ElderCarelink Blog

Hip replacement surgery to reclaim mobility

by Dorian Martin
August 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am

Dad had hip replacement surgery when he was 67 years old. The surgery went smoothly and, surprisingly to me, the medical staff had him up and walking the next day.

“I had pain when walking before the surgery, but no pain after it. The surgery eliminated the pain,” Dad said. Read more »

End-of-life conversations about a good death

by Dorian Martin
August 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Over the weekend, I watched “The Descendants.” The film portrays a family’s struggles in coming to grips with end-of-life decisions for the mother, who is unconscious and on life support. But what if she was awake and had an incurable disease? What sort of end-of-life conversations should take place?

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Foods that could interact badly with elders’ medications

by Dorian Martin
August 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

Dad’s life improved in several ways after he moved in with me. Perhaps the most important has been that he eats a much healthier diet. When he was living on his own, he often opted for multiple meals of cereal during the day and rarely ate produce, with the exception of his daily apple. Read more »

Physical exercise can help elders fight memory loss

by Dorian Martin
August 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am

As elders age, it’s very easy for them to become less physically active, what with the aches and pains that many have. You may also see gradual changes in aging parents such as a reduced interest in doing things or going places. However, inactivity may be the worst thing for elders, especially if they’re worried about Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Read more »

13 recommendations for older men’s health

by Dorian Martin
August 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Every now and then, Dad expresses wonder that he has lived to be 86 years old. “I always thought your mother would outlive me,” he exclaimed recently. “And I’ve lived longer than my father did.”

And I just broke the news to him that he has actually exceeded the average life expectancy for men in the United States. That number is approximately 75 years of age, and that is lower than the life expectancy of U.S. women, which is over 80 years. Read more »