Balance is an issue that many seniors have difficulty with. Problems with balance can come from pain, stiffness, weakness, and lack of range of motion in the joints and muscles, neurological problems, vision problems, issues with the vestibular system, medications, health problems, and more. No matter what the source of your parent’s balance issues, it is important for you as a family caregiver to not only understand how these balance problems can negatively affect your parent’s safety, function, and quality of life, but to take meaningful steps to help them to cope with these challenges and limitations in a way that will preserve their health, well-being, and lifestyle.
There are many steps that you can take to help your parent deal with balance issues, but one that can be particularly valuable is starting senior care for them.… Continue reading
Falling is a problem for your senior not just because it can create an injury right then, but because falls contribute to future health problems for your loved-one. Helping your elderly family member avoid a fall can be as simple as going through this list and tackling each suggestion one at a time.
Talk to Her Doctor First
There are a few reasons that you want to make your first conversation a talk with your senior’s doctor. For starters, there may be medication side effects that you need to know about that could make your elderly family member more susceptible to falling. This conversation is also a good time for you to ask your aging parent’s doctor about her other risk factors related to falling.
Check Both Hearing and Vision
It might seem odd, but your aging family member’s hearing and her vision both impact whether she’s… Continue reading