Stress levels in seniors can escalate as a result of current medical conditions, money worries, loneliness, and depression. It’s important that the source of stress be identified so an effective treatment plan can be implemented. Here are five tips for lowering stress in a senior loved one.  1. Promote Socialization Social isolation isn’t uncommon in…

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Seniors sometimes develop low self-esteem. For some seniors, retirement strikes a blow to their egos, since they no longer feel as though they provide a service to their communities. For others, a new health diagnosis could affect how they feel about their abilities. These six activities can help seniors boost their self-esteem and overall sense…

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At some point, family caregivers may need to discuss sensitive or emotional topics with their senior loved ones. However, knowing the answers to questions and having a strategy in place could prevent legal battles and other issues in the long run. Below are tips your family can use when talking to your elderly loved one…

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Statistics indicate 200 million older adults around the world have osteoporosis, including approximately a third of older women. The diagnosis refers to skeletal bones being less dense and more fragile, which increases the likelihood of fractures. Osteoporosis commonly leads to spontaneous fractures, which means weight-bearing bones break without much effort, leading to falls. However, there…

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Having temporary relief from caring for an aging parent is never a disadvantage. In fact, it gives both you and your loved one the separation you need while providing a host of benefits to your family. The short-term relief known as respite care can reduce stress, strengthen relationships, and promote self-care among family caregivers. Take…

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Memory loss doesn’t always mean Alzheimer’s disease is developing. There are some memory issues seniors can experience due to aging, poor emotional health, or another type of dementia. However, Alzheimer’s causes progressive damage to the brain that leads to memory impairment, among other health issues. Here are some of the connections between Alzheimer’s disease and…

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Age-related vision loss is common among seniors, but it’s not necessarily normal. Encourage your senior loved one to take better care of his or her vision with the following exercises. Each exercise focuses on maintaining the strength of the eye muscles and promoting more effective vision.  Blinking  Moisture is key to maintaining eye health and…

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Seniors often experience insomnia and sleep disorders. However, it’s not always safe for seniors to take commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription sleep aids. Fortunately, there are some herbal sleep aids that may benefit seniors when taken correctly with physician or pharmacist approval.  1. Melatonin Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that regulates the body’s…

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After years of trying to maintain a healthy weight, it can feel strange to suddenly be worried about losing too many pounds. Weight loss in seniors can have many causes, and it’s important to be concerned if your aging loved one loses around four to five percent of his or her weight within a year…

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Regular visits to the doctor could boost your aging loved one’s health and lower the risk of various age-related conditions. For a better outcome, you should create a checklist and include essential information. Below, you’ll find tips to help you prepare for your loved one’s doctor appointment.  Have Transportation in Place Many adults skip doctor…

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