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 ...
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 Appointments
Your dad may not want you to ...
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 Budget
Whoever 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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie.
“The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ...
Leg and ankle strength go a long way in helping a senior with balance. When exercising the legs, your parent needs to work out all three areas – front, back, and sides. If a fall is imminent, strong muscles can help support and help a person counterbalance.
Here are some simple chair exercises that help improve leg strength and balance.
#1 – Leg Lifts: For a leg lift, your parent will sit straight in his or her chair and lift one leg off ...
If your parent has started to show signs of failing health, you’ve probably started thinking about their future and what kinds of care they will need. There’s a lot to consider. Will they be able to remain at home? What kinds of care are available? Where can we find care? October is designated as Long-Term Care Planning Month, an observance dedicated to thinking through these big questions and planning for the future.
What is Long-Term Care?
Long-term care encompasses a wide range of ...
Purple—it’s the color of royalty. But, did you know it’s also the color of foods that are full of anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are a pigment, or coloration, found in plants. Studies have shown that foods rich in anthocyanins can help with brain health, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce inflammation, and protect against heart disease. And, that’s not all!
Purple foods can also:
-Help the body to use certain nutrients, like calcium.
-Lower cholesterol levels.
-Improve eye health.
-Make the digestive system work better.
If your senior parent’s ...
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 Now
Talk to your elderly family member about what is going on right now for her. What is it that you can do immediately to ...