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Can’t Get a Parent to Calm Down? Agitation is common with some health issues. It’s also possible if your parent is just fed up and can’t express the frustration easily. When your parent has reached that point, how do you get them to calm down? Redirecting is a technique used regularly by caregivers to calm…Read More
We appreciate you and the wonderful qualities you possess. For instance, those born in March are known to be highly intuitive, as well as generous and devoted to those they love and care about. If you were born in March, you are most likely to be talented, enthusiastic and able to adapt well to any…Read More
Diabetes is most definitely deserving of our attention and awareness. The good news, however, is that much can be done to manage and in some cases even reverse the symptoms of diabetes. Adhering to a plan that includes education on the disease process, following a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and learning about the importance…Read More
Are you or your loved one living with noncorrectable reduced vision? Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States over the age of 65 have a severe visual impairment. This could be diagnosed as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or as an acquired (traumatic) brain injury. People often hear “Low Vision” and…Read More
Stroke is a very serious risk for older adults. The third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability, stroke is much more common in seniors. As a family caregiver you should understand that the risk for stroke more than doubles for each decade after the age of…Read More
Heart failure is a condition resulting from the heart’s inability to pump enough blood throughout the body. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is one type of heart failure which occurs when fluid builds up in the extremities, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract and other organs, causing the blood to become “congested”. It is only natural for someone…Read More
How can American Heart Month make a difference? Both at home and in the community, we can use February as a time when we raise awareness about heart disease. One way to do this is to encourage families and loved ones to make small lifestyle changes. For example, you can educate them on how to…Read More
Happy Birthday to all of those celebrating a birthday this month! People with February birthdays are likely to share some interesting characteristics. For instance, babies born in the winter month of February were significantly longer at birth. They also were taller, heavier and had a larger head circumference at age 7. Those with February birthdays…Read More
If you care for a parent with Alzheimer’s and haven’t come across the book Contented Dementia, it’s a worthwhile read. The book focuses on the SPECAL method for communicating with people with dementia. Family caregivers will find this method can make a huge difference in communication. What Does SPECAL Stand For? SPECAL is a trademark…Read More
A new year is starting. Now is a good time to talk to your parents about changes they can make for their physical and mental wellness. Here are some of the resolutions every senior citizen should make this year. Get a Health Exam Your parents should go for a yearly health exam. If they’re not…Read More