When a person first hears that they have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, they may be unsure of just what that means. But, when they hear that the disease is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, it becomes more familiar. ALS is a disease that damages nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, which affects the patient’s ability to move. The disease is progressive, so it gets worse as time goes on. ALS usually strikes when a person is 40 to ...
People have different requirements when it comes to sleep. Most experts recommend seven or eight hours each night. Arthritis pain creates a new challenge. Seniors wake in the night with aching joints. They shift position or walk around. Getting back to sleep is hard.
Here are some tips for getting a good night's sleep when aching joints are a problem.
Buy Lightweight Bedding
Heavy blankets and comforters pin arthritis sufferers down and increase joint pain. Seniors should choose lightweight comforters and blankets instead. If ...
As a caregiver, you've probably already found that you need to be prepared for just about anything. This is definitely the case if your elder adult is incontinent. Having a go bag with you that has all that you might need in the event of an accident can have you both feeling prepared and confident.
Extra Clothes and Something to Contain Soiled Clothes
Even with the best incontinence products on the market, your elder could have an accident that creates a leak. This ...
Meals can be a difficult time for your aging adult for a variety of reasons. Whether she simply doesn't like cooking or finds it too complicated to figure out what to eat, there are things you can do to make meals as easy as possible for your senior.
Ask Other Family Members to Contribute a Meal
Many caregivers are reluctant to bother other family members, but they can be an excellent source of help when it comes to putting meals together. Let them ...
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is sometimes called “the winter blues” because it usually occurs during the fall and winter months. SAD is a kind of depression that usually comes on in the fall and lasts into the winter months. It is believed to be brought on by the reduction of exposure to sunlight due to the shortened days. For family caregivers of senior adults with SAD, the winter months can be particularly difficult.
SAD vs. Major Depression
Although SAD is a kind of ...
There are approximately 3 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with glaucoma. Because the most common form of this disease does not have warning signs and it develops most frequently in people over the age of 60, who tend to expect some reduction in vision, it is often overlooked. In fact, experts estimate that around half of those who are living with the disease do not even know that they have it.
As this disease is a leading ...
Did you know that a growing number of elderly adults are facing what is called food insecurity? This means that more and more seniors are not sure where their next nutritious meal is coming from. While there are many causes of food insecurity in the elderly population, many people aren’t even aware of it.
As a family caregiver, you can take steps to ensure that your elderly relative is not suffering from food insecurity.
What is Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity describes the condition of ...
Having a healthy caregiving relationship with your aging adult is incredibly important but you might find it difficult if you've had a tense relationship before. Some of these ideas might help you both.
Keep Conversations Open and Respectful
When you and your elderly family member talk, make sure that you're speaking respectfully and honestly about the topic at hand. This isn't about establishing control over your senior or taking away her independence. If she feels as if you have ulterior motives, she's more ...
Has your elderly parent’s doctor suggested they have a total hip replacement? This can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but you’ll be able to make better decisions and support your aging mom or dad when you know more about the procedure as well as the steps toward recovery. Many elderly adults have hip replacement surgery but the ones that have the smoothest recovery are those with a strong support network of family members, elder care assistants, physical therapists and community senior ...
Whether you're angry about a situation that concerns your aging adult or something in the rest of your life isn't working the way that it needs to, anger is an emotion you'll definitely experience as a caregiver.
Give Yourself Time to Think before Speaking
The problem with getting angry isn't that you're experiencing the emotion itself. The problem is usually that the emotion can prompt you to respond in a way that you may regret at a later time. When you realize you're ...