Caring for the Caregiver: Why Staying Social Is Important for Your Health

Caring for the CaregiverLet’s be genuine: providing care for an elderly family member is often tiring, stressful, and isolating. When caregiving requirements advance, particularly if a long-term disease such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is at play, family care providers may feel as if they’re in over their heads, and getting through the standard elements of the daytime – showering, cooking food, running errands – can seem to be a hurdle too great to leap. Caring for the caregiver sadly often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. [Read more…]

Overcome Sibling Squabbles When Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents Although we’d prefer to turn a blind eye to it, family friction happens to be common in some form for most of us, and during a time of crisis, is usually aggravated. After levels of stress are elevated, it’s common to look for a target to serve as an outlet for those emotions; and unfortunately, that target is often those we’ve shared probably the most with over a lifetime: our brothers and sisters. [Read more…]

We Can ALL Help Make a Difference in Alzheimer’s Research

Alzheimer's ResearchThe field of Alzheimer’s research is expanding, and today there’s a way all of us could actually help bring about the finding of a cure. With an online game, Stall Catchers, many people are dedicating time and energy going through slides of mouse brains to help researchers in establishing the effectiveness of addressing cerebral blood circulation issues to reverse loss of memory. [Read more…]

Exercising After 50: What You Need to Know

exercising after 50Aging involves adjusting to a great many changes, and how we take care of our bodies is among the most meaningful ones. We realize the necessity of staying physically active, but may not realize that the old tried-and-true exercise techniques we’ve long practiced must be changed after age fifty, because of a rise in injuries, pain in muscles and joints, and all-around fatigue. If you’re exercising after 50, and you should be, use these tips: [Read more…]

Walk It Off: Medicare Now Covers Treadmill Therapy

treadmill therapyThere’s encouraging information for those with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition that can occur from smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a heart attack or stroke, and sometimes resulting in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once prescribed and monitored by a medical professional. [Read more…]

Brain Games: Can Online Games Improve Senior Brain Health?

brain gamesThe online world presents us with instantaneous answers to almost any question we’re able to imagine, learning opportunities beyond what we could have dreamed of a generation before, socialization enhancement, and much more. Among the most enjoyable web developments for those of us in the senior care industry has been brain training applications – the computerized brain games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning. But how well do they actually succeed? [Read more…]

Chronic Osteoarthritis Pain? Never Fear, Help Is Here!

OsteoarthritisIt’s a group none of us want to join, yet even so, as many as 10 million Americans are members: sharing a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Resulting from the wearing away of cartilage over the years, osteoarthritis usually has an effect on bigger joints, like the knees, and may be debilitating to a senior’s quality of life. With three main recommended treatment plans – over-the-counter drugs to help reduce inflammation, such as ibuprofen, prescription painkillers such as tramadol, or physical therapy – a good number of people with osteoarthritis have reconciled themselves to a life of limping, discomfort, modified activity levels, and not surprisingly, chronic pain. [Read more…]

How to Approach Senior Healthcare Your Way

Senior HealthcareIn an idealistic world, senior healthcare would focus on you and your personal preferences, following your specific needs and wishes – fitting within your schedule and routine, unhindered by problems like an unwavering medical professional who views healthcare options in black and white. Real life is far from perfect unfortunately, and quite a few of us have a tendency to submit to doctors’ orders with no reflection that there might be a better-suited choice. [Read more…]

Dealing with Dementia: When Dementia Leads to Crime

dealing with dementiaIt’s almost inconceivable – a pleasant, elderly, at times confused grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease being handcuffed and put under arrest. And yet that very scene is playing out at an alarming rate among older persons, over 100,000 of them, according to the most recent statistics – an increase of just about 30% in the past decade. This significant increase in arrests among the elderly might be in part because of the growth in the population of older adults, as well as the rise in diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. [Read more…]

Understanding the Impact of Family Conflict on Senior Care

family conflictPerhaps your family rivals those on Walton’s Mountain in its unconditional love, unwavering patience with one another, and determination to stick together through thick and thin. But if your family is similar to most, there’s undoubtedly some level of dysfunction, some lingering stubborn sibling rivalry, and even a little lingering competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. These sorts of family conflicts can be aggravated as parents’ caregiving needs increase and family members are forced to work together, resurfacing old childhood issues. [Read more…]