Fall Risk Assessment Tools: What’s Your Risk?

Helping The Elderly
 The risk of falls in older adults has been well documented over the years. A fall for an elderly person may only cause minor injuries, but could also prove to be fatal. In fact, the CDC reports that in 2013 over 25,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries. With so much at stake, there has to be a way to measure fall risk. Fall risk assessment tools have been developed by healthcare systems and experts over time. Actually, an argument could be made that TOO MANY tools have... Click to Read More

3 Great Exercises for Seniors Who Suffer from Joint Pain

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As we get older, it can be realistic that you will have pain in a part of your body that you will have to live with or get treatment for. Many seniors can suffer from arthritis, a common condition that that involves inflammation in the joints. Yet, even with the aches and pains caused by arthritis, typically, older adults can still be active and exercise. I know this first hand because many of the seniors in my group fitness programs tell me about their pain or physical limitations. Often,... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Family & Faith

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Witnessing my Mother’s eight-year decline through dementia was one of the toughest things I’ve ever experienced.  I struggled to cope with grief and depression while I juggled business, family and caregiving responsibilities.  Without my family’s love and encouragement I never would have made it through.  Some especially powerful moments from those days: Melting-down, I cried to my husband, “My life feels totally out of control!” He lovingly replied, “Given the situation, it’s understandable.” Distraught about missing another soccer tournament, my son reassured me it was OK.  In that moment I... Click to Read More

Assessing Older Adults: Questions to Ask About Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Senior Mother And Adult Daughter
As we get older, we lose the ability to do many of the activities that we enjoyed in our youth. Today, approximately 75% of elderly individuals over the age of 75 have their activities limited due to a functional impairment. Unfortunately, we can also lose some of the skills that are essential to healthy and independent living. That’s why it’s important to keep a close eye on how well an older adult is managing to retain those skills. Healthcare professionals achieve this by monitoring what are known as the activities... Click to Read More

Relieving Arthritis Pain: What Should You Be Doing?

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As a formidable source of chronic pain, arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability across the globe. Today, roughly 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis, including nearly 40 million in the United States.  Fortunately, there’s nearly as many treatments for arthritis as there are people who suffer from it. Many people treat their arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications like Ibuprofen, but the long-term use of these solutions can sometimes have serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, kidney... Click to Read More

What to Eat After a Stroke: Diets to Reduce Stroke Risk

Home Care Service
There are no good strokes, but the best stroke is the one that never happens. Of course, sometimes that's not an option. As older adults have a greater risk of strokes, it is important for them to do what they can to prevent having a stroke in the first place, or take care of themselves after one occurs. One area that the elderly have control over is their diet. As strokes tend to happen with no warning, it is imperative to do all that you, the family caregiver, can... Click to Read More

Famous People with ALS: 3 Inspiring Stories

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, has received a lot of media attention as of late. The Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation was designed to not only raise money for ALS research, but to raise awareness of the disease. The challenge itself echoed the debilitating symptoms of the progressive disease, which causes nerve cells and motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord to die off, leading to loss of muscle control and eventual paralysis. In addition to the Ice Bucket Challenge raising awareness of the... Click to Read More

Depressed with ALS: Support and Support Groups for those with ALS

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Thanks in part to the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS support has skyrocketed to an all-time high. But in dealing with the physical symptoms of a disease, a person's mental health often takes a back seat to their physical health. The Mayo Clinic has performed studies on the physical benefits of optimism and we need only think about the placebo effect to recognize the power the brain has over the body. While ALS targets only motor neurons, the loss of certain physical functions and disrupted sleep leaves people at risk for... Click to Read More

What’s Your Risk of Caregiver Role Strain, Stress and Burnout?

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When you are responsible for the care of a senior loved one, the stresses and strains of everyday life are amplified. Juggling work and family with elder care increases the risk for caregiver burnout. This is especially true regardless of whether the family member you are caring for has a disease like Alzheimer’s disease that affects memory, or a condition that leaves your loved one physically debilitated. Family caregiver strain often goes unrecognized. In the hustle and bustle of a busy life, it may not be detected until the... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Family-Focused Strategies

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Those who share the ups and downs of your family caregiving journey are family, whether they’re linked to you by blood or by choice.  With both traditional and non-traditional family ties, what affects one family member affects all the others. Three generations of the Liu family are struggling to cope with their patriarch’s fast developing brain tumor.  Members of the immediate and extended clan are in constant contact, yet wonder what they can do to really help. Witnessing Rosa Delgado’s dementia is agonizing for her adult children and grandchildren.  They’re... Click to Read More
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