While one may not think of them as such, bones are living organisms that move through a constant cycle of growth, decay, and regeneration. With age comes the slowing of this cycle leaving un-replenished bones weakened and fragile, making them more susceptible to breaks and other severe injuries. This deteriorated state of bones due to loss of tissue is called osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
The word osteo means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the process of bone regeneration, leading bones ...
If your elderly family member plans to keep her life pretty much how it is now, she needs to do what she can to remain as healthy as possible. That might mean making a few small changes here and there.
Visit Her Doctor More Often
Lots of aging adults aren’t all that excited about visiting their doctors. Your senior might be concerned that her doctor will find something “wrong” or she might just not enjoy going. Regardless of her reasons, she really does ...
Vacations help families relax and unwind for a few days or weeks. When you have an aging parent joining you, it can make the vacation harder to manage. You have different activity levels. Your kids may have a lot of energy, but your parents need time to stop and rest.
You want to try new cuisines and really get a taste for the area's culture and gastronomy. Your parents want foods they know won't upset their digestive system. You like renting a ...
Home health care for patients with Alzheimer’s is more specialized than standard home health care for seniors. Caring for a senior with a degenerative brain disease can be demanding, so when seeking in-home health care, it’s best to find a specialist familiar with the stages of the disease.
Alzheimer’s patients move through several stages of the disease over the course of many years. Not all patients progress at the same rate, but they will experience similar milestones, and their care needs will ...
Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home health care company like Central Star Home Health Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your ...
Being an advocate for your senior can be as simple as making sure that she’s supported and loved at every stage of her journey. But if you’re looking to get more involved in helping more seniors, you can use your voice at a variety of levels.
Educate Yourself about Seniors’ Issues
When you first started being your senior’s caregiver, you might not have known as much as you wanted to about the issues that affect her and other senior citizens. But as you ...
Inflammation is an important aspect in many chronic diseases, including cancer, dementia, diabetes, and many others. Inflammation is a normal and even healthy thing under the right conditions, such as when a person cuts their finger. In that case, it means that the body is sending germ fighting inflammatory substances that prevent infection to the site of the injury.
However, when inflammation sticks around for a long time, making it chronic, it can trigger illness because the immune system attacks healthy tissues. ...
Very often caregivers avoid respite as much as they can because the idea is uncomfortable or they don’t know what to do. If that’s the case for you, you need to know that having elderly care providers able to take over for you makes respite one of the easiest options you can use. All you need to do now is decide what type of plans you want to make.
Whatever Helps You to Relax
Once upon a time, you knew what activities you enjoyed that ...
Dementia causes changes in how your senior views her world and how she processes it. What she used to consider a healthy meal might be different now than it was before. The irony is that she needs to eat healthier foods more than ever now that dementia is part of her life.
Meal Planning Gets You Thinking about Nutrition
When you’re just trying to get any food into your senior, you might not be getting the healthiest options into her diet. With a ...
It's hard to imagine, but some people do experience changes to their health when caring for a parent. The emotional strain can make you isolated and anxious or depressed. Dietary changes may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Does this mean your health will definitely change? Not necessarily, but you need to be proactive. You need to understand the warning signs and take steps to prevent family caregiving from impacting your health.
Why Does Blood Pressure Increase?
While there are links ...