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How to Talk to Your Elderly Loved One about Incontinence

If your elderly loved one suffers from incontinence, then it may be impossible to ignore. The odor, the mess and the cleanup can all be glaringly obvious signs that something is wrong. Ironically, the subject seems to be one that is often ignored in households. Many children of elderly parents do not want to bring up the subject because they do not want to embarrass their parents. Talking to an elderly loved one about their incontinence issues could be embarrassing for them and for you. It is also an awkward...

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Resistance Training For Seniors

As people grow older, their muscles and joints begin to break down. Add to that the fact that seniors have more brittle bones than their younger relatives, and it seems as though you are making a recipe for disaster. Seniors are at an increased risk for falling and becoming injured due to their brittle bones, muscles and joints. However, there is one thing that can help decrease a senior’s risk of falling and keep them healthy. Resistance training is a type of exercise that allows your elderly loved ones to...

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Caring for a Senior with Multiple Sclerosis

Being a caregiver for any senior may prove to be difficult and incredibly stressful. However, if your elderly loved one suffers from a neurodegenerative disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS) then the challenges you face on a daily basis may be heightened. Caring for seniors who suffer from MS can be hard for both your loved one and you. MS is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by the loss of muscle control and function. Depending on how severe your loved one case is, they may have issues with mobility,...

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Tips on How to Buy the Right Adult Diaper

Many people may find themselves checking the adult diaper section of the drug store as they get older. Whether they are buying them for themselves, or making a trip for an elderly loved one, buying adult diapers can be confusing. Incontinence problems can happen to anyone of any age. However, incontinence is more common among the elderly population. If you are suddenly faced with the need of buying a bag of adult diapers for yourself or your elderly loved one, then you may need to do a bit of research...

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Common Health Scams Targeting Seniors

It seems like everywhere you look there is a new scam that could target seniors. Most of the scams that affect seniors in today’s society deal with health problems. Magazines, television ads, and newspaper ads all tout miracle drugs that claim to do everything from cure arthritis to cancer. “Smart Drugs” are advertised across every media outlet that claim to cure painful ailments and keep people healthy. These drugs are unregulated, and could actually cause more harm than good. Health scams and the marketing of unproven cures have been around...

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Bath Water Temperature Safety for the Elderly

Often, when you think of dangers that lurk in homes for seniors, you do not think about bath water temperatures. However, too hot or too cold bath water temperatures can really pose a serious risk for the health of your elderly loved ones. If your elderly loved one has impaired senses or is slow to initiate movement, then finding the ideal bath water temperature for them is crucial to keeping them healthy and happy. If the water is too hot or cold, they may not realize, or they may not...

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The Difference between Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two completely different issues that result from a myriad of spinal cord injuries. They both refer to a type of paralysis that can occur in someone of any age as a result of an injury to the spinal cord. Paralysis is a general term that is used to describe the general loss of movement or sensation following damage to the nervous system. The human nervous system is comprised of millions of nerves and neural cells that send chemical signals throughout the body. These chemical signals result...

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Quitting Smoking for Seniors: Is it too Late?

If your elderly loved one is an avid smoker and you are not then you have probably tried every way in the world to get them to quit. They may say that they cannot, that they are too old, or that it is too ingrained in their personality. Many elderly smokers have smoked for the majority of their life and frankly do not want to live out the rest of their years without having a few cigarettes each day. In today’s society, elderly smokers make up a large percentage of...

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Caregiver Tips: Preventing Back Injuries While Lifting Someone

As a family caregiver, you might often have to lift and support your elderly loved one, especially as they get weaker in their old age. Without the proper techniques and strength, lifting your loved one can make your back ache and injured. To reduce the risk of back injuries and back pain for yourself, proper lifting techniques and methods must be learned. In addition to proper body techniques, family caregivers must also assess certain risks and control those risks while lifting and supporting their elderly loved ones. Keep reading for...

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about the Flu

Myths about the flu virus run as rampant as the virus itself. There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding the flu virus, that it is hard to keep them at bay during flu season. Unfortunately, many of the myths and misconceptions are so misconstrued that they propagate completely false information throughout the medical world. With flu and cold season on the horizon, it is essential that you get your facts straight about the nasty flu virus. To start you off, here are a few of the common myths and...

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