March Is National Nutrition Month, a good time to focus on the special dietary challenges of seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?
The leading scientific organization in the U.S. calls for greater recognition and support for family caregivers, the bedrock of our elder care system.
Icy sidewalks, power outages, and darker days that can lead to depression … what can we do to help our elderly relatives stay safe and healthy during the winter months?
November is Family Caregivers Month. Learn about a set of "I shoulds" that can make even the most conscientious caregiver feel bad.
It's a balancing act: The medicines we take help us manage health conditions, but improperly used, they also can imperil our health.
September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Have you talked about this topic with senior loved ones? How did the conversation go?
Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.
Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.
The number of seniors living with Alzheimer's continues to climb—yet the percentage seems to be trending downward. What's behind this unexpected but welcome news?
Marie Hargain has been called "the dream caregiver." Find out why and learn more about this inspiring Right at Home team member.
When "Mom loved you best!" and "What's best for Mom?" collide, putting aside old resentments is a necessary first step.
The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.
Boomers have a reputation for being health-conscious, but they and their adult children should know they may need more care than their parents did.
Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.
Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."
Exercise, diet and ongoing medical monitoring ensure the best quality of life for seniors with heart failure—yet the condition makes it hard to do these things.
Put a few items on your list of New Year's resolutions that will benefit you well beyond 2016.
A surprising number of baby boomers are moving. Will their new homes be suitable if their care needs change?
Today, more than half of family caregivers are also in the workforce. How can they successfully balance their two roles?
New studies reveal the health benefits of living in a neighborhood where we feel connected to others.
Some common concerns you might have while considering professional in-home care for yourself or a loved one.
Diminished sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch make it harder for seniors to remain active and engaged. Professional in-home caregivers can help.
Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Home care helps millions of seniors remain safe and independent in their own homes. Most families pay for home care themselves, but they should be aware of all their options.
It's a paradox: Exercise is important for managing health conditions, yet chronic illness and adverse health events make it hard to be physically active.
We hope that our later years will be marked by good health. But our goal should be the best quality of life, even if things turn out differently.
Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.
Few people realize that today millions of children under the age of 18 are providing care for older loved ones.
Suddenly, you’re a family caregiver! Now what? Experienced caregivers share some of their secrets.
Maybe you've heard the term "quicker and sicker"? It’s true that patients are discharged from the hospital sooner these days after surgery or an illness.
In June 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released "65+ in the United States: 2010," a major report about our nation's seniors, based on data collected during the most recent census. Said the Census Bureau's Enrique Lamas, "The findings, released with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, provide the most detailed information available on the demographic, economic, and health and wellness characteristics of this rapidly growing dynamic population."
Mom has fallen several times. She sometimes forgets to take her medications, the house is obviously not being kept up, and Dad, who has his own health problems, isn't strong enough to help her out of bed or to the bathroom. Family members help out at first, but busy as they are with jobs and other responsibilities, they are quickly overwhelmed by the caregiving and home maintenance tasks. The family realizes that it's time to hire an in-home caregiver.
From time to time, the Caring Right at Home newsletter has highlighted the ongoing research of University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo, whose groundbreaking work on the effect of loneliness has changed how we think about how seniors spend their time. Dr. Cacioppo has shown that loneliness is highly stressful for humans, raising the risk of hypertension, sleep disorders, depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Many Caring Right at Home readers are baby boomers who are providing care for their elderly parents. When it comes to planning for their own senior years, you would think these savvy people would have great communication with their own adult children! Yet studies show that even baby boomers often avoid these conversations until a health crisis or other challenge to independence arises.
Deciding where to live is an important part of planning for our senior years. Should we stay in our own home? Live with other family members? Move to a retirement community, assisted living or other supportive environment?
As reported in the November 2012 issue of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, the majority of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions are living at home with the support of spouses, adult children and others who step in to serve as caregivers. Is living at home the best environment for these patients? And how do families cope with their loved one's increasing needs?
A recent poll in Caring Right at Home found that more than a third of respondents take five or more medications. Could the medicines we take send us to the hospital? As our population ages, medication management is more important than ever.
Most stroke survivors have the goal of returning to live independently at home. But even with the help of family caregivers, recovery can be a challenge. What support services promote the highest possible level of recovery?
Today’s family structure is more diverse than ever before. Families come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional nuclear families to multigenerational households to collections of people who choose to live as a family. Just as families are changing, caregiving also is changing. But one thing never changes: Older adults value their independence. Yet many seniors need help from others to be safe at home. They rely on spouses, adult children and other relatives who provide hands-on assistance and coordinate their care.
Good nutrition is vital for the health and well-being of older adults. Yet when it comes to eating well, this time of life brings challenges. Disabilities, chronic health conditions and medications can all affect the appetite. Taste and smell often decline. Missing teeth, uncomfortable dentures and digestive problems can make eating uncomfortable. And for many with Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, MS or stroke, eating is more of a challenge than a pleasure.
Falls are a serious matter for older adults. Falls send more than 2 million seniors to the hospital every year, and sadly, many of them are subsequently unable to return to independent living. A serious fall resulting in a fractured hip, a dangerous laceration or a brain injury is often the trigger for a move to a nursing home.
The latest U.S. Census showed that fewer Americans are marrying, and fewer are having children. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) recently urged federal, state and local agencies to ensure that all seniors are served, regardless of marital status. This includes attention to the challenges faced by single seniors.