Content tagged "family caregiving health"

Vaccinations for Caregivers and Older Adults

If you are not taking care of yourself then you cannot take care of someone else. This refrain, while sensible, often does not hit home with caregivers until...

Hands-Only CPR

Family Caregiving Updated: February 11, 2014

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be a lifesaving technique when a person stops breathing or their heart stops beating. CPR may involve a combination...

Medications Are Important During a Disaster, so Be Prepared

If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least a week, maybe...

Using the Internet

Family Caregiving Updated: January 22, 2014

The world is at your fingertips - step-by-step instructions for beginners.

The LiveAbility House

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

Second Life® is a free, Internet-based virtual world. Global users, called residents, interact with each other within the Second Life® environment in real...

Take 10 - A Caregiver Exercise Program

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

The Surgeon General advises at least two and a half hours of aerobic (meaning with Oxygen) exercise each week. Ten minutes a day is a good place to start....

The Question of Food as Medicine

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

As people age they typically need less food (fewer calories), but about the same amount of most vitamins and minerals. This means that older adults need to...

Avoiding Medication Jeopardy

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

For caregivers and care recipients (the people receiving care), medications can be both burden and blessing. Prescription medications have a substantial...

Recognizing Depression in an Older Adult

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

Did you know depression in an older adult does not always look the same as in a younger person?In some older adults, depression may:Perhaps most...

Impact of Lifestyle on Memory

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

If you are a caregiver and the person to whom you are providing care exhibits memory difficulties, treat those memory problems as a flashing yellow light....

Mastery of Aging Well: Online Learning

Family Caregiving Updated: August 01, 2013

This online learning series consists of five lessons related to healthy aging. Practical, research-based solutions are highlighted.Each lesson consists of a...

Lifting Weights as Physical Activity

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

Lifting weights may be an important part of strength training in your exercise routine. However, remember to consult your health provider before beginning...

Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

The following learning lesson from North Carolina Extension Service helps you make changes in your eating and exercise habits and is designed to help prevent...

Depression in Later Life

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

My mother is 80 and being cared for by my father, age 84. I suspect they are both depressed. My sister says “Who wouldn’t be depressed at their age?” She...

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: What Does Loss Mean?

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

Families in which grandparents are raising grandchildren may experience many different types of losses. These may include:Grieving is natural and healthy for...

Housing Options for Older Adults

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

Long-term care has changed significantly in recent years and continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s older adults. While many people wish to remain...

Choosing a Nursing Home or Other Long-term Care Facility

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

Choosing a nursing home can be a very important decision for you and your family. For those who need round-the-clock care due to disability or illness, a...

Alzheimer's Disease: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Family Caregiving Updated: August 09, 2012

Alzheimer’s Disease is a chronic, degenerative disease which means that it progresses slowly and gets worse as it progresses. Around six million Americans...

Hiring In-Home Help

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

If you find that the person you care for needs more help than you can provide, or you don’t feel comfortable providing the kind of help that’s needed, then...

Take Medications Safely and Properly

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Being able to safely manage your medications involves understanding a little bit about drugs in general, and knowing how to talk to your doctor, pharmacist...

Geriatric Care Managers

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Geriatric care management can be a valuable option for older persons and their families who can afford such services. Care management generally is defined as...

Physical Activity and Exercise for Older Adults

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Physical activity can help people of all ages, but may be especially helpful to older adults. It improves your mood and increases social interaction; it may...

Making a Decision About a Nursing Home or Other Long-Term Care Facility

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Making a decision about a long-term care facility for an older family member is difficult. Yet, it can be the best decision when a family member’s health...

Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Pneumonia and influenza together represent the fifth leading cause of death in older adults. These two conditions may be prevented by receiving an influenza...

Diabetes

Family Caregiving Updated: August 08, 2012

Diabetes is a serious disease at any age but may be especially serious for older adults. It happens when the level of glucose (also known as blood sugar) in...

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