Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

As people age, they tend to sleep more lightly than when they were younger and often wake up during the night from achy joints or the need to use the restroom. Many seniors compensate for this lost sleep by catching a restorative nap during the day. That’s normal. Daytime sleeping only becomes a problem when […]

Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

Admitting the need for help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. The responsibility often falls on family members to recognize the signs that an aging loved one might need support with completing the activities of daily living. How do you know if it is time for in-home care? Look for the […]

How to Convince a Resistant Elder to Attend Adult Day Care

While caring for my elderly parents, I was often advised to enroll them in a local adult day care program. Well-meaning people explained that going to the adult day center would give my mom and dad a life outside of lying in bed and watching TV all day. They also emphasized that I would get […]

When to See a Doctor for Sleep Problems

If you consistently have trouble sleeping at night, you may be one of millions of Americans who suffers from a sleep disorder. Almost everyone has had trouble sleeping at one point or another, but a sleep disorder occurs on an ongoing basis. Because there are more than 100 types of sleep disorders, it can be […]

Take Time for You!

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE TIME TO FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH The United States spends more money by a wide margin than any other country on health care.  Our health care system is set up to keep us from dying, not thriving.  Our average life span barely makes it in the top 30 when compared to […]

HOW TO MOVE ON FROM THE PAST

Life is a mixture of positive and negative experiences. Over time, these experiences intertwine with each other to create a balance. In this give and take scenario, the negative experiences allow us to more fully appreciate the good in life. Secondly, they often serve to strengthen our character by providing us with new opportunities for […]

10 Signs of Kidney Disease

Many people who have chronic kidney disease don’t know it, because the early signs can be very subtle. It can take many years to go from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. What Causes Kidney Disease? Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. These conditions cause about 70 percent of kidney failure […]

Without safety net of kids or spouse, ‘elder orphans’ need a fallback plan

It was a memorable place to have an “aha” moment about aging. Peter Sperry had taken his 82-year-old father, who’d had a stroke and used a wheelchair, to Disney World. Just after they’d made their way through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, nature called. Sperry took his father to the bathroom where, with difficulty, […]

4 Tricks for a Happy Halloween with an Elderly Loved One

Halloween is a holiday that people of all ages look forward to each year. Costumes, candy, haunted houses and festive parties set this occasion apart from all the others, but how do you help an elder celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in a safe, fun and healthy way? Use these tricks and treats to include your […]