Did you know that six in ten Americans live with at least one chronic disease? For older adults, this number increases to 85%. Chronic conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, COPD, Alzheimer’s, and more.
When it comes to providing the right care for a parent or family member, it’s important to know that cognitive changes in your parents require the same amount of care and attention as physical conditions and illnesses.
Dementia and delirium are both mental states that can severely affect a person’s ability to reason, communicate, or perform basic tasks. Because of the similarities of the two states, delirium can often go undiagnosed and untreated.
With summer in full swing, it’s more important than ever for people of all ages to stay hydrated. Between increased temperatures and more outdoor activities, summer can cause dehydration in anyone. Seniors, however, are at particularly high risk.
When it comes to our health, we tend to be hypersensitive in noticing fluctuations in how we feel or changes in our body. We will typically notice a new mole or spot on our arm, or recognize the tickle of a sore throat in its earliest stages.
When something unusual happens, we’re even more likely to notice it and wonder what it means. Most of the time, these odd symptoms are harmless, but sometimes, they could be an indication of an underlying issue.
We live in an era of near-constant technological advancement. Digital tools continue to be developed that aim to improve our daily lives by keeping us active and healthy, simplifying tasks, and providing information.
Those 65 years and older account for 34% of all prescription medication use. As we age, the likelihood of needing multiple medications increases. With that in mind, medication safety is a crucial aspect that can help protect you or a family member from misusing a medication.
If your parent or loved one has a memory impairment, it can be emotionally challenging at times. It is hard to see someone you care deeply about forget cherished memories, or even more difficult, forget who you are.
With 1 in 3 adults in the United States having high blood pressure, or hypertension, it’s a health topic on the minds of many. While hypertension is very common, it’s also very manageable and preventable.
If you’re a family caregiver, in-between caring for your loved one and other responsibilities, you likely have limited time to cook healthy meals for them or yourself. Meal prepping can be the solution to this problem.