ElderCarelink Blog

Guide to choosing a hospital for seniors

by Dorian Martin
December 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

As a caregiver, I’ve been to the hospital more times than I wanted during the past two decades. Most of those trips were to the emergency room with my mother due to breathing issues that were exacerbated by her advanced case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

I also accompanied my father twice when he needed procedures done on his arteries. During the first of those procedures, Dad had 90-percent blockage in one carotid artery. I remember our family having a serious conversation about where the surgery should take place. Should he go to the regional hospital in the isolated small city where he lived, or have the operation in a hospital in a major metropolitan area that several family members could easily travel to? After going back and forth quite a bit, he finally listened to Mom (and me) and selected the latter option.
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Elders may miss suspicious signals from scammers

by Dorian Martin
December 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am

You’ve probably heard the saying, “The eyes provide a window to the soul.” We often look into someone’s eyes to determine what their intent is, and we may be able to tell if the person is lying. It’s important to have the ability to gauge someone’s intentions in order to make sure you’re not being conned. However, new studies indicate that elders may not be able to read visual cues such as signs of dishonesty. I’d suggest that as caregivers, we need to be vigilant about making sure that our loved ones are not scammed by dishonest individuals.
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Food fight: diet vs. heart attack and stroke

by Dorian Martin
December 12th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Research shows improved diet is a weapon in the fight against heart attacks and strokes, cutting potential cardiovascular risks. If food is one of the best medicines available, are elders eating the right foods? It turns out they may be doing better than some other age groups, and those nutritional choices may help to protect their health — but there’s a lot of room for improvement. I keep coming back to the importance of good nutrition for caregivers and elders; for example, you can read another blog post about my efforts to influence my father’s eating habits and lifestyle.
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COPD can zap elders’ strength, endurance

by Dorian Martin
December 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am

One of the hardest things I ever had to watch while caregiving was my once-vital mother desperately gasping for air as she struggled to do any minor physical activity. Toward the end of her life, this woman — who used to tote several bolts of fabric across our family store — couldn’t even shuffle her wheelchair down the nursing home hallway without struggling, even though she was using supplemental oxygen. The reason for her feeble physical state was chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

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