What You Should Know About Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the risks your senior faces and to be prepared for the changes they may undergo as they age. Not only can this help you to better understand your loved one and support them, but it also allows you to create a care approach that helps them stay safe and healthy while coping with the issues they face. Low … [Read more...]

What is Deep Brain Stimulation?

If you have an older adult family member with Parkinson’s disease, perhaps you’ve heard talk of a procedure called deep brain stimulation (DBS.) It’s a kind of surgery that is used to control certain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If your aging relative is considering DBS, knowing more about the procedure can help you to be better prepared and assist them with making better informed decisions … [Read more...]

Is Your Senior at Higher Risk for Developing Diabetes?

Understanding the risks your senior faces is an important part of being an effective family caregiver. When you recognize the individual risks your senior is facing for particular health issues, such as diabetes, you can better develop your care approach to reduce this risk and keep your parent healthier, or identify when your parent might have developed this disease. Some of the risk … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain in Seniors

Your aging relative relies on you and other supporters for help with their daily care tasks. They need you to help with tasks like meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and helping them walk, drive, and get dressed. While you may have those duties under control with help from a senior care provider, you may be overlooking one important part of your aging loved one’s life—their pain … [Read more...]

Skin Care Awareness and Elderly Adults

September is Skin Care Awareness Month, making it the perfect time for family caregivers to review how to best take care of their elderly relative’s skin. Healthy skin matters at any age, but especially for seniors. When the skin is dry, sore, blistered, or otherwise unhealthy, it can lead to a number of health problems for the elderly. Senior Skin Needs Lots of Care. Aging adults over … [Read more...]

Is Your Senior Experiencing Hearing Loss?

Approximately twenty percent of the total population of the United States is currently experiencing some degree of hearing loss. This accounts for more than 48 million people. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize the tremendous impact hearing loss can have on your senior. Detecting when your senior may be experiencing hearing loss allows you to modify your care routine, encourage … [Read more...]

Tips for Helping Your Senior Manage Anxiety in Their Parkinson’s Disease

Anxiety is a challenge many people would not immediately think of when it comes to Parkinson's disease. Experts, however, estimate that approximately 40 percent of those living with this progressive disease do experience anxiety. This is not just an emotional response to having the disease, or to the other challenges and symptoms associated with it. Instead, it is the result of the actual changes … [Read more...]

When Seniors Complain About Being Dizzy

“I feel like the room is spinning.” “I feel faint and I can’t see clearly.” “Is it hot in here? I need to sit down and catch my breath.” “I’ve got a terrible headache and I feel lightheaded.” If your elderly loved one says this or something similar to you while you are with them, they may be suffering from a dizzy spell. Everyone feels dizzy once in a while, but when an elderly … [Read more...]

Tips for Helping Your Senior Manage Anxiety in Their Parkinson’s Disease

Anxiety is a challenge many people would not immediately think of when it comes to Parkinson's disease. Experts, however, estimate that approximately 40 percent of those living with this progressive disease do experience anxiety. This is not just an emotional response to having the disease, or to the other challenges and symptoms associated with it. Instead, it is the result of the actual changes … [Read more...]

What Causes Arthritis and How Can You Help Your Dad Manage the Pain?

Arthritis is a chronic health condition that about 3 out of 10 senior citizens have. If your dad is one of them, he deals with pain on a regular basis. That pain can make it hard to get enough exercise and keep up with housework. Here are some things you can try to help him manage the pain. Understanding Arthritis. Arthritis is a series of medical conditions that affect the joints. There … [Read more...]