My Elderly Loved One Needs to Get Out More

Is your elderly loved one dependent on you, family members and elder care providers for their daily care? If their physical abilities have diminished enough that they cannot complete basic self-care tasks, they need a support group that works together for their basic needs. However, once the basics like hygiene, food and housework are covered, what about their mental and emotional needs? It’s too easy for seniors with physical challenges to sit around all day at home, becoming more isolated each week. ... Read more

Are You Overlooking Resources in Your Community that Can Help with Caregiving?

When you're a caregiver, you're constantly looking for resources that can help you to be a better caregiver and to give your senior the best help possible. Try some of these ideas for finding help. Agencies that Help Elderly Adults Almost every area has agencies that help senior citizens. You're likely to have a better mix of these types of agencies in a larger metropolitan area, of course, but just because you're in a rural area that doesn't mean you don't have this ... Read more

Five Tips When Time Is Getting Away from You as a Busy Caregiver

Every caregiver has those times when it feels like time just isn't cooperating. Here are some ideas for getting a handle on time management again as a busy caregiver. Prioritize What Has to Be Done Some tasks are more important than others. It might not feel that way, especially when you're doing so much, but it's true. The key for you is to sit down and look at what needs to be done and determine a priority for each of those tasks. When ... Read more

What Causes Hospital Induced Delirium?

Hospital induced delirium can be a very frightening issue during hospitalization. Experts estimate that approximately half of all elderly adults in the United States who end up hospitalized will contract hospital induced delirium. This is a change in cognitive functioning or awareness that can lead to many different issues and consequences for your aging parent. From increased risk of falling to higher potential for death in the next year, delirium can make a serious negative impact on your parents current health, ... Read more

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
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