Be Sure to Check for These Red Flags During Holiday Visits with Aging Parents

Smiling Mature nurse embracing senior woman and holding a Christmas gift while sitting on the sofa.Living far apart makes it tough to go visit our aging parents as often as we would wish, but over the holidays, families make a more concerted effort to enjoy quality time together – making it the optimal occasion to assess an older adult’s safety and wellbeing. There are lots of red flags that can’t be witnessed in weekly telephone conversations, e-mails, or even through Skype, but which often become apparent when the family is all together during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Holidays with Alzheimer’s: Georgia Home Care Experts Share Helpful Tips

Photo of elderly woman having breakfast with her caregiversObserving the holiday season through the lens of Alzheimer’s disease can feel anything but merry and bright. Family members might be stressed with caregiving duties, and the disruption to routine can cause more distress for a person struggling with the effects of dementia. [Read more…]

Eating the Right Stuff: How to Help COPD Through Your Diet

Good companion makes this breakfast more tastyAs shared by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, nearly 12 million adults are currently diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), and it is also estimated that another 12 million may possibly be living with the disease and not even realize it. It’s also worth mentioning that COPD frequently hits in middle age, with smoking as the primary risk factor. Regular exposure to certain types of dusts and chemicals also contributes to a heightened risk factor.  [Read more…]

COPD at Home: How Pure Is Your Air?

She's enjoying the beautiful dayIf you happen to be caring for a senior loved one who struggles with COPD, you certainly are familiar with the fact that outdoor air pollution can aggravate symptoms. However, did you realize that low air quality in the home can also be troublesome? Purifying the air in the senior’s home can help everyone breathe easier and be more comfortable. [Read more…]

Exercise After 50: The Rules Have Changed

Man Exercising Outdoors with DumbellsAging involves adapting to a number of changes, and the way we take care of our bodies is one of the most important ones. We all know the necessity of remaining physically active, but may not realize that the old tried-and-true exercising techniques we’ve long utilized ought to be changed as we grow older, thanks to a rise in injuries, aches in muscles and joints, as well as overall fatigue. There are many exercise modifications in how we exercise after 50. For example: [Read more…]

Senior Health News: Treadmill Therapy Now Covered by Medicare

senior home exercisingHere’s some encouraging senior health news for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases result in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and supervised by a health care professional. [Read more…]

Is There a Benefit to Seniors Playing Video Games?

Elderly woman sitting at the table and types on laptop.The online world provides us with instantaneous responses to any sort of question we are able to imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we might have thought of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. Among the most worthwhile online innovations for those who are in the senior care industry is brain training applications, computerized mind games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning. But just how well do they actually work? Are there real benefits to seniors playing video games? [Read more…]

The Most Common Elderly Medication Errors and How to Avoid Them

Medication ErrorsWe all recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard alarming stories about patients who have been given incorrect medication – either due to an issue with the health care provider or pharmacy. What many people don’t think about is that there is a hidden risk even when we get the correct medication — the danger of non-adherence. [Read more…]

The Difficulties of Elderly Medication Management and How to Overcome Them

elderly medication managementThere are literally thousands of prescription drugs obtainable in America, and nearly one-third of all adults take five or more of these drugs per day. If you happen to be a care provider for a senior friend or family member, the intricacy of dealing with the prescriptions, interactions and doses can be overwhelming. In fact, research has shown that 55% of prescription medications are not taken accurately for a wide variety of reasons, and the results can be severe. [Read more…]

How Family Dynamics Can Impact Caring for Elderly Parents

elderly parentsPerhaps 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 members are like most, there’s definitely some degree of dysfunction, some leftover stubborn sibling rivalry, and in some cases a bit of residual competitiveness to be Mom’s and Dad’s favorite. As the care needs of elderly parents increase and the family once again has to band together to support them, old childhood hurts can resurface and family dynamics can be exacerbated. [Read more…]