ElderCarelink Blog

Choices for older men with prostate cancer

by Dorian Martin
May 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad broke the news to me gently several years ago. “I’ve got prostate cancer,” he said. “But the doctor assures me that the type of cancer I have is one you live with, not one you die from.” While that reassured me a bit, I definitely wanted to learn more about this type of cancer.

I discovered that prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 while 29,720 men could die from this type of cancer this year.

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Elder’s insomnia may warn of other health issues

by Dorian Martin
May 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad and I pretty much have the same conversation every morning. When I ask him how he slept, he says something like this: “I slept hard but not soundly. I was up several times during the night, but couldn’t go back to sleep. I don’t feel rested.” His description seems to match symptoms for insomnia, although I’m not a medical doctor. Insomnia can be problematic for elders — new research shows it may signal a need for health services and hospitalization in the future.

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Depressed elders at risk of dementia?

by ECL Staff
May 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

A growing number of Americans are developing dementia, with this progressive brain disease causing problems such as memory loss and confusion. And older adults struggling with depression are even more likely to battle dementia.

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Preparing for disasters: strategies for caregivers and elders

by Dorian Martin
May 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I live about three hours from the U.S. Gulf Coast, which means I occasionally am right in the line of hurricanes. I’ve weathered several, and have been fortunate to avoid any damage. But now with Dad living with me, I’m becoming much more vigilant about preparedness in case of violent weather.

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Elders, caregivers need to keep moving

by Dorian Martin
May 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad fell three times over a 24-hour period in mid-February, then fell again in early March. Fortunately, he didn’t break any bones, but he did experience a loss of confidence about his physical abilities. Because of his falls, I ended up being bound to the house, leaving only for errands such as grocery shopping and picking up an occasional take-out meal.

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