What Do You Need to Know about Managing Hip Fractures as a Caregiver?

Hip fractures are exceedingly common for older adults. Your elderly family member could even sustain a hip injury or fracture and not realize it for a time. It's important as a caregiver that you are able to recognize the signs of a possible fracture and that you're able to help her recover. Call Her Doctor if You Suspect a Hip Fracture You might think that a hip fracture would be something that would never be in question, but it definitely happens. Your elderly ... Read more

Is Your Parent at Increased Risk for Cataracts?

Understanding the risks your parent faces as they age in place is one of the most important things you can do for them as their family caregiver. By recognizing the specific risks they face, you can adjust your care routine to reduce this risk, as well as prepare yourself for the possibility of them developing the condition, so you can be ready to give them the care they need. When this comes to cataracts, knowing if your parent is at increased risk ... Read more

Protecting Your Parent From Extreme Heat

As temperatures outside get higher, and we get closer to the summer months, it is important to start thinking about the potential dangers of heat, and what you can do as a family caregiver to protect your senior. Elderly adults are more vulnerable than younger people to the effects of heat, and can suffer severe consequences as a result of exposure to very high temperatures. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your parent from this heat, and help them to stay ... Read more

Tips for Cleaning Your Parent’s Home to Reduce Allergies

Allergies can be miserable for your aging loved one and can even reduce their activity, diminishing their health. As their family caregiver, you can help your parent to cope with their allergies and experience less severe symptoms simply by making sure that their home is clean. Regular cleaning can make a tremendous difference in the presence of allergens in their home and help to make them more comfortable and allow them to experience fewer, less severe symptoms. Use these tips to help ... Read more

The Sun Feels Good, But Your Parent Needs to Avoid Sun Exposure

By the time you reach the age of 70, you have a 20 percent chance of developing skin cancer. Almost 90 percent of skin cancer cases are linked to sun exposure. The sun does feel great after a long winter. It's also dangerous if your parents are not taking precautions. Here are the things they must be doing when they go outside in the sun. Wear Protective Clothing It can be hard to cover up, but it also offers the best protection from the ... Read more

Tips to Help an Elderly Adult Quit Smoking

Smoking has a number of negative health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarettes are responsible for 480,000 deaths in the United States each year. People who smoke are at a greater risk for serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. The good news is that when a person quits smoking, they reap the benefits very quickly. In just two to five years, their stroke risk returns to that of someone who does not ... Read more

Is it Possible to Boost Your Senior’s Immune System?

You might think that your elderly family member's immune system is as good as it will ever get, but there are some things you can do to help her to be a little healthier. Immunizations Can Help Many people are nervous about immunizations because they worry that they can make their seniors sick from the very illness the immunization protects from. This isn't the case, however, and the right immunizations can be very effective for your senior. Talk to her doctor about the ... Read more

Sleep is Essential – How Do You Get a Good Night’s Sleep When Your Joints Ache?

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 ... Read more

What Do You Need to Pack for an Outing with a Senior Who Is Incontinent?

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 ... Read more

Helping Seniors Overcome the Winter Blues

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 ... Read more
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