ElderCarelink Blog

Extreme heat can take toll on elders

by Dorian Martin
August 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am

It’s the dog days of summer, and parts of the country have been experiencing stifling heat waves. Dr. Mariell Jessup, medical director at Penn Heart and Vascular Center and president-elect of the American Heart Association, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that this summer people are complaining of being dizzy, light-headed, uncomfortable and unable to breathe. Heat can be devastating to anyone, but it can take a brutal toll on the elderly. Read more »

Stress of caregiving and “broken heart syndrome”

by Dorian Martin
August 8th, 2012 at 11:05 am

Caregiving for an elder often results in family members, friends and caregivers experiencing unbearable sadness as the elder’s health inevitably declines and death gets the upper hand. While we often talk metaphorically about those left behind suffering from a broken heart, it turns out that this is more than just words. “Broken heart syndrome” has been identified as an actual physical reality that may pose a threat to those in caregiving roles. Read more »