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Talking to Mom or Dad about Avoiding Scams

If you answer your phone or watch the news, you know there are no shortage of scammers out there who try to gain access to your personal information and finances. But, did you know that senior citizens are at a higher risk for being scammed? Scammers often see senior citizens as easier prey and target them more often. In addition, if your parent has already fallen for a scam, they may be more likely to fall for another. If you don’t ... Read more

Asthma Can Appear at Any Age – Do You Know the Symptoms?

As someone responsible for elderly care, you might think that one of the few illnesses you don’t have to look out for is asthma. Asthma is known by many as a “children’s disease,” meaning that it is usually first diagnosed in kids as opposed to adults.Asthma, however, can occur in anyone of any age, and is getting increasingly more prevalent among senior citizens, especially if they are over the age of 75. Asthma is a lung condition, in which the sufferer ... Read more

What Are the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Maybe your parent has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or maybe you’re worried about a parent that has begun showing signs of memory lapses. Whatever the case, when you are caring for an aging parent, the thought of Alzheimer’s Disease is frightening and overwhelming. You may be wondering how long your parent will be able to safely live on their own and at what point you may need to hire elder care for them. Knowing the stages of Alzheimer’s Disease ... Read more

Incorporating a Carbohydrate Counting Plan into your Parent’s Diet

If your parent has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, they may feel overwhelmed. They have probably left the doctor’s office with a stack of reading material that could rival Atlas Shrugged. You can help them on the road to a healthy life without developing the complications of diabetes by preparing or suggesting daily meals that provide all the essential nutrients while limiting their carbohydrate intake. If this seems overwhelming for you as well, consider obtaining the services of a senior care ... Read more

Tips for Caring for an Elderly Parent with Diabetes

Finding out that your aging parent has diabetes is a life-changing moment for you as a family caregiver. You know that this is a serious disease that will impact your parent’s lifestyle and quality of life throughout their later years, and that means you will need to adjust the care that you give them to help them to manage this condition in the best way possible. This will help them to reduce the risk of serious complications, support their health, and ... Read more

Best Ideas to Help Seniors with Alzheimer’s Solve Problems at Home

Trying to solve problems can be challenging for a lot of people. Problem-solving abilities are developed over time. If a person is not exercising their brain regularly, if you have a tendency to sit around watching TV all day instead of reading books, writing, or doing other thought-provoking activities, their problem-solving skills will diminish over time. When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they’re going to be facing some serious challenges, mostly related to memory loss that’s one of the ... Read more

Selecting A Caregiver

In January, a Memorial Village man discovered his 94-year-old mother’s caregiver repeatedly striking her on the head. That in-home helper had been selected through an online clearinghouse where any “caregiver” can post a resume. Soon after, another family came to Sid Gerber for advice after a caregiver for their parent had financially abused them for seven years. That caregiver was selected from a Google search result.Because families are often on a tight timeline to get caregiver services, they rely on agencies ... Read more

Recovery Doesn’t Take a Day Off and Neither Should That Senior

Pushing through the recovery process following a major medical emergency, surgery, or injuries is not going to be easy. It doesn’t matter how old a person is; the challenges can be extreme.In truth, recovery doesn’t rest.The senior may be tired, not feeling great, or not inspired to go through physical therapy, exercise, or the other things that are important for their recovery, but if they take a day off, it could set their recovery back several days or even weeks.The main ... Read more

Planning Meals for a Parent with Diabetes

It may feel a little overwhelming when your parent gets diagnosed with diabetes and you are faced with planning their meals. The truth is, diabetic meal planning can be relatively simple and make a significant difference in the health of your parent. There are several options to choose from.The Carbohydrate Counting PlanIn this easy to implement meal plan, a daily limit for carbohydrate intake is determined. This number is very unique for each individual and changes according to physical fitness, activity ... Read more

Finding Optimism in the Midst of Stress as a Caregiver

Life as a family caregiver is not going to be easy. There are an estimated 44 million people taking care of an aging and disabled loved ones in the United States right now. The vast majority of them initially thought it wasn’t going to be a major problem because of their personal relationship, but they eventually realized just how much stress it causes in their life.The more stress you experience, the more difficult it becomes to stay positive. Finding optimism is ... Read more
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