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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

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

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

How to Deal with the Emotional Fallout of Telling Your Loved One She Can’t Drive Anymore

When your loved one gets to a point at which she's no longer safe behind the wheel of her car, you're going to be the one to handle that as her family caregiver. The problem is that the emotional fallout from that decision can be brutal. Keep Your Loved One's Feelings about Driving in Mind. You might think that your loved one doesn't have any feelings about driving, but you might be surprised. There's a grieving process that will happen with this decision ... Read more