October 12 is World Arthritis Day.
It is very important to recognize the risk of this serious health issue and to take the steps necessary to protect your parent. As a family caregiver, educating yourself about the risks your senior faces enables you to better develop your care approach, choose your care network, and support your parent in living their highest quality of life possible as they age in place.
Some things you should know about arthritis include:
Arthritis is the leading cause ...
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and can make your senior feel as though they are completely out of control in their life. This can be not only upsetting, but scary, and even overwhelm your parent, and make it more difficult for them to know what to do moving forward. As a family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference to your parent by empowering them throughout their fight with this disease.
By supporting your parent, and encouraging them ...
Elderly adults experience a lot of changes in their life, from retiring and developing health issues to financial challenges and the deaths of loved ones. It’s very easy for seniors to experience feelings of stress, sadness, frustration, and anger for a while before feeling better.
However, more elderly adults than ever are experiencing true depression that interferes with their daily life. If you think your elderly parent may be suffering from depression, you must educate yourself, so you know how to help ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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
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 ...