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5 Great Ways to Spend Time with Parents with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

It’s natural to feel lost, overwhelmed and even a sense of despair when your loved one is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The signs may have been there but a diagnosis confirms it and makes it final. It is the start of a very difficult and long journey. Alongside your current responsibilities which may […]

5 Important Tips for Senior Nutrition

Because of the constraints many seniors live under, they are often struggling to maintain a nutritious diet. Many seniors find that cooking for one is neither economical nor easy, and they easily lose their appetites as they become lonely and depressed. Whether because of limited income, or the lack of ability or desire to cook […]

Keeping Seniors’ Skin Healthy and Protected

The skin of the elderly is highly prone to a number of diseases and disorders because of its decreased elasticity, thickness, and because of certain illnesses that seniors tend to have. One of the most common problems that affects the skin is congestive heart failure, which is the inability of the heart to expel sufficient […]

Who Takes Care of the Caregiver?

Being a caregiver to a loved one takes a lot of energy – physical and emotional. Do you take care of your aging mother? Do you take care of your husband who is in advanced stage of Parkinson’s? Do you take care of your autistic son? You know all too well that caregivers are “the […]

Understanding Boomers

The baby boomer generation, a colorful, noteworthy slice of the American population is oft referred to in the media and with good reason. Between the years of 1946 and 1964, seventy six million babies were brought into this word, and quite literally, the baby boomers were born. Today it is estimated that those over 50 […]

Tips to Keep Your Blood Sugar Under Control

If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia, or hyperglycemia, you know how frustrating it can be to have sudden drops or spikes in your blood sugar. How can you keep your blood sugar under control? Here are some things that will help you get started: Make sure you exercise each day. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded […]

5 Innovations to Help You Stay in Your Home

Builders, manufacturers and service providers are catering to the growing number of seniors who want to age in place in their own homes. Aging in place — the preferred lifestyle for older adults — requires tools and support that allow seniors to live in their own homes safely and independently. According to a recent national […]

Improvements in Men’s and Women’s Incontinence Supplies

When I was first diagnosed with incontinence I worried I would be stuck using a one size fits all, oversized baby diaper. Being totally unfamiliar with the wide variety of incontinence products on the market today I wrongly assumed I would have to wear a bulky, ill fitting, and poorly absorbent incontinence undergarment if I […]

5 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Instantly Improve Home Safety

According to the National Eye Institute, low vision means that even with eyeglasses and other corrective measures, people can have difficulty with everyday tasks. Among the elderly, low vision can contribute to trips, falls and loss of mobility. Falling and fear of falling is a concern for those with low vision, but making a home […]

Top 10 Ways Seniors Can Stay Sharp

Need ideas for elderly games that combine fun and function? Here’s a great place to start! As important as it is for people of all ages to keep learning and exercising their brains, it’s crucial for seniors who want to stay sharp, says Lynn Wilson, founder of The CareGiver Partnership, a national online retailer of […]

This How Many Men With Incontinence Feel

Abena Abri-Man: The Male Incontinence Specialist Tim had been suffering from incontinence for years as a result of an enlarged prostate. He tended to avoid going out with friends. His golf game even suffered and he began to lose touch with friends. After using makeshift solutions including tissue and feminine pads, Tim resigned himself to […]

The Sandwich Generation

Recently, I was introduced to the concept of the “Sandwich Generation”, as detailed by elder care authority Carol Abaya. Abaya divides the sandwich generation into the following three groups: Traditional: Those people sandwiched between their children and elderly parents who need care. Club Sandwich: Those in their 50s or 60s who are sandwiched between elderly […]

Federal Court Protects Access to Incontinence Products

Incontinence supplies are a medical necessity. Recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voided a cost-saving bid by Arizona’s Medicaid program to deny incontinence briefs to adults who need them. This was done after the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) argued incontinence products are only medically necessary when they are prescribed to […]

Elderly Caregiving: Choices and Challenges

Medical advances and healthier lifestyles are major contributors to the increase in lifespan that many people now enjoy. This is combining with people generally having a baby later in life and creating a ‘sandwich’ generation. These are people who need to provide care for elderly parents whilst looking after their own children. This can be […]

3 Reasons We Need Caregivers to Earn a Decent Living

Despite a growing demand for home-based caregivers, the profession is one of the lowest paid and this can affect most of us. As thousands of baby boomers turn 65 every day, the demand for home health care steadily grows. Yet home-based caregivers remain among the lowest paid workers. When caregivers don’t have a stable standard […]

Caregivers Are Frustrated, Frantic, Frazzled, and Fatigued!

