Could Napping Be a Sign of Alzheimer’s?

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Does your older family member tend to nod off during the day? If so, new research suggests that it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. There are 5.8 million people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a progressive disease that causes brain cells to die. As a result, the senior experiences a decline in thinking skills, memory, behavioral skills, and social skills that continue to worsen over time. Scientists continue to study the disease, hoping to learn things that could lead to a cure one day. This latest study offers insight that may help doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s sooner, allowing for earlier treatment. 

Does Your Parent Have Gastroparesis?

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Gastroparesis is one of the complications that can occur with diabetes. It causes the stomach to empty much more slowly than it should. The contractions that occur in the muscles of the stomach don’t contract as strongly or quickly as normal, which interferes with the digestive process. Gastroparesis can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like nausea. But, more importantly, it can make it harder for diabetics to control blood sugar levels or get the nutrition they need.  

Tips for Holding a Family Meeting

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Being a caregiver for an older adult often involves cooperating with other family members, especially when the person being cared for is a parent and there are siblings involved. Coordinating family caregivers can sometimes require holding a family meeting. If you haven’t held a family meeting before, that might sound like no big deal to you. However, sometimes things can get out of control when it comes to discussing the needs of a parent. Not all family members may agree on what is needed. People who do not live near the older adult might not see just how much their health is declined. Others may be in denial about the situation. In addition, there can be issues concerning how much time each person is able to give toward caregiver responsibilities.

Is Your Older Relative Sleepy or Is it Fatigue?

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You may not think there’s much difference between your aging relative feeling sleepy or being fatigued, but there is a great deal of difference when it comes to their health. Fatigue can be a sign of some serious health conditions that need medical treatment. Understanding the difference can help you to know when your older family member just needs a nap or when it’s time to see a doctor.  

Seven Benefits to Eating Dark Chocolate

Elder Care Victorville CA - Seven Benefits to Eating Dark Chocolate

Celebrate World Chocolate Day on July 7th by treating your mom to some dark chocolate. While sugary treats aren't recommended as part of a healthy diet, dark chocolate isn't frowned upon. In moderation, dark chocolate has some nutritional benefits that are hard to ignore.

Can Your Senior Maintain Her Mobility with Vision Loss?

Homecare Palm Desert CA - Can Your Senior Maintain Her Mobility with Vision Loss?

Vision loss steals a lot from your aging family member. She may even start to worry that aside from no longer being able to drive, she won’t even be able to walk or to get around in her own home any longer. There are some steps that you can take as her caregiver to help her to learn what she needs to know in order to maintain her mobility and a great deal of her independence, even with vision loss. 

Five Tips for Managing a Not so Good Day

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Family caregivers often find that they start to have a run of bad luck. Maybe it’s a bad mood several days in a row or maybe it’s just one bad day after another. Regardless, there are some steps you can take to get yourself through those not-so-fun moments. 

Non-Verbal Ways You Can Practice Active Listening with Your Senior

Homecare Menifee CA - Non-Verbal Ways You Can Practice Active Listening with Your Senior

Listening to others is something people often take for granted or think it only involves hearing what the other person is saying. This is not the case. Listening is a true action, requiring effort and focus. Active listening is about engaging with the other person and showing them you care about what they are saying. As a family caregiver, active listening can make a tremendous difference not just to your personal relationship with your senior, but also to the effectiveness of your care efforts for them.

What to Do When Mom’s Medical Bill is Too Expensive

Caregiver in Temecula CA: Dealing with Expensive Medical Bills

Amanda’s mom, Helen, had a recent hospital stay for a bout of pneumonia. Thankfully, Helen made a full recovery and was able to return to her home afterward. Amanda was Helen’s primary caregiver and took care of all manners of things, including helping Helen with her finances. Like many seniors, Helen was on a fixed budget and sometimes struggled to pay unexpected bills. Not only was the bill for Helen’s hospitalization unexpected, it was also quite large even after Medicare paid its share. Amanda had no idea how her mother would pay the bill or what to do about it.

Do Strokes Cause Pain?

Home Care in Victorville CA: Do Strokes Cause Pain?

When most people think about the effects of a stroke, they probably don’t think about pain. In fact, lots of people aren’t aware that stroke survivors can experience pain caused by the stroke itself. The truth is, more than 50 percent of people who suffer a stroke feel pain of some kind after the stroke. Sometimes they feel pain nearly all the time and sometimes the pain is intermittent. Understanding post-stroke pain can help you to better care for your aging relative after a stroke.

5 Reasons Why Family Caregivers Need Holiday Respite

Elderly Care in Palm Desert CA: Holiday Respite Care

While caring for an elderly relative can be stressful any time of year, there’s something about the holiday season that amplifies it. If you want to get a handle on holiday activities and responsibilities, consider hiring an elderly care provider. The can assist you with your caregiving duties and provide you with some much-deserved holiday respite. With their help, you can reduce your stress levels and truly find enjoyment in the holidays.

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