What You Should Know about Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBIs, are incredibly dangerous injuries that are, unfortunately, particularly common among elderly adults. There are many reasons why seniors tend to be more vulnerable to these injuries, but as a family caregiver it is critical that you understand these injuries, how they occur, and how they can impact…

Four Ways to Naturally Lower Cholesterol Levels

At your dad’s last checkup, his cholesterol levels came in higher than desired. His doctor recommended making some dietary changes before putting him on a prescription cholesterol medication. Here are four ways to naturally lower cholesterol levels. 1. Lose Weight. Getting to a healthy weight can help lower cholesterol levels. It’s not a guarantee, but…

The Truth About Diabetes Myths

Helping a senior with diabetes can be difficult, especially since there’s so much false information out there concerning the condition. Being a better family caregiver to someone with diabetes depends on having the correct information. If you’re confused about what to believe and what not to, below are some myths about diabetes and the truth…

What Options Does Your Love One Have to Prevent Losing Her Independence?

Many elderly loved ones worry more about losing their independence than they do about some other potential issues. Having alternative solutions to offer can help her to realize that what’s most important is her safety and her quality of life. Personal Alarms. Personal alarm systems are a way for your loved one to have help…

The Benefits of Getting Out into the Community and Volunteering with Your Senior

There are many ways that you can encourage your elderly parent to live a higher quality of life as they age in place, but one of the most beneficial is getting them out into the community to volunteer. Volunteering can offer your elderly loved one a huge array of benefits, including reducing depression, supporting better…

What Clues Could Let You Know that You’re Nearing Peak Frustration Levels?

Frustration is a part of life, especially if you’re a family caregiver. But when you’re too frustrated, you undermine yourself in all areas of your life. Some of these signs and symptoms can alert you to the fact that you’re almost out of control when it comes to your frustration levels. Then you can put…

Is Your Parent Really at Increased Risk of Hepatitis C?

Whether you have been caring for your elderly parent for years or you have just gotten started on your caregiver journey with them, something that you have likely heard about is the risk of Hepatitis C. Understanding this risk and why it might be more pressing for your parent can help you to take important…

How is Lewy Body Dementia Treated?

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a disease that affects more than one system of the body. People with LBD have movement, cognitive, sleep, and mood symptoms. Multi-system diseases like this often require a team approach to treatment, involving doctors who specialize in different areas as well as other medical professionals. The team also includes non-medical…

How Can You Help Your Elderly Loved One When She’s Not Feeling that Great about Her Life?

Everybody goes through phases when life isn’t as awesome as they’d like it to be. When that happens for your elderly loved one, it can feel pretty awful for you, too. Here are some ideas for helping your loved one out of a funk. Help Her Get Plenty of Rest. Sometimes when your loved one…

Is There a Connection Between Depression in Seniors and Falls?

Between 2006 and 2010, the National Health and Retirement Study found evidence that depression in seniors may increase the chances of falling. In this study with 7,200 participants, researchers found the risk of falling increased by 30 percent in those showing signs of depression. When that same group was given antidepressant medications, the number of…

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