What Does Stroke Have to Do with Diabetes?

If you are like many family caregivers for elderly adults, diabetes is something that you have thought about considerably since caring for your parent. Whether your aging loved one has been diagnosed with the disease or you have been told that they are increased risk, it is important that you take the time to learn as much as you can about it so that you can ensure that they receive the care that they need, both from their medical team and ... Read more

Dealing with Loss of Appetite in Seniors

One of the struggles that family caregivers and elderly care providers face is the loss of appetite that affects many older adults. It can make it difficult for seniors to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight and get enough nutrients. Although the situation is certainly a challenge, there are many ways to ensure seniors eat enough and also meet their nutritional requirements.What Causes Appetite Loss?Up to 30 percent of older adults are described as having “anorexia of aging.” This phrase ... Read more

Pancreatic Cancer – What Can You Do to Help Your Dad?

The odds of getting pancreatic cancer are not high. Per Cancer.org, about 53,000 men and women will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and approximately 43,000 will die from the disease. If your dad is diagnosed with this form of cancer, it can be scary for him and for you. Here are things you can do to help your dad as he goes through treatments.   Ask if He Wants You to Go to Medical AppointmentsYour dad may not want you to ... Read more

How Do You Handle Holiday Shopping When Your Mom Has Alzheimer’s?

Your mom's always made a big deal of Christmas. She wants to celebrate the holiday just as she always has, but the disease makes it harder. Here are tips to make holiday shopping free of stress and anxiety.   Set a Strict BudgetWhoever is handling your mom's finances will know how much she can spend on presents and holiday foods. Get this number and make sure your mom sticks to it. Be honest with her that she needs to stay under that number. ... Read more

Tips for Preventing Infection When Your Parent is Injured

Infections can occur very quickly and can be very dangerous, especially for older adults. Seniors tend to have immune systems that are lower and not as effective as those of younger people, which leaves them more vulnerable to infections and makes it more difficult for them to fight them off if they do contract them. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop an infection, which can then develop into sepsis, a potentially deadly response of the body to an infection that can ... Read more

Six Simple Chair Exercises That Help Improve Leg Strength and Balance

Leg and ankle strength go a long way in helping a senior with balance. When exercising the legs, your parent needs to work out all three areas – front, back, and sides. If a fall is imminent, strong muscles can help support and help a person counterbalance. Here are some simple chair exercises that help improve leg strength and balance. #1 – Leg Lifts: For a leg lift, your parent will sit straight in his or her chair and lift one leg off ... Read more

Purple Foods Your Parent Should Eat—and Why They Should Eat Them

Purple—it’s the color of royalty. But, did you know it’s also the color of foods that are full of anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are a pigment, or coloration, found in plants. Studies have shown that foods rich in anthocyanins can help with brain health, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce inflammation, and protect against heart disease. And, that’s not all!Purple foods can also:-Help the body to use certain nutrients, like calcium. -Lower cholesterol levels. -Improve eye health. -Make the digestive system work better.If your senior parent’s ... Read more

Alzheimer’s and Delusions – How Can You Tell if Your Mom is Telling the Truth?

You came to visit your mom and found her trembling on the sofa.  She's convinced that her neighbor threatened to shoot her when she took a walk this afternoon.  You know the neighbor, and it seems out of character.  You talk to that neighbor, and he just returned from work.  He only just got home.  He wasn't home when she says this threatening encounter happened.Delusions are a stage of Alzheimer's that are frightening for everyone.  Your mom is certain something happened, ... Read more

Are Behavioral Changes Normal After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The changes that a senior can suffer after experiencing a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can be startling for you as a family caregiver.  They might be unexpected or not fit the mold of what you think that such effects should be.  By understanding the changes that are possible after such an injury you can detect when your senior is dealing with such after effects and make changes to your care routine to ensure that they get what they need to ... Read more