The Elderly Face Greater Risk of Harm When Food Poisoning Hits

Elderly people have a higher risk of harm when it comes to food poisoning. This is due to slower immune response. While seniors need to be more careful about food storage and preparation, studies performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration find people over 65 are less careful when it comes to handling foods.     After age 65, there is a higher risk of having at least one chronic condition, which weakens the immune system. That increases the chance of contracting food poisoning. ... Read more

Keeping Yourself Healthy in Your Caregiver Journey

When you make the decision to become a family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it is easy to get so focused on fulfilling their needs and ensuring that they living their highest quality of life that you forget to take care of yourself. Keeping yourself healthy, however, is critical to not only preserving your own well-being but also making sure that you can be the best caregiver for your parent and the others that rely on you throughout this care ... Read more

How to Prepare for Hip Replacement Surgery

More than 310,000 hip replacement surgeries take place in a year. The surgery involves cutting away the damaged pieces of a hip joint and replacing them with prosthetic pieces. The purpose of the surgery is to relieve pain, allow the person to move better, and improve the function of the joint. Most people who have hip replacement surgery are in the hospital between one and four days. Afterward, it takes three to six months to completely recover.     To ensure a more successful ... Read more

Should You Be Seeking out Support Groups?

You may think that there's just too much going on in your life for you to take time out to go to a support group meeting. But what could you be missing out on if you don't make the time to go?       -You're Getting Away for a Little While Most people would list this later on the list, but if you're not getting a change of scenery very often, this could well be the top selling point for you. You absolutely need to ... Read more

Preparing Yourself to be a Family Caregiver for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

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 ... Read more

October is Long Term Care Planning Month: Does Your Aging Family Member Have a Plan?

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 ... Read more

Do You Need to Be a Long-distance Caregiver for Now?

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 ... Read more