How Do You Prepare Your Dad for a Lengthy Power Outage?

Extended power outages negatively impact all ages. They can be especially alarming to an aging parent who lives alone. Make sure your dad is prepared for a lengthy power outage by using this checklist. Keep Non-Perishable Foods and Water Bottles on Hand During a long outage, your dad may not have access to water. If he's on a well, the pump isn't going to be running. If there was a flood, his water may not be safe. Make sure there are several gallons ... Read more

Don’t Let the Changes to the IRS Scam Fool Your Parents

Each year, elderly men and women get inundated with calls from people claiming to be with the IRS. The calls say the person hasn't paid enough in taxes or something of that nature. Seniors are directed to share personal information or send money via gift cards. As more people catch on, scammers change the IRS scam. There are currently several versions of the scam out there and some have changed by using a technique called spoofing to make it look like it's ... Read more

What Does it Take to Make Bathrooms Safer for Seniors?

Donna was worried about her aging mother’s ability to navigate the bathroom alone when showering or attending to grooming and hygiene. In recent years, her mother’s physical health had declined, resulting in bad balance and weak muscles. Combining that with lots of physical effort, slippery floors, and more, Donna felt that the bathroom was growing somewhat inhospitable for her elderly mom to tackle on her own. Age-related conditions, illness and injuries often mean that aging adults need help from family caregivers and ... Read more

How Safe Are Your Senior’s Living Areas?

Keeping your senior safe at home is one of your biggest priorities as her caregiver, but it sometimes feels like a complicated series of tasks. Try to break the project down and focus on one area of her home at a time. Check the Carpet and Throw Rugs Flooring is a huge safety concern for aging adults. Your elderly family member’s ability to continue to move safely through her home is crucial. Look for anything that makes her flooring potentially dangerous, such as ... Read more

What to Do If There May be a Wintertime Power Outage Soon

When the winter weather comes, it is important to be prepared for the potential of serious storms and power outages. You're elderly loved one could suffer serious consequences during a power outage, but with proper preparation, you can protect their health and safety as they get through this event. If there may be a wintertime power outage in the near future, some steps you can take to protect your parent include: If the power outage is imminent and you are not confident your ... Read more

Tips for Reducing Summer Fall Risk for Your Elderly Parent

Approximately 30 percent of older adults over the age of 64 throughout the United States suffers a fall each year. This number accounts for approximately one out of every three adults in this age group. When a senior falls, their stay in a hospital is likely to be twice as long as someone younger who experiences a similar type of fall. These statistics can be startling, but knowing how severe fall risk can be for your senior is an important part ... Read more

7 Winter Safety Tips for Elderly Adults

Winter means beautiful frosty landscapes and exiting holidays, but it also means harsh weather, freezing temperatures and dangerous conditions in many parts of the country. Family caregivers like you need to put some thought into how you can keep your elderly relative safe, healthy and warm during the winter months. Here are 7 winter safety tips for elderly adults that you as the family caregivers should implement as soon as possible. 1. Stock up on ice melt and make arrangements for someone to ... Read more

Is Fall Risk a Danger for You As a Family Caregiver?

Whether you have been caring for your parent for years or you are just getting started on your caregiver journey with them, one thing that you have likely heard a considerable amount about is fall risk. Elderly adults are at far greater risk of experiencing falls and more vulnerable to suffering serious injuries as a result of these falls than are younger adults, making being aware of this risk and doing what you can to reduce it an important part of ... Read more

Three Scams Your Parents May Not Even Know Exist

The National Crime Prevention Council believes as many as 8 out of 10 scammers focus their calls on elderly men and women. That's just phone scams. There are scams on the internet and in face-to-face transactions, too. Many of these scams are heavily publicized in newspapers and on TV. These scams include the IRS scam or email scams where some royal member needs your help. What about the scams that aren't as well known? Here are three that many seniors do not ... Read more