There’s no doubt that strokes are life-changing for millions of elderly Americans each year. When the blood supply is blocked from the brain, the brain cells begin to die, which causes serious physical side effects. Elderly adults who survive a stroke are looking at months and even years to recover just some of their physical abilities. Family caregivers that want their aging loved one to be comfortable, safe and healthy while recovering at home from their stroke often turn to elderly ...
Exercise is beneficial for your aging adult, but if she's ignoring safety considerations, that's not a good thing at all. She runs the risk of injuring herself or causing problems she doesn't need to worry about, like dehydration.
Following some of these tips can help to avoid those pitfalls.
Don't Push Things
It's natural for people of all ages to want to forge on in there with a new exercise program and give it they're all. But that can actually cause some problems for ...
As your senior's caregiver, her safety is one of your biggest concerns. Safety covers a lot of ground that you might not have considered, too. It's not just her physical safety, but also other forms of keeping her safe.
Assessing Fall Risks
Falls are a huge problem for aging adults. They can lead to serious injuries that can have complications for years to come. When you combine those issues with existing health conditions, falls can be extremely dangerous for your elderly family member. ...
Germ control is not just something you should do when your parent is at home.
Whenever your aging parent leaves the house, whether it is to run an errand or go visit a friend, they are exposing themselves to a wide variety of germs that can make them vulnerable to illness and infection. Being prepared to combat these germs helps to keep your senior healthier, and avoid the potentially serious complications that can result from illnesses such as the flu or ...
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As a family caregiver to an older adult, when you do something that makes your aging relative happy, it probably makes you feel pretty good.
Doing things for others might improve your sense of worth and bring you a sense of joy. Those are feelings that people need at any age, including well into old age. November 23 is Random Acts of Kindness Friday, so it’s the perfect day for caregivers and their aging relatives to spread some joy by committing unexpected ...
Dementia is the word that doctors use to describe brain changes that lead to memory loss, language, and the ability to make sound decisions.
Many people associate these kinds of brain changes with Alzheimer’s disease because it is perhaps the most well-known form of dementia. However, there are actually many other kinds of dementia.
Kinds of Dementia
Most types of dementia are caused by incurable diseases and are not reversible. A few are caused by things like medication side effects, emotional problems, alcohol consumption, ...
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is an uncomfortable condition that causes frequent heartburn.
It can also affect breathing and digestion. When an older adult is diagnosed with GERD, the doctor usually suggests that they change the way they eat to improve symptoms. However, since not all foods affect all people, in the same way, it can be difficult to know which ones your aging relative should avoid. Caffeine is one substance that people with GERD are sometimes told to strike from their ...
Being an effective family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with a serious health issue such as diabetes means educating yourself, and knowing everything you can about the problems they could face as a part of this disease.
One issue is hypoglycemia. Often referred to as low blood sugar, hypoglycemia is something many people think of when they think about diabetes. While you may understand the concept of low blood sugar, it is important to understand what it has ...
Part of being a caregiver sometimes means troubleshooting your own stress-relief mechanisms to find the ones that work the best for you. Give these a try and see if they help you to have a better day the next day.
Look at Your "To Do" List and Cut it in Half
Very few people have what could be called a realistic "to do" list. Most people keep a running list of everything that they want to do and that list can take on ...