Choosing a Walking Cane

  Buyer’s Guide to Choosing a Walking Cane       Canes are among the most common mobility aids on the market. They are readily available and relatively cheap, making them the first solution many people turn to for their mobility issues. Unfortunately, that $20 round-handled cane from the local drugstore may cause you more … Continue reading “Choosing a Walking Cane”

Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter

  Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter       Winter is a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers that can be especially … Continue reading “Keep Your Older Adult Safe This Winter”

Book Review of “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

  A Caregiving Memoir You’ll Really Identify With       Roz Chast is a professional cartoonist and illustrator who captured her personal story about caring for her parents as they grew older and sicker. It’s titled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and was one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of … Continue reading “Book Review of “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?””

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom

Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom       It may not be the household item that catches a person’s eye or thoughts while looking for hazards, but toilet seats have options available today that many caregivers are unaware of.   The toilet seat should not be overlooked as a way … Continue reading “Install A Power Lift Toilet Seat For A Safer Bathroom”

Tips for Managing Foot Drop

  Tips for Managing Foot Drop         Foot drop is a muscular weakness or paralysis that makes it difficult to lift the front part of your foot and toes. It’s also sometimes called drop foot, and can cause you to drag your foot on the ground when you walk. Foot drop is a sign … Continue reading “Tips for Managing Foot Drop”

How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat

  How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat     Elevated toilet seats are great for improving safety and ease for the elderly when getting onto and off of the toilet. For some reason, toilets are generally made quite low.  As with any surface, getting onto and off of a lower height is more difficult … Continue reading “How to Buy an Elevated Toilet Seat”

Exercising With Parkinson’s Disease

Exercising With Parkinson’s Disease     A Guide to Being Physically Active With Parkinson’s     Research has shown that regular exercise benefits people with Parkinson’s disease.  Exercise: reduces stiffness improves mobility, posture, balance and gait Aerobic exercise increases oxygen delivery and neurotransmitters to keep our heart, lungs, and nervous system healthy. General exercise may also … Continue reading “Exercising With Parkinson’s Disease”

Modifying Your Bathroom for Critical Illness

    As my mom’s liver cirrhosis progressed, she became increasingly weak and unbalanced.            If she felt well enough to leave her bed, her time was spent on the couch in the family room.  She began to use a walker to avoid falls, and of course my dad was always … Continue reading “Modifying Your Bathroom for Critical Illness”

Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!

Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!     Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, but you can drastically reduce … Continue reading “Minimize Your Senior’s Falling Risk Now!”

Keep Your Elder Safe in Hot Weather

Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your loved one staying safe and comfortable while enjoying the warm weather.   Elderly people (people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people for … Continue reading “Keep Your Elder Safe in Hot Weather”