Caregivers tell us they’re frustrated, frantic, frazzled and fatigued. We’ve spoken with thousands on the phone and do so everyday. The last thing a caregiver needs to feel guilty about is not doing their part for the environment. Its the furthest thing from their minds – being green, being environmentally conscious, being eco-friendly, managing your […]

How Grandma Regained Her Confidence on Her 90th Birthday

Grandma Clea has always been a strong and independent woman. For over 25 years she has lived alone in her home. Grandma Clea, now 90 years old, has had exceptional health that has allowed her to maintain her lifestyle and independence much longer than most seniors. Up until this year she has continued to help […]

My IBS Led to ABL, Which Led to NGO

“My irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) led to occasional accidental bowel leakage (ABL) and was really affecting my social life – not going out (NGO). Every activity had to be carefully planned in advance. I stressed just thinking about meeting a friend. This stress just served to inflame by IBS which led to more ABL.” IBS […]

Parent-Child Role Reversal: Helpful Tips for Caring for Your Elderly Parent

One of the hardest things about watching your parents age is the reversal of relationships that occurs. Once it was them looking after you, and now it’s your turn to provide caregiving for them. Firstly, and most importantly, it’s vital to remember that it is okay to struggle, and to be unable to manage being […]

It All Starts With A Fall

For older adults, a slip and fall can have a devastating effect on their quality of life, threatening their safety and independence as much as their health. Nonfatal falls pose a serious challenge to older adults. Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 20 minutes, an […]

Basic Bedside Care

When caring for a loved one that is confined to a bed, it is important to have the right tools, resources, and approach bedside care with care. The following are a few tips to help turn your basic bedside care into anything but basic: Get the right bed: Although purchasing a hospital bed can be […]

5 Tips for Keeping Skin Healthy with Incontinence

Taking good care of your skin is important at any age, but over the years skin becomes thinner, less elastic, and more prone to injury and infection. For seniors managing incontinence, it’s even more important to keep skin clean, moisturized, and protected to prevent irritation and infection. Use a gentle, yet effective cleanser: Because frequent […]

8 Factors Experts Use To Identify The Best Care For A Loved One

It’s not easy to care for a senior parent at home. Having basic information about professional home care is fundamental, not to mention that you must keep an eye on them all the time. As people age, their brain ages, too; this means that mental and physical abilities will sooner or later start to decline. […]

Keeping Seniors Safe in Extreme Winter Weather

The elderly are especially at risk during weather extremes because of limited mobility, instability that can lead to slips and falls, physical changes that make it difficult to regulate body temperature, and flu dangers. With the extremely cold weather we’re experiencing across many areas of the country, monitoring our seniors is more important than ever. […]

Night Time Elderly Care: What Caregivers Should Know

There is no denying the job of caregivers for an elderly loved one can be taxing and at times overwhelming. Unfortunately, many times the challenges that are a part of taking care of a senior are magnified at night. Many caregivers make the mistake of thinking once the senior in their care is in bed […]

How Do You Know If It’s Crohn’s Disease?

Statistics show nearly half a million Americans have Crohn’s Disease. This is a chronic inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms can include but are not limited to: abdominal cramping and pain a short time after eating, chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, and a recurring fever. Anyone with these symptoms needs to […]

How To Make Holidays Special For Your Senior Loved Ones

With Christmas just around the corner, and so many chores to take care of, we often fail to recognize that the holiday season is a much more stressful time of year for our most elderly family members, for many different reasons. Perhaps they are feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder, brought about by spouse […]

Technology Advances Personal Health Management

Personal health records allow families, caregivers, and health care providers to access an individual’s history, emergency information and more. These tools help seniors take charge of their own health and help families better care for loved ones. A personal health record (PHR), an electronic collection of medical information, makes a patient’s history accessible at any […]

Using The Right Products To Increase Mobility

One of the most common problems people have as they age is decreased mobility. Many seniors find it more and more difficult to get around their home and complete daily tasks. In addition, when the ability to move around becomes diminished safety becomes a concern. Decreased mobility can prevent seniors from safely leaving their home […]

