How to Reduce the Risk of Falls

If you have elderly parents, it is likely that you are worried about them falling. Unfortunately, the risk of falling increases as someone gets older. Falls can cause broken bones, head injuries, hip fractures, or even worse. The good news is that there are ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of falls in your aging parents. Talk About Their Health Conditions Does your parent have an eye condition that throws off their balance? Do they have arthritis or another ... Read more

Four Simple Fall Prevention Tasks to Check Off Your List

Fall prevention is high on the list of tasks that family caregivers worry about. Sometimes a fall is a fluke situation, but more often than not there’s something preventable that wasn’t accounted for and that’s what caused your senior to fall. Some of these tasks can help you avoid an injury. Put Handrails Up Handrails are one of the easiest fall prevention tools you can put in place for your elderly family member. You can put them anywhere that there’s wall space, too. ... Read more

Is My Aging Relative at Risk for Accidental Poisoning?

Prescription medication can do amazing things for the health and wellness of aging adults. From reducing the effects of chronic conditions to dealing with symptoms of diseases, medication prescribed by a doctor can really improve an elderly adult’s quality of life. However, making mistakes in taking that medication can lead to serious problems, even accidental poisoning. Because March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, it’s easy for family caregivers to evaluate medication management to ensure that their aging relative can avoid accidental ... Read more

Make Sure Your Mom Uses These Tips When Driving Alone

When you get into a car, there's always a bit of a risk. Another driver might not be paying enough attention to the road and cause or almost cause a crash. An animal may run out in front of you. The weather might make road surfaces hazardous. Elderly drivers may be excellent drivers, but it's not always the case. It can take fractions of a second longer to react to a situation. It can be harder to properly check blind spots. Changes ... Read more

Smart Ways Seniors Are Avoiding the Grandparent Scam

The FTC reports more than $40 million was stolen from elders who fell for the grandparent scam. That's $14 million more than what was stolen just one year earlier. Scammers are adapting the scam to trick seniors into falling for it. Elders used to be asked to wire money or purchase gift cards. Now, scammers are requiring seniors to mail or ship cash to the scammer. Teach your parent to quickly identify the scam by using these tips from seniors who have ... Read more

4 Dangers Seniors Who Live Alone Face

According to the Institute on Aging, around 11.3 senior citizens live alone. While continuing to live in their own homes is what many seniors want, living alone can leave them without help when dangerous situations arise. If your aging relative lives on their own, here are 4 dangers to beware of. Electrical Outages An electrical outage may not seem like much more than a nuisance, but during the winter months, it could result in hypothermia. The bodies of older adults lose heat faster than ... Read more

Preparing Your Parent’s Home for a Weather Emergency

When it comes to preparing for a severe weather emergency, it is not just your senior themselves that needs to be prepared. Readiness also involves their environment, and that means preparing their home for the weather emergency. If your aging parent will be weathering the storm in their own home, or if they will be transitioning into your home, and even if you think evacuation is eminent, taking the time to prepare their home prior to a weather emergency can protect ... Read more

Deaths from Falls on the Rise

An alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that deaths from falls among older adults is up 31 percent since 2007. While you might at first think the increase is due to the fact that the senior population is getting larger, the CDC says they adjusted the rate to account for the increased population. The exact reason for the increase in deaths from falls is not clear, but scientists suspect it may have something to do with ... Read more

Early Signs Indicating a Caregiver is Needed

As people get older, sometimes they have difficulty taking adequate care of themselves. Their homes may become less safe due to unsanitary conditions or they may begin making decisions that put them in physical or financial danger. However, it can be hard for family members to recognize or accept that an older adult is failing and needs help. This can be especially true when family members don’t live close to the senior and see them only occasionally. The good news is that ... Read more