Putting off conversations about aging with your elderly family member doesn’t help her and it really doesn’t help you, either. These are conversations you need to have, even if you have to break them up over a few sessions.
Get Clear on What You Want to Say
It’s really important that if you’re ready to open up this conversation with your senior, you’re prepared. That means you need to know what you want to say and hopefully what solutions you want to suggest. ...
Guilt. It's a big part of your life. You stayed home to raise your kids. You're now ready to enter the working world again. That's when your mom's situation changes. She needs help with daily tasks. As you are already not working full-time, your siblings all feel you're the right person to provide the care she needs.
Your days become a mix of shopping for your mom, running her errands, helping her clean her home, and making sure she has hot meals ...
Winter is a good time to do some of the spring cleaning tasks you ran out of time to do. A full kitchen cleaning is ideal. In the spring and summer, pantry pests like larder beetles are more likely to be active. In the winter, you can take time to clean out the things that draw them.
With a clean kitchen, you take comfort in knowing your mom's ingredients aren't spoiled. Everything in her refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards are fresh. By taking ...
National Flossing Day takes place the day after Thanksgiving. On the day after devouring turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and many pies and treats, it's meant to shift focus to the importance of oral care each day. Flossing is an important part of oral care, yet the American Dental Association found that only 16% of those surveyed actually floss daily.
Why do people avoid flossing? More than have of those polled said it's too time-consuming. The other top reasons were it's painful or simply ...
Your dad needs help with daily activities of living. It's apparent that living at home alone isn't safe anymore. When that happens, many families consider moving their parents into their home. It's an option that works well for some families, but there are things you need to consider.
Where Will He Sleep?
If you have a limited number of bedrooms, who is going to have to give one up? Your dad will want his privacy. He's used to living alone. Often, it's your ...
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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis, often referred to as DVT, is a life-threatening condition that occurs when blood moves too slowly through the veins, causing it to form a clot deep in a vein. Clots of this nature are usually, but not always, formed within the veins of the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis.
How serious is it?
Deep vein thrombosis is a major cause of morbidity in patients during hospitalization.
Developing a clot in a deep vein puts you at risk ...
COPD is a medical term we hear frequently when talking about aging seniors, which can affect people that are receiving elderly care at home. But what is it? And what are the symptoms? Let’s discuss this condition in detail to see how it can affect your senior with the disease.
What is COPD?
COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is an umbrella term for ongoing inflammatory lung disease causing airflow from the lungs to be obstructed.
Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) ...
Prediabetes is not really a condition—it’s a precursor to a condition, one that can be very dangerous—type 2 diabetes. People who are prediabetic have elevated blood sugar levels, but not so high that they can be diagnosed with diabetes. Prediabetes is preventable by leading a healthy lifestyle and knocking out some bad habits that can lead to elevated blood sugar. Below are 4 bad habits to watch for (and eliminate!) in your aging relative to reduce their risk for prediabetes.
Many older adults hope to remain in their own homes as they get older. They hope to avoid moving into assisted living facilities or nursing homes. When seniors are able to stay in their homes as they get older, it is called “aging in place.” If your elderly parent has asked that you not place them in a nursing home someday, there are ways you can help them to remain in their home, like the 4 tips listed below.
#1: Determine the ...