Five Ways to Persuade Your Dad to Take His Medications

Your dad is on important medications for some health reason. He may have high blood pressure or had a stroke and is on blood thinners. No matter what he is taking, it's important that he takes them as recommended. Some seniors stop taking them due to the side effects or the monthly cost. Here are five ways to make sure your dad is taking his medications. Explain the Importance Go over the medication's purpose with your dad. Explain why the medication is needed. ... Read more

Questions to Ask the Doctor Before Your Parent is Discharged from the Emergency Room

A visit to the emergency room is not something you look forward to with your aging loved one. If, however, they suffer an injury or illness severe enough to warrant such a visit, it is important that both of you take steps to ensure they get the maximum benefit from the care they receive while there, and the recovery period after. One of the most important times of their visit is actually the discharge. This is the culmination of their care at ... Read more

Are Your Parents Socializing Less?

The Older Americans 2016 study is a compilation of statistics gathered by several government agencies. Key agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Social Security Information.     Socialization is critical to well-being. One thing the study found is that the older people get, the less they seem to socialize. The study found that of those ages 55 to 64, approximately 11 percent said they socialize. By the time people are 75 or ... Read more

Do You Need to Be a Long-distance Caregiver for Now?

It can be quite a surprise to get a call from your elderly family member or from another family member letting you know that your aging adult needs much more help than you knew.  That can mean that you're now her primary caregiver but from a distance.   Find out What You Can Do to Be Most Helpful Right Now Talk to your elderly family member about what is going on right now for her.  What is it that you can do immediately to ... Read more