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

Three Easy Changes to Make to Help Your Dad Lose Weight in 2018

Your dad wants to lose weight this year. His doctor's said he is at risk of developing diabetes. His blood pressure is becoming too high. Losing weight in the best way to prevent health issues from developing. While he wants to lose weight, he's not sure where to start. Here are three easy changes he can make to lose weight in 2018. Create Menus Based on DASH Diet PrinciplesThe Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet is a good way to change ... 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

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

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, 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