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…

Four Fall Hazards You Might Overlook

Falling is a huge problem for your aging adult because of the serious health problems that can result after a fall. Even if your elderly family member only experiences a small injury, that can affect the rest of her life. Spotting potential risks for falling can help your senior avoid them. Lighting. Lighting is so…

Five Things to Have on Hand After Your Mom’s Knee Replacement

Arthritis in the knee joint makes it hard for your mom to walk around. After trying non-invasive treatment methods, her doctor recommended a knee replacement surgery. You want to make sure she has everything she needs for the recovery. Here are a few things you can do to help. Set Up a Bedroom Downstairs. For…

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Poor Nutrition in Your Senior?

Poor nutrition can manifest in a variety of different ways, but it can leave some similar signs. Once you know what to be on the lookout for, you can help your senior to get help sooner rather than later. An Empty or Understocked Fridge. If your senior isn’t up to shopping or simply has no…

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