more
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