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...]

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...]

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...]

How Do You Move Past Sibling Rivalry and Focus on a Parent’s Care?

Sibling rivalry often delves into three areas. One is jealousy. A sibling might feel that mom or dad appreciates the other sibling more. There's also the competitive nature that can occur as siblings battle each other for attention. Finally, there's the fighting that can occur. It can be hard to push these feelings aside even when you reach your adult years. How Does Sibling Rivalry Affect … [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...]

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...]