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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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How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for Loved One with Dementia

Hospital stays are never fun, but they can be especially scary for an elderly loved one who suffers from dementia. Going to the hospital could even prove to be dangerous for a person who has dementia. Evidence has shown that people who suffer from dementia are at a greater risk from having adverse issues and outcomes occur following a hospital visit than people in the general population. Even a brief stay has been shown to exacerbate a senior’s dementia and make them more prone to consequences that come with dementia...

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What Your Nails are Telling You about Your Health

Your nails can actually tell you and your doctor a lot about your health. Most people do not pay much attention to their nails. Women tend to file and polish their nails, while men simply cut theirs and let them be. For this reason, most people do not pay attention to changes in their nails. A perfectly manicured set of nails shows that someone is clean, hygienic and healthy. But what happens when those nails do not look so hot? Here are a few common issues that occur with nails...

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Foods that Fight Pain

Chronic pain affects millions of people each year, and the majority of the affected are people from the elderly population. This type of pain can be frustrating. Chronic pain often does not have a specific treatment plan or diagnosis. For this reason, most patients are either given low doses of pain medications or are told by their doctors to fight their pain naturally and on their own. Fortunately though, nature has given humans amazing natural medications in the form of food to fight pain and disease. Anti-inflammatory diets have been...

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about Chemotherapy

As people age their risk of developing cancer increases dramatically. A cancer diagnosis comes with many different treatment options, but one of the most popular treatments is chemotherapy. Hearing that you or one of your loved ones must go through chemotherapy is incredibly difficult, and that initial fear can influence future medical decisions. If you or your loved one is going through chemotherapy soon, then keep reading to learn about the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding chemotherapy. Chemo only kills cancer cells Malignant tumors are cancerous tumors that grow...

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Headaches Causes – What Your Headache Might Mean

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints among any age group. They can hit you at any time and range from a small twinge to horrible pain that leaves you in bed all day. Headaches come in many varieties and can be the result of numerous different causes. Most often, they result from something going wrong somewhere in the body. Often, headaches are not serious and they are simply triggered by stress, a small cold, a hangover or from being overly tired or hungry. However, in some cases,...

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The Dangers of Sleeping Pills for the Elderly

Sleeping difficulties can be extremely frustrating. It is a horrible feeling to go to bed each night and lay awake for hours on end. One solution that helps many people get to sleep is sleeping pills. These small, often addictive, tablets are packed with medications that will cause you to drift right to sleep and stay asleep. Sleeping pills are convenient, fast, and often easy to obtain. They are an easy way to tackle a sleepless night, and can be extremely safe if taken in small doses for short amounts...

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What Your Skin Can Tell You about Your Health

Your skin is your largest organ, and because of this, your skin can really tell you a lot about your health. Your skin protects you against bacteria, regulates your body temperature, and has numerous pain, pressure, and temperature receptors that keep your whole body protected. It is no surprise that when something is wrong with your body on the inside, your skin can send you many warning signs. Here are a few things that your skin may be telling you about your health. If you notice any of these symptoms,...

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Tips on How to Get an Elderly Parent to Bathe or Shower

As people age, they often begin to become reluctant about bathing for many reasons. Some elderly people fear falling in the shower due to poor balance, some are very modest and do not want to have help, some feel discomfort with extreme temperature changes, and some elderly people may even have pain whenever they change positions often. Bathing can be taxing, and if your elderly parent has begun to refuse to bathe for any of the above reasons, or for reasons of their own, then you may be growing a...

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