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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
When you’re brand new to being a caregiver, there’s so much that you don’t know yet and that you haven’t experienced. There’s so much to consider, in fact, that you might not realize fully what you’re getting into.
Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when becoming a caregiver.
If Anyone Else Requires Your Attention, Too
No one exists in a bubble. There are likely other people, maybe even a couple of pets, who need your time and attention. ...
Whether you are a family caregiver or your dad's medical power of attorney, you should always keep researching options for home care services. What's working for your family right now may change. If you stay up to date, you'll be ready to address changes as they arrive rather than rush to figure things out when you're already stressed.
Health Can Change Without Warning
It's said that there are no guarantees in life. That's very true. Your dad may seem healthy. He could have ...
It’s quite common for adult children to worry about their aging parents. Whether they are dealing with arthritis, diabetes, poor vision, surgery or something else related to health, elderly adults frequently develop a serious need for help in getting along in their own home. Because seniors often slow down physically and struggle to take care of their own daily needs, adult children need to step up and make some decisions.
Most of the time, adult children are happy to step into the ...