Packing an Elderly Adult’s Bag for the Hospital

Is your aging parent getting ready for a scheduled surgery or medical procedure that requires a hospital stay? If so, you have some time to pull together a hospital bag that specifically meets their needs if they must stay there for several days. While the hospital will provide the basics, many people like to bring some important extras that make their stay more pleasant and won’t leave them without some essential items that they don’t want to live without.   It's also a good ... Read more

Are There Different Kinds of Dementia?

Dementia is the word that doctors use to describe brain changes that lead to memory loss, language, and the ability to make sound decisions. Many people associate these kinds of brain changes with Alzheimer’s disease because it is perhaps the most well-known form of dementia. However, there are actually many other kinds of dementia.     Kinds of Dementia Most types of dementia are caused by incurable diseases and are not reversible. A few are caused by things like medication side effects, emotional problems, alcohol consumption, ... Read more

Understanding Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

Being an effective family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with a serious health issue such as diabetes means educating yourself, and knowing everything you can about the problems they could face as a part of this disease. One issue is hypoglycemia. Often referred to as low blood sugar, hypoglycemia is something many people think of when they think about diabetes. While you may understand the concept of low blood sugar, it is important to understand what it has ... Read more