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7 Ways to Reduce Your Aging Relative’s Risk of Influenza

Are you worried about your aging relative getting the flu this year? You are right to worry about influenza’s impact on your elderly loved one, because many seniors suffer the harmful effects of this illness each year. In fact, influenza and its effects are responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital visits for elderly adults throughout the country. Influenza-related complications can even cause death in some cases. If you want to prevent your aging relative from contracting the flu this year, there ... Read more

What to Do About Common Pains in the Elderly

According to WebMD, around 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. As people age, they are more likely to experience pain in certain areas of their body. For family caregivers, it can be helpful to know what kinds of pain to expect and how to manage them if they occur. Below are some common kinds of pain and ways you can help to ease them. Back Pain. Older adults may have lower back pain because of arthritis. It can ... Read more

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is an incredibly dangerous situation. The most serious heat-related injury, a heat stroke occurs when the body overheats to a temperature of at least 104 degrees. If not managed promptly and effectively heat stroke can lead to muscle damage, heart damage, brain damage, organ damage, and even death. Being able to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of heat stroke allows you to address them as quickly as possible, minimizing the chances of severe consequences and helping your parents ... Read more

Bathing Tips for Elderly Adults Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Many elderly adults struggle with mobility, balance, and other issues that make it difficult for them to bathe independently. This can be particularly true for an aging adult who is living with Parkinson's disease. The symptoms and challenges of Parkinson's disease often include tremors, loss of balance, dizziness, and other difficulties that can make bathing independently difficult or even impossible for your senior. You can help your aging loved one to stay safer while bathing and to maintain as much independence ... Read more

What are Parkinson’s Tremors?

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience a variety of symptoms. And, what one person experiences, the next may not. Usually, the symptoms of PD start when a person is between age 50 and age 60. They develop gradually and worsen over time. One symptom that is common in most people with PD is tremors. They occur in about 80 percent of people with the disease and can be one of the more difficult symptoms to deal with. Two Kinds of Parkinson’s ... Read more

What Steps Can Your Senior Try to Beat Fatigue?

Sometimes getting a handle on fatigue isn't about the big moves your senior makes. It can be some of the smaller steps that make a big difference. Once you've ruled out medical causes for fatigue, try some of these solutions to see how well they work. Keep a Log of How She's Feeling. Keeping a log about how your senior is feeling in general allows you to examine a lot of variables all at once. You can track as much or as little ... Read more

Elderly Adults and Bed Rest: Hidden Health Risks

When your aging parent becomes bedridden, through illness or injury, it requires a lot of attention and effort to take care of them. While involuntary confinement to bed may seem like a restful and relaxing option, the truth is that prolonged time in bed can actually cause some additional health risks. Sometimes these health problems can even create more complications for elderly adults. The hidden health risks of being bedridden can be greatly reduced when you get some help from a ... Read more

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
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