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10 Risks & Tips for Keeping Seniors Healthy and Safe in Winter Weather

Cold and snowy winter weather can cause health and safety concerns for seniors and their caregivers. If you worry about your loved one being alone, homebound or going out in the cold, here are 10 risks family members and home health aides should watch out for, and related tips for prevention. Falls outdoors. Many seniors …

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Maintaining Oral and Dental Health in the Elderly

Maintaining good oral and dental health can get more and more complicated as your loved one ages. At the same time, it becomes more and more important, and caregivers must assume more responsibility. It should not be neglected, because oral health is necessary for good overall health. At first, regular trips to the dentist and …

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When Is It Time to Give Up the Car Keys?

Most of us think we know when an aging loved one should stop driving, but most elderly people think they still can drive safely, and they strongly resist giving up the keys to the car. Well into his 90s, my father kept saying, “My kids took my car away from me!” He thought he could …

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10 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Parent’s Caregiver

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to move your aging parent in with you, you aren’t alone: One out of every four caregivers lives with the elderly or disabled relative he or she cares for.* An in-your-home arrangement can have many positives. If your parent is still relatively healthy, she may be able …

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10 Tips on How Nurses & Caregivers Can Stay Awake During a Night Shift

Our natural sleep rhythms are all different. I’m a morning person. I get my best sleep when I go to bed early and sleep for at least 7 hours. I can’t sleep in or nap to make up for lost time. My husband is a night owl who feels his best when he goes to …

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Looking for The Fountain of Youth: Seven Problems of Denial in the Elderly

My 96-year-old father is still looking for the remedy that will help him feel younger! Perhaps you know or are caring for someone who also thinks that the right doctor, procedure or pill will reverse or prevent the effects of aging. Of course, it’s only natural for an elderly person to wish they could feel, …

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25 Safety Hazards that Could Be in a Senior’s Home

The homes we live in when we are in our 60s and 70s may no longer be safe when we are 80 or 90. Stairs, winding hallways, slippery tile, a TV or furniture such as tall shelving units that are not anchored, poorly lit rooms or bathrooms without grab bars are just a few areas …

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Does your family have an Emergency Plan?

A billboard on the way to my house reads, “HOPE FOR THE BEST” IS NOT an EMERGENCY PLAN. I’m reminded almost daily that my family needs to do more to be prepared for any emergency that could leave us without food, water, electricity, heat, a means of communication, transportation or even a roof over our …

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Infection Control at Home

“One in 25 patients end up with hospital-acquired infections,” the CDC warned us in April, 2014. Infectious diseases can easily spread in medical settings, where many sick people are close to each other and to those who have compromised immune systems. That’s just one reason why home care, if it is carefully managed to control …

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Foot Care for the Elderly: 10 Tips for Healthier Feet

Like other parts of our aging bodies, feet not only suffer from normal wear and tear but injure more easily and heal more slowly. As a caregiver of an elderly person, or even as we ourselves age, being aware of how to keep feet healthy can prolong mobility and prevent or relieve pain. Here are …

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