How Can You Help Both You and Your Senior Deal with the Embarrassment of Incontinence?

No matter what type of incontinence issues your senior is battling, it can be extremely embarrassing for her. It might also be embarrassing for you.  Talk about it, But Not All the TimeIncontinence is definitely something that you and your elderly family member need to talk about, but there are plenty of other topics, too. If there's something that one or both of you need to address or to correct, then you definitely need to talk. But if there's nothing new going ... 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 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

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. RetirementFor many people, retirement is something to ... Read more

What Do You Know About White Matter Disease?

Have you heard of white matter disease? It's an age-related disorder in which the nerves that connect areas of the brain and connect the brain to the spinal cord deteriorate. There is no cure, and it's seen most in the elderly.  White matter disease gets its name because the deterioration affects the type of brain tissue known as white matter.It's the brain tissue that helps you walk, think, and maintain balance. The white matter helps you solve problems and memorize or learn ... Read more

Does My Elderly Father Need Walking Aides?

With age comes a range of illnesses and health issues that can affect how well elderly people can care for themselves. They may need help from people like family caregivers and senior care assistants to accomplish basic tasks. If they are no longer steady on their feet, it may be time for walking aides. If your elderly father seems to have some problems lately with mobility and balance, it may be time for a cane or a walker. The risk of ... 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

Five Reasons Why Sleep Is So Important to a Senior Citizen

On average, men and women need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. When seniors wake up, they should feel refreshed and alert. For elderly men and women who wake up and still feel tired, it's an indication that more sleep is needed.It's important that aging men and women get plenty of sleep each night. Sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy and safe after retirement.  Here are five reasons why sleep is so important.  -Reduces Risk of ... Read more

Should Your Senior Get an Influenza Vaccination?

In your role as a family caregiver, one of your most important priorities is making sure that your aging parent stays as healthy as possible throughout their later years. Elderly adults tend to have immune systems that are lower and less effective than younger people. This means that they are not only more vulnerable to contracting illnesses and infections, and more prone to having these become serious and potentially devastating, but they also have a more difficult time fighting them off ... Read more

Reducing Agitation and Anxiety in Dementia Patients

Many people with dementia experience bouts of anxiety or agitation. It’s a common behavior change, but one that can be a real problem for family caregivers. Agitation and anxiety can cause an older adult with dementia to pace, be unable to sleep, and may even cause aggression. Aggressive behaviors can be dangerous for both the senior and their caregiver. Knowing what causes anxiety and agitation and how to deal with them can reduce safety issues and keep the older adult more ... Read more
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