Posted: 6/22/2017 2:55 PM by
Physical therapy is often recommended by doctors for elderly adults who are recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery. Sometimes, it may even be recommended as a treatment for chronic pain. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions and it can help elderly adults to gain/regain strength which will ultimately help them have a better quality of life. Physical therapy is not a “quick fix”, however, and it may require time and effort for it to be effective.
Posted: 6/5/2017 1:49 PM by
The recent economic recession, which has caused job losses and home foreclosures, and the increasing senior population have fueled an upsurge of three or more generations living under the same roof. Today, an estimated 51.5 million Americans live in multi-generational households.
Posted: 5/15/2017 1:49 PM by
Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, is a condition that can’t be cured, but can be treated and managed effectively. For seniors with celiac disease, making every day food choices can be a challenge and even a cause for stress. Depending on their level of gluten intolerance, making the right food choices can be very important for avoiding symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, and vomiting.
Posted: 5/5/2017 11:42 AM by
Psoriasis can be embarrassing, especially during a flare-up when your loved one's skin can become red and scaly. It's also painful, and a diagnosis of psoriasis can be overwhelming both to you and to your loved one. The best option for you as a family caregiver is to help your loved one to do everything that she can in order to avoid a flare-up. Once her psoriasis is under better control, she'll feel much better.
Posted: 4/15/2017 11:21 AM by
Falls can be a common, but dangerous occurrence for the elderly. A fall is defined by medical professionals as any outside force that causes a person to have an unexpected or accidental land on the ground. Not to be confused with falls resulting from a loss of consciousness, falls are a major cause of brain injuries in the elderly, and the number one cause of hospital admissions. And the simple truth is, the older a person is, the more likely that a fall may result in death.
Posted: 4/5/2017 10:37 AM by
When you are a caregiver, you may have accompanied your patient on multiple trips to the ER or hospital admissions. While having experience with hospital routines may reduce anxiety, being hospitalized remains very stressful for patient and caregiver.
Posted: 3/15/2017 2:01 PM by
The individual with Parkinson's must be given extra time to accomplish tasks such as dressing in order to not feel rushed. Work out a time schedule so that the individual can do as many self-care tasks as possible so that they can maintain a positive self-image as long as possible.
Posted: 3/1/2017 2:01 PM by
While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something triggers psoriasis to flare. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions.
Posted: 2/16/2017 2:00 PM by
High Blood Pressure. Have your blood pressure checked at least every 2 years. High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure.
Posted: 2/2/2017 1:59 PM by
Most men need to pay more attention to their health. Compared to women, men are more likely to:
• Smoke and drink
• Make unhealthy or risky choices
• Put off regular checkups and medical care
There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.
Posted: 1/19/2017 1:55 PM by
It seems like every year we get new recommendations from Nutrition Experts about what foods will keep us healthy. Fad diets come and go, but are we supposed to eat lots of carbs or low carbs? Low fat or some fat? It’s easy to be confused! In all of the dietary advice, one thing is common - Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.
Posted: 1/5/2017 1:50 PM by
Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS — unlike ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which are forms of inflammatory bowel disease — does not cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
Posted: 12/22/2016 10:10 AM by
Nutrition is a central element of elder care, providing a basis on which all of your other efforts build. Without proper nutrition, your parents' bodies are unable to function properly and will be at greater risk of a variety of health consequences.
Posted: 12/20/2016 11:11 AM by
Gifts of sports equipment should always be accompanied by protective gear (give a helmet with the skateboard) Think protection from injury while having fun! Also, keep in mind that new sports often have a learning curve that may require adult supervision at first.
Posted: 12/15/2016 11:05 AM by
As we kick off the holiday season, we all want to show how much we care by giving the perfect gift to each of our loved ones. Parents want to give the hottest, most talked about toy at school or on TV. It is easy to be caught up in the spirit of the season, and purchase gifts without reading the fine print, considering the age of the recipient, or the appropriateness of the item.
Posted: 12/8/2016 10:10 AM by
One very common, but potentially very serious, infection that could impact your aging loved ones is a staph infection. Caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus, this type of infection can range from minor irritation that is easily treated to treatment-resistant flesh-eating varieties depending on the type of exposure and the manner in which the bacteria entered the body.
Posted: 12/8/2016 9:18 AM by
We all know that the Holidays can be a very stressful time just in living an ordinary family life. There is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing host while also trying to enjoy the experience ourselves. For the caregiver, this time can add a completely new set of stresses to an already stressful situation.
Posted: 11/24/2016 10:09 AM by
Elderly adults tend to experience urinary tract infections more commonly and with greater frequency than younger adults and children, and the consequences associated with these infections tend to be more serious and long lasting. With a few simple lifestyle changes, however, you can help to greatly reduce the chances that your parent will suffer such an infection, and can help to reduce the severity of the infection should one arise.
Posted: 11/10/2016 10:07 AM by
Most adult children of elderly parents know what it is like to worry about the well-being of their aging mother and father. As a person ages, they will have a number of different hazards to worry about. When an elderly person gets hurt, it may take longer to heal, which is why safeguarding the home is needed.
Posted: 10/27/2016 10:06 AM by
Your elderly loved ones' joints have been through a lot in their lives. They have spent decades supporting their muscles and going through the movements of life, taking on a tremendous amount of force and possibly sustaining injuries. It's important to keep their joints healthy and strong so they can experience less pain and stiffness, increase their mobility, and enjoy a more active, engaging quality of life.