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

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a UTI? 

A woman's risk of developing a urinary tract infection during her lifetime is between 40 and 50%. Though the risk is lower, men can and do develop these infections as well. The risk of developing another infection increases each time a person suffers and infection. As a family caregiver, you should know that while UTIs are common, they can result in symptoms that are difficult and even dangerous for your aging parent. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of ... Read more

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 Time Incontinence 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
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