Who Can Care for Dad After Surgery?

Elderly adults are at a higher risk of needing surgery than other age groups, primarily due to age-related illnesses, injuries, and chronic conditions. Unfortunately, seniors are also more likely to struggle with recovery and it may take longer than planned. When family members are looking at post-surgery care needs for their aging relative, they should…

Making Sure Your Parent Can Enjoy Family Exercise and Activities Together Safely

When you’re planning family exercise and activities, safety should be a top priority. Exercising together is a wonderful way to encourage everybody in your family to get more physical activity, and to bond the generations of the family. Especially during the summer months, however, exercising together and enjoying activities can pose a variety of dangers.…

What Can You Do for a Senior Who Has Anxiety?

Anxiety is not just something that younger people experience. Aging adults experience anxiety, too, and it can be just as damaging to their daily lives as it is for people in other age groups. Helping your elderly family member to manage her anxiety might mean that you come up with a customized plan of attack…

What is an Essential Tremor and Should You Be Worried?

You’ve noticed your dad’s hand shakes. You’re worried he has Parkinson’s disease. The leading cause of shaky hands is actually essential tremor. Here’s what you need to know. What is Essential Tremor? Essential tremor is a neurological condition in which certain parts of the body tremble or shake for no reason. Hands are one of…

Skin Cancer Screenings Go Mobile

As we move into the warmer months of spring and summer, older adults may be spending more time outside. That means it’s time to start thinking about protecting them from too much sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. One…

What Should Your Senior Do if She Falls?

No matter what you and your senior have done to help her avoid falling, there may come a time when she does experience a fall. Here’s what she needs to do in order to get back up. Avoid Getting up Right Away. One of your senior’s first instincts might be to hop up right away.…

Don’t Ignore these Signs of Caregiver Burnout

To burn out means to exhaust all the fuel until there is nothing left. It is often used in relation to motors, forest fires and other combustible situations. Increasingly, the term is being applied to chronic stress, especially to family caregivers. Because caring for an elderly relative can create endless work with few breaks for…

April is Rosacea Awareness Month

Family caregivers should learn all they can about the skin condition known as rosacea. That’s because it often appears in elderly adults but may go undiagnosed due to a focus on other more serious health issues. April is Rosacea Awareness Month, and there’s a lot of information out there to help family caregivers understand the…

Are You Nurturing Yourself as a Caregiver?

As a caregiver you probably spend quite a bit of time nurturing your elderly family member, but how often are you nurturing yourself? You might find that to be too much, but it really isn’t. If you nurture yourself, you’ll be in a better position to be able to nurture the other people in your…

Tips for Helping Your Senior Avoid a Traumatic Brain Injury

There are nearly 3 million traumatic brain injuries throughout the United States each year. Though approximately 75 percent of these are mild, including concussions, some instances are very severe, even leading to death. In fact, more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths have TBI as a contributing factor. As a family caregiver one of the…

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