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…

What Are the Best Smartphones for an Aging Parent?

How does your mom or dad stay in touch with you? Many people associate the older generation as being one that can’t handle today’s technology. In a 2015 study, Pew Research found that large numbers of men and women over the age of 65 rely on their smartphone to help them connect and maintain a…

Tips for Bathing a Senior with Dignity

For many elderly adults, mobility issues, balance problems, dementia, and other issues can make bathing a tremendous challenge. Your aging parent might have difficulty bathing safely, might not understand how or why to bathe, or might struggle with issues that prevent them from going through the actual tasks of bathing. Helping them bathe might be…

First Aid Tips for Burns

Burns can happen extremely suddenly and lead to extensive pain and even the possibility of infection and other severe consequences. As a family caregiver it is important that you not only recognize the risks of burns and are able to identify the severity of burns when they occur, but that you are able to respond…

Discover Cooling Centers

A cooling center is a place where you and your family can go to cool off during hot summer days. Cooling centers are open to everyone. Cooling center locations include: Government-run senior centers Community centers Parks and recreation sites Public buildings, such as libraries   Find a center near you. Visit Cooling Center Locator. You…

Parkinson’s and Weight Loss

Dad’s Parkinson’s has been getting worse lately. He seems to be having even more tremors than usual, and he is withdrawing into himself. He doesn’t really want to talk to anyone or do anything with the family, and, even more worrisome, he seems to be losing a lot of weight. Weight loss is a very…

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