Why is ALS Called Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

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 ... Read more

What Are the Potential Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma?

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 ... Read more

Hip Replacement Surgery and Seniors

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 ... Read more

What Are the Possible Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes?

Being able to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of serious health conditions is an important step in making sure that your aging parent gets the medical care and support that they need throughout their later years, and that you are able to be the highest quality caregiver that you can be. For those who are prediabetic or who have increased personal risk of diabetes, paying close attention to their health and recognizing potential symptoms can help to ensure that they get ... Read more

What Conditions May Contribute to AFib?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 6 million people throughout the United States are living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. This form of irregular heartbeat dramatically increases your parent’s risk of suffering serious health conditions, including stroke and heart attack. As a family caregiver, it is important that you understand the risks that can increase the possibility that your parent will experience this condition, including the health conditions and complications that can contribute to AFib. Some of ... Read more