Tips for Discussing Alzheimer’s Medications With Your Dad’s Doctor

Alzheimer's medications help slow the progression of symptoms. They can be very expensive, which leads families to wonder if they're worth the cost. Here are some tips on discussing the pros and cons of these medications with your dad's doctor.     Ask About the Different Medications Used to Treat Alzheimer's Disease In the mild to moderate stages of Alzheimer's cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil, galantamine, and rivastigmine are used to help slow the deterioration of a brain chemical that helps with memory and thinking skills. ... Read more

Help! My Aging Relative is Always Dizzy

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. ... Read more

5 Impactful Life Transitions for Aging Adults

While change is a part of life no matter how old you are, there are many significant life transitions for elderly adults. These life transitions have a profound effect on an elderly loved one’s daily life. When aging adults don’t have support during these life transitions, they can develop significant physical and mental health issues. Family caregivers have the responsibility to Below are a few changes and their potential effects on the older population.     1. Retirement For many people, retirement is something to ... 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 Managing a Trip to the Emergency Room with Your Senior

Caregiver in Pembroke Pines FL If you are like most family caregivers, you will encounter situations in your care experience with your elderly loved one when they will require a trip to the emergency room. While this is not something that you want to happen or something that you can usually predict, it is vital that you prepare yourself as much as possible. This ensures that if this situation does occur, you can respond promptly and effectively to ensure that they get ... Read more

How to Find Help and Support as a Caregiver

Caregiver in Pembroke Pines FL Caregiving can be both a rewarding and happy experience.  However, caregiver stress, anxiety, and caregiver guilt can often cloud that happy experience and produce feelings of sadness and of being overwhelmed.  These negative feelings often arise from being “stretched too thin” and having too many responsibilities and not enough help, support, and encouragement.  As a caregiver, it is essential to get help when you need it so that you can get the breaks you need to feel ... Read more