Does Massage Therapy Work for Seniors?

Family caregivers are often looking for ways to bring comfort and happiness to their aging relative. When their bodies start to decline due to age-related issues, seniors may struggle to walk, get up and down, or sleep all night due to aches and pains. They often need the help of family caregivers and elder care providers for day-to-day assistance. Many seniors are finding that a few massage therapy sessions can work wonders on their aching bodies. Studies show that massage therapy ... Read more

Can You Make Home Care Easier for Your Senior, even if She Doesn’t Want It?

As excited as you might be about senior care providers coming to help you and your elderly family member, she may not feel anywhere near as cheerful about it. Here are some ways to help.       Don't Avoid the Conversation If you already know how your senior may feel about this idea, you probably aren't a huge fan of bringing it up. That doesn't mean that you can avoid it forever, though. Sit down with her and let her know why you're thinking about ... Read more

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a UTI? 

A woman's risk of developing a urinary tract infection during her lifetime is between 40 and 50%. Though the risk is lower, men can and do develop these infections as well. The risk of developing another infection increases each time a person suffers and infection. As a family caregiver, you should know that while UTIs are common, they can result in symptoms that are difficult and even dangerous for your aging parent. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of ... Read more

What Are the Symptoms of Shingles

One-third of Americans will get shingles during their lifetime. That’s about one million people every year. Shingles can happen in anyone who has had chickenpox during their lifetime because it is, essentially, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body, lying dormant near the brain and spinal cord in the tissues of nerves. The chances of getting shingles increases as a person ages, putting senior citizens at greater risk than ... Read more

How the DASH Diet May Lower Depression Risk, Too

Each year, about 610,000 people in the United States die from a heart-related condition. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women. One of the things that doctors often suggest to help people reduce their risk of heart disease is following the DASH diet. Now, research also suggests that adhering to the DASH diet might also lower the risk for depression, which is important since seniors are at an increased risk of developing the ... 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