Bladder Control Problems: A Closer Look

Incontinence and bladder control problems are fairly common, but are often under reported, and not talked about. Most think incontinence issues only affect the very old and the very sick. You may be surprised to learn problems with bladder control affect people of all ages, health statuses, and both genders. However, this type of problem […]

Using Dimensions of Wellness to Address Seasonal Depression in Seniors

Seasonal depression, which can range from mild to debilitating, can be addressed, and in many cases managed, by studying the dimensions of wellness and how they apply to the senior’s life. Wellness — a state of well-being achieved through maximizing individual potential — is important throughout a life cycle, and the winter months especially can […]

Services for Seniors Who Need Help At Home

The majority of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. Aging in place has many benefits, such as it is more comfortable and far less expense. But it can also increase risk. As seniors age, they may need more help at home. The following are some of, but not an exclusive list […]

Why Consider A Monitoring System For A Senior Loved One

 Anyone who is a caregiver for a senior needs to be aware of the hazards that face seniors in their own home, and be able to find solutions to help minimize those hazards. You may be surprised to learn falls are the leading cause of accidents and serious injury in the homes of the elderly. […]

10 Things You Should Say to a Family Caregiver

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and one way to recognize those who give so much of themselves is to simply acknowledge the great job they’re doing. National Family Caregivers Month began as a celebration during the week of Thanksgiving 1997 and has since grown into an annual, month-long acknowledgement and celebration of family caregivers. […]

5 Easy Ways to Improve Home Safety

Eighty five percent of seniors want to remain in their own homes, where they’re comfortable and have privacy and dignity. Yet falls, or fear of falling, are the cause of up to 40 percent of nursing home admissions. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the house and where many falls occur. It’s not […]

5 Facts Everyone Should Know About Senior Malnutrition

Many seniors mistakenly consider frozen foods a one-size-fits-all solution. They’re typically inexpensive and convenient, but in most cases, they’re neither healthy nor appetizing. While businesses continually experiment with services like home-delivered frozen meals, it doesn’t solve the problem of too few calories, lack of fresh veggies, high sodium content and unwanted preservatives. Here are Five […]

5 Common Questions About Crohn’s Disease

If you have been recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, or are the caregiver for someone that has, you probably have lots of questions. This somewhat unfamiliar medical condition can seem overwhelming and confusing. However, there are ways to manage and treat this condition. Educate yourself on options, but keep in mind educating yourself is not […]

5 Ways to Make Food Healthy and Appetizing for Seniors

Making food appetizing is especially important for seniors, who may lose their appetites for a host of reasons. The elderly are especially at risk for malnutrition because of many social and psychological factors. Food may seem unappealing to a senior who has recently been ill, has dental problems or trouble eating, takes medication that affects […]

Does Your Mom or Dad Need Help?

One of the biggest challenges in aging is maintaining independence. Whether you are a senior, or the family member or caregiver for a senior, it can often be a delicate balancing act on how to help your senior maintain their independence. This is often compounded by the fact that many seniors want to age in […]

How Senior Mobility Can Be Improved

As people age, mobility can become an issue. Our ability to move around and do daily tasks can be affected not only by getting older but also by disease or injury. Improving senior mobility can lead to greater independence and increased ability to age in place. The following are tips can help improve senior mobility […]

What Are the Tests for Crohn’s Disease?

If you or your doctor suspects you may have Crohn’s Disease then you will need to undergo tests and have an examination to determine if this is the cause of your symptoms. There are a variety of tests which may be performed which include but are not limited to: imaging tests, blood, urine, and stool […]

7 Tips for Senior Night Safety

Unless you are a senior or a caregiver for a senior, you may be surprised to learn falls are the number one cause of accidents for the elderly. Worse yet, studies show when a senior has a serious enough fall to warrant hospitalization their stay is often longer and more costly then seniors being admitted […]

Monitoring and Alert Systems for Seniors

Studies show one of the most pressing concerns for seniors is whether they will be able to stay in their own homes as they grow older. Most people want to be able to age in place and not have their independence affected. While this is possible for most people as they age, often times they […]

Senior Nutrition at a Glance

Seniors often suffer many ailments, and one of the causes is poor diet. Proper diets can help fight disease, keep bones and muscles strong, and preserve mental acuteness. Having a diet rich in the vitamins, nutrients, and the antioxidants needed for the body to function at its peak is key to health. The following is […]

What are Crohn’s and Colitis?

