Could RBD Sleep Behavior Disorder be a Factor in Dementia?

 A study by Denmark's Aarhus University found a link between the sleep disorder known as RBD and certain forms of dementia. People with RBD have lower levels of dopamine and show increased signs of brain inflammation. For people with RBD, this could be an indicator of a higher risk of Parkinson's disease, Lewy Bodies, and other forms of dementia.  There is the possibility that this sleep disorder could lead to certain forms of dementia. As RBD is treatable with certain antidepressants, there ... Read more

Five Reasons Why Sleep Is So Important to a Senior Citizen

On average, men and women need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. When seniors wake up, they should feel refreshed and alert. For elderly men and women who wake up and still feel tired, it's an indication that more sleep is needed.It's important that aging men and women get plenty of sleep each night. Sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy and safe after retirement.  Here are five reasons why sleep is so important.  -Reduces Risk of ... Read more

Should Your Senior Get an Influenza Vaccination?

In your role as a family caregiver, one of your most important priorities is making sure that your aging parent stays as healthy as possible throughout their later years. Elderly adults tend to have immune systems that are lower and less effective than younger people. This means that they are not only more vulnerable to contracting illnesses and infections, and more prone to having these become serious and potentially devastating, but they also have a more difficult time fighting them off ... Read more

Reducing Agitation and Anxiety in Dementia Patients

Many people with dementia experience bouts of anxiety or agitation. It’s a common behavior change, but one that can be a real problem for family caregivers. Agitation and anxiety can cause an older adult with dementia to pace, be unable to sleep, and may even cause aggression. Aggressive behaviors can be dangerous for both the senior and their caregiver. Knowing what causes anxiety and agitation and how to deal with them can reduce safety issues and keep the older adult more ... Read more

What Does Stroke Have to Do with Diabetes?

If you are like many family caregivers for elderly adults, diabetes is something that you have thought about considerably since caring for your parent. Whether your aging loved one has been diagnosed with the disease or you have been told that they are increased risk, it is important that you take the time to learn as much as you can about it so that you can ensure that they receive the care that they need, both from their medical team and ... Read more

Dealing with Loss of Appetite in Seniors

One of the struggles that family caregivers and elderly care providers face is the loss of appetite that affects many older adults. It can make it difficult for seniors to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight and get enough nutrients. Although the situation is certainly a challenge, there are many ways to ensure seniors eat enough and also meet their nutritional requirements.What Causes Appetite Loss?Up to 30 percent of older adults are described as having “anorexia of aging.” This phrase ... Read more

Pancreatic Cancer – What Can You Do to Help Your Dad?

The odds of getting pancreatic cancer are not high. Per Cancer.org, about 53,000 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and approximately 43,000 will die from the disease. If your dad is diagnosed with this form of cancer, it can be scary for him and for you. Here are things you can do to help your dad as he goes through treatments.   Ask if He Wants You to Go to Medical AppointmentsYour dad may not want you to ... Read more

How Do You Handle Holiday Shopping When Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s?

Your mom's always made a big deal of Christmas. She wants to celebrate the holiday just as she always has, but the disease makes it harder. Here are tips to make holiday shopping free of stress and anxiety.   Set a Strict BudgetWhoever is handling your mom's finances will know how much she can spend on presents and holiday foods. Get this number and make sure your mom sticks to it. Be honest with her that she needs to stay under that number. ... Read more

Tips for Preventing Infection When Your Parent is Injured

Infections can occur very quickly and can be very dangerous, especially for older adults. Seniors tend to have immune systems that are lower and not as effective as those of younger people, which leaves them more vulnerable to infections and makes it more difficult for them to fight them off if they do contract them. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop an infection, which can then develop into sepsis, a potentially deadly response of the body to an infection that can ... Read more

Preparing Yourself to be a Family Caregiver for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

Making the decision to step into the role of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is one of the most important that you will ever make. When that senior is living with Alzheimer’s disease, this decision is even more impactful and will require further consideration and understanding. Taking the time to truly prepare yourself for the challenges ahead will help you to feel more confident as you head into this journey with your senior, and can help support better ... Read more
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