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

Seniors Who Live with Chronic Dizziness

Few chronic conditions can disrupt an elderly adult’s life more than dizziness. Not only does moderate to severe dizzy spells signal that something isn’t right, they can prevent aging adults from living independently in their own home. Family caregivers that have an aging relative with chronic dizziness must work closely with the doctor to keep their loved one safe and comfortable as they try to navigate daily life with the condition.   What is Chronic Dizziness? The sensation of spinning, lightheadedness and losing balance is ... Read more

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

Five Ways to Persuade Your Dad to Take His Medications

Your dad is on important medications for some health reason. He may have high blood pressure or had a stroke and is on blood thinners. No matter what he is taking, it's important that he takes them as recommended. Some seniors stop taking them due to the side effects or the monthly cost. Here are five ways to make sure your dad is taking his medications. Explain the Importance Go over the medication's purpose with your dad. Explain why the medication is needed. ... Read more

What’s the Best Way to Treat a Burn at Home?

It’s not uncommon for people of all ages to occasionally suffer a burn injury. Older adults whose hands don’t work as well as they once did may accidentally burn themselves in the kitchen. Or, they might spend a little too much time outside and get a sunburn. As a family caregiver to an aging family member, it can be quite handy to know how to identify a minor burn and how you can treat it at home.     Knowing When to Get Help Not ... Read more

Questions to Ask the Doctor Before Your Parent is Discharged from the Emergency Room

A visit to the emergency room is not something you look forward to with your aging loved one. If, however, they suffer an injury or illness severe enough to warrant such a visit, it is important that both of you take steps to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the care they receive while there, and the recovery period after. One of the most important times of their visit is actually the discharge. This is the culmination of their care at ... Read more

What Are the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease You Should Look Out For?

Whether you have been caring for your aging parent for years or you have just gotten started on your caregiver journey with them, one issue that you have likely heard a considerable amount about is Alzheimer's disease. This is an issue that virtually all caregivers think about regularly and consider a concern for their care journey with their parent.   By understanding as much as you can about the disease you can feel more confident that if your parent should begin to show ... Read more

Does My Aging Parent Have Anemia?

The definition of anemia is a deficiency in red blood cells and of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body. Seniors are at a high risk of developing anemia, and some studies show that as many as 80 %  of American seniors have mild to severe anemia. If you are a family caregiver for an aging parent, you may be wondering whether they have anemia or are in danger of developing it.     Why Anemia is Dangerous Proper oxygen levels are crucial to a ... Read more

Are Your Parents Socializing Less?

The Older Americans 2016 study is a compilation of statistics gathered by several government agencies. Key agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Social Security Information.     Socialization is critical to well-being. One thing the study found is that the older people get, the less they seem to socialize. The study found that of those ages 55 to 64, approximately 11 percent said they socialize. By the time people are 75 or ... Read more
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