Understanding How Age Affects the 5 Senses

Our five senses give us details about the world around us. As we age, our senses diminish; likewise, the information we collect decreases. Understanding how these changes affect your parent’s lifestyle, health and safety will help you be a better caregiver. Taste Your tongue has about 9,000 taste buds that identify sweet, sour, salty and […]

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Tips to Manage Mom’s Difficult Behavior

As a caregiver, you’ve probably experienced numerous instances of challenging behavior from your aging parent. These encounters can leave you feeling stressed, abused and exhausted. If you are just beginning your caregiving responsibilities, you may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. If you have been providing care for a while, you may have built up […]

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Is Your Parent Being Difficult?

Have you ever been in a restaurant and your parent suddenly throws a temper tantrum? Does Mom or Dad always complain about everything you do? Has your loved one suddenly become apathetic about hygiene? If so, you are not alone. Caregivers face these and other situations every day when caring for an aging parent. Because […]

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What You Need to Know About ALS

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a disease that affects the function of your muscles and nerves. Each year in the United States, 15 new cases are diagnosed each day. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after Yankee slugger Lou Gehrig, ALS develops between the ages of 40 and 70, with the average person […]

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6 Summer Outings You and Your Parent Can Enjoy Together

Seniors often receive a mental and emotional lift from being outside. Sunlight generates vitamin D, which improves brain function and mood; it’s also necessary for healthy muscles and bones. Summer outings are an ideal way to encourage your loved one to soak up some sunshine, get some exercise, get back in tune with nature and […]

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Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Summer is filled with fun activities, but not all of them take place in your backyard. Whether you’re traveling to a family wedding, class reunion or destination vacation, these tips will help make the trip enjoyable for you and your aging parent. Be realistic. Trying to see or do everything is often frustrating rather than […]

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Is Your Home Safe?

With June being National Safety Month, now is a good time to look at your home, or your parents’ home if they’re aging in place, with a critical eye toward home safety. Balance issues, poor eyesight and mobility difficulties are a few of the challenges the elderly face. To get an idea of what your […]

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Male Caregivers: An Increasing Trend

Internationally, women are the primary caregivers for family members with chronic medical conditions, Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. The number of male caregivers, however, is growing rapidly. In 1996, males accounted for 19 percent of caregivers; that number now stands at 45 percent. Males are entering the caregiving role because of smaller family […]

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Keeping The Men in Your Life Healthy

June 12-18 is National Men’s Health Week. The education awareness program began in 1994 as a way to draw attention to the health problems men face and encourage them to seek early treatment. Men have higher morbidity rates in virtually every leading cause of death in the United States, partly because men’s lifestyles make them […]

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Preventing Choking Hazards in Seniors

As a parent, you probably recall the time when you cut up your child’s food into small pieces so that they wouldn’t choke. As a caregiver, it’s just as critical to recognize that choking is a potential hazard for your aging parent. National Heimlich Maneuver Day falls on June 1, which makes June a good […]

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