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4 Steps to Reduce the Stress of Caregiving

No matter how loving and close your relationship is with your elderly family member, caregiving can be difficult and stressful. Statistics show that most often when the elderly are being cared for in the home, they are being cared for by family members. This is an interesting dynamic as many times parents find themselves in […]

A Simple Guide to Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis causes swelling and inflammation in the joints and can cause intense pain and limit mobility as a result. There are multiple varieties of arthritis: some people experience it in the hands, while others have it in the knees and back. No matter where your arthritis pain is, you need to seek out treatment methods […]

85 Percent 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 […]

10 Things You Should Know About Adult Bed Wetting

Here are 10 important 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 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 […]

Baby Doll Therapy for Those With Alzheimer’s Disease

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 […]

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 […]

Emotional Support: An Important Part of Managing Neurological and Other Disorders

by Dianna Malkowski, Physician Assistant & Nutritionist 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 […]

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 […]

Overcoming 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 […]

5 Facts You 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 Security Features Every Senior Should Have For 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 […]

Developing Incontinence with Diabetes

Incontinence supplies are beneficial to individuals that struggle with diabetes. Diabetes can cause nerve damage, making it difficult for you to gain control over your bladder. It is also common for diabetics to have incontinence problems because they may be obese. Obesity causes extra pressure on the bladder and it can lead to incontinence problems. […]

8 Great Ways to Support A Caregiver

Statistics show there are nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for an elderly parent or other senior loved one. As individuals live long, there are more families than ever before who are stepping in to offer care. It is important to know you are not alone and there are resources […]

5 Great Ways to Spend Time With Someone With Dementia

It’s natural to feel lost, overwhelmed, and even a sense of despair, when your parent or other 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 […]

Finding Opportunities to Reduce Aging-In-Place Costs

As the need for in-home caregiving grows to accommodate aging baby boomers, so, too, do opportunities to age in place safely, independently and affordably. The position of home health care aide is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. And with about 8,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next […]

Solutions to Common Problems with Incontinence Product Disposal

If you are a caregiver for a person who suffers from severe incontinence, you understand the issues associated with discreet and sanitary disposal of the products. Traditional methods of disposal can often cause odors throughout the house, embarrassment for the affected person(s), or unsanitary receptacles. There haven’t been many options on the market that provided […]

Helping An Elderly Parent Live At Home With Ease

If you parents are elderly and are still living at home, they may begin to begin to have  a harder time taking care of themselves.  As they age, they may find that they are unable to bend and move around the way they used to. Caretakers are often spouses, children, or close family members. Taking […]

Night Time Safety Products

Are you worried about your elderly loved ones at night? If so, you no longer need to fear for their safety. The following is a list of products that will keep your loved ones safe and out of harm’s way during the night:   Bed Caddie: Many seniors like to sit up and read in […]

Helping Loved Ones 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 […]

What To Do If You Have An Incontinence Episode

Most people never give any thought to incontinence until that first experience. Perhaps you have laughed a little hard or sneezed and are suddenly shocked to find that you are leaking a few drops of urine or have even lost control of your bladder. Other people report that before they experienced their first incontinent episode […]

Measures to Prevent Wandering

By Bruce Barnet, founder of The Alzheimer’s Store. Professionals, home caregivers, family members, and even those who manage communities and facilities have to be aware of wandering as a symptom in our senior population. Seniors can find themselves in what seem to be unfamiliar environments, and they look for ways to leave wherever they are. Many times they want […]

Did Mom Forget to Eat Again?

A question no caregiver ever wants to ask themselves is any variation of, “Did Mom forget to eat again?” Unfortunately, this is an all too common problem among seniors. There are many social, economic, and psychological factors that contribute to seniors not eating properly, and over six million seniors in the U.S. are malnourished or at […]

Do’s and Don’ts to Help Prevent Incontinence Accidents

One of the biggest struggles that anyone with incontinence has is preventing accidents. This can often occupy all of the waking thoughts and actions of someone with the condition. However, there are steps that you can take that will help to reduce the possibility of accidents and make you feel more confident about how you […]

10 Places to Look for Home Safety Hazards

As we move toward our senior years, we need to take steps to protect ourselves from our homes where injuries can occur. Something that may not have been dangerous in the past, like your bed, can now be one of the worst potential hazards in your home. Here is a list of 10 potential dangers […]

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 […]

Hot Flashes

Menopause comes with all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, one of which is hot flashes. Hot flashes may occur during the beginning stages of menopause, or may not start until after the last menstrual cycle is completed. Hot Flashes will, in general, continue for three to five years – and in some cases are ongoing indefinitely. […]

4 Functional Products to Entertain People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Bruce Barnet, founder of The Alzheimer’s Store (www.alzstore.com) While Alzheimer’s and dementia can make it difficult for loved ones to perform activities that they once enjoyed, there are friendly entertainment products specifically designed to accommodate the challenges of the diseases. Whether your loved one is suffering from restlessness, cold hands, agitation, fidgeting, or boredom, […]

Essentials of Skin Care for Those with Incontinence

Anyone who is experiencing problems with incontinence is at greater risk for having skin problems. Skin is simply not meant to come in contact with urine and fecal matter for prolonged periods of time. This becomes even more crucial when a senior is dealing with this problem since aging skin is more susceptible to breakdown […]

Things to Discuss with Your Elderly Loved One’s Doctor

One of the challenges of caregiving can be accompanying your elderly loved one to the doctor. It can be difficult to remember the information from a doctor’s visit and ask the right questions. However, caregivers are often frustrated to find that the senior in their care does not ask questions, blindly accepts everything the doctor […]

