Senior safety

Summer safety tips for seniors: How to help older adults stay healthy when it's hot outside

The summer months are a time of fun, adventure and relaxation for many, but they can also be a source of stress for older adults and their caregivers. As we age, our physiology changes in ways that boost sensitivity to summer’s heat, humidity and sun exposure. In fact, according to... more

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Yes, you can take a vacation — even if you're caring for aging parents. Here’s how

Family caregivers may often daydream about vacation, but actually taking a break is often a different story. How could you ever get away when you have so much responsibility? Who would take care of your parent? How would your parent feel if you left? How would you feel leaving them... more

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Is my senior parent eating enough? Here's how to tell and what to do

Enter a caption... With age comes change — and a lot of those changes can make eating a healthy, well-balanced diet more challenging. Loss of mobility, a change of social situation, chronic health problems like diabetes or heart disease, and tight finances all make it tougher for older adults to... more

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Activities of daily living: What are they and how are they used?

Assessing when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one or client can be tough. Independence can be difficult to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. The six activities of daily living (ADLs) and the eight instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can be helpful... more

How to determine whether your loved one should retire from driving

Car keys are a sign of independence, and who wants to part with that? But with age comes increased risk behind the wheel, so it’s important for families to decide together when a senior loved one may need to find alternative forms of transportation. The risk of a driver being... more

Fall prevention: 12 expert tips to reduce risks for older adults

As a person ages, falling — even tripping — becomes a lot more dangerous. According to the latest research from Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  about one in four adults (28%) age 65 and older, report falling each year. This results in about 36 million falls each year. Falls can... more

Best part-time jobs for seniors

While you may think of your golden years as a time to be free from the shackles of work, retirement isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Some seniors find that they can’t live comfortably on their fixed income, while others get bored, lonely or lack a sense of... more

Emergency medical checklist for older adults: Here's what to include

No emergency situation is simple, but those with seniors can be even more complicated due to numerous medications, doctors, insurance coverage and the degree of chronic or acute illnesses involved. And when there are a mix of family members or caregivers involved, it becomes even more essential to have this... more