How Can You Start Exercising and Stick with it, Even as a Busy Family Caregiver?

Keeping up with your aging adult is much easier when you're following an exercise routine that you love. It helps you sleep better and have more energy throughout the day, so no matter how busy you are as a caregiver, you need to find the time to exercise. What Makes You Feel Great? Before you start exercising, sit down and really think about what exercises make you feel great. It might be dance or hiking, but if it makes you feel awesome, write ... Read more

Does Your Senior Have an Appropriate Home Emergency Plan?

While you never want to think about your elderly parent facing an emergency or serious event, in your role as a family caregiver, it is crucial that you help your parent to prepare for and address these properly. Ignoring the possibility that they might experience such an event, or not preparing them properly, can leave your parent vulnerable to a variety of serious consequences, putting their health, safety, and property at risk. One of the most important things that you can do ... Read more

Knowing the Difference between Dementia and Depression

Dementia and depression are two very different diseases and yet, in the elderly, they can have remarkable similarities, leading to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatments. According to Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist, author, and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team, “A million or more Americans who have been diagnosed with dementia (including Alzheimer’s dementia), which is debilitating and incurable, are actually suffering from major depression—and that is completely curable in more than 90 percent of cases.” Why the Misdiagnosis? Dementia and depression have many ... Read more

What Can You Do if You Suspect Your Loved One’s Needs Are Changing?

One of the features of helping an elderly loved one as her caregiver is that her needs may change without you realizing it. if you're suspecting that your loved one needs more from you and from other family members, try going through some of these ideas to assess what's going on. Talk to Your Loved One First The first step is to talk to your loved one about your suspicions. In some cases, you might simply be feeling overprotective of your loved one. ... Read more

Is Swimming Good Exercise for a Loved One with COPD?

If your loved one has COPD, then you already know that exercise is important for her overall health. The problem can be finding the right exercise for your loved one. Swimming is one option that your loved one might be interested in trying out, as long as her doctor agrees that it's okay for her to try. Your Loved One Doesn't Need Special Skills to Swim One of the best things about swimming is that you don't really need any special skills in ... Read more