Does Your Parent Really Need Eight Glasses of Water a Day?

As a family caregiver you know how vitally important it is for your senior to stay hydrated. The human body is approximately 60 percent water and virtually every system and function in the body requires water. Dehydration can lead to a wide variety of disruptive symptoms including fatigue, headache, foggy headedness, confusion, irritability, and difficulty…

Shingles and Your Aging Parent

Shingles is an often debilitating disease that occurs frequently in seniors. In fact, it affects one out of three people who are over the age of 59. It is characterized by an itchy rash that develops on one side of the body or face. The rash appears as blisters, similar to those found in chickenpox,…

Hobbies for Homebound Seniors

If you have an aging loved one, you will know that they can get bored and listless just like anyone else. Homebound seniors, especially, have a difficult time finding ways to stay active and engaged, because they can’t go out and experience the things the way they used to before they began to have health…

Treating a Sunburn in the Elderly

With summer approaching, it’s time to think about skin care and your aging loved one. As we age, our skin becomes more sensitive to UV rays, and it’s easier to experience serious sunburns. No matter what race, ethnicity, gender or age, sunburns can have negative health consequences. For the elderly, even a moderate sunburn can…

How Can You Avoid Unnecessary Stress as a Family Caregiver?

Being a family caregiver means that you’re juggling a lot of stress, but there are some stressors that aren’t essential for you to deal with at all. Learning how to avoid those gracefully gains you some space in which to recover. Trim Your to Do List as Much as Possible Take a look at your…

National Mediterranean Diet Month

May brings us National Mediterranean Diet Month. This is a perfect time to espouse upon the multitude of benefits that can be derived from this type of diet and how to incorporate it into your life and the lives of those you love. The Diet Twenty-one countries have the Mediterranean Sea as their coastline including…

Encouraging Independence in your Aging Parent

Your aging parent may have lost some of their cognitive abilities. They may be using a mobility device such as a walker or they may have developed incontinence issues. Whatever the reason, you find them staying home more and sitting in their recliner for most of the day. You’re concerned about their physical welfare as…

How Can You Stand up for Yourself When Other Family Members Criticize You?

Family caregivers face a lot of criticism from other people. Strangers can have a lot to say, but sometimes the most upsetting criticism can come from other family members. If you don’t stand up for yourself, you’ll face this criticism way more than you should. Stay Calm Instead of Reacting Your immediate reaction might be…

Physical Wellness Month: Beginning Tai Chi for the Elderly

As the family caregiver for your aging loved one, you’ve wanted them to get more physically fit, but maybe haven’t known where to start. Then, you hear about some tai chi classes at the local senior center and wonder if your loved one might be interested. However, you don’t know much about tai chi and…

Boredom Busters for People with Limited Mobility

When senior citizens lose their ability to move about as freely as they once did, life can get pretty boring. Boredom can be associated with depression, which is a serious and all too common issue among senior citizens. Depression in the elderly can lead to heart disease and reduce the ability to recover from other…

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