How to Tell if a Senior Has an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal part of life, and one we can do little about. However, some people suffer from anxiety disorders that cause frequent, and often intense, periods of worry and fear. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Around 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. If your senior relative has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or you ... Read more

What Can You Do to Avoid Potential Caregiving Conflicts?

Conflicts among family members, yourself, and even your aging adult are not uncommon at all when you're a caregiver. Everyone has opinions and everyone has goals. You can reduce some of those conflicts just in how you approach them. Make Communication Open and Frequent The more comfortable that you and the rest of your family members are with talking about what's going on, the easier it's going to be to avoid misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can be a big source of conflicts. Family meetings can ... Read more

How Do You Get Your Parent to Eat When They Have No Interest in Meals?

Appetite changes are common in the elderly. It can be side effects of medications keeping them from eating. Problems with dentures that don't fit correctly can be an issue. It can simply be changing taste buds that make foods taste different. If your parent is showing no interest in meals, talk to the doctor first. It's important to rule out medical reasons for the lack of appetite. If that passes, there are ways to get your parent to eat. Switch to Multiple Snacks ... Read more

What Sleep Issues Might Your Senior Cope with After Suffering a Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBI, is a leading cause of serious injury and contributes to more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths throughout the United States each year. These injuries can result in a wide variety of serious consequences, including death, but the impact is not just limited to the injury itself. Many of these complications are related to functioning after the injury and can have a tremendous impact on your parent's health, well-being, and quality of life ... Read more