ElderCarelink Blog

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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Tips on orchestrating elders’ medications

by Dorian Martin
July 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

I recently had to take over the management of Dad’s medications when he wasn’t feeling well. That proved to be quite a lesson since he takes about seven pills in the morning and five more in the evening, as well as changing his pain patch every other day. It’s made me a lot more aware of the potential for medication mistakes.

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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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Building vacations into caregiver schedules

by Dorian Martin
June 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Caregivers can find themselves starring in their own private version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Need an example? Start with me.

A week ago, I was “Ms. Hyde” as I reached the breaking point when interacting with Dad. I woke up each morning “mad” and that feeling wouldn’t diminish for most of the day. When he would ask me to do something for him, I’d get huffy. When he didn’t do an easy task and left it for me, I barked out a criticism.

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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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