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 ...
Mindset matters a lot when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms and pain. But getting into the right mindset requires a great deal of behind the scenes education, changes, and assistance. Having the right mix makes a big difference for your senior.
Follow the Plan Set up by Her Doctor
After diagnosis, your senior’s doctor will lay out a plan for managing her arthritis symptoms. That plan is based on her current health, her needs, and the severity of her arthritis. Some of ...
Over 500,000 men and women took part in a health study in the United Kingdom. That field was narrowed down to 2,900 participants between the ages of 40 and 70. Of those, they found that 22 percent of the men and 10 percent of the women had a genetic condition called hemochromatosis.
These percentages were much higher than expected. It's led to concerns that hemochromatosis is happening more in people of European descent than originally believed.
What is Hemochromatosis?
Hemochromatosis is a blood disease ...
Typically, people associate food allergies with children. This may be because children are more likely to have food allergies, but often grow out of them. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, people can develop food allergies at any age. This means that older adults can suddenly develop a food allergy to a food they’ve never had a problem with before. Home health care providers who are knowledgeable about food allergies and know what signs to look for will be better equipped ...
Watching your parent go through a stroke can be a terrifying situation. Strokes are very serious medical condition, and are the third leading cause of death and leading cause of long-term disability among older adults. This means when your parent goes through a stroke, you will be a critical element of their recovery.
As their family caregiver, you won't just be helping them deal with the stroke itself. You will also be facing the changes they can experience after the stroke, and ...
Heart attacks can be dangerous and terrifying. These medical emergencies occur in over 735,000 people throughout the United States each year, and thousands will die as a result. As a family caregiver, you should know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women, with more than 25 percent of deaths in the country being associated with heart disease.
There are many important steps you can take to protect your senior from this danger, but one of ...
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can be a huge problem for your aging family member. It can be so irritating to her that she might even stop eating, which can put her at risk of developing malnutrition.
What She Eats Matters
Everyone has slightly different trigger foods, but there are foods that in general make GERD worse. Foods that are high in fat content, like fried foods, or foods that have a stimulating effect can have a bigger impact than other foods. Spicy ...
Lillian’s mother, Eloise, had been a stickler about posture when Lillian was growing up. She had often reprimanded Lillian and her siblings for slouching. “Lillian,” she would say, “Stand up straight and proud. You’re too beautiful to go about slouching like that.” As Eloise aged, though, she developed a stooped posture with a severe rounding in her upper back. Eloise’s doctor diagnosed her with kyphosis. Lillian had never heard of kyphosis.
Lillian isn’t alone in her lack of knowledge about kyphosis. Although ...
COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affects millions of people throughout the United States each year. Experts estimate that around 11 million people have actually received a diagnosis of the disease, while millions more are suffering from it and don't even know it. The third leading cause of death in the country, COPD can be very serious and detrimentally impact your aging parent's health, functioning, and quality of life.
One of the most important things you can do as a family caregiver ...
Pneumonia can be extremely serious for your elderly family member, especially if her health is compromised in other ways. Here's what you need to know as her caregiver.
Pneumonia Is a Lung Infection
Pneumonia sounds complicated, but it's just an infection in the lungs. There are a wide range of different bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia, so her doctor might want to culture some of her mucus to determine what the right medication is. When someone gets pneumonia, they might cough, ...