Senior Health Articles
C. diff infections are on the rise in hospitals and nursing homes, and ill seniors are particularly vulnerable to this persistent bug. Be sure to use these best hygiene and antibiotic practices to keep your loved one and yourself healthy.
Minor bloating after a salty meal is pretty standard, but for millions of Americans, excess fluid retention is a serious problem. Know the signs of edema and what medical and lifestyle options can minimize swelling and complications.
Fatigue, weakness and irritability are considered “normal” symptoms of aging, but these red flags may actually point to a serious underlying condition. Be aware of these signs and others that warrant a trip to the doctor and some blood work.
It is normal for someone to be constipated from time to time, but when this condition lasts for a prolonged period or worsens significantly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and even require medical attention.
Mental health is a complex area of medicine, but there are steps caregivers can take to learn about mental illness, support their loved ones and ensure they get necessary treatments.
One of the last things on a family caregiver’s mind is the health of their loved one’s feet. However, the condition of a senior’s feet can indicate a great deal about their overall wellbeing.
As men age, hormone production and bioavailability decrease, resulting in a number of different mental and physical changes. A mental health counselor examines the causes and effects of these changes and the controversy surrounding the male aging process.
Testosterone levels decrease naturally as men age, but hormone replacement therapy for 'Low T' has become a hot topic for men who wish to offset some of the common side effects of andropause. However, hormonal supplements may increase health risks.
The ability to communicate may be diminished following a stroke or due to the progression of a neurological disease. A variety of tools and strategies are available for interacting with a loved one who has speech problems.
The CDC estimates that over 795,000 people experience a stroke each year. Use these expert pointers to help you adequately care for your loved one following a stroke and even reduce your own risk of having a "brain attack."
Scabies is a contagious disease that is common in long-term care facilities like nursing homes and assisted living communities. The resulting rash can be extremely uncomfortable, and it may take multiple rounds of treatment to get rid of the parasites.
Many diseases and conditions can cause difficulties with eating and swallowing. Dysphagia can pose serious risks of choking, aspiration pneumonia, or abscesses in the lungs. Learn the signs of dysphagia and how to help your loved one eat and drink safely.
Many caregivers have patients who refuse to stop picking at their skin, which can result in open wounds, infection, and scarring. There may not be an obvious reason or cure for this behavior, but there are underlying triggers that can be addressed.
Family caregivers share their home remedies for how to stop a urinary tract infection (UTI) before it becomes a major and recurring health issue for an older adult.
Skin tags are a common skin problem for older adults. Removing skin tags with surgery is a simple procedure that can be performed by a dermatologist.
Most women don’t know that the signs of stroke can be gender specific. This lack of knowledge can lead to dangerous delays in treatment that can reduce an individual's chances for a full recovery.
Most people with varicose veins worry about the appearance of their legs. But the hidden danger of varicose veins lies just underneath the skin; in the circulatory system.
Those who approach getting older with a positive outlook are more likely to live longer and have a better quality of life. Dismiss common misconceptions and embrace aging with an optimistic mindset.
Most people expect to look and feel different as they age, but few know the details behind why their body changes with age, or how a little knowledge can be their greatest asset.
Confidence and high self-esteem have long been touted as vital components of living a happy life into old age. Here's how you can raise your aging loved one's sense of self-worth.