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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

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

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

How Can You Help a Loved One with Osteoporosis Avoid Falling?

When your loved one has osteoporosis, a fall can be especially devastating for her. With thinner bones that are more prone to breaking, your loved one can find herself especially vulnerable. The best thing you can do for her is to help her avoid falling if at all possible.Make In-home Safety a Priority.At home, there are quite a few specific things you can do to help your loved one avoid falls. Adding and using hand rails, keeping the home lit well, ... Read more

Sciatic Nerve Pain and Seniors

While sciatic nerve pain, known as sciatica, can affect people of all ages, it is especially prevalent in senior populations. The sciatic nerve runs from the back of the legs to the base of the spine, and it can become compressed or pinched, causing radiating pain in these areas. Whether it is caused by a degenerative disc, diabetes, bone spur or simply a result of weakening bones and muscles, sciatica can have a big impact on the quality of life.Family caregivers ... Read more

Scleroderma Awareness Month: Here’s How to Help Your Mom

While scleroderma is a rare condition, it is possible your mom has it. The condition occurs when the body produces too much collagen. One of the biggest challenges facing your mom is that the condition affects each person differently. It might just affect her skin, but it could cause tissue damage in vital organs. If your mom has scleroderma, here's what you need to know in order to help her.What is Scleroderma?Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune condition where tissue and skin ... Read more

Do You Know the Signs of Dehydration in Seniors?

Dehydration is a very serious problem for the elderly. While most of us can avoid dehydration simply by drinking a glass of water if we feel parched, things may not be so simple for your aging loved one.For starters, the elderly are much more prone to dehydration because as we age, our bodies retain less and less water. Also, many illnesses and medications can cause more frequent urination. This leads the body to lose even more of the hydration it should ... Read more