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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

Elderly Adults and Bed Rest: Hidden Health Risks

When your aging parent becomes bedridden, through illness or injury, it requires a lot of attention and effort to take care of them. While involuntary confinement to bed may seem like a restful and relaxing option, the truth is that prolonged time in bed can actually cause some additional health risks. Sometimes these health problems can even create more complications for elderly adults. The hidden health risks of being bedridden can be greatly reduced when you get some help from a ... Read more

What Information Should You Share with a New Home Care Provider?

Hiring a care provider for your aging parent is a great way to ensure that all of their needs are fulfilled in the way that is right for them, even if you have limitations, a busy schedule, or live at a distance and are unable to give them all of the care that they need and deserve. A care provider can help your parent to stay more active, support more independence, and encourage better health and well-being as they age in ... Read more

Are You Paying Attention to Your Dad’s Vaccination Records?

How many vaccinations does your dad have? Are they all up to date? Have you talked about vaccinations that can prevent him from some debilitating illnesses or conditions? It's time to discuss vaccinations for your senior loved one.What Are the Vaccinations the Elderly Should Consider?The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends seniors get the following vaccinations:Diphtheria – Diptheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat, It can lead to heart failure and difficulties breathing. It's typically paired in ... Read more

Does High Blood Pressure Put Your Mom More at Risk for Dementia?

When you think about dementia, you may not associate it with high blood pressure. However, researchers have known for years that there is, in fact, a link. Recently, though, researchers have discovered that women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s are at an even higher risk. Yet, the same does not seem to hold true for men. Understanding the link between the two conditions could help seniors to protect their brain health.What is High Blood Pressure?High blood pressure is ... Read more

Helping an Older Adult Cope with a Parkinson’s Diagnosis

When an older adult learns they have Parkinson’s disease, it can be devastating news. There are so many questions and so much uncertainty about what the future holds. Family members and friends may want to help, but knowing what to do or say can be difficult. Although it’s not easy to help someone cope with a new diagnosis, there are many ways you can help reassure them about the future and support them as they come to terms with their new ... Read more

Does Diabetes Affect Bone Health?

In the past, people believed that individuals with type 2 diabetes were at a lower risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes low bone density and increased risk for fractures. Doctors believed that because type 2 diabetics tend to carry excess weight, they had a lower risk for osteoporosis and, therefore, fractures. However, experts now realize that seniors with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at a greater risk for fractures. Doctors aren’t exactly certain why this is, but ... Read more

How Can You Tell Your Senior Is Having Trouble Driving?

It's always optimal to ask your elderly family member if she's having any trouble driving. If she's not necessarily open with you about her issues, however, you might have to do a little bit of detective work on your own. Here are some of the signs you should start watching for when it comes to your elderly family member and driving.She's Got a Collection of Tickets.When someone isn't doing a good job of driving, they may find that the local police ... Read more

Tips for Preventing Medicare Fraud

Each year there are countless acts of Medicare fraud, which wastes a lot of money. The money wasted results in higher costs in healthcare and additional taxes for all people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of criminals out there who would love to get their hands on your parent’s Medicare number so that they can dupe the Medicare system out of money and steal your parent’s identity. As a family caregiver, you can help your parent to prevent Medicare fraud.What is ... Read more

What Are the Risks of Cancer Surgery for Your Senior?

Surgery is one of the viable treatment options for seniors who are living with cancer. In fact, depending on the form of cancer that they have, the stage at which it was diagnosed, and your parent’s other health complications, it might be the first treatment option that the doctor recommends. It can be extremely effective and get your parent on a strong start to their management. As with any other type of surgery, however, it is very important that you understand ... Read more
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