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

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

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

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
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