12 Useful Gadgets For Your Senior Parents

  Helpful Gadgets for Family Caregivers First of all, Our normal daily routine gets crazy when our senior parents get sick.  From giving them medications to taking them to their doctor appointments, it becomes our prime duty.  By the same token, leaving them alone at home does not give us a peace of mind.  What … Read more

How To Give Home Safety To Our Senior Parents

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  Worrying about our Senior Parents Home Safety  It is important to realize, when our senior parents are forced to stay alone and manage on their own.  As a result, it can come with added risks that can sometimes become life threatening.  For this reason, home safety is a growing problem and I am here … Read more

Solutions for Better Breathing in Older Adults

 

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As we get older, we face various problems. As a result, breathing difficulties or onset of chronic lung disorders are one of the major health concerns.  Another key point, many times and an underlying medical condition can cause breathing problems; however, breathing problems can also stem from a lack of proper physical activity.

Important to realize, older adults with breathing problems take in less oxygen. As a result of this, they have much less energy to perform their daily activities.  Another key point, due to less oxygen and subsequently less energy, older adults tire often and get anxious and depressed easily.  Also, breathing difficulty is a progressive disease and caregivers are therefore advised to provide the utmost care to the elderly.

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The Ultimate Quick Tips on Coping with Arthritis

 

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Managing arthritis in elderly with natural remedies

The first thing to remember, the debilitating condition is known as Arthritis strikes any individual at any age. It is true, however, that older adults are at a higher risk of falling prey to arthritis. Another key point, according to the statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects about one-third of adults aged 65 years and above.  Also, this makes a leading cause of disability among the elderly population.  In this case, arthritis refers to various conditions affecting the joint bones.  In this condition, the joint cartilage wears off, causing the bones to rub against each other.  As a result, inflammation accompanied by stiffness and decreased mobility of the joints occurs.

Symptoms

In this case, the following symptoms present themselves in those suffering from Arthritis. For a better understanding of the condition, learn to recognize the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the joints
  • Inflammation
  • The joints become stiff and lose mobility
  • Difficulty in performing simple tasks such as brushing teeth, climbing stairs and walking

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Sleeping Problems

 

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Dealing with sleeping problems in the elderly

Insomnia is common in old age; however, this should not be taken as a normal phenomenon.  Sleeping less is certainly not normal in old age. Sleep is important for our elderly, as much as it is important for the younger generation. Statistics have revealed that more than 50 percent of the elderly population (aged 65 years and above) experience sleeping problems.  Some of the common symptoms of sleep problems in the elderly include excessive sleepiness during the daytime, waking up very early in the morning, difficulty falling asleep and inability to maintain sleep.

As age advances, both men and women tend to sleep less and experience many kinds of sleeping disorders.  Furthermore, many elderly also spend less time in deep sleep mode which aggravates the quality of sleep.  While certain disease conditions, social changes, shifts in circadian rhythm and medications can interfere with the regular sleep pattern, additional factors play foul as well.

Some of the common reasons cited for sleeping problems include the following:

  • Stress/grief: Loss of loved one, or moving away from family can be a significant cause of stress for the elderly.
  • Daytime sleep: Reduce daytime sleep to avoid sleeplessness during the night.
  • Menopause and hot flashes: Hot flashes, as well as night sweats, are common during menopause, which significantly interferes with sleep.
  • Physical inactivity: Not getting enough exercise is also one of the major reasons for insufficient sleep.
  • Insufficient sunlight: Staying indoors and getting less sun exposure can also interfere with quality sleep.
  • Socially inactive: Being socially inactive, or spending less time with friends or not interacting with family members, can also be a major factor for improper sleep during the night.

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