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.
Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.
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?
Some common concerns you might have while considering professional in-home care for yourself or a loved one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.