National Radon Action Month – What is Radon and How Does It Affect Your Dad’s Health?

The EPA named January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is not something you can smell. You can't see it. It is, however, a dangerous radioactive gas that can be present in homes and lead to serious health issues. Has your dad's home been tested for radon? Understanding the Dangers of Radon. Radon is a gas produced as other elements, such as uranium in bedrock, break down. It doesn't … [Read more...]

What Is it that Makes Driving More Difficult for Seniors?

Your senior may not want to admit it, but driving now is more difficult than it was for her a decade or two ago. There are a lot of reasons for that and they all impact whether she'll be able to continue to drive on her own. Reflexes Slow Down, which Increases Reaction Time. Your senior's reflexes just aren't as fast as they used to be. She may want them to be at the same level as they … [Read more...]

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating Your Parents’ House This Holiday Season

Now is the time when families start decorating their homes for the holidays. Sometimes, important safety tips get ignored in the desire to make a home festive. Make sure you're not making these three mistakes when you're decorating your parents' house. Scented Candles May Not be Advisable. Caregiver in Jupiter FL: Holiday Decorating Mistakes to Avoid If your parent is likely to forget a … [Read more...]

Could Your Parent Have Been a Victim of a Cyber Crime?

Use of the internet is rising every day, and for many people the thought of daily functioning without the use of a computer or mobile device is unimaginable. The internet is used for virtually everything these days, but that doesn't mean everyone is comfortable using it, or able to use it safely and effectively. Approximately 30 percent of elderly adults admit to never using the internet, and … [Read more...]

How Do You Make Your Mom’s Daily Routine Safer?

Aging at home is the popular choice for senior citizens. If this is your mom's choice, you can take measures to make it safer. Make sure you consider these six aspects of home safety when your mom decides to age at home. Is The Home Set Up for Fall Prevention? The kitchen, stairs, and bathrooms are areas where seniors are most likely to fall. With grab bars inside and outside of the … [Read more...]

Is Your Senior Struggling with Mobility Issues?

Mobility issues are some of the most common difficulties elderly adults face during their later years. As a family caregiver, however, you should know these challenges are not always easy to detect. While you might think you would automatically know if your parent is struggling with mobility issues such as difficulty moving around, balance problems, or lack of range of motion, it isn't always … [Read more...]

Preventing Kitchen Accidents

As a family caregiver, you probably worry about your aging relative being safe in their home. One room of the home that is full of potential hazards is the kitchen. Older adults whose hands are affected by arthritis may not have the manual dexterity to avoid cutting or burning themselves. Or, they might slip on the tile floor and fall. Recognizing potential accidents can help you to keep your … [Read more...]

June 18 is International Picnic Day: Planning the Perfect Picnic for an Older Adult

When is the last time your aging family member went on a picnic? If it’s been a while, June 18th may be just the right day to pack up a delicious lunch and take your loved one out to enjoy some fresh air. But, planning a picnic with a senior in mind isn’t quite as simple as just throwing some sandwiches in a basket and grabbing a blanket to sit on. Family caregivers will need to consider special … [Read more...]

Is Your Senior’s Lighting Making Her Home Dangerous?

Lighting is something that you might take for granted, but it can make a huge difference for your aging adult. Having too little lighting can make it easier for your senior to fall or to otherwise injure herself, so it's vital to get a handle on the situation now. Are There Enough Lamps and Fixtures? Many homes have one overhead light in a room, but that might not be enough for your … [Read more...]

Could Your Dad’s Driving be Improved by Making a Few Simple Changes?

Arthritis, back pain, and neck pain can keep a senior from driving. The senior's reaction times, vision, and judgment skills may still sharp, however, and suitable for being a safe driver. Some seniors should look at simple changes that make it safe to drive. Could your dad still be driving? Here are some of the simple changes that are recommended for elderly drivers who can drive but … [Read more...]