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Can Frail Elderly Adults Use In-Home Elder Care?

Frail elderly adults are seniors over age 75 that have several specific characteristics. These include having moderate to serious medical issues, impaired physical or mental abilities, and a need for assistance in daily activities. Family members with frail elderly relatives spend a lot of time taking care of their needs, and also worrying about their health and safety. While moving them to a long-term care facility is one option, many family members are finding that in-home elder care resources provide more ... 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

Are You Ignoring Your Health in Favor of Your Senior’s Health?

Many caregivers find themselves surprised when they're suddenly facing a health crisis of their own. The problem is that they spend so much of themselves on their senior's health that they forget about their own. Here are a few ways you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible.Get as Much Sleep as You Can.Believe it or not, cutting back on sleep is not going to be helpful to you in your caregiving journey. You might think that you're gaining all ... Read more

Three Programs That Help Senior Citizens Complete Their Income Taxes

It's tax time again. It's the time of year that makes many people feel stressed. For seniors, tax time can be confusing. There's a lot of paperwork to do, forms to gather, and rules to understand. Changing tax laws complicate matters.Some seniors decide to spend money on tax preparation software each year. There are free programs that seniors can use to complete their yearly tax returns. Here are the three tax programs for seniors.AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program.AARP has volunteers who provide ... Read more

Have You Planned Ahead for Changing Elder Care Needs?

You don't want to think about your parents getting older. You don't want to think about them eventually struggling to do things they used to do with ease. Too often, people don't think about this until it happens. At this point, you have to rush a decision into how to make sure your parents have the assistance they need with activities of daily living.It's important to talk about the “what ifs” sooner rather than later. Here are some of the things ... Read more

Advantages of a Caregiving Service

When selecting an in-home caregiver, families often focus most strongly on the individual caregiver. That’s understandable; it’s essential you get the best person who is also a great fit.But it’s just as important that you consider the caregiver’s support system – something private caregivers lack. Caregivers become so focused on the day-to-day tasks of care that they are unable to focus on the bigger picture. In the case of private caregivers, this can lead to complacency – which can have serious ... Read more

4 Reasons Your Senior Doesn’t Want Your Help

You want to be there for your aging adult and you know that she needs the help. But her response might just shock you. If you're wondering why your elderly family member won't accept your help, these explanations might help.She Honestly Doesn't Believe She Needs It.Many aging adults truly don't believe that they need any additional help. they've been going about their lives for years, decades even, without help and they're fine. So it stands to reason, from their point of ... 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

Researchers Exploring Plasma Transplants to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

A Stanford University study is in the early stages. The goal is to see if plasma transplants help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer's. The plasma is taken from the blood of young healthy adults and is then administered to an Alzheimer's patient through a blood transfusion. So far the early results are promising.The original PLASMA study was done on elderly mice. When plasma from young adults was transplanted into the mice, there were some improvements. The research moved to men and ... Read more

Is Mindful Eating Right for You?

Poor nutrition, obesity, and other food-related problems are all too common with family caregivers. The stress of caring for an elderly relative’s needs can often take quite a toll on the caregiver’s health and wellness. One strategy to combat overeating and poor nutrition is to practice mindful eating. It’s easy to turn to food when a caregiver is feeling stressed, sad, lonely, frustrated, or bored. Mindful eating can help combat these feelings and get you on the right track to better ... Read more
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