What are Crohn’s disease and Colitis? They are medical conditions affecting the bowel and GI tract. If you are unfamiliar with these conditions you may be surprised to learn they affect 1 in every 200 people throughout the United States, making them quite common. However, many people with these conditions often feel embarrassment and a […]

It Happened to Me, and Could Happen to You, Too: Adult Bed Wetting

No adult wants to wake from slumber to find that they have wet the bed, but it does happen. And it is not as uncommon as you would think. With over 26 million Americans dealing with some degree of incontinence, and about 2% of those having nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting), you are not alone. The […]

Joy or Duty? Regain the Fulfillment of Being a Caregiver

Joy or Duty? Regain the Fulfillment in Being a Caregiver By Tara Heath Taking care of anybody, whether it’s an elderly adult that needs help with day-to-day tasks or a healthy child, can be a stressful task. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member you’re caring for, or if the job is paid – […]

Prevention of Malnutrition in Seniors

Malnutrition is a serious problem among the senior set. In fact, seniors are often the most malnourished group, and this can lead to an increase in health issues. Malnutrition in seniors can be attributed to a number of factors: eating too little, eating poorly, eating nutrient-poor foods, digestive problems, lack of appetite, mobility issues leading […]

Musical Therapy Devices to Help Those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss

The connection between sound and memory is a strong one. Consider the feeling you receive from hearing your wedding song in the grocery store, or from singing a lullaby to an infant. Music is a powerful way to connect with our memories and emotions, and the benefits for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss patients are […]

The Changing Dietary Needs of Seniors

Bodies need different things at different stages. What a teenage boy eats during their active youth would make a sedentary senior obese in no time. The fact is, the body has different caloric and nutritional requirements during the different stages of life. While the general principles of health remain the same, it is critical for […]

When Neurological Disorders Cause ABL

Over 5.5 million Americans have bowel incontinence leading to light to moderate accidental bowel leakage (ABL). People of all ages and both sexes are affected by ABL, although it is more common among elderly individuals, and in women. There are many causes, from weakened muscles to improperly functioning sphincters. Having a disease that affects the […]

Baby Doll Therapy for Alzheimer’s

The following testimonial was written for The Alzheimer’s Store (alzstore.com) and was graciously shared by Bruce Barnet: “One day I noticed my mother was not acting quite like her usual self. She seemed to be forgetting simple things and was starting to have difficulties with normal tasks. I took her to the doctor where she […]

Skin Cancer Prevention: Important at Every Age

Skin Cancer Prevention Important at Every Age The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes that Melanoma and Skin Cancer detection and prevention are important , as the rates of occurrence increase with age.  It’s important to take steps now to detect and prevent skin cancer. It’s a good time to remind people of all ages that […]

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

Senior nutrition is not too different from that of good nutrition for anyone. However, changes to the body due to age can impact diet, and make it harder to stay healthy. Seniors can’t always get away with the treats, and the unhealthy eating practices they may have had in their youth. The following are some […]

10 Questions to Ask Your Care Facility About Product Management

10 Questions to Ask Your Care Facility About Product Management According to recent information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), over half of the nursing home population experiences some degree of incontinence. This implies that care facilities use a great deal of absorbent products for incontinence management. And there is a lot […]

Preserving Independence Through Increased Mobility

Preserving Senior Independence Through Increased Mobility Studies show one of the biggest fears seniors have is losing independence. Aging often leads to the inability to maintain independence and continue living in their homes. And this is a valid concern as many seniors can’t age in place due to mobility issues. However, taking steps to increase […]

Your Own Well-Being: Chants for Caregivers

Your Own Well-being: Chants for Caregivers Numerous studies have demonstrated that meditation and chanting improve one’s health. Sounds—especially repetitive ones—can reduce your blood pressure, control your heart rate and help you tolerate pain. The power of mantras is in mind over matter. Chanting has been used to treat everything from trauma to insomnia. It can […]

