As a family caregiver, you likely watch out for symptoms of illness in your aging relative. When an elderly person complains of dizziness, it could be no big deal. However, dizziness is also a common symptom of several different health issues and it should not be ignored. If your aging relative is frequently complaining about being dizzy, it’s time for a doctor’s appointment.
Dizzy Spells and Seniors
Everyone feels dizzy at some point in their lives, especially if they are battling an illness. ...
Did you know that one in four elderly adults in the United States experiences a slip and fall accident each year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of both fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries in elderly Americans. Instead of waiting and hoping your aging relative doesn’t have a slip and fall accident, you can be proactive in reducing their risk of such a devastating event.
Seniors and Slip and Fall Accidents
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We’ve all seen the commercials where an elderly lady falls and calls out, “Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”
While those commercials have been the butt of many jokes over the years, the truth is that medical alert systems can be extremely beneficial to older adults.
If your aging parent is at risk for falling or other situations that may make them need emergency help, a medical alert system can offer both the older adult and family caregivers peace of mind ...
Your mom and dad plan to age at home. They've lived there for 50 years and have no intention of moving at this point. With the right home care plans and help from caregivers and family members, aging at home is often better for a senior's well-being. You should take precautions to make sure staying in their home doesn't pose any hazards.
Track Skills and Daily Activities
Keep an eye on changes to their driving abilities and be ready to take away keys ...
Every year, millions of dollars are stolen in scams. Seniors are often the key targets because they're more likely to answer a phone and believe the scam artist's story. With so many elderly men and women falling victim to scams, why are they also so reluctant to report when they have been a victim?
Reasons Why Seniors Don't Speak Up
There are two reasons why seniors are less likely to report that they've been scammed. One is that they don't know how. Make ...
Your dad is on important medications for some health reason. He may have high blood pressure or had a stroke and is on blood thinners. No matter what he is taking, it's important that he takes them as recommended. Some seniors stop taking them due to the side effects or the monthly cost. Here are five ways to make sure your dad is taking his medications.
Explain the Importance
Go over the medication's purpose with your dad. Explain why the medication is needed. ...
It’s not uncommon for people of all ages to occasionally suffer a burn injury. Older adults whose hands don’t work as well as they once did may accidentally burn themselves in the kitchen. Or, they might spend a little too much time outside and get a sunburn. As a family caregiver to an aging family member, it can be quite handy to know how to identify a minor burn and how you can treat it at home.
Knowing When to Get Help
A visit to the emergency room is not something you look forward to with your aging loved one. If, however, they suffer an injury or illness severe enough to warrant such a visit, it is important that both of you take steps to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the care they receive while there, and the recovery period after.
One of the most important times of their visit is actually the discharge. This is the culmination of their care at ...
Star Multi Care believes in Equal Opportunity for all. In so doing, we have recognized the value of the mature workforce and have recently joined the nationwide efforts of the AARP Employer Pledge Program.
The AARP Employer Pledge Program is “a nationwide group of employers (over 500 strong and growing) which stands with AARP in affirming the value of experienced workers and which are committed to developing diverse, high-performing organizations by leveraging workers of all ages. Smart employers know that the multigenerational ...