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Health Conditions—Issues

Health Conditions & Issues

10 Health Conditions That Call for a Fall Risk Assessment

The symptoms and complications of some health conditions put seniors at an increased risk. See if you should be talking to your loved one's physician about fall risk... Read more

Shingles Prevalence in Seniors: Advice for Caregivers

Nearly a third of Americans will develop shingles during their lifetime. The disease can occur at any age, but it is most common among adults over 60. Here’s what you should know if your senior loved one develops the disease... Read more

Tips for Caregivers: Senior Hygiene Best Practices

Senior hygiene often tops the list of caregiver duties. In fact, almost half of all adults over the age of 65 need help with daily activities, according to a recent analysis from the Department of Health and Human Services... Read more

The Cost of Alzheimer's Disease to Skyrocket by 2050

Alzheimer’s disease cost the United States an estimated $214 billion in 2014, including $150 billion to Medicare and Medicaid, making it by far the most expensive condition in the nation... Read more

Mouthwatering Recipes for Diabetics

The days of bland diabetic dishes are gone for good. Try out the following recipes for diabetics. Perhaps you and the diabetic senior in your house can cook together and continue to make lasting memories... Read more

Wandering Seniors: A Common Challenge for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Many Alzheimer’s caregivers struggle with wandering seniors. While there is no known cure for the memory loss or other associated conditions of Alzheimer’s disease, there are a number of ways you can keep a wandering loved one safe... Read more

Dementia Caregivers: Navigating the Emotional Roller Coaster of Lewy Body Dementia

The challenges of dealing with progressive memory loss can be overwhelming for family caregivers, especially for those whose loved ones suffer from Lewy body dementia... Read more

Room Decorating Tips for Seniors with Alzheimer's

Moving a loved one with Alzheimer’s is stressful — and once the physical move is over, the emotional toll of adapting to a new environment can be difficult to handle. If you’re designing a room for a senior with Alzheimer’s... Read more

Helping Seniors Overcome the Frustration of Mobility Issues

Mobility issues are common in seniors. Approximately 10.2 percent of all US seniors require canes, according to the University of California, San Francisco Disability Statistics Center... Read more

Alzheimer's Disease: The Devil's in the Denial

It starts innocently enough, with friends and family covering for your loved one’s cognitive slide. They think they’re being helpful. They may subconsciously believe their denial will magically restore powers to your loved one to help her snap out of it... Read more

Caring for a Loved One with ALS or MS

There is currently no cure for MS or ALS, and most people with these diseases will eventually require both emotional and physical support from family and friends. As each of the conditions varies in complexity from person to person, so too does the care required... Read more

A Caregiver's Guide to Sundown Syndrome

Perhaps you’ve never heard of sundown syndrome. I hadn’t either, until my father began to fall in the evenings and at night. I noticed that he didn’t fall in the mornings and that he reached the height... Read more

How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Senior's Symptoms

As a caregiver, there will be times when you’ll have to talk to a doctor on your senior’s behalf. This is especially true if your senior is having trouble with memory, is physically weak or exhausted, or... Read more

Understanding the Signs of Aging Versus Dementia Symptoms

As seniors age, their memories often fade and they are prone to forgetfulness. They may depend more on family and friends for help and they may have trouble remembering certain words. But how do caregivers know... Read more

Parkinson's Disease or Simply Signs of Aging? How to Know the Difference

Parkinson’s disease is a fairly common brain disorder among seniors. It causes shaking and stiffness and affects balance and coordination. In some sufferers, it also causes dementia... Read more

My Senior Uses an Oxygen Concentrator: Preparing for a Visit

If you have a loved one who depends on oxygen therapy at home, you’re probably familiar with the nasal cannula, the tubing, and maybe even the hum of the oxygen concentrator. But what happens when your senior... Read more

Communication: An Important Aspect of Dementia Care

Is it simply aging, or is it the onset of dementia? Symptoms are similar; however, an early diagnosis of dementia can ensure that your loved one receives the support and treatment... Read more

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