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...]

Coping with Post-Stroke Fatigue

When an older adult has a stroke, the initial care they receive in the hospital is only the beginning. Simply being released from the hospital doesn’t mean the ordeal is over, even if damage has been minimal. A stroke injures the brain and can result in fatigue that lasts for some time afterward. Understanding how fatigue affects a stroke patient and what caregivers can do to help them cope will … [Read more...]

What is the Best Way to Keep Blood Pressure Stable?

You’re probably familiar with high blood pressure, and you may even know that people can suffer from low blood pressure. But, did you know that fluctuating blood pressure can also be an issue? When blood pressure varies widely, it can put older adults at a greater risk for certain kinds of heart disease. In fact, when the systolic pressure changes by more than 14 mm Hg between checks, it puts the … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Help Seniors Get More Physical Activity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that adults who are aged 65 or older need 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. For people who don’t enjoy structured exercise, being physically active can be unappealing and difficult. The good news is that physical activity doesn’t have to come from working out at the gym or even taking an exercise class. Any kind of … [Read more...]

Rosacea Awareness Month – Why is Diet so Vital When You Have Rosacea?

Rosacea commonly hits men and women in their late 30s and early 40s. With this skin condition, skin on the cheeks, forehead, and chin often appear scarlet red. Small pimples may form. Dry patches of skin can appear. The symptoms may ease, but they don't go away. Finding triggering foods and products is a critical step to take. What Are Triggers? Doctors have found that people with … [Read more...]

Communicating Effectively with an Elderly Adult in the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease

The symptoms that elderly adults exhibit during the early stage of Alzheimer's disease tend to be mild and may even be barely noticeable to many of the people that interact with your aging parent. One type of symptom that you may notice as their family caregiver is changes in their communication. Changes in the way at that your parent expresses themselves and is able to interact with others are … [Read more...]

Is Your Aging Adult Looking for a Way to Feel Better Every Day?

As your elderly family member ages, she might start to believe that it's just normal for her to feel tired, blue, or simply blah every day. But there are things she can do to get that spark going again. Ditch the Stress. Stress can affect people so much more deeply than they think. The thing is, stress does the same thing to your elderly family member as well. If she doesn't find ways to … [Read more...]

Why Do So Many Doctors Recommend Swimming for the Elderly?

Your senior's doctor may have recommended that she start exercising. In fact, one of the activities he might have mentioned could very well be swimming. It's a popular activity for aging adults and there are plenty of good reasons for that. It's Easy on Damaged Joints. Few exercises are as low impact as swimming is. The phrase "low impact" refers to the fact that there's no jostling or … [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...]

How Can Elder Care Help Your Parent Move Forward After Heart Surgery?

Most people who undergo heart surgery will spend a few days in the hospital recovering. This generally includes at least one night and possibly longer in the Intensive Care Unit followed by time on a regular recovery floor. After this they will return home to begin the first phase of recovery, which can last approximately 8 weeks. At the end of this phase of recovery your parent will be … [Read more...]