Changing Nutrition As You Age

Aging bodies need certain foods to promote good health. Eating well, and adapting diets to fit changing needs is important for senior health. Let’s look at a few of the changes that can be made to meet nutritional needs. The change: Slower metabolism. What it means: Because metabolism slows naturally with age, and many seniors […]

5 Ways Seniors and Caregivers Can Stay Healthy Together

Staying active has benefits at every age, which is why it’s ideal when seniors and caregivers can encourage one another and work toward common goals. Exercise helps relieve stress, strengthens muscles, and even helps manage high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions. Exercises like Kegels can even help individuals better manage incontinence by strengthening the […]

10 Things to Know About Adult Bed Wetting

10 Things to Know About Adult Bed Wetting: You are not alone. Approximately 26 million American adults are affected by urinary incontinence and 1-2% of those adults experience bed-wetting. While it is an embarrassing problem, it is something that can usually be treated, and there are options for management. Don’t let your embarrassment stop you […]

Does Your Loved One Need a Medical Alert System?

Falling is one of the most serious threats to elderly people living independently. It’s not a matter of if your loved one falls, it’s a matter of when. It’s best to be prepared in advance. Ask yourself these questions: Will you be there when they fall? Will your loved one be able to access a […]

85% of Seniors Want to Remain in Their Homes

Older people have common issues, and most of them don’t want to be admitted into an assisted living facility. It’s natural for them to want to stay at home and take care of themselves on their own. Unfortunately, they can’t. Seniors need proper care to get by the day and lead a fulfilling lifestyle. There’s […]

3 Steps to Reduce Worry and Stress over Senior Loved Ones

Caregivers often find themselves stressed and worried about their senior loved ones. Even when they provide great care, it can be hard to be there all the time, to catch all the little things, and to recognize red flags for what they are. Fortunately, caregivers are not alone, there are many tools, resources, and services […]

Is Muscle Damage Causing Your ABL?

ABL is a common ailment that tens of millions of people in the US suffer from. It can occur in anyone, male or female, and at any time. In fact, one in five women over age 40 experience ABL, and half of them don’t speak up about it. Why? Why are men and women so […]

Caregiving for Aging Parents: When Only One Sibling Steps Up to the Plate

With the aging population today, more and more parents end up needing help from their children as they get older. This switch from the earlier life roles can be difficult for both parties. It can also lead to conflict between siblings, as they may have differing opinions on what would be best, or they may […]

What the Healthiest Seniors’ Caregivers Are Doing for Them at Night

Caregivers know that senior safety is important, and one of the biggest problems for seniors is safety at night. Low lights impact depth perception, so seniors are far more likely to experience falls. And because it is often several hours before someone else will be there to help, these falls can have dire consequences, from […]

The Golden Standard for Caregivers

For more than three years, I cared for my disabled mom who lived with me and my grandmother who lived across town on her own. Between those two splendid ladies and a borderline rebellious pre-teen, I plowed through a season when my family’s needs always seemed to be more important than my own. I worked […]

Diabetes, Obesity and Celiac… Oh My! How Your Health Impacts ABL

Do you have accidental bowel leakage? Do you feel anxious about social situations because you never know if you are going to leak? Accidental bowel leakage, or ABL, impacts millions of Americans but is not often talked about. In fact, for many of those with ABL, treatment of diseases or conditions such as diabetes, obesity, […]

Emotional Support is an Important Part of Managing Neurological (and Other) Diseases

Diagnosis of a neurological disease often brings a heavy emotional burden that includes fear and depression. Setting up a support system is an essential part of managing these and other serious health conditions. Whether suffering from years of depression or recently diagnosed with a life-changing medical condition, today there are many places an individual can […]

High Tech Tools to Help Seniors Stay Safe and Independent

One of the many ways technology has changed our lives is helping seniors live independently, which, in turn, makes caregivers’ jobs a little easier. A new wearable device helps seniors and their caregivers keep track of their health. The Tempo wristband tracker logs a senior’s daily activities and identifies early warning signs of health issues, […]

The Top 7 Warning Signs of Dementia

How can you tell if a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? If mom keeps forgetting where she put her keys or if dad looks confused these days, does this mean they have dementia? Not quite. Only a qualified physician can diagnose a patient with this illness. Memory loss is a common symptom for […]

