Stroke Tips for Caregivers

Stroke Tips for Caregivers

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can not only save a life but also prevent irrevisable damage. A stroke is essentially a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. Brain cells don’t survive without constant blood flow, which is why symptoms start quickly after the occlusion. If you’re taking care of someone who has underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol, they are at a higher risk for a stroke. This…

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Protecting Loved Ones from Viral Infections

Protecting Loved Ones from Viral Infections

The flu and now COVID 19 are particularly dangerous for elderly individuals, especially those with underlying health conditions. If you’ve been worried about a loved one who is under your care becoming ill, here is what you need to know: Get Educated: The CDC and the WHO both have great information on a variety of illnesses including the flu and COVID 19. When in doubt, follow the guidance of these websites and check your local city website for the most…

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5 Tips for Avoiding Falls in the Elderly

5 Tips for Avoiding Falls in the Elderly

Falling can be painful at any age but, for the elderly, a fall can lead to serious damage including broken bones. If you are taking care of an elderly loved one, preventing falls should definitely be a priority. Here are five things you can try to help ensure that your loved one isn’t hurt by a fall: Tai Chi: In addition to providing great mobility training and exercise, Tai Chi also helps improve balance and building strength. Tai Chi can…

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Tips for Coping with Decreased Vision

Tips for Coping with Decreased Vision

It is no secret that our vision decreases as we age. However, if you are a caregiver to an elderly parent or family member, witnessing that individual struggle with visual changes can be heartbreaking. Here are a few things that you can do to help your loved one through the process: Make Eye Exams a Priority It is recommended that all individuals get an annual eye exam. However, with age, regular checkups become even more important. Learn About the Disease…

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What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Is your parent or loved one is forgetful from time to time, that is a normal process of aging. However, your parent or loved one may have other symptoms that are more troubling. If your parent is forgetting to do tasks that they have done every day, such as getting dressed and combing their hair, there is the reason for concern. Your parents might also have forgotten how to get to their favorite places. They might have forgotten how to…

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Home Care for Parents with Dementia

Home Care for Parents with Dementia

If you are an adult in midlife with older parents, you know that there may come a time when you will need to make decisions for them because of their health. At any given time, between five and seven percent of the population has a form of dementia in the United States. Once an adult reaches 85 years old, he or she has between a 1 in 4 and a 1 in 2 chance of developing some form of dementia….

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4 Strategies For Medication Safety

4 Strategies For Medication Safety

If you are taking care of an older parent or grandparent, you probably know that they have a pharmacopeia of medications. While these medications are prescribed by their doctor with a specific purpose, they also carry certain side effects and can interact with each other, other medications, and even natural supplements. To ensure that your loved one stays safe, here are four general tips to remember: Always Have a List: Creating a comprehensive list of medications and updating that list…

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3 Signs An Elder Can Benefit from In-Home Care

3 Signs An Elder Can Benefit from In-Home Care

Today’s elders have seen the challenges of war as well as the triumphs of peace. Life was seldom easy, which is why most of the Baby Boomer generation and the Silent Generation are fiercely independent and reluctant to ask for help. However, there comes a time when help is needed. If you have a parent or grandparent who is living on their own, or who is mostly alone during the day, here are signs that they may benefit from in-home…

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Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s That Everyone Should Know

Early Indicators of Alzheimer’s That Everyone Should Know

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that leads to memory loss and, in later stages, may even result in personality changes. While there is not a cure for Alzheimer’s, catching the disease early allows for easier adjustment and palliative treatment to slow progression. The following are just a few symptoms to keep in mind: Family History As A Risk Indicator It is known that individuals who have a family member who has developed Alzheimer’s are at an increased risk of…

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5 Ways To Cope When A Loved One Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

5 Ways To Cope When A Loved One Is Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be a blow not only for the patient but also for that patient’s family. Fortunately, several things will help your loved one and your whole family prepare for the future. Figure Out What to Expect Most people know the general facts when it comes to Alzheimer’s. If your loved one is affected, you will want to do a bit of research. Your doctor will likely have a variety of resources available to help you and…

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