ElderCarelink Blog

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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5 changes to diet: boosting elders’ health

by Dorian Martin
June 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Since he’s moved in with me, Dad and I have a “deal”: I cook most nights but we bring in take-out two nights (and Dad pays). That deal has actually been a good thing for him, primarily because when he lived alone, his food choices were fairly poor. He ate a lot of canned soups and creamed corn, ham and cheese sandwiches, and cereal. Since moving in with me, he eats more vegetables, whole grains, fish, healthy fats like olive oil, and fewer processed foods. And it turns out that this type of improved diet is important for all elders if they want to age well.

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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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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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