What You May Not Know About Diabetes: Diabetes Prevention Tips

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For anyone at risk of Type 2 diabetes, prevention can be paramount. According to the CDC, an estimated 29 million Americans are diabetic, and an additional 86 million suffer from pre-diabetes. Left untreated, many of those pre-diabetics will go on to develop the full form of the disease and be placed at risk for its serious complications. These complications include kidney damage, blindness, hearing impairment, amputation, stroke, and heart disease. Diabetes prevention for seniors is particularly important because as many as half of all seniors over the age... Click to Read More

Staying Safe: Cold Weather Safety & Prevention Tips for Seniors

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With cool weather moving in and winter at our heels, autumn is a perfect time to slow down and take stock of your home and your safety. Cold weather, while usually forcing us to remain cozy indoors, can also bring many fall risks for older Americans. According to the National Institute of Health, 6 out of every 10 falls happen in or around the home. Making small changes, both to your home and your lifestyle, can prevent many of these falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1... Click to Read More

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease That May Surprise You

Alzheimer Disease Aging
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, being able to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and its stages can help the patient and family caregiver better understand what to expect and when to expect it. This knowledge will also give them the time to plan and prepare for what is to come. Common Signs of Alzheimer's Disease A common problem patients experience in the early stages of Alzheimer's is a feeling that they can't remember simple things. This can include forgetting the location of items they use on... Click to Read More

Coping with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Family Members

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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the effects are felt throughout the entire family. While your loved one may be dealing with the disease’s symptoms, you will also be dealing with the sadness that comes with watching someone you care about no longer remember the details of their life. With a few tips and Alzheimer's coping strategies, the difficult process can be made a little easier. Find Time for Yourself First off, it is critically important to take care of yourself. While in the role of caretaker for... Click to Read More

Building Caregiver Resilience: Mental Strategies

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The caregiving journey is often long and intense; marked by challenging circumstances, unclear choices and uncertain outcomes. Bill’s wife has been battling cancer for years. Should she participate in a research study on a new form of chemotherapy? As a wife and mother of three teens, they desperately want her to live. Bill knows this would be grueling for the whole family and the odds for a cure are not good. After six years, Elsa is exhausted, and wonders if she should listen to her adult children’s advice. They want... Click to Read More

Seniors and Alcohol Abuse – More Common Than You Think

Drinking And The Elderly
In 2013, the Centers for Disease control published a report titled, “The State of Aging & Health in America.” Included in this report was the fact that binge drinking “accounts for more than 21,000 deaths among adults 65 or older each year in the United States.” Elderly alcoholism is a serious problem and can increase the risk of developing life-threatening conditions, like high blood pressure, liver disease and stroke. The Dangers of Geriatric Binge Drinking The report also found that while the prevalence of binge drinking among older adults has... Click to Read More

The Other Side of Caregiving: What It’s Like to Receive Care

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I am a huge fan of Garrison Keillor’s radio show, Prairie Home Companion. I am particularly fond of his take on adversity. He says, “Nothing bad ever happens to a writer. It’s all material.” I tried to bear that in mind after my husband had major back surgery earlier this summer. I have to admit that caring for him tried my patience and tested my endurance. (It also provided me with some great material for my daily blog!) When we are caring for someone who needs help with showering, using... Click to Read More

Building Caregiver Resilience Webinar

Webinar - Building Caregiver Resilience
Are you struggling to manage the challenges of caring for a loved one? Feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by juggling family, work, home and caregiving responsibilities? Are you a Health or senior care professional witnessing your patients’ families struggling and wonder how to help them? When facing challenges, resilience provides the capacity to handle tough decisions, to persevere and prevail. When tapping resilience, the daunting becomes do-able; difficult experiences turn into learning experiences. Both family caregivers and the professionals who support them are invited to... Click to Read More

Caring for Seniors with Brain Injury and TBI Symptoms After a Fall

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Few types of injuries and illnesses have a comparable impact on a family as that of a brain injury. Those suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) will require part-time or full-time care, and may never be quite the same person they once were before the injury occurred. In many cases, they are likely to develop different behavior, perceive the world in new ways, or lose much of their independence. That’s why it’s important to understand what you can expect when caring for a loved one who has... Click to Read More

Seniors and Depression: Tips for Caregivers

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Everyone can get the blues from time to time, but real depression needs to be monitored and treated. The truth is, seniors can fall into depression for many reasons: losing a loved one, dealing with an illness, medications, or just the aging process in general. With that in mind, here are some tips for caregivers to assist with elderly depression care. The unfortunate reality is that about 20% of seniors over the age of fifty-five have some sort of mental health issue. Many of these individuals deal with depression.... Click to Read More