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respite care

The importance of respite for family caregivers

Taking care of an elderly parent or loved one offers many benefits for both parties including strengthening the parent-child relationship, bringing fulfillment and happiness, and boosting overall quality of life. Despite these advantages, burnout and stress are extremely common for those who serve as a caregiver for an aging loved one. Too often, caregivers become so involved in taking care of their loved one that they allow their own needs to get put aside. The number of family caregivers is increasing with an estimated 50 million caregivers in the U.S. today. It is no coincidence that exhaustion, stress, isolation, depression and physical ailments are becoming increasingly common. By taking a break on a regular basis, caregivers can avoid these issues

national cholesterol education month

5 Things to know in National Cholesterol Education Month

Cholesterol is a popular topic when it comes to health, especially for seniors whose high cholesterol may pose serious health risks. To help raise awareness, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has designated September, National Cholesterol Education Month. The CDC offers a wealth of information on steps you can take to prevent high cholesterol and what the different levels mean. We encourage you to dedicate September to kicking off a healthy fall by educating yourself about cholesterol and the effects it can have on your heart and overall health. To help you get started, this blog will provide 5 fundamental things to know about managing cholesterol levels and how it can impact your well-being: What is cholesterol? Most of the

late life depression

Late life depression explained

Late life depression is a very serious issue and is more common than you may think. Aging inevitably brings with it a lot of life changes. Losing a loved one, moving to a new home and physical and mental changes can all impact our emotional stability. These changes and others can contribute to late life depression. This condition can be difficult to detect, but if suspected, it should not be taken lightly and needs to be treated carefully. Left untreated, late life depression can mentally, physically and emotionally cripple a person. Thus, posing a serious threat to those who are already experiencing these changes. In order to help aging loved ones, it is important to know what late life depression

dehydration in the elderly

How to prevent dehydration in the elderly

Dehydration in the elderly can pose some very serious health risks. As a result, preventing dehydration in the elderly is vital to minimizing its effects. In order to prevent dehydration, you must be able to recognize the early signs and symptoms. Generally, dehydration occurs when a person loses more water than they take in. Although dehydration is usually avoidable and the symptoms can resolve quickly upon treatment, detecting signs early can be difficult. Oftentimes, symptoms do not show until the case is in moderate to severe stages, which puts seniors at an even higher risk. The key to preventing dehydration in the elderly is recognizing the signs, symptoms, and appropriate treatment options. Why is dehydration in the elderly common? Suppressed

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Transferring power of attorney when your parent has Alzheimer’s

Transferring power of attorney when your parent has Alzheimer’s can be a sticky situation. Given the nature of the disease, your parent may not realize that their ability to make smart decisions is at risk because Alzheimer’s causes progressive mental deterioration in the patient. For those that are unsure about initiating this process, it is important to understand the basics first. A power of attorney is a legal document used by individuals who wish to have someone act on their behalf in making decisions, without requiring the individual’s active participation. When it becomes necessary to transfer power of attorney for your parent, you will need to explain to your parent that it is in their best interest. Why should you

vacationing with an elderly parent

5 tips for vacationing with an elderly parent

Instead of fun and relaxing, for many, vacationing with an elderly parent can be overwhelming and stressful. The best approach for keeping things more relaxed and enjoyable is to get organized and plan ahead. In doing so, it is more likely that vacationing with your elderly parent can be a memorable experience that you can both cherish for years to come. The ultimate goal is to plan a vacation everyone will enjoy, while also ensuring that Mom or Dad remains healthy and safe. To help you achieve that goal, below are 5 tips that will come in handy when vacationing with an elderly parent: Check with a physician first- One of the most important items on your pre- travel checklist

dementia symptoms

Is your parent hiding dementia symptoms?

Recognizing the symptoms and effects of a disease like dementia can be difficult. When the symptoms begin your loved one may try to avoid a diagnosis, which results in a delay in proper treatment and can lead to very dangerous risks to your loved one’s health and safety. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a parent to hide dementia symptoms. If you see signs your loved one’s memory is slipping, there are many detection tools and tips that will help you alert you to encourage your loved one to seek a proper diagnosis and care for their symptoms. The first question you must ask is, “How do you recognize the signs your parent might be hiding dementia symptoms?” Below are

Long term senior care

The Importance Of Planning For Long Term Senior Care As A Woman

It may not be your first priority, but planning for long term senior care is important to think about before it is deemed necessary. At some point in your lifetime, you may face physical or mental challenges and no longer will be able to take care of yourself. In an effort to prepare for your future it is essential to plan for this potential reality. Long-term senior care includes a range of services and support for you and your care needs. If you are still unsure about your need for long term care, we have outlined a few of the reasons women need to begin to plan for their future: Women tend to live longer than men  On average women

brain training

How Brain Training Reduces Cognitive Decline

It is hard to imagine that someday you might forget the name of your children or loved ones. Unfortunately, this is a likely risk for many people. One in 50 people, 65 and older are of at risk of developing Alzheimer’s and nearly one-third of people age 85 and older is diagnosed. Fortunately, there are steps to take to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Remember, the brain is a muscle, and just like other muscles the brain can be strengthened with intense mental exercises and training that targets and works on the brain’s core cognitive skills. A ten-year study compared the effects of three forms of brain training in a group of 2,802 cognitively healthy seniors. In this

eye health

The Importance Of Eye Health In Seniors

    You were probably told not to sit too close to the T.V or to read in the dark. Although these are myths and won’t damage the health of the eyes, both will likely cause eyestrain. Fact or myth, it is important to take care of your eye health. As you enter your forties and fifties, you may start to experience age-related vision changes. It is only a matter of time before you need glasses for reading. As you enter your sixties, seventies and beyond, you are at a higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. These diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, low vision and dry eye. This is why it is

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