The Importance of Diagnosing Mental Disorders in the Elderly

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Watching an older loved one suffer from a mental disorder can be heartbreaking. It's not uncommon to feel a sense of helplessness, but as family members, you can help prevent the negative effects of anxiety and other mental disorders in the elderly by encouraging them to seek a medical diagnosis. By understanding the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, you can help your elderly loved with mental health issues live a better life. When mental disorders go undiagnosed in the elderly, they can have a negative impact on other... Click to Read More

Seniors & Stage 4 Breast Cancer: What to Expect

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Any diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but a diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer can be heartbreaking. However, with advances in modern medical technology and treatments, many women and men, are living with chronic breast cancer for longer periods of time. <u ">What is Stage 4 Breast Cancer A diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer means that either the cancer has returned or the cancer has spread beyond the breast to other areas of the body and vital organs. These typically include the liver, lungs, bones, or brain.... Click to Read More

Early Signs of Breast Cancer in Seniors That May Surprise You

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Like most cancers, the sooner you discover and begin treatment of breast cancer the better. In fact, during stage 1, there is about a 100% survival rate of five years. This is why it is important for seniors to always be on the look out for warning signs and risk factors of breast cancer. There are several risk factors and warning signs for breast cancer in seniors that you should monitor carefully. These risk factors can contribute to the chance of a senior developing breast cancer. Although there are... Click to Read More

Building Caregiver Resilience: Nutritional Strategies for Caregivers

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Roger is so worn-out by caring for his wife who has dementia that hot dogs or canned soup are about all he can put on the table for dinner. Sandy stops by to make dinner for her disabled parents after work each night, but usually skips dinner when she gets home. Lois is so stressed by her husband’s stroke that her weight has shot up and she can’t seem to control her diabetes with diet like she used to do. How about you? Are the chronic stresses of caregiving leading you... Click to Read More

Coping with Colon Cancer in Older Loved Ones

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According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the second most fatal form of cancer in the U.S. One out of every 20 Americans runs the risk of developing colon cancer and nearly 90% of all new diagnoses of colon cancer occur in people over the age of 50. Each year this disease, one that harms the lower intestinal tract and rectum, claims roughly 50,000 lives. Understanding Colon Cancer Fortunately, treatment is successful in almost all cases where early detection occurs. It is a sad reality, but most doctors... Click to Read More

Prostate Cancer: From the Perspective of Older Men and Caregiver

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If you're a man past the age of sixty, it’s almost inevitable that you will need to deal with prostate issues. These can range from an enlarged prostate to prostate cancer, but one does not necessarily lead to the other. With that in mind, it is important for senior men and caregivers to know the difference and understand the stages, treatments, and emotional impact of prostate cancer. An enlarged prostate, also known as BPH, is caused by an overgrowth of tissue within the prostate. This tissue is cancer free,... Click to Read More

Living With Lung Cancer: Advice for Seniors & Caregivers

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No one ever wants to hear the word "cancer" come out of their doctor's mouth, but when it is associated with lung cancer, it can be doubly frightening. That's not to say that an older adult can't live with lung cancer - they can. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer, there are steps you can take to manage the disease, as well as early warning signs to watch for. Lung cancer leads to more deaths in both men and women than any other... Click to Read More

Beyond Caregiving: Moving Through Grief to Gratitude

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When a loved one dies, caregivers not only have to adjust to the loss of the person, but they also have to adjust to a life that is no longer centered on providing care. People sometimes have difficulty moving on because they feel like they have lost their purpose and identity. The grief process for caregivers is complicated, and it’s important to understand that each person’s journey through it is unique. No two people will ever have exactly the same experience. However, there are a few things... Click to Read More

Seniors & Afib: What Caregivers Should Know

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For most people, a heartbeat happens without much thought. In fact, on average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day. When everything is working properly, these beats go unnoticed; however, when an elderly person has an irregular heartbeat, he or she should certainly take note. This condition, atrial fibrillation, can lead to serious consequences. With this in mind, it is important to understand the symptoms and risks of afib. According to the National Institutes of Health, atrial fibrillation, also known as Afib or “heart flutters,” happens when a... Click to Read More

Dementia & Caregivers: Tips for Fighting Frustration & Helping Your Loved One

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The effects of mental illness can often be just as bad, if not worse than their physical counterparts, especially for the elderly and their respective caretakers. Whereas a bodily injury can render an individual incapable of performing everyday tasks, and thus make them increasingly more dependent on their loved ones, that person has a conscious awareness of their surroundings and can effectively communicate their needs. For example, if he or she is experiencing pain or needs to use the restroom,telling a relative what they want is easy enough. On... Click to Read More