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Alcoholism in seniors is commonly overlooked or misdiagnosed by health care providers. Therefore, it is crucial for family caregivers to be aware of the signs of alcohol abuse in older adults. While dealing with an elderly alcoholic parent can be extremely challenging... Read more →


...He’s tried pads before, but the plastic makes them so hot that it’s caused skin infections. He's supported me through several surgeries, and I really want to help him with this. There’s got to be a better way. - LL Read more →


...The risk factors are numerous but a partial list includes age, being female, nerve damage, and dementia, as well as physical disabilities that keep people from reaching the toilet on time. Read more →


Dear HS: Ouch! Of course, that hurt you and was terribly unfair. In defense of the medical people and social worker who criticized you, they were doing their jobs in for watching neglect and/or abuse of older adults. However, it seems to me... Read more →


You truly have your hands full. Preventing burnout is the right approach because like so many things, backing off once you are completely immersed in them presents even more problems. I hope that you can put a plan in place that will work for the long haul. Here are some strategies that might help: Read more →


"Incontinence affects millions of Americans and is very closely linked to diet, since what someone eats and drinks directly affects their bladder. With that said, people may think drinking less water will help them avoid incontinence, but... Read more →


As men age, the prostate tends to grow larger which can eventually cause any number of health issues including urine retention, but it can become cancerous, as well. Read more →


Women can experience fecal incontinence after childbirth due to muscle and/or nerve damage that results from injury to the anal sphincter that holds back the stool. This is more common if either an episiotomy or forceps are used during the process of giving birth. Read more →


Dysphagia is a swallowing impairment that can occur after someone has a stroke or any type of brain injury. Dysphagia is also a concern with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), oral cancer, and many other injuries and diseases. Read more →


..Think about the personality of your ailing elders and consider excursions or entertainment that they may enjoy. A short outing of some type can leave a lasting memory, or it can simply mean that there were some enjoyable moments, but either way, you’ve done something positive for them. Remember to take into account the fact that heat can be dangerous to elders, so prepare for outside activities by educating yourself about how to keep elders safe in the heat. Read more →