ElderCarelink Blog

Home Safety: Keeping the Stairways Safer

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 27th, 2010 at 2:11 am

Each year thousands of older adults fall in their own homes. Many of them have chosen to remain in their long time residence so now they have to deal with stairs getting into the house, to the basement, and upstairs. Sometimes there are hazards that could be readily fixed and doing that might go a long way in contributing to fall prevention.

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More Evidence Points to Antioxidants in Fruits as a Way to Slow Aging

by Carol Bursack
October 26th, 2010 at 2:12 am

We can live in denial if we choose, or just be undisciplined about our food choices (I plead guilty to this), however, most of us know that fruits and vegetables are good for us for many reasons. One of those reasons is because most of them contain high levels of antioxidants which have been shown in study after study to be good for the heart, the brain and our overall health.

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Many thanks to my penny-pinching mom

by Devlyn Brooks
October 25th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

My mom practices a frugality that my sons will never understand. There’s just too big of a generational gap between the circumstances of how my sons are being raised and the dire financial situation into which my mother was born. Thanks to the work ethic I inherited from my mom and a college degree, the boys’ have always known a life of small luxuries. There’s always been enough money to take a surprise trip to McDonald’s for lunch, or to catch a movie here and there or even to buy a video game system.

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Blood Sugar Lows Can Be Scary For Diabetics and Their Caregivers

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
October 25th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The medical terminology is hypoglycemia, which denotes low blood glucose, generally lower than 70mg/dl. Symptoms of hypoglycemia vary from person to person. For diabetics, episodic low blood glucose can arise from any number of variables, including inadequate nutrition, skipped meals – even too rigorous exercise. Caregivers to elderly diabetics should be mentally prepared to kick into high gear responsive to diabetic elders’ hypoglycemia.

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Not ready to face that reality

by Devlyn Brooks
October 25th, 2010 at 10:05 am

My mom’s been to the doctor more lately than I ever remember her seeking medical attention. Unfortunately I can’t gauge whether it’s because her access to health care has improved since she moved to town with us, or if it’s a trend with which I should be concerned.

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