Does Your Parent Need a Measles Booster?

You’ve likely heard that measles cases in the United States are on the rise. Measles is mostly thought of as a childhood illness, but it can affect people of any age. Although once nearly eradicated, 764 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year. You may think that your elderly parent isn’t at risk for getting the measles because they were vaccinated as a child. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that certain groups ... Read more

Does Drinking Alcohol Increase Stroke Risk?

If your aging parent enjoys the occasional glass or wine, beer, or other type of alcohol, you may wonder if it could negatively affect their health. While some research shows that small or moderate amounts of some kinds of alcoholic beverages are safe or may even have health benefits, a recent study indicates that even small amounts could increase the risk of stroke. The Alcohol and Stroke Risk Study Researchers from four organizations (Oxford University in the UK, Peking University, the Chinese Academy ... Read more

How to Tell if Dad Has Shingles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are approximately one million shingles cases every year in the United States. Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus. If you’re not familiar with shingles, knowing what the symptoms are can help you to identify the condition in your aging relative. About Shingles After a person has chicken pox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in their body. Later in life, the virus reactivates ... Read more

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is thought to impact up to 2% of the total population. This condition leads to extreme feelings of fatigue and tiredness, and can also resemble the symptoms of the flu and other illnesses. It is often long lasting and can be debilitating. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand this condition both so that you can care for your elderly loved one should they develop it, and that you can be aware of the potential impact it ... 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

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
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