Why is Foot Care so Important to a Diabetic?

As of 2015, the American Diabetes Association believes more than 30 million men, women, and children have diabetes in the U.S. Only 23.1 million are actually diagnosed. For those over the age of 64, it’s estimated that 12 million have diabetes. People know about diabetes. They don’t realize that foot care is essential. People know…

Four Things You Need to Know About Lung Cancer

Cancer.org reports there are more than 155,000 lung cancer deaths each year. About 66 percent of lung cancer cases are in people over the age of 64. Most people are diagnosed when they’re 70. The earlier this cancer is diagnosed, the better the outcome. Take a look at these other facts about lung cancer. Men…

Your Dad’s Exhaustion Might Not Just be the Flu

Each year, the flu hits people all over the U.S. This viral disease spreads rapidly and can be dangerous to the elderly. As you age, your immune system weakens. According to the CDC, those 65 or older at most at risk of hospitalization or death. According to their statistics, up to 70 percent of hospitalizations…

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…

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…

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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