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?
Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.
Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.
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.
More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?
Older adults are at higher risk of suicide, and this age group also is the least likely to bring up the subject with family, friends or their doctor.
Today's families keep in touch through social media. If older loved ones aren't on board, they can miss out.
The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.
Many older adults have been left out of the communications revolution, but new senior-friendly technologies promise to remedy that.
Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.
Are you or a loved one moving to a smaller place? Here are some tips to make the process more manageable.
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.
Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?
Today, more than half of family caregivers are also in the workforce. How can they successfully balance their two roles?
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.
Every year, older adults lose billions of dollars to con artists. But there's an art to having a cautionary conversation on this topic with elderly relatives.
Few people realize that today millions of children under the age of 18 are providing care for older loved ones.
Here's an innovative new supportive housing option for older adults.
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.
When the needs of aging parents change, one adult child often ends up doing the lion's share of the caregiving. Maybe this child lives nearby while others don't. Maybe she gets along better with Mom or Dad. Maybe he is in a better position to ask for flextime at work. Gender assumptions might be a factor—Princeton University researcher Angelina Grigoryeva recently confirmed that in the U.S., daughters still provide more than twice the amount of care to aging parents.
Summer is almost over and the kids are heading back to school. For empty nesters, fall is the perfect season to take a vacation! Popular destinations and attractions are not as crowded, while the weather is still pleasant.
In our rapidly aging society, more and more of us find ourselves transitioning into the role of caregiver for an older relative.
For many couples, the "in sickness and in health" marriage vow plays out later in life with one of the spouses caring for the other. Perhaps an older spouse faces a chronic medical condition like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease or is recovering from a stroke or undergoing cancer treatment. Whenever an elderly husband or wife takes on a greater care role for the other spouse, a number of physical, emotional and financial challenges can occur.
Families may overlook cognitive and behavioral changes that could mean a loved one has Alzheimer's disease.
At first, the signs of misuse of a senior’s finances may seem quite innocuous—an unpaid bill or purchase of an item the older person doesn’t need. However, these may be initial warning signs that can lead to large or unexplained bank account withdrawals or transfers, unfamiliar signatures on checks and documents, and changes in banks, attorneys or wills.
A common misperception is that most people with Alzheimer’s disease live in nursing homes or other care facilities. While supportive living communities provide a safe living environment for many people with dementia, the majority live at home, supported by our nation’s 15 million Alzheimer’s family caregivers.
Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use this new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.
This infection is more common than you might think—and seniors are at higher risk of dangerous complications.