Senior Topics

Hospice care provides physical and emotional support to patients, and their families, who have received a terminal diagnosis. To that end, the goal of hospice is to provide end-of-life or palliative care. Hospice care does not cure or treat an illness. Furthermore, recognizing that the...

Parkinson's Disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder. This means the disease will last for a long period of time and symptoms will continue to worsen. The condition causes shaking, stiffness, and difficulty in walking, balance, and coordination. The risk of developing Parkinson's Disease...

According to statistics from the American Diabetes Association, the percentage of Americans age 65 and older with diabetes is over 25% or approximately 11 million seniors. Furthermore, diabetes in the older population is associated with a high mortality rate, loss of certain functions, and increased...

There are some essential legal documents every senior needs to have in place before a medical crisis happens. These documents should be prepared before an emergency occurs, or it may be too late. If an elderly parent does not yet have these legal documents ready, it is...

May is National Stroke Awareness month and according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of all strokes happen in people over the age of 65. Furthermore, the risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade between the ages of 55 and 85. A...

The benefits of having an Elderly Care Plan is more important than ever before. With current and future advancements, combining medicine and technology, people are living longer. In fact, founders from noted global technology companies like Google, PayPal, and Oracle are infusing hundreds of millions of dollars...

Depression, isolation, dementia, a fear of falling, or medication side effects can all cause seniors to lose interest or the ability to keep up with their personal hygiene and grooming. Often, an adult child is the first person to notice changes in mom or dad's appearance. And,...

Whenever possible it's always a good idea for adult children to take their elderly parents to doctor's appointment.  Adult children can provide great support for an aging parent at a doctor's visit. Filling-out paperwork, taking notes, and communicating a parent's concerns and complaints to the doctor are...

While a healthy diet is important in any decade of life, good nutrition in seniors comes with special challenges. Decreased physical activity, a slower metabolism, and less muscle mass means seniors must consume fewer calories to avoid weight gain. Therefore, it is important to eat more nutrient-dense food...

In the elderly population, proper medication management can bring years of good health. On the other hand, mismanaging medications can lead to serious consequences.  Unfortunately, misuse of medications is a common problem for seniors. The elderly often take multiple medications at the same time. This is confusing and can result in missed doses, overdoses, or medications taken...