Symptoms of Pneumonia in Aging Adults

Are you worried about your aging loved one developing pneumonia? Many seniors struggle with the illness each year, leaving millions hospitalized for emergency treatments. Around 50,000 elderly adults succumb to pneumonia every year, so it’s a good idea for family caregivers, home health care providers and anyone else who works with seniors to recognize the symptoms of pneumonia in aging adults. Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs where the small air sacs fill with fluid as they become inflamed. The fluid ... Read more

How Can a UTI be “Silent?”

When you think of a urinary tract infection (UTI), you likely think of burning pain while urinating. Most people do. In the elderly, a UTI may not be as easily detected. It can cause other symptoms that don't make people think of a UTI. When this happens, it's known as a silent UTI. Common Symptoms of a UTI A UTI is an infection that hits part of the urinary system. The infection can hit the bladder, the urethra or ureters, or the kidneys. ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior Living with Diabetes

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging, but this is particularly true when that elderly adult is living with a health issue such as diabetes. You want to make sure you are giving them everything they need to properly manage their health issue, while also balancing their other needs. It is important to consider managing their diabetes a basic element of their care, rather than thinking of it as something individual and separate. This enables you to care for ... Read more

How to Cope When You Disagree with Your Senior’s Cancer Fight Choices

As a family caregiver, you love your aging parent, and you want what is best for them. This means you likely have very specific and strong opinions about how they should handle the challenges and issues that they face, such as if they are diagnosed with cancer. You may immediately know what you think they should do, and what type of treatment and management options they should pursue. While it is normal and natural for you to have these opinions, it is ... Read more

5 Ways to Manage Diabetes During Illness

Managing diabetes can be complicated even when your aging relative is otherwise well. But, when they are ill, the disease is even tougher to keep under control. Illness places stress on the body and causes it to release certain hormones to fight the illness. Unfortunately, the hormones can make blood sugar levels go up and they can make insulin less effective. That can make it more difficult for the older adult to keep their blood sugar levels steady and within their ... Read more

What is Delirium?

Janet’s father, Henry, was in the hospital for a serious infection. One day while Janet was visiting, Henry began to speak incoherently. He was extremely confused and agitated. Janet had never seen him that way before. Panicking, she called the nurse into the room. Later, after Henry was examined by the doctor, Janet was told that her father was experiencing delirium, a problem not uncommon in older adults. About Delirium The Mayo Clinic defines delirium as “a serious disturbance in mental abilities that ... Read more

Are There Different Kinds of Aphasia?

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. If you’re not sure what aphasia is, though, you’re not alone. Aphasia is a condition that affects a person’s language abilities. It may cause problems with speaking, understanding, reading, or writing. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), there are currently about one million people in the United States affected by aphasia. But, they aren’t all affected in the same way. Experts say there are multiple kinds of aphasia. Understanding aphasia ... Read more

Strike Out Stroke Month—Education and Awareness

During the month of May, many people grow excited for baseball season to begin. If you go to a major or minor league game, you may notice posters and public service announcements for Strike Out Stroke. This public awareness campaign Is designed to educate people of all ages on how to prevent strokes, as well as what to do in the critical first minutes when someone is having a stroke. Strokes and Elderly Adults Strokes are one of the leading causes of disability ... Read more

How Senior Care Help with Managing a Treatment Plan for Diabetes

If you're aging parent is one of the more than 30 million people throughout the United States who is currently living with diabetes, you know how important it is that they receive the appropriate level of care and support. As a family caregiver, it is your goal to help them to manage the challenges and symptoms can come along with diabetes, as well as to help them to make good lifestyle choices that can reduce the impact of the disease and ... Read more

Coping with Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the skin to appear red and blood vessels to show through the skin. It most commonly affects the face but can also occur on the neck and chest. In addition to redness, some people experience other symptoms, including bumps that look like pimples or a swollen nose. The condition is chronic, but the symptoms may come and go. Coping with rosacea flare ups can be difficult, but there are some treatments and lifestyle changes ... Read more
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