Why Your Aging Relative Needs More Summer Smoothies

When warm temperatures are here, it’s important to keep elderly relatives cool and hydrated. Seniors are most at risk for developing heat-related conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to challenges in regulating their own body temperature. Dehydration is also another real danger for the elderly in the summer months. Family caregivers and senior care providers can help elderly … [Read more...]

How Can Technology Help You with Being a Distance Caregiver?

Being a family caregiver for an aging parent poses many challenges. If you live at a distance from your senior, and are not able to be in the home with them on a regular basis, these challenges can even be increased. This requires you to be even more conscientious about planning your care efforts, and taking advantage of as many resources and tools as you possibly can to ensure the quality and … [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...]

Questions to Ask the Medical Team While Your Parent is in the Emergency Room

As a family caregiver, you never want to think about your parent dealing with an illness or injury severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. For many elderly adults, however, this is a reality, and something they may face once a year, or even more frequently. It is extremely important that you are prepared for such an event so you can continue to give them the support they need … [Read more...]

How to Handle it if Your Senior Is Refusing Help

Having a senior continue to refuse help is frustrating for you and probably frustrating for her. If she truly doesn't want or need the help, she may start to shut down communications with you when you continue to push. Here are some ideas for resolving the situation. Listen to the Reasons First. This is sometimes difficult to do, but stop and really listen to the reasons your senior is … [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...]

Why Are UTIs Common in Senior Citizens?

UTIs or urinary tract infections are serious infections that can hit at any age. They are more common in senior citizens. They're also more common in women due to the proximity of the urethra's opening to the anus. The tube to the bladder is also shorter, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder. Aging Health reports that about 10 percent of senior women over the age of … [Read more...]

Is Remote Elder Care Really Enough?

Technology has made it easier than ever to keep track of an aging parent without having to be there. Smartwatches like Fitbit can track your parent's sleep patterns, location via GPS, pulse, and fitness activities. They can even track when you parent has a glass of water. Video doorbell monitoring systems allow you to see who comes to your parent's door. You can talk to that person and see if … [Read more...]

What’s Sundowning and What Can You Do If It Happens?

Sundowning is a troubling symptom of Alzheimer's disease. It's called sundowning because it tends to hit later in the day when the sun starts to go down. Not every Alzheimer's patient gets it, but if it does happen, it can be stressful for all. End Afternoon Naps. If your parent is prone to take a nap in the afternoon, try to end this habit. By keeping your parent active all afternoon, … [Read more...]

Avoid Burnout with Elderly Care Providers

Aretha had been taking care of her aging mother for just over a year when she suffered a stroke. Before that, Aretha was successfully able to balance her mother’s needs with her own family, plus continue to work. However, now her mother’s daily care needs were quickly becoming overwhelming. Aretha had dropped from full-time to part time at her work and was not finding enough time or energy to … [Read more...]