If you watch television for any length of time, chances are you have seen the cholesterol commercials that talk about your LDL and your HDL; good and bad cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and strokes and because of that you will want to have your doctor check your levels. While you may not need to know everything about levels, understanding your cholesterol levels can help you make changes to your diet, if necessary.
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Whether you're a caregiver or the older adult in need of care, stress impacts everyone. Regardless of whether it's work, family situations, finances, failing health or even a social situation, stress can lead to potentially harmful impacts on your mind and body. Not all stress is harmful, though, there are times when a stressful situation may motivate you to make a decision or meet a deadline, but long term, chronic stress is another matter entirely.
Slips and falls in the home are the biggest cause of injury for adults over age 65, and when you factor in that more than 250,000 individuals suffer falls in the bathroom, it can be a dangerous place for the elderly.
Seniors are often faced with one of the most emotional decisions in their lifetime. This is to stay in their current home, downsize to something more manageable, or move into a retirement community. There is no correct answer that fits every circumstance. If you find yourself in this situation, keep reading for a few basic considerations.
If you or someone in your life life struggles with a chronic illness, you know that managing it is no walk in the park. What if you suffer from more than one? Over two-thirds of Americans past the age of 65 suffer from two or more chronic conditions, which increases to three-fourths of the American population past the age of 80. The more they are strapped with, you’ll find that tackling more than one chronic illness is even more of a challenge.
February might be the shortest month of the year but it certainly is full of national holidays ad traditions. In December of 1963, President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation making February American Heart Month and the first celebration of this important health-awareness month took place in 1964! In his proclamation, Johnson wrote, “I urge the people of the United States to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.”
The Holidays are behind us. It’s time to take a breath, and look forward to the new year. As a caregiver, not only do you think about your health, but also the health of your loved one for whose care you are responsible. As is often the case, the holiday season takes a toll on our health. It can also take a toll on the health of those in your care. You may be wondering; how do I gauge their health? We have four signs to gauge your loved ones’ health.
As a caregiver you've seen your parents' health fade a little bit every year. It could be something as simple as being more forgetful, or stumbling when she walks or maybe your father is dealing with an illness or one or both of them are recovering from a hospital stay. They're determined to remain in their own home and for the time being that might be an option.
If you ask your physician he will explain that shingles is a disease related to chicken pox and individuals that had chicken pox at some point in their lives are more prone to developing a case of shingles. The virus that causes chicken pox is also responsible for shingles. In many individuals, the virus for shingles is dormant and resides in clusters of nerve tissue. The affliction typically affects the elderly.
Aging is an inevitable fact of life. With aging comes the realization that we may be faced at some point with the inability to live independently. Whether making a move to an assisted living facility or moving into the home of a family member, aging-in-place is a dream that many seniors do not want to give up.