Having a Good Bedside Manner with Incontinence Pads

Many people go to hospitals with conditions that require incontinence pads. Incontinence pads are intended to be short-term absorbent pads that help a person deal with bladder control problems. If you are a healthcare professional who works with incontinence pads, you should be very well aware of the importance of having a good bedside manner […]

Dysphagia is Hard to Swallow: Get the Facts

Eating is an activity of daily living that we as humans seem to take for granted since it has become something of second nature. But isn’t that mostly the case, until it gets taken away from you? Eating is something that provides nutritional value for energy and growth, is cultural, and is a sociable act. […]

How to Ready Your Home When an Elderly Parent Moves In

When I was young, my grandmother moved in with us. We moved her across the country in a 1,000 mile road trip. It was an adjustment for all of us.  I remember it as a joyous occasion because I never got to be with my grandmother very much as she lived in Mass. and we […]

Reducing UI Episodes Through Medication and Dietary Changes

Pfizer Inc. recently announced results of a study showing patients with overactive bladder who took Toviaz experienced a reduction in the average number of urinary incontinence episodes per 24 hours. New treatments in medicine — combined with a change in eating and drinking habits — can help those managing incontinence. Although incontinence often goes hand […]

End of Summer is a Prime Time for Senior Recreation

Late August and early September can be a great time to squeeze in a little more summer fun, especially for seniors. In regions where temperatures start to cool in late August or early September, it’s a safer, more comfortable time for seniors to enjoy outdoor recreation and travel.  An end-of-summer vacation doesn’t have to be […]

Safety for the Elderly

One of the major issues facing the elderly is being safe within their homes, and while going about daily activities. If you are the child, or caregiver, of an elderly person, you may be concerned about your loved one’s safety. As we age there are certain considerations that should be taken into account, when helping […]

3 Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes to Help Lower LDL Cholesterol

During National Cholesterol Education Month in September, we remind seniors and caregivers to help prevent heart disease by being aware of their cholesterol numbers and taking steps to lower LDL levels. These Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) can help. It’s important for […]

Helping an Incontinent Loved One to Wear Absorbent Products

Many incontinent individuals live a little in denial, they may even refuse to wear absorbent products and adult diapers, leaving caregivers and family members feeling frustrated and unsure what to do. If your incontinent loved one refuses to wear absorbent products, consider the following: First, let’s address some of the reasons an incontinent individual wouldn’t […]

Here’s Why 15% of Seniors Want to Leave Home

Choosing where an aging parent will live is one of the most difficult and emotional decisions many of us will ever have to make. Eighty-five percent of seniors want to remain in their own homes, known as “aging in place.” They might live in the only home they’ve known for years, maybe where they shared […]

5 Tips for Balancing Full Time Work and Your Family Caregiving Role

5 Tips For Balancing Full Time Work & Your Family Caregiving Role By Jacob Edwards Are you someone who has an older family member, but are also working full time? Perhaps you currently work full time, but need to leave from time to time to take care of your loved one. Sometimes it may feel […]

5 Ways to Thrive: How Caregivers Can Build Support

Being a family caregiver requires a high level of compassion and personal sacrifice, and it’s easy to neglect your own health and interests. But in order to be a good caregiver, you must practice self-care, too. The happiest, healthiest caregivers have a solid support system in place, and here are five ideas to get you […]

Mobile Devices are Reshaping eCare Services in Care Homes

High tech only works if high touch exists in the first place. With mobile devices evolving rapidly, they have become a vital tool helping family caregivers provide care to a love one. For example, smartphones are now being used by professionals and family caregivers alike to help improve the monitoring of seniors to ensure they […]

Skin Care and Damage Prevention Tips for Those with Incontinence

There are a lot of misconceptions about incontinence, and one of the biggest is that all it involves is finding an absorbent product like an adult diaper to help catch leaks. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, in order to properly manage incontinence, skin care is an important consideration. Why is […]

7 Actions Employers Can Take to Assist Employees Who Are Caregivers

By the numbers… working family caregivers: 60% of family caregivers work full or part-time. 35% of caregivers are between 18 and 49. It’s not just older workers who are providing unpaid care for family and friends. 16% of all adults provided some level of unpaid care for an elderly relative this year. 14% of Americans […]

Social Media Helping Caregivers Connect to Reduce Stress

By Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership Connecting with other caregivers can reduce stress and result in a healthier, more effective caregiver, and social media plays an important role in informing and connecting caregivers. Caregiver stress is common and can lead to serious health problems. However, actively seeking help, information, and support can reduce […]

