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When Hygiene is an Issue: Helping Your Aging Parent Stay Clean

The last time you dropped by your mom’s house in Kansas City, did you notice an unpleasant odor? And finally realize it was coming from her? Unfortunately, elderly people don’t always bathe as often as they should. There are a number of reasons why. For example, changing clothes can be difficult. Or there could be a fear of falling in the tub. Or they may just not remember they didn’t do it. Here are some things you can do to help if your mom (or dad) has stopped bathing. Open a dialogue. Your mom might not realize she has body odor if you don’t tell her. Or she may need help getting in and out of the shower and be embarrassed to ask. If she doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia, see if […]
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Fall-Proofing Your Home

According to the National Institute of Health, around 60% of all falls happen at home. And falls can cause seriour injuries. So if you’re getting up in years (or if you’ll be providing elder care at home), it’s time to take steps to fall-proof your home. Here are some things you can do: Install handrails and grab bars. Add handrails to all staircases and grab bars to showers and around toilets. Once they’re installed, don’t forget to use them. Remove trip hazards. Move things out of pathways (e.g., electrical cords, phone cords, magazines, pet bowls). Also, remove or secure any rugs. Rearrange furniture. Leave yourself wide walking paths. Make sure there’s enough room for you to get through with a walker or wheelchair. Even if you’re not using those things now, you might need them later. Improve lighting. Eyesight […]
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Talking to Your Loved One About End-of-Life Care

The thought of a loved one dying can be painful, so it might seem easier not to talk about it. But if you don’t ask about end-of-life wishes, how will you know what your elderly mother in Independence or your ailing brother in Overland Park wants if a time comes when they can’t answer for themselves? Or how will your children (or other caregiver) know what your wishes are when you near the end of your life (especially if they no longer live in Kansas City)? Although potentially uncomfortable, discussions about end-of-life care are important. Here are some tips that might help: If you are a caregiver: Choose a quiet setting where you wont be interrupted. Ask, first, if your loved one would like to talk about […]
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Can hiring non-agency caregivers put Alzheimer’s patients at risk?

The story below is about Mary (name has been changed) who was told by a neighbor she needed someone to help her at home. Mary had some diminished capacity and hired the “friend” that the neighbor suggested.  Unfortunately, the circumstances’ surrounding this case are not unusual and demonstrates the necessity of hiring a home care company that provides care management, bonded, insured and supervised caregivers. Mary’s primary care physician became concerned for her well-being after an appointment in July of 2012.  Mary’s privately-hired caregiver exhibited controlling behavior over Mary during the appointment.  The physician expressed his concerns to Mary’s Trust Administrator, and after a brief investigation the Administrator realized that the caregiver was financially and emotionally taking advantage of Mary.  Acting quickly the Administrator contacted […]
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Physical Therapy is a Boon to Seniors

Would you believe in a nondrug treatment that works for arthritis, cancer pain, Parkinson’s, and incontinence and improves your strength and endurance? There is one treatment that does it all–physical therapy! WebMd Feature When a person gets injured or has a prolonged illness, doctors often recommend physical therapy. In the case of older people, though, sometimes this is seen as just something to “try.” This could not be further from the truth. Physical therapy is “A-quality” therapy for many conditions affecting older people, from Alzheimer’s to urinary incontinence. In fact, one researcher did a study in which you had to be 100 years of age to even participate! According to Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT, president of the geriatrics section of the American Physical […]
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When is it time to ask for help when caring for a loved one?

One of the hardest decisions family caregivers make is deciding to ask for help—first there are the guilt feelings, then the “who do I call or ask” and then the final step of taking action to get help. Caregiver burnout can be caused by a myriad of reasons that can diminish your ability to provide good care for your loved one. How do you know if you are on the path to caregiver burnout and what can you do about it? Warning Signs of Burnout: Lack of sleep and time for yourself • Caring for another loved one can lead to constant worry and sleepless nights. The struggle between being a good parent, a spouse or caregiver can lead to thoughts of “What happens if […]
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How to provide long distance care for a loved one with dementia

Overland Park, KS – When you live many miles away from your loved one with dementia, the separation complicates  caregiving. Concerns about the person’s safety, nutrition and health can be overwhelming at times.Here are some strategies to manage long-distance caregiving. Identify needed help If the person with Alzheimer’s disease lives alone, he or she may have difficulty managing daily tasks.  Identify what kind of help he or she may need to remain independent in the home for as long as possible. When you visit you loved one, observe the following: Is there food in the refrigerator? Is it spoiled? Is the person eating regular meals? What is the condition of the inside and the outside of the home? Has it changed? Are the bills paid? […]
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Protect your health this winter by getting a flu shot

Leawood, KS – The flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. If you’re at risk of complications from the flu, make sure you have your annual flu shot. Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Because the flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won’t treat it.  Anyone can get the flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as people aged 65 or over or people who have a serious medical condition If you are in one of these groups, you’re more vulnerable to the effects of seasonal flu […]
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Helping your elderly loved-ones make difficult life transitions

Leawood, Kansas –  Watching your parents go from family leaders to those who need your help isn’t easy. Yet you need to realize how fortunate you are to have the privilege to do so. Life expectancy is on the rise in the U.S., so we need to prepare for what that means for our parents. The following tips should make things easier when it comes time for your parent or parents to make these difficult life transitions: 1. Handing over the car keys. While the elderly often know deep in their hearts when they aren’t up to the task of driving safely, they often resist admitting it. Take them (and yourself) out of the equation and get a doctor’s evaluation. If it turns out to […]
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Survival Tips for the “Sandwich Generation”

Overland Park, Kansas – Everyday in the U.S., people call in sick to work – not to care for themselves or their children, but to care for their aging parents. Baby Boomers are suddenly finding themselves with three jobs: employee, parent, and caregiver. People caring for both their growing children and their elderly parents are members of a demographic phenomenon called “The Sandwich Generation”, and it’s becoming a hot topic as Boomers approach their retirement years. Just how many of us are experiencing this situation within the nation’s workforce? Research shows that nearly 25% of U.S. households are now involved in caring for a senior family member, spending an average of 20 hours a week in caregiving services. Nearly 65% of those individuals providing the caregiving are […]
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