Does My Elderly Father Need Walking Aides?

With age comes a range of illnesses and health issues that can affect how well elderly people can care for themselves. They may need help from people like family caregivers and senior care assistants to accomplish basic tasks. If they are no longer steady on their feet, it may be time for walking aides. If your elderly father seems to have some problems lately with mobility and balance, it may be time for a cane or a walker. The risk of ... Read more

How Can Elder Care Help Prevent Falls?

If you have an older adult family member, one of the things you may worry about is them falling. Falls are the number one cause of injuries that lead to death. But, there are many steps you can take to keep your loved one from suffering a fall. In fact, you don’t even have to do it alone because an elder care provider can also help with fall prevention. Here are some ways elder care can help.   De-Clutter the Home Living in a ... Read more

Ways Experts Think You Can Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s When Your Parent Has the Disease

Watching a parent go through the stages of Alzheimer's is hard. It's also hard wondering if you'll end up with the disease too. Experts do think there are ways you can lower your risk. Taking these measures could help and don't take much effort. Here the recommended measures. Lose Weight If you're overweight, many believe that increases your risk. Take strides to lose weight now. Don't look at your target weight. Start by taking your current weight and trying to lose 10 percent ... Read more

Three Easy Changes to Make to Help Your Dad Lose Weight in 2018

Your dad wants to lose weight this year. His doctor's said he is at risk of developing diabetes. His blood pressure is becoming too high. Losing weight in the best way to prevent health issues from developing. While he wants to lose weight, he's not sure where to start. Here are three easy changes he can make to lose weight in 2018.   Create Menus Based on DASH Diet Principles The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet is a good way to change ... Read more

Should You Be Seeking out Support Groups?

You may think that there's just too much going on in your life for you to take time out to go to a support group meeting. But what could you be missing out on if you don't make the time to go?       -You're Getting Away for a Little While Most people would list this later on the list, but if you're not getting a change of scenery very often, this could well be the top selling point for you. You absolutely need to ... Read more

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
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