If you are a family caregiver for one of the approximately five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with heart failure, one of the care and management recommendations you are likely to have received is to make sure that you weigh your parent regularly and record these weights.
The holiday season from Thanksgiving through the New Year can mean a flurry of fun, delicious food, quality time with friends and family and a chance to reflect on the better things in life. However, the holidays can also bring anxiety, stress, frustration, sadness and even depression. If you are a family caregiver, you have the extra responsibility of making sure your aging relative is also happy and healthy.
Family caregivers like you always have the opportunity to learn more each day and to try something new in caring for your aging loved one, like cleaning and maintaining their dentures. Dentures also require special care by professionals to keep them in good repair, free from damage and fitting well.
Once a person falls, they are twice as likely to fall again as someone that has never taken a tumble. This increasing number is often due to the fear of falling which causes them to shuffle their feet and stoop forward, shifting their body weight in a manner that actually increases their chances of falling.
As our parents get older, a concern that many people have is how their mental and physical health will be as they age. However, now that more information is available on how to stay healthy, more and more seniors are living longer lives. This is especially true for elders who have been making healthy choices throughout their life.
As a family caregiver, you already know that your aging parent faces a variety of risks as they age. Understanding these risks and doing what you can to reduce them is an important part of protecting their health and supporting a higher quality of life as they age in place. One such risk is osteoporosis.