Caring for yourself as a caregiver - How to take care of yourself so you can take of your elderly loved one
There are an estimated 50-million volunteer family caregivers in the United States. Did you know that eighty-percent of the daily care of the chronically sick in the US is continuously given by volunteer family caregivers?
Preventing a fall, and the resulting injuries, isn’t simply a matter of being more careful. Indeed, experts who have studied falls wish that people would take measures to protect themselves much as they do against heart disease or viral infections.
Most people associate dementia with Alzheimer's disease. But 1.3 million Americans have another form of dementia called Lewy body dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. This progressive neurological disorder is named for the Lewy bodies -- tiny deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein -- found in certain areas of the brain. Over time, these proteins accumulate and cause the death of brain cells. This results in impairments in certain cognitive functions, such as memory, language processing, emotions and behavior, as well as control of movement.
Arthritis pain is the the painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints, can be debilitating. An estimated 50 million adults in America (22 percent) have been diagnosed by their doctors as having some form or degree of arthritis. It is projected that this number will increase to 67 million, or 25 percent, by the year 2030. New drugs are constantly being tested and discovered in the fight against this disease that threaten to cripple one quarter of the adult population of the United States in less than 20 years.
Planning your budget for assisted living care can almost catch you by surprise, and if you haven't planned for senior living care expenses, you aren't alone. Few people do - either because they don't think they'll need it or because they want to save their assets for their children and believe that government subsidies will cover any care they need. This doesn't mean they can't afford suitable care; it just means the choices may be more limited. Fortunately, just like the variety in settings, styles, and amenities, senior living residences are available at a variety of price points.
Many seniors believe that heart disease risks are inevitable in old age. In truth, there are plenty of ways to keep your heart in great shape; start with these seven.
What exactly is heart disease? It’s the term given to a group of different health conditions that affect the heart. In the United States, the most common form of heart disease is called coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is often responsible for serious cardiovascular events like a heart attack, heart failure, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia.
"It took about two years to sort it all out and stop the bleeding," says King, of Lexington, Ky. "We had to find out what the damage was, and we had to figure out a solution."