A team of researchers has determined that variations in certain genes involved in fighting infection can successfully predict the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors.
Did you know that your eyes are just as susceptible to sun damage as your skin? The next time you head outside, be sure to don a pair of sunglasses to reduce your risk of developing eye conditions like photokeratitis, macular degeneration and cataracts.
A diagnosis of AMD can cause initial panic for an elderly loved one. As a caregiver it is important to be prepared for what lies ahead. Learn how it is diagnosed, treated, and ways of coping with this progressive condition.
Issues between siblings often seem to come to a head when a parent begins requiring care. Use these pointers to improve your communication, minimize dysfunction and recognize when it’s time to set boundaries.
Programs and assistance vary widely by state and individual circumstances, but some financial help may be available for family caregivers who are looking to offset the costs of providing care for an elderly loved one.
While many family caregivers might consider writing about their experiences to be a chore, there is something especially therapeutic about putting things down on paper and punching words out on a keyboard.
I was excited for our trip, but as our departure date got closer, I became increasingly worried about spending the time away. Based on the success of our experience, I came up with five tips for dementia caregivers who are planning a holiday.
Nearly half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.
It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.
People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” is the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.
Individuals living with Alzheimer’s often experience sleep issues, and if they’re not sleeping well, neither are you. Use these expert tips to help everyone in your household get some much-needed shut-eye.
Watching a loved one progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be a heartbreaking experience. Learn more about short- and long-term memory recognition and the stages of the disease to be more prepared and have realistic expectations.
Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.
In order to be successful, every caregiver needs a care plan and a team to help them execute it. A well-rounded roster of friends, family and professionals can help you provide quality care and prevent burnout.
Celebrate Mother's Day by remembering the women who've helped us throughout our lives. Now,as caregivers, it is our turn to care for them. Gain insight into your mothers life and forgive her for what may have been less than perfect mothering practices.