Tips for Caring for a Senior Suffering from Hepatitis C

There are approximately 3.2 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Hepatitis C and though there will be approximately 2,200 new cases reported, experts estimate that the true number of new cases is up to 13 times higher. This means that the vast majority of those who are living with this infection do not even know that they are living with it, putting them at serious risk of complications and putting those around them at severe risk ... Read more

Caring for a Parent with IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition that has no cure. Seniors suffering from IBS experience abdominal cramps and pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and a bloated feeling. The disease can be a difficult one to live with, but there are things senior care providers and family caregivers can do to help seniors cope with IBS. Here are some tips for caring for a senior parent with IBS.Know and Manage TriggersIf you are uncertain what triggers your parent’s IBS symptoms, ... Read more

How Can You Prepare Your Parent for a Power Outage?

Power outages are not uncommon events, particularly during the summer months when severe weather is a more frequent event and storms, high winds, and lightning can result in the power going out. While these outages generally only last for a few minutes, sometimes they can linger on for a few hours or even days. This can be an inconvenient and uncomfortable experience for anyone, but as a family caregiver it is important that you recognize how dangerous it can be for ... Read more

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

Approximately 10 percent of the total adult population of the United States is currently living with a condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS for short, this condition impacts the nervous system and can have a tremendous influence on your parent’s quality of life, health, and well-being. Approximately 40 percent of people who suffer from RLS report that their symptoms are severe enough that they negatively impact their quality of life and functioning. As a family caregiver, being able to recognize ... Read more

Signs that Your Senior Might be Struggling with Loss of Appetite

It is not unexpected for an elderly adult to not eat as much as they did when they were younger or as much as younger members of their family might eat. Their metabolisms are slower and they tend to be less active than younger people, requiring less food to keep them going. For some elderly adults, however, this decreased appetite reaches a more serious level, potentially leading to inadequate nutrition that can cause physical health complications and problems as they age ... Read more

Tips for Dealing with Difficult Family Members

Most people would think that the care efforts of a family caregiver who has siblings or other close family members would be much simpler than that of a caregiver who does not have these relatives. After all, it would seem that these family members could take on more responsibilities and ease the stress and burden of the primary caregiver. This, however, is not always the case. In many circumstances, family members are not only not helpful, but can be difficult and ... Read more

What’s the Best Way to Manage Emphysema in the Summer? 

If your parent suffers from emphysema, they may be dreading the warmer months of summer. That’s because the warmer temperatures can make breathing more difficult. When the weather is warm, the body needs more oxygen to regulate body temperature. The warm summer air causes airways in the lungs to constrict, and that makes it harder for air to pass through, worsening the symptoms of emphysema. Luckily, there are many things you and your parent’s senior care provider can do to help ... Read more

Why Is Your Elderly Loved One Having a Difficult Time Accepting that She’s Aging?

Your elderly loved one may be having a tough time with the aging process, especially if she's having to rely on you and other people more and more. This can result in some unexpected behavior or in her shutting you out. Understanding why aging can be difficult for her on an emotional level helps you to be a more supportive caregiver for her.Aging Means Facing ChangesThe big problem with aging is that your loved one is facing changes in her life. ... Read more

June is Effective Communications Month: Tips for Better Communication with Seniors

As a family caregiver, you have lots of opportunities to talk to your parent. Sometimes, though, talking to elderly people can be difficult because of age-related changes, like hearing loss and cognitive decline. If you find yourself sometimes feeling frustrated after trying to have a conversation with your parent, rather than focusing on what makes it difficult to talk to your parent, working on bettering your communication skills could be the more effective route. Below are some tips to make communicating ... Read more

Helping your Loved one with Mobility Issues

If arthritis, an injury or a debilitating illness has left your parent facing mobility issues, they may be feeling fear and anxiety about what the future holds. Their ability to perform the daily tasks of living, including driving, may be diminishing and, as their independence wanes, so too does their positive outlook on life. Increasing isolation can lead to depression. Before this vicious cycle ensues, you, as a family caregiver, can help your parent face this challenging issue with confidence.There are ... Read more
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