ElderCarelink Blog

Lack of regular routine: risk to elder’s health?

by Dorian Martin
July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Like many elders, my father’s daily routine has become much looser since he retired. Take several naps a day? Dad would say he earned it. Limiting how often he takes a bath? Dad may say he’s not going anywhere or seeing anyone and adds that he does take a sponge bath. Leaving food out of the refrigerator after making lunch and then deciding to take a nap? He would say he just forgot. Leaving a mess of newspapers, magazines and bills lying around his office space work area and floor? “I’ll get to it soon,” he promises.

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Elders’ health risks soar with temperatures

by Dorian Martin
July 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s hot! And the scary part is that it’s only the start of summer. The season’s baking heat can be really dangerous for the elderly. Persons who are 65 years old and above are more likely to develop heat stress than younger people.

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5 tips for caregivers on emergency room visits

by Dorian Martin
June 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad and I were coming back from a doctor’s appointment on Friday afternoon when he lost his balance on the front step of my home. He keeled over and landed flat on his back in the flower bed. Fortunately, my neighbors were home and we were able to get him back on his feet, after asking him if he thought he had broken anything. He sat in a living room chair for a bit talking with my neighbors, but then decided to go to his bedroom to lie down. Other than sitting up twice for very short periods of time, he remained in bed the entire weekend and increasingly had difficulty sitting up.

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Small changes to help elders with vision challenges

by Dorian Martin
June 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

It’s amazing how one little change can make a huge difference when you’re caring for an elder.

Let me give you an example. We often eat dinner using trays in the family room while watching a movie or a TV show. However, Dad increasingly has had difficulty eating, instead dropping food on the floor (which our dogs absolutely love). Part of Dad’s issue is a tremor that periodically makes his hands shake. However, I also think that part of his challenge can be chalked up to aging eyesight.

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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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