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Adapting your Parent’s Home After Surgery

One of the main concerns following surgery for many seniors is how they will be able to care for themselves during the healing process. Many wish to remain in the comforts of their own home—homes which may have upstairs bedrooms. Not knowing how mobile they will be following the operation can leave many seniors worried and anxious at a time they should be focusing on health and healing. You can help them stay in a positive mindset by preparing their home ... Read more

Coordinating Care

Individuals who need home health caregivers deal with multiple medical problems, including some that are chronic. Getting care for all the issues, and understanding how those issues and treatment measures impact each other, is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. But by necessity, most physicians only have time to treat what’s bothering their patients now. As non-medical experts, home health caregivers have to—and should—rely on those physicians to treat their clients. But caregiving agencies can help physicians improve the quality ... 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

Could Routines Help You and Your Loved One Cope Better with Alzheimer’s Disease?

As you help your loved one manage Alzheimer's disease, you might find help in some things that you never thought would help. One such helper can be your loved one's routines. Setting them up properly can help your loved one understand what each day is demanding of her. Look at Your Existing Routines. Everyone has routines, even if they're simple routines that aren't strictly tied to a timetable. Having a set time to do a specific task doesn’t necessarily mean you have a ... 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

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
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