20 Warning Signs Your Parents Need Help At Home

Maybe you’ve noticed that dad’s unopened mail is piling up. Or mom, once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are bruises on your aging parent’s arms. When you bring up the subject, you hear, “Everything is fine. There’s no need to worry.” Admitting they need help […]

4 Ways to Prevent and Protect People with Dementia From Wandering

Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers are prone to wandering when they suddenly become unfamiliar with their surroundings– even in their own homes. There are a number of reasons why those who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory loss may wander. For one, they may be trying to relive something from their former lives, such as going to […]

5 Ways to Deal with The Emotional Side of Incontinence

Having incontinence can be emotionally draining. However there are tactics to help both caregivers and those dealing with incontinence alike. If you are a caregiver of an elderly loved one who is suffering from incontinence, you may find that the emotional side of incontinence is far more difficult than the physical. Both caregivers and the […]

7 Proven Self-Care Tips for Family Caregivers

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. Here are some tips for caregivers put together with the help of HelpGuide.org: Take time to de-stress daily. Practice yoga […]

Keeping Elderly Parents Safe At Home

An age-friendly home checklist When my parents decided to move closer to us, I worried about whether their new house would be safe for them. While their priority was to be within a few miles of my family, I worried about how well they would do in their new home when I wasn’t there. I […]

Important Things To Know About Arthritis

Arthritis pain is commonly experienced by elderly individuals and even younger individuals. Arthritis pain is commonly referred to as a swelling and inflammation in the joints. It will cause intense pain in the joints, but the problem is there is no way to actually cure arthritis pain; you can only manage the pain. What are […]

5 Ways to Treat Incontinence After Prostate Surgery

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, second only to skin cancer. The great news is, it often can be treated successfully. More than 2 million men in the U.S. count themselves as prostate cancer survivors, according to the American Cancer Society. Although men with early prostate cancer often have no symptoms, […]

Recognizing and Preventing Malnutrition in Older Adults

Malnutrition can lead to a host of physical and emotional problems, from immune system and muscle weakness to depression. Older adults with poor nutrition are more likely to be admitted to hospitals or long-term care facilities if they have experienced illness, dementia or weight loss. Familiarizing yourself with malnutrition signs and solutions can help promote […]

How To Help A Loved One Who Doesn’t Want Help

Dignity and independence. These are two of the strongest emotions and drivers among us all.  And, they take on even more importance as we age. Looking after parents or other elderly people can at times be upsetting and difficult – especially if they resist help. As long as they’re still considered of sound mind, it can seem as if […]

Elderly Games and Activities for Fun and Function

Playing is More Than Fun Ironically it was through social interactions with my Dad that we first saw the signs of Dementia. Our family had always played games together but suddenly my Dad couldn’t remember the rules or he kept forgetting whose turn it was. When we began to couple this with other signs in […]

10 Tips to Help a Loved One Cope with Dementia and Incontinence

In the later stages of Alzheimer’s, Lewy body and other dementias, many people experience a loss of bladder or bowel control. The good news is, there are ways to help a loved one cope, ranging from your demeanor and attitude to physically making it easier to use the bathroom. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, incontinence […]

Grandma May Never Need to Give Up Her Car Keys!

When it comes to advancement in car technology, the most amazing and futuristic change at the moment is without doubt driver-less cars. From Google to Tesla to Mercedes-Benz research, development and the amount of budget shifted towards developing driver-less cars has rocketed in recent years. But one thing rarely mentioned when driver-less cars are being […]

Brightening Up Assisted Living

Assisted living facilities must be functional. They must be safe. Ideally, they should also be convenient in proximity to family so visiting is made easier. Of course, it’s important to make sure your loved one is provided for, but you can’t overlook the importance of making the new space feel a little more familiar. Knowing […]

Why Seniors Fall and How to Prevent It

Every year over 13 million seniors fall, that is one every few seconds. Falls can mean broken bones, hospital stays, dehydration (if they are unable to get up on their own and not found for several hours), and so many other medical complications. Falls can be especially harmful if they happen at night when the […]

Stress Urinary Incontinence Vs. Overactive Bladder: What’s the Difference?

There is a real difference. Many people are surprised at learning not all incontinence is the same. There are different types of incontinence and knowing what kind you have is an important part of managing your incontinence effectively. This is especially true if you are a caregiver for someone who is dealing with incontinence. Knowing […]

5 Tips For A Healthy Heart

Heart health is integral to quality of life at any age, and it’s an important cause for us. People of all ages and levels of mobility can take steps toward better heart health. Let’s get started with some basics: Eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and healthy oils […]

Apple Watch and HomeKit Can Help You Care For Your Loved One

Old age brings with it a variety of health concerns and difficulties, such as the necessity to frequently take prescription meds and reduced personal mobility. Many of the elderly must rely upon family members or other caregivers to help them with their daily lives — especially caregivers who work full-time. This situation may significantly change […]

The Top 8 Ways You Can Support A Caregiver

When it became apparent her elderly parents could no longer live alone, Melanie felt fortunate she could move them into her home. However, it wasn’t too long before she began to feel overwhelmed. Between caring for her parent’s medical needs and helping to manage her mom’s incontinence, along with taking care of her own family […]

What You Need To Know About Treating Crohn’s And Colitis

For anyone who is diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or Colitis, one of the first priorities is seeking out the right treatment. It is important to remember treating any form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can be a complicated and at times confusing journey. It will require patience and persistence on the part of the patient […]

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 […]