ElderCarelink Blog

Glaucoma can sneak up on elders

by Dorian Martin
February 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Aging can take a toll on a body. Take the eyes, for instance. Both of my parents had to have surgery for cataracts when they were in their 70s and 80s. Fortunately, the surgeries went well, but both were worried about the chance of losing their sight from the condition or from the surgery. Yet there’s another type of eye condition that can equally be as devastating — glaucoma.

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Respecting elders’ wishes to die at home

by Dorian Martin
February 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Many people say they want to die at home. Furthermore, some elders who face critical health issues such as cancer or heart disease do not want any extra medical interventions to prolong their lives. Instead, they want to focus on the quality, instead of the quantity, of their remaining days. So are these wishes coming true?

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Winners of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Thanks to all those who participated in our contest by submitting stories or reading and voting for stories. We asked you to tell us about your caregiving experience, both the good and the bad, and we thank you all for your honest and touching submissions. And, now, here are our Share Why You Care Contest winners.

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The right dog can bring joy to elders

by Dorian Martin
February 13th, 2013 at 10:00 am

My 87-year-old father fell in love over the weekend. His new “amore”? A 10-year-old dog named Lulu. The small collie is the pet of a friend who came for a visit. Dad kept trying to coax Lulu to come to him with various treats, although our own two miniature Schnauzers were right beside him trying to snag the goodies since Lulu wasn’t displaying any interest. Nevertheless, Dad would love to have a dog like Lulu in addition to our two dogs.

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Elder abuse: could 1 in 10 be a victim?

by Dorian Martin
February 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

One in 10 — it’s a number that definitely gets your attention. That’s how many seniors have been abused in some form at least once, according to a study quoted in a recent Associated Press story. That’s a scary number and it has the potential to rise because of demographic trends.

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