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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

How Exercise can Help a Parent with COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a long-standing lung condition characterized by a blocked airflow that makes breathing difficult. Diseases that fall into this category are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It can be difficult for your parent to imagine exercising when they find themselves out of breath from just walking up a few stairs, but, done religiously, exercise can improve the symptoms associated with COPD. Symptoms include: shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and a chronic cough. The Benefits If you ... Read more

How Can You Tell Other Family Members Effectively that You Need Help?

Being a family caregiver means that you're interacting with your elderly loved one and with other family members, too. If you're not able to get across to your other family members what you need, when you need it, you might find yourself consistently disappointed. Try some of these suggestions. Use "I" Statements If you're talking to your other family members with "you" statements, those can feel accusatory. When you use "I" statements instead, those feel less like an attack and put the focus ... Read more

What Do You Do When You Suspect Your Loved One Is Declining?

Your elderly loved one may stay pretty spry, right up until she isn't. there may be quite a few contributing factors to her sudden shift from "okay" to suddenly "not okay." How you handle that shift can make a big difference to your loved one. Get a Full Health Assessment First The first step in figuring out what to do for your loved one is to get a full health assessment done with her doctor. This helps you to see where your loved ... Read more

Help Your Parent Eat a Healthier Diet for a Healthier Heart

It’s no secret that what we eat affects our health, and the same is true for senior citizens. If you’re concerned about your parent’s heart health, the American Heart Association recommends eating a healthy diet to improve heart health. But, what does it mean to eat a heart healthy diet? Knowing these tips could help you and your parent’s senior care provider to prepare heart healthy meals for your mom or dad.   Add Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and vegetables contain many nutrients that ... Read more

Do You Know These 4 Different Types of Dementia?

Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s, but did you know that this is just one of the different types of dementia that are common in the elderly? Dementia is a deterioration of the brain that leads to changes in memory, personality, and other functions. There are over ten types of dementia known to doctors, but the four that are most common are listed below. Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Its symptoms include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, and, ... Read more

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
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