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Four Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

If your elderly family member is losing her hearing, there may still be something that you can help her to do about it. Quite a bit depends on what’s causing your senior’s hearing to diminish. Some causes might be reversible, but others are much more permanent. Always work with your senior’s doctor to determine if there are underlying causes affecting her. Medication Side Effects Medications solve so many health issues, but they all have side effects. There are certain medications that have a ... Read more

Do You Know These Facts About Arthritis?

Arthritis. It’s a common problem for older adults. So common, in fact, that many people feel like they know quite a bit about it. While that’s probably true for some people, some family caregivers may not be as familiar with arthritis. Knowing some facts about the condition can help you to feel more confident and comfortable about being a family caregiver to an older adult with arthritis. Below are some interesting and useful facts about arthritis. Arthritis is Common and Costly According to the ... Read more

Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy happens when a person’s peripheral nerves, the ones that send signals from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body, are damaged. There are lots of things that can cause peripheral neuropathy, but one of the most common is diabetes. Understanding the condition and what you can do to help your aging relative live with it could improve their lives. Peripheral Neuropathy Basics The symptoms a person has from peripheral neuropathy depends on which nerves are affected. In ... Read more

How Much Do You Know About Anemia and Seniors?

Anemia is a common blood condition in an estimated 80 percent of aging adults. The condition means that the body is not producing enough red blood cells, a critical component to overall health and wellness. If anemia in seniors is not treated, it can lead to serious health issues in both the short-term and long-term. Fortunately, it’s possible to treat anemia and family caregivers and home health care providers can even help prevent anemia in seniors. The Dangers of Anemia in Seniors Anemia ... Read more

How Fatigue and COPD Are Related

If you've been thinking that your elder with COPD seems to be continually exhausted, you might just be correct. Fatigue is extremely common with COPD and it's not a good situation. Fatigue Is Worse than Just Being Really Tired When most people think about fatigue, they picture it as something that simply means that the person is really, really tired. It's more than that, though. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn't improve for your senior after one or even two nights of good sleep. ... Read more

Signs a Senior May Have Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the large blood vessels that deliver blood to the heart are damaged. CAD is usually the result of plaque building up on artery walls or inflammation. The plaque, which is partially comprised of cholesterol, make the arteries narrow so that blood flow is restricted, and the heart is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. CAD is the most common type of heart disease, accounting for around 370,000 deaths each year. Because of its prevalence, it’s important ... Read more

Supporting Your Elderly Parent through the Pain of Shingles

The first symptom that most people who develop shingles notice is pain. This pain can feel like an aching, tingling, or other type of pain, and can be so serious that it can lead the sufferer and their caregivers to think that they are suffering from issues such as kidney or liver problems. A few days after this pain develops, the sufferer will experience a rash that can also be severely painful and itchy. Coping with these symptoms can be very difficult ... Read more