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Are You Paying Attention to Your Dad’s Vaccination Records?

How many vaccinations does your dad have? Are they all up to date? Have you talked about vaccinations that can prevent him from some debilitating illnesses or conditions? It's time to discuss vaccinations for your senior loved one.What Are the Vaccinations the Elderly Should Consider?The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends seniors get the following vaccinations:Diphtheria – Diptheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat, It can lead to heart failure and difficulties breathing. It's typically paired in ... Read more

Does High Blood Pressure Put Your Mom More at Risk for Dementia?

When you think about dementia, you may not associate it with high blood pressure. However, researchers have known for years that there is, in fact, a link. Recently, though, researchers have discovered that women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s are at an even higher risk. Yet, the same does not seem to hold true for men. Understanding the link between the two conditions could help seniors to protect their brain health.What is High Blood Pressure?High blood pressure is ... Read more

Helping an Older Adult Cope with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis

When an older adult learns they have Parkinson’s disease, it can be devastating news. There are so many questions and so much uncertainty about what the future holds. Family members and friends may want to help, but knowing what to do or say can be difficult. Although it’s not easy to help someone cope with a new diagnosis, there are many ways you can help reassure them about the future and support them as they come to terms with their new ... Read more

Does Diabetes Affect Bone Health?

In the past, people believed that individuals with type 2 diabetes were at a lower risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes low bone density and increased risk for fractures. Doctors believed that because type 2 diabetics tend to carry excess weight, they had a lower risk for osteoporosis and, therefore, fractures. However, experts now realize that seniors with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at a greater risk for fractures. Doctors aren’t exactly certain why this is, but ... Read more

How Can You Tell Your Senior Is Having Trouble Driving?

It's always optimal to ask your elderly family member if she's having any trouble driving. If she's not necessarily open with you about her issues, however, you might have to do a little bit of detective work on your own. Here are some of the signs you should start watching for when it comes to your elderly family member and driving.She's Got a Collection of Tickets.When someone isn't doing a good job of driving, they may find that the local police ... Read more

Tips for Preventing Medicare Fraud

Each year there are countless acts of Medicare fraud, which wastes a lot of money. The money wasted results in higher costs in healthcare and additional taxes for all people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of criminals out there who would love to get their hands on your parent’s Medicare number so that they can dupe the Medicare system out of money and steal your parent’s identity. As a family caregiver, you can help your parent to prevent Medicare fraud.What is ... Read more

What Are the Risks of Cancer Surgery for Your Senior?

Surgery is one of the viable treatment options for seniors who are living with cancer. In fact, depending on the form of cancer that they have, the stage at which it was diagnosed, and your parent’s other health complications, it might be the first treatment option that the doctor recommends. It can be extremely effective and get your parent on a strong start to their management. As with any other type of surgery, however, it is very important that you understand ... Read more

What to Do for a Senior Who Needs Help with Caring for Their Home

When you consider your responsibilities as a family caregiver it is likely that the first things that you think about are their physical needs, running errands for them, and giving them companionship and support. While these are all extremely important tasks, you should not forget that they may need assistance with other elements of their lives as well, namely, caring for their home. Maintaining a clean, fresh home environment helps your parent to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and improves ... Read more

Communication Boards for Seniors with Aphasia

When seniors survive a stroke, they can sometimes lose their ability to speak and understand language. This condition is known as aphasia and it is relatively common. While there are several types of aphasia, the common thread is that the stroke survivor’s communication skills are disrupted. Sometimes they cannot form words at all, while other people use nonsense words. In many cases, stroke survivors cannot understand when others speak to them.Regardless of the severity of the aphasia, elderly people are suddenly ... Read more

What Kinds of Self-help Tools Can Help You as a Family Caregiver?

When you're a busy family caregiver, self-help tools are something that you can turn to quickly and easily when you need a little bit of help. Finding the right tools for you depends on your needs and what works for you.Books.There are an amazing amount of books available on any of the topics you might need as a caregiver. You can even find books that help you learn to deal with a variety of aspects of caregiving itself. Libraries are excellent ... Read more
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