Does Massage Therapy Work for Seniors?

Family caregivers are often looking for ways to bring comfort and happiness to their aging relative. When their bodies start to decline due to age-related issues, seniors may struggle to walk, get up and down, or sleep all night due to aches and pains. They often need the help of family caregivers and elder care providers for day-to-day assistance. Many seniors are finding that a few massage therapy sessions can work wonders on their aching bodies. Studies show that massage therapy ... Read more

Seniors Who Live with Chronic Dizziness

Few chronic conditions can disrupt an elderly adult’s life more than dizziness. Not only does moderate to severe dizzy spells signal that something isn’t right, they can prevent aging adults from living independently in their own home. Family caregivers that have an aging relative with chronic dizziness must work closely with the doctor to keep their loved one safe and comfortable as they try to navigate daily life with the condition.   What is Chronic Dizziness? The sensation of spinning, lightheadedness and losing balance is ... Read more

Tips for Discussing Alzheimer’s Medications With Your Dad’s Doctor

Alzheimer's medications help slow the progression of symptoms. They can be very expensive, which leads families to wonder if they're worth the cost. Here are some tips on discussing the pros and cons of these medications with your dad's doctor.     Ask About the Different Medications Used to Treat Alzheimer's Disease In the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer's cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil, galantamine, and rivastigmine are used to help slow the deterioration of a brain chemical that helps with memory and thinking skills. ... Read more

How Can I Make Mom’s Bathroom Less Dangerous?

We know you worry about your elderly mom. Her health and safety are your responsibility, especially if she is limited physically or mentally. Many elderly adults have chronic illnesses, diseases, injuries or the diminishing effects of old age. Seniors who are frail or otherwise disabled can suffer from slip and fall accidents that can really hurt them. They can get concussions, bruises, cuts, and even broken bones when they fall.     Most slip and fall accidents happen in the bathroom, due to the slick ... Read more

Help! My Aging Relative is Always Dizzy

As a family caregiver, you likely watch out for symptoms of illness in your aging relative. When an elderly person complains of dizziness, it could be no big deal. However, dizziness is also a common symptom of several different health issues and it should not be ignored. If your aging relative is frequently complaining about being dizzy, it’s time for a doctor’s appointment.     Dizzy Spells and Seniors Everyone feels dizzy at some point in their lives, especially if they are battling an illness. ... Read more

How Can I Prevent Elderly Slip and Fall Accidents?

Did you know that one in four elderly adults in the United States experiences a slip and fall accident each year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of both fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries in elderly Americans. Instead of waiting and hoping your aging relative doesn’t have a slip and fall accident, you can be proactive in reducing their risk of such a devastating event.   Seniors and Slip and Fall Accidents Everyone takes ... Read more

Which Medical Alert System is Right for Your Parent?

We’ve all seen the commercials where an elderly lady falls and calls out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” While those commercials have been the butt of many jokes over the years, the truth is that medical alert systems can be extremely beneficial to older adults. If your aging parent is at risk for falling or other situations that may make them need emergency help, a medical alert system can offer both the older adult and family caregivers peace of mind ... Read more

Helpful Solutions That Help Your Parent Age at Home

Your mom and dad plan to age at home. They've lived there for 50 years and have no intention of moving at this point. With the right home care plans and help from caregivers and family members, aging at home is often better for a senior's well-being. You should take precautions to make sure staying in their home doesn't pose any hazards.       Track Skills and Daily Activities Keep an eye on changes to their driving abilities and be ready to take away keys ... Read more

Dealing With Heat When the Power Goes Out

With many areas in the U.S. experiencing brutal heat, officials are urging families to keep a close eye on elderly relatives. There have been several heat-related deaths. One of the things that can keep a senior cool is air conditioning. What happens if the power goes out? Here are some tips that can help your mom and dad stay cool if there's no power.   Shut the House Up You want to trap the cooler air while it's still cooler. As soon as the ... Read more

Why Are Seniors Reluctant to Report When They’ve Been Scammed?

Every year, millions of dollars are stolen in scams. Seniors are often the key targets because they're more likely to answer a phone and believe the scam artist's story. With so many elderly men and women falling victim to scams, why are they also so reluctant to report when they have been a victim?   Reasons Why Seniors Don't Speak Up There are two reasons why seniors are less likely to report that they've been scammed. One is that they don't know how. Make ... Read more
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