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

How Can You Establish a Healthy Relationship with Your Aging Adult?

Having a healthy caregiving relationship with your aging adult is incredibly important but you might find it difficult if you've had a tense relationship before. Some of these ideas might help you both. Keep Conversations Open and Respectful When you and your elderly family member talk, make sure that you're speaking respectfully and honestly about the topic at hand. This isn't about establishing control over your senior or taking away her independence. If she feels as if you have ulterior motives, she's more ... Read more

5 Tips for Managing Anger as a Caregiver

Whether you're angry about a situation that concerns your aging adult or something in the rest of your life isn't working the way that it needs to, anger is an emotion you'll definitely experience as a caregiver. Give Yourself Time to Think before Speaking The problem with getting angry isn't that you're experiencing the emotion itself. The problem is usually that the emotion can prompt you to respond in a way that you may regret at a later time. When you realize you're ... Read more
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