Swimming Activity and the Elderly

Even the most active elders have to make modifications to how they get exercise, and many are turning to swimming. With the support of family caregivers and others that take part in elderly care, elderly loved ones can reap the benefits of physical exercise in one of the safest and most supportive ways. Exercise at any age can strengthen core muscles, boost cardiovascular performance, increase … [Read more...]

What is Aphasia?

Have you known anyone who has recovered from a stroke or brain injury but noticed that they are now having trouble speaking or communicating? This is brought about by a type of disorder that you may not have heard before. Aphasia is a disease that is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that governs language and comprehension.   People suffering from Aphasia may be faced with … [Read more...]

Why do Seniors Bruise Easily?

Mary stopped in at her mom’s house after work to check on her, just as she did every day. Her mom, Alice, was enjoying the splash of afternoon sun that fell across her kitchen table while she sipped from a cup of tea. Mary sat down across from Alice with a smile on her face, but her smile quickly faded when Alice rested her arm on the table and Mary noticed a large bruise on the back of her arm … [Read more...]

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Hearing that your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease may be something that you dread as a family caregiver, but ignoring the possibility or not understanding the potential can be extremely risky. As with other health conditions and challenges, early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is critical to getting your parent an accurate diagnosis and ensuring that they get on the course of care and … [Read more...]

Is It Time for your Elder Loved One to Stop Driving?

Everyone ages differently, so there is no set age when your mom should stop driving. Instead, determining when it’s time for mom to give up the keys requires you to be attentive for signs that she may be putting herself or others at risk when she is behind the wheel. Sometimes elders do not want to give up driving and may ignore the signs themselves, so it falls on caregivers to make the … [Read more...]

Is Your Elderly Loved One Fighting with You about Everything?

You think you're having a normal day with your elderly loved one, but then you realize that no matter what you've said, she's had something unpleasant to say in return. Having those types of unfriendly conversations and even fights with your elderly loved one isn't fun and doesn't provide a conducive environment for caregiving. Pain Can Make Your Elderly Loved One React with Anger Pain, … [Read more...]

What are Healthy Food Choices for People with Diabetes?

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, they may worry about everything they put into their mouths. Is what they are eating healthy? Should they eat more of one thing? Less of another? Planning meals and snacks for someone with diabetes can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure what constitutes a healthy diet for a diabetic patient. Knowing which foods are best for diabetics and which should be … [Read more...]

Is Your Aging Parent at Increased Risk of Suffering Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed among men throughout the United States each year, with nearly 60,500 men being diagnosed with this type of cancer each year. Though it is less common among women, more than 18,500 women are diagnosed with this type of cancer in the United States each year. May 6 is Bladder Cancer Awareness Day, the ideal opportunity for you as a family … [Read more...]

Tips on Caring for a Stroke Survivor

Stroke is a preventable disease but what if your aging loved one already had experienced a stroke and is recovering from it? Here are some things you should know so you can be better prepared. Gain as much knowledge as you can from trusted and reputable sources such as books and online articles that provide information about the disease as well as support groups and health care advisors. … [Read more...]

Arthritis and Some Helpful Tips

Has your senior loved one experienced joint pain? This would be considered normal if this pain is something that they don’t have to deal with every day. Otherwise, you should be getting them immediate medical attention and help since they may already be experiencing arthritis. Arthritis can surely hamper the elderly’s movement as sufferers of this disease may also have stiffness and swelling in … [Read more...]

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