What Can You Do if Your Loved One Doesn’t Believe that Her Medication Puts Her at Risk of Falling?

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

Preparing Your Senior for an Eye Exam

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

Talking to Your Parent About No Longer Driving

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

What are the Signs of Dehydration?

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

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
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