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COPD and the Elderly

COPD is a medical term we hear frequently when talking about aging seniors, which can affect people that are receiving elderly care at home. But what is it? And what are the symptoms? Let’s discuss this condition in detail to see how it can affect your senior with the disease. What is COPD? COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is an umbrella term for ongoing inflammatory lung disease causing airflow from the lungs to be obstructed. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) ... Read more

4 Bad Habits That Could Lead to Prediabetes

Prediabetes is not really a condition—it’s a precursor to a condition, one that can be very dangerous—type 2 diabetes. People who are prediabetic have elevated blood sugar levels, but not so high that they can be diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle and knocking out some bad habits that can lead to elevated blood sugar. Below are 4 bad habits to watch for (and eliminate!) in your aging relative to reduce their risk for prediabetes.   #1: Overeating Overeating ... Read more

4 Ways to Help Your Parent Age in Place

Many older adults hope to remain in their own homes as they get older. They hope to avoid moving into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. When seniors are able to stay in their homes as they get older, it is called “aging in place.” If your elderly parent has asked that you not place them in a nursing home someday, there are ways you can help them to remain in their home, like the 4 tips listed below.   #1: Determine the ... Read more

4 Ways to Be an Even Better Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Around 15 million people in the United States are caregivers to older adults with dementia. If you’re one of them, you know how challenging being a caregiver to someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be. It can be overwhelming and take up all your time, energy, and emotional resources. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably a great caregiver. Still, it never hurts to look for ways to make the job a little easier and yourself even better at ... Read more

What Are Some of the Best Ways to Cut Your Parents’ Expenses?

So many bills go up, but retirement income rarely does. If your parents do get a little more from Social Security or interest, it's unlikely it covers the increases they face on bills like property taxes, insurances, prescriptions, and heating fuel/electricity. When they need to cut expenses, what are some of the best ways to help them?   Cut Insurance Rates Life insurance, car insurance, and homeowner's insurance can all be lowered if you do a few things. Start with life insurance, stop smoking ... Read more

Can Dementia Be Prevented?

A common concern among older adults and their family caregivers is the possibility that the older adult may develop dementia. Many diseases can be prevented with lifestyle changes that improve overall health. Can the same be said of dementia? Possibly—and the suggested steps for dementia prevention certainly can’t hurt! In fact, they may improve health in other areas and increase the senior’s happiness. Below are some of the step’s experts suggest may reduce the chances of your aging relative getting dementia. Control ... Read more

Four Reasons Your Senior Is Avoiding Moving Around More

Mobility is a huge part of keeping your senior healthy and vital as she ages. It’s also one of the major considerations if she wants to age in place. But if she’s avoiding being mobile, that can be a sign of bigger issues. She’s Lost a Good Bit of Muscle Your senior loses more muscle naturally as she ages. There are ways for her to slow that process down, though. Exercise helps, even if she’s just doing a little bit. Also, if she’s ... Read more

Which Vaccines Do Older Adults Need?

When we think of vaccinations, most of us think of children and babies. However, there are vaccines that people need as adults and even as older adults. Vaccinations help to prevent serious illness and, in some cases, death. Some vaccines that people have as children lose effectiveness with age. And, some vaccines are needed annually. Knowing which vaccines your aging relative needs can help to keep them healthy and protect them from potentially life-threatening illnesses. Below are some of the vaccines ... Read more

6 Quick Ways to Deal with Caregiver Stress

Unfortunately, being a caregiver often goes hand in hand with feeling stressed out. There’s a lot involved in the role. Caregivers often feel stretched for time because they work, have children to raise or other family responsibilities, and just need some time for themselves. It’s important that you find a way to relieve caregiver stress because it can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health. If you’re not sure how you can fit stress reducing activities in your ... Read more

What Are the Risk Factors for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease?

Most people have no idea what Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is until it affects a member of their family. CJD is a progressive brain disorder that causes dementia and, ultimately, death. The symptoms of the disease are much like those of other kinds of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. However, the progression of the disease is much faster. Knowing more about the disease is one of the first steps in being a more effective caregiver to someone with CJD. Overview of CJD CJD became more ... Read more
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