Estate Planning for Your Pet

Aging adults have pets for companionship. Having a pet carries responsibility too. It’s important that you plan for their care should you fall ill or pass away. The pet may feel like family to you but don’t assume family members will feel the same as you do about Spot.  Have a plan in place for Spot so that the family does not have the added burden of making plans for the care of him....more

Dealing with the Stigma of Alzheimer's

When diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, older seniors not only deal with the disease but the social stigma that is attached. Those diagnosed feel there is no place in society for them. The negativity that comes with the diagnosis of the can be unbearable. Alzheimer’s affects millions of aging each year. The following list contains some important information on negativity and the disease.1. People who are not affected by Alzheimer’s do not understand the disease. They have misperceptions that cause them to react in a negative manner towards those diagnosed....more

Why Halloween is Unsafe for Diabetics

Halloween is a challenging time for people living with diabetes. If you have a sweet tooth, it may be hard to resist dipping into the candy jar. However, diabetics must be very careful of what they eat. Since Halloween is all about the sugar and sweets, you need to have a lot of will power to avoid the increase of sugar. The following list contains important information on diabetes.1. Ingesting too much sugar could produce serious health conditions and even death....more

Employee Caregivers in the Workplace

Family members who work full time, care for an elderly loved one, and have a family of their own (children and a spouse) are among the fastest growing segment in our population today. The burden family caregivers carry is straining and very few complain, feeling it is an obligation. They are in it for the family. There are no perks or kudos expected; it’s done from the heart....more

How Caregivers Make Use of New iPhone App

Caregivers can benefit from the Geriatrics Cultural Navigator, a new App from iPhone. This App will provide a wealth of information that can help caregivers make the right decisions when dealing with patients from different cultural groups. Below is a list that provides more information on the App and how it can help caregivers make their decisions in regards to caring for seniors. 1. The App has been developed by the American Geriatrics Society and offers decision-making support for caregivers....more

How to Ask for Help when Caregiving

Caregiving is and should be a family responsibility. But oftentimes if a spouse is not available or able to be the caregiver, the primary caregiving responsibilities, for one or both parents, tend to fall on a sole family member – usually the eldest, grown daughter or the grown child that lives the closest to the senior....more

What is a Care Plan for the Elderly?

Care coordinators play a very important role in the life of a senior. Without a care coordinator, seniors may not be receiving the care and services they need on a daily basis. The person who is the care coordinator will be responsible for many things, some of which are provided in the list below. Care coordinators have an important job in making sure seniors are safe and remain healthy....more

Older Adults Health Education

Seniors Educate Themselves on Health Many seniors are taking the initiative to learn as much as they can about their own health. This is a great way for seniors to learn different things, including how to cope with an illness. It is important for seniors with a medical conditions to gather information to help them understand their health. The list below provides ways for seniors to increase knowledge about health....more

Older Adults use Social Media

From the recent article posted on the Pew Internet & American Life Study, older adults are especially enthusiastic using social media today. According to the Pew Internet, social networking use among users ages 50 and older nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Amazing! ...more

Tips for Urinary Incontinence

Leakage of urine from the bladder, or urinary incontinence (UI), is a far more common condition than is generally realized. Many people suffer in silence, mistakenly thinking that UI is a normal and expected part of aging and that there is little or no treatment available to reduce the leakage. For women, this mistaken belief is often reinforced at the doctor’s office when a small amount of leakage is dismissed as a natural consequence of childbirth or menopause. Nothing could be further from the truth....more