ElderCarelink Blog

A bad break: elders at risk from bone fractures

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

Dad has had a couple of falls recently. Fortunately, he hasn’t broken anything.

Some of my acquaintances haven’t had this type of luck in regard to their elders. When I recounted Dad’s spills to our family veterinarian, he told me that his 98-year-old mother had fallen and broken a hip, and she was admitted to the hospital for surgery. Her fracture underscores the importance of bone health for seniors. The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA), a private-public partnership of about 50 health care organizations, offers some alarming stats on this topic — for example, “breaking a hip more than doubles a woman’s risk of death.”

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Estimating the risk of mortality for elders

by Dorian Martin
March 20th, 2013 at 10:10 am

My 87-year-old father has a number of health issues. He has a bad back and difficulty walking. His lack of mobility makes it difficulty for him to get in and out of the bathtub in order to bathe. He also has high blood pressure and is prediabetic. So how bad is his health picture, especially in terms of how long he might live?

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Making life or death decisions

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

Who should have a say over how a person lives and dies when he or she is diagnosed with an advanced disease? I am sure that many of the readers who visit this website are facing this issue with a loved one. At this point, I am not one of them.

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Remodeling a bathroom for elders: Think safety and function

by Dorian Martin
March 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

We just had a bathroom remodeled.

Why should I be telling you about this in a caregiver blog? It’s because a large part of the reason that we opted to do the remodel was to make it easier for Dad to bathe. He has chronic pain in his back and difficulty with his balance. And as he’s aged, he’s increasingly struggled with stepping over the side of the bath tub.

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