It can be quite a surprise to get a call from your elderly family member or from another family member letting you know that your aging adult needs much more help than you knew. That can mean that you're now her primary caregiver but from a distance. Find out What You Can Do to Be Most Helpful Right NowTalk to your elderly family member about what is going on right now for her. What is it that you can do immediately to ...Read more
As a family caregiver, one of the most important things that you can do for your elderly parent is to take steps to reduce their risk and increase their personal safety. Staying safe is vital at any age, but it can become particularly pressing as your senior gets older, as many criminals target older adults who they view as more vulnerable, more trusting, or otherwise better for their particular form of fraud or crime.
While there are many steps that you can ...Read more
“Let’s help them”, said the President and CEO of Star Multi Care”. Last week after notorious Hurricane Irma bypassed his Southeastern Florida office and took route up the west coast of Florida, Stephen Sternbach thought of the unlucky residents of Florida who were unfortunate enough to feel her wrath.After a staff meeting he threw out the idea of initiating a collection for the hurricane victims for which he would match any funds raised, dollar for dollar. His staff jumped at the ...Read more
“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help.
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You came to visit your mom and found her trembling on the sofa. She's convinced that her neighbor threatened to shoot her when she took a walk this afternoon. You know the neighbor, and it seems out of character. You talk to that neighbor, and he just returned from work. He only just got home. He wasn't home when she says this threatening encounter happened.Delusions are a stage of Alzheimer's that are frightening for everyone. Your mom is certain something happened, ...Read more
The changes that a senior can suffer after experiencing a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be startling for you as a family caregiver. They might be unexpected or not fit the mold of what you think that such effects should be. By understanding the changes that are possible after such an injury you can detect when your senior is dealing with such after effects and make changes to your care routine to ensure that they get what they need to ...Read more
Some elderly loved ones can be a little stubborn, especially when it comes to side effects from medication. Since falling is so potentially dangerous for your loved one, it's worth it to help her see where you're coming from with this issue.Have Her Doctor Talk to HerOften your loved one might not believe you, even though you're her primary family caregiver. Her doctor, on the other hand, is a much more believable authority figure. If that's the case with other situations, ...Read more
Low vision is one of the most common issues of older age, but that is not the only eye health problem that your senior might face as they age. Many eye diseases are far more common among older adults than they are in younger people, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease.Going to the eye doctor regularly can help to detect the early signs of these issues and keep their prescriptions up-to-date for the most effective vision correction. Unfortunately, many ...Read more
There are approximately 33 million adults over the age of 65 throughout the United States who are still licensed to drive. Experts point out that this number is only set to increase over the coming years as longer life expectancies mean that the aging population is growing rapidly. While many of these seniors are capable of driving safely and effectively throughout their lives, there are many challenges and limitations that elderly adults face that can make it so that they are ...Read more
The human body is approximately 65 percent water. Water is used for all essential functions throughout the body, including digesting food, producing and rebuilding cells, hydrating and protecting the skin, lubricating the joints, temperature regulation, blood circulation, and respiration. Losing just 10 percent of the water content in the body can lead to very serious health problems, while losing 20 percent can lead to death. As a family caregiver, these statistics are staggering and illustrate just how important it is that ...Read more