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Common Causes of Dizziness and Loss of Balance in the Elderly

Dizziness and loss of balance in the elderly can be caused by many different things and can be quite dangerous as it can cause falls and injuries or be an indicator of another medical issue. Family caregivers should know what can cause dizziness so that they are able to prevent it in their loved ones or help them seek treatment. In this article we would like to share some information about the causes of dizziness and loss of balance in the elderly to help family caregivers provide the best possible...

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Common Causes of Knee Problems in the Elderly

Knee problems may occur at any age, but seniors are a particularly vulnerable age group due to the associated physiological changes of ageing.  Seniors tend to develop some problems with mobility as time goes by. When we have elderly family members living with us at home, it can be easy to dismiss these mobility problems, specifically the knee problems that seniors face as a common sign of ageing, but it can also be a sign of a medical condition. In this article we would like to offer some information about...

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Nutrition Activities for Seniors

Nutritional deficiencies are very common in seniors and can be caused by a number of things such as changes in appetite, diminishing sense of taste or smell, reduced physical activity, chronic illness or mental illness.  The first thing that family caregivers should do is determine the cause of their loved one’s problem and address the issue or help them seek treatment.  Once the issue has been determined, family caregivers can work with their loved ones and develop nutrition activities that will make them more interested in food and remind them...

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The Effects of Sense of Smell & Taste on Seniors Nutritional Intake

As we age our sense of smell and taste begin to change which can affect nutritional intake.  It is important for seniors and family caregivers to understand how smell and taste effect nutritional habits so that they can work with these changes and maintain a balanced diet. In this article we would like to offer some information on the effects of sense of smell and taste in the elderly on nutritional intake. There are a number of different illnesses that can cause changes in smell but in many cases changes...

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Homemade Gift Ideas for Elderly Loved Ones

Seniors can be hard to shop for as many seniors already have everything they want for their home or have to give up some of their belongings to move to an assisted living facility.  Even if your elderly loved ones seem to have everything, they will probably appreciate a thoughtful homemade gift.  Some people decide against homemade gifts because they think that making something on their own will be too difficult, but that is not always true.  We at Carefect Home Care Services understand that everyone has different skills and...

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One with COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (or COPD for short) is a chronic lung condition that is caused by bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of the two. COPD affects the airways and air sacs in the lungs and makes it hard for those that have the disease to breathe. Many people have not heard of COPD because the condition is often misdiagnosed as another condition but there are still millions of people with the disease so it is important for family caregivers to know how to care for someone with COPD. In...

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The Differences between Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are both forms of dementia so they are often believed to be the same condition or mistaken for each other. There are some areas where the diseases are similar, but there are also clear differences between the two and it is important for family caregivers to be able to discern between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In this article we would like to share some information about the differences between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Commonality To start, Alzheimer’s disease is much more common than...

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What to Look for During a Holiday Visit to the Parents

Holidays are perfect for spending time with family and friends but they can also be a good time for children to check in with their aging parents. Many parents will not admit to having a health issue or ask for help so it is important for children to know what red flags to look for during their visit. In this article we would like to offer some tips for children on the red flags they should look for during a holiday visit with aging parents. The first thing that children...

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about Arthritis

Arthritis is a relatively common condition among people, especially in the elderly community – However, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.  With the proper knowledge, arthritis can be treated and the symptoms can be controlled so it is important for seniors and family caregivers to be able to distinguish what is true and what is not when it comes to arthritis.  In this article we would like to share some information with regards to these common myths and misconceptions about arthritis. One of the most common myths...

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Norovirus: What Seniors and Family Caregivers Should Know

Norovirus is more commonly known as the stomach flu and it can be very dangerous for seniors. Many people write this virus off as a minor illness that only consists of a few days of having an upset stomach, but seniors are more prone to complications and should not ignore this virus. In this article we would like to offer some information for seniors and family caregivers about the symptoms of the Norovirus as well as ways to treat and prevent the virus. Norovirus is a virus that infects the...

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