Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a profound and emotional journey as their cognitive abilities gradually decline. In this complex role of caregiving, it's crucial to address not only the immediate challenges of memory loss and confusion but also to look after their long-term health. One critical aspect of dementia care is helping your loved one manage their cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol can significantly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, which poses an additional threat to their well-being. In this endeavor, caregivers play a pivotal role in ensuring that the individual receives the necessary support, guidance, and attention to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle, making every effort to safeguard their overall health and quality of life.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can present differently in the elderly than in younger adults. It is important to remember that some elderly individuals with UTIs may not exhibit typical symptoms, such as pain or burning during urination, making diagnosis more difficult. Therefore, if you suspect a UTI in an elderly person, it is important to seek medical attention promptly to prevent complications.
Are you nervous about a senior loved one being home alone? Prevention goes a long way in helping seniors live out their golden years from the comfort of home. Family caregivers or adult children can help aging loved ones by taking steps the ensure the house is free from fall risks, doctor's appointments are maintained, [...]
May is stroke awareness month. Below are signs and symptoms put together by stroke.org and The American Heart Association. Learn and share the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you might save a life! F.A.S.T. is a quick way to identify stroke symptoms and act quickly. Recognize the warning signs and call 9-1-1 immediately. This can make the [...]
According to the American Geriatrics Society, many seniors take over ten different medications, with 80% of seniors juggling multiple health conditions. Common conditions include heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, COPD, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and sensory loss. Unfortunately, seeing different doctors for each condition can make it challenging to maximize the quality of [...]
Have you noticed an elderly loved one is no longer bathing? You might also have seen bumps, bruises, or even discovered a recent hospital visit. When an elderly parent isn't bathing, it is usually a symptom of a more significant issue. It is critical to consult with a physician to get to the root of [...]
It might surprise you to learn that older adults watch more television than younger people do. Watching TV comprises most of the leisure time for adults aged 70 to 105 years old. Television can be an avenue to learning new things, connecting with the world, creating a diversion, and providing some light entertainment. However, it [...]
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in this country can be traced to foodborne pathogens. We’ve probably all heard our older loved ones comment that they have always (insert poor food storage adage here) and it was fine. However, bacteria have [...]
Sixteen million Americans suffer from diagnosed COPD, with millions more likely suffering from the effects but undiagnosed and untreated. If your loved one suffers from breathing challenges, they could have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is not just one disease but an identifier for a group of diseases that cause breathing-related problems, including the [...]
Seniors are prone to eye disorders, so exams are crucial. Problems develop painlessly and have no symptoms and individuals may not notice changes in their vision. Seniors and Vision Loss: How to Adapt to Changes in Sight The importance of sight exams Getting an annual eye exam is important for people of all ages, but [...]