Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Your Senior in Their Bathroom

Each year throughout the United States millions of adults over the age of 64 fall, and many end up needing to seek emergency medical attention to handle the injuries that can occur as a result of these falls. A large percentage of the falls that occur within the home happen in the bathroom. This is by merit of the environment of the bathroom itself as well as the activities that are performed there. As a caregiver it is important that you ... Read more

Talking to Your Parent’s Doctor About Their Fall Risk

Elderly adults face many challenges throughout their later years, but one of the most pressing is increased fall risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in every 4 seniors over the age of 64 throughout the United States suffers a fall each year. Many of these result in the need for medical care at an emergency room. Approximately 1 in every 5 falls, a full 20 percent of the falls that occur each year, results in a ... Read more

Mild Cognitive Impairment vs. Alzheimer’s: Understanding the Differences

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affects about 2 out of 10 people over the age of 64 per studies reported by Alzheimer's Association. It's a condition where memory issues reveal themselves, but not at strong enough levels to impact daily routines. Having MCI may progress into Alzheimer's, but it doesn't have to. Alzheimer's is a progressive illness where deterioration within the brain leads to serious issues. At first, forgetfulness and problems with time management may be the only signs you see, but it ... Read more

What Can You Do to Prevent Skin Cancer?

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, awareness is critical. Knowing the types of risks that your aging parent faces enables you to help them make decisions that can reduce those risks and help them to prevent serious health issues from occurring as they age in place. One such issue is skin cancer. Occurring in approximately 20 percent of the total population at some point in their lives, skin cancer can and does occur in people of all ages and ... Read more

Safety Tips for Home Oxygen Therapy

Many senior citizens are prescribed oxygen for use at home because of conditions that cause difficulty breathing. This is referred to as oxygen therapy. It is usually prescribed when patients exhibit symptoms like coughing, wheezing, rapid breathing, and changes in skin color that indicate oxygen levels are low. Some of the conditions for which oxygen therapy is prescribed include COPD, heart failure, sleep apnea, pneumonia, and asthma. While oxygen therapy is beneficial to those who need it, it can also be ... Read more

April is National Facial Protection Month – Are you Taking Proper Care of Your Aging Parent’s Face?

“National Facial Protection Month” sounds a bit silly, but facial protection is actually a very important and often overlooked problem in today’s society. Spring has sprung, and the sun is shining, and it’s time to get outside and work on our gardens. It is easy to get caught up in the wonders of nice weather and the determination to beautify your house and garden, but these things often push basic safety measures out of our minds. How often do you actually ... Read more

Is Your Senior Suffering from Springtime Allergies?

In many places around the country the winter is finally on its way out and the spring is coming in, which means warmer weather, sunnier days, and the emergence of beautiful flowers, grass, and other plants. While this can be a wonderful time to get out of the house and start enjoying some fresh air and activities, for many people it can mean the start of spring allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, approximately 50 million ... Read more

What Can You Do to Keep Your Loved One Motivated to Exercise?

Motivation can be one of the biggest reasons that your loved one gives up on her exercise program before she starts to see any real results. Some of these suggestions might help. Track How She's Feeling Keeping a journal with information about how your loved one is feeling each day can be extremely motivating. This is especially the case if your loved one has been advised to exercise in order to help some of her health conditions. You might want to include information ... Read more

Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Senior with Essential Tremors

Essential tremor impacts millions of people throughout the United States. This neurological condition can cause uncontrollable, involuntary shaking of various parts of the body, most frequently the hands, feet, or head. Though it is often frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease, it is a distinct condition of its own that can make a tremendous impact on your parent’s lifestyle, functioning, and quality of life. One way that this condition can impact your parent’s life is by increasing their risk of suffering a ... Read more

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis and Simple Ways to Ease the Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is more complicated than a lot of arthritis types.  Arthritis itself is about inflammation of the joints like knees and fingers.  However, RA doesn’t just affect the joints. What RA does is attack the lining of the joints.  This can do damage to the bone itself. Too, rather than just inflaming the joints, RA can affect many more areas of the body including the heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, bone marrow, and even the skin. RA is caused by ... Read more
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