Bedside Care Explained

Preparing yourself for the challenges and obstacles that come with bedside care is a must. As the caregiver to a bedridden individual, you must be able to meet the physical and emotional needs to keep that person healthy and happy. Understand what it means to offer bedside care to a loved one: Be aware of […]

How Coffee (and other food items) May Activate Incontinence in Men

For many of us, coffee is a lifesaver. Unable to function without its caffeine-injecting properties, people worldwide have made coffee a prominent part of their daily routine – drinking it in the morning to wake up, in the afternoon for an extra jolt, and sometimes even at night as part of dessert. But what if […]

Eat Right: Prevent High Blood Pressure and Strokes

I’m Madeline Ferdinand. A few years ago my mother had a stroke, and I became fascinated with naturally improving cardiovascular health. I care for my mom at my family’s home where we unceasingly snack on almonds and drink tea. Once you start getting older, it’s important to stay away from certain foods. Foods that increase […]

Elderly Caregiving: Choices and Challenges

Medical advances and healthier lifestyles are major contributors to the increase in lifespan that many people now enjoy. This is combining with people generally having a baby later in life and creating a ‘sandwich’ generation. These are people who need to provide care for elderly parents whilst looking after their own children. This can be […]

UI Products are Here to Protect Everyone

Urinary incontinence (UI) products include everything from medications to disposable undergarments and beyond. Useful for people, who for one reason or another, experience problems with controlling their bladders, these types of products allow people to lead normal lives filled with dignity and freedom that would otherwise not be possible. Even with all of the good that […]

The True Cost of Medical Care and Supplies

There is no denying that care giving can be a draining experience. Statistics show that care giving for most families can represent a large dollar cost. However, what is often overlooked is the true cost of time and energy as family members often have to rearrange personal and work schedules, take vacation time, and use […]

7 Reasons Seniors Fall and 3 Prevention Steps from an Expert

People of all ages fall, but falls are more common for older people and more dangerous. One out of three seniors over age 65 falls each year. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury among this age group. The death rate from falls among seniors has risen sharply over the past decade […]

Helping Loved Ones with Parkinson’s Connect by Playing Games

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system. It is associated with dopamine deficiencies, and typically affects middle-aged and elderly people. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease make it challenging for those with it, as well as caregivers, to find ways to interact and connect. And because of these challenges, those with Parkinson’s disease […]

Home Monitoring Systems for the Elderly

When it comes to senior care, there are hundreds if not thousands of products an individual could buy, each touting their reasons you simply “can’t live without” this or that. This can make any caregiver or senior skeptical about whether or not the items are truly needed, or if they are just being sucked in […]

How to Prevent Skin Damage from Incontinence

Incontinence affects the skin. It can lead to impaired skin integrity, and cause skin breakdown and susceptibility to: Maceration Incontinence dermatitis Bacterial infection Exposure to Caustic Agents Fungal infection How can you prevent skin damage from exposure to urine and stool? Proper and consistent skin care is needed to prevent skin damage from incontinence. You […]

“I Felt So Sorry for My Helpless Dad”

“I felt so sorry for my helpless Dad after my Mom suddenly died from a stroke.” Our Sudden Family Crisis Every adult will face a parent’s inevitable need and reliance on extra help. For my family, it happened when our mother suffered a stroke in the middle of the day and never returned home. She […]

5 Security Features Every Senior Should Have in Their Home

Whether you live on your own and in your own home or have decided on community living in an assisted living center, security should be a factor. Every senior, single or married, needs to feel safe as well as be safe. Safety is not just concern about outside intruders, but also your own health and […]

Obstacles to Game Playing for the Developmentally Disabled

Game playing can be great for socialization and functional treatment for those with mental handicaps. However, many of the issues developmentally disabled people have playing games can get in the way of the many benefits that can be found through game playing. Those that suffer mental handicaps can use game playing as a great tool […]

Male Incontinence Products

Being “manly” usually does not include things like bladder control problems, but the truth of the matter is that nearly 20% of men over age 40 experience some urinary incontinence. Many men who have undergone prostate surgery have incontinence. What products are out there for men with incontinence? And what options do they have for […]