How Can You Handle Tough Discussions with Your Aging Adult?

Just because your senior needs your help that doesn’t mean that you’re automatically right all the time as far as she’s concerned. In fact, there are probably going to be some times that you as her caregiver have to put your foot down and have some difficult talks about what’s going to happen next. Neither of you might enjoy this, but it’s still necessary to hash things out. Bring Notes and Reminders Tough discussions sometimes mean that you’re nervous or that you feel ... Read more

The Link Between Oral Health and Blood Pressure

As people age, certain daily activities of living can become more difficult than they were in the past. One task that can be hard is brushing teeth. Arthritic hands with poor grip and hands that tremble can make holding a toothbrush or putting toothpaste on it hard to do. However, good oral health is important no matter what a person’s age is. In fact, a new study shows there is a link between oral health and blood pressure. How Oral Health Impacts ... Read more

Making Your Task List Efficient and Helpful

Your task list can feel like a ball and chain around your ankle or it can help you to get more accomplished than you ever dreamed possible. Here’s how you can make yours more efficient. Share Your List with Others If you’ve got other people offering to help, take them up on that. Share your task list, either electronically or otherwise, with friends and family members and homecare providers. This allows them to see what there is to do and how they can ... Read more

Who Are the Caregivers of Older Adults?

According to a 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, there are primarily two categories of caregiver: Caregivers who assist an older adult with any need because of health or functioning deficiencies Caregivers who assist “high need” older adults with probable dementia or with at least two self-care activities (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring in and out of bed)   According to According to the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), approximately 17.7 million individuals, which is about 7.7% of ... Read more

Addressing Concerns About Your Parent’s Care Plan When Doctors Don’t Listen

When you're helping care for your parents, communications with the different doctors are essential. If you're not working as a team, it can lead to concerns with their care plan. What happens if your mom or dad's doctors don't work together and give you conflicting information? What if they wave away your concerns saying they have the medical degree and know better? It's not always easy to get new doctors, especially if you live in an area where there are more people ... Read more

Four Tips for When Your Senior Won’t Do What She Needs to Do

Your senior knows that she should be doing certain things to keep herself as healthy as possible, but how is that going lately? If it’s not going so well, you might have to try some of these tips. Get a Grip on Your Reaction Your first reaction to this type of situation is not likely to be the one you really want to put forward. It hurts when your senior isn’t taking care of herself and you might want to do things for ... Read more

How to Help Your Senior to Conserve Her Energy

If you and your senior haven’t talked much about conserving her energy levels, it might be time to do so. When your senior does conserve some of her energy, she can use it in ways that she enjoys and that benefit her. Keep Energy Levels in Mind Everyone has energy cycles throughout the day, including your senior. She might have a lot more energy after she eats breakfast than she does later in the morning. Scheduling her day according to the ebb and ... Read more

Five Ways Your Senior Can Stay Healthier as She Ages

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 ... Read more

Could You Tell If Your Parent Is Vitamin D Deficient?

Vitamin D deficiency can result in many kinds of health problems. It can make bones brittle, increase the risk of fractures. It can also impact the body’s ability to produce insulin, essential for energy production. Most younger adults get plenty of vitamin D through their diets and exposure to sunlight. However, people over the age of 65 are at risk for being vitamin D deficient because of changes in their diet. Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency Knowing if your older adult relative is ... Read more

Four Ways to Be an Advocate for Your Senior

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 ... Read more
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