Caring for My Senior (10)

A New Slant on Senior Aging
Seniors and caregivers will appreciate the articles on this website, which is run by Seniors, Inc. Topics include a benefits checklist, how to stay active and keep a healthy mind, understanding long-term health insurance like Medicare and Medicaid, understanding aging, talking to your parents about senior-related issues and independence, and choosing a long-term care provider. There are valuable links to sites like AARP, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, so all of the aging related information you need is right at your fingertips.

Senior Citizen Driving: When itís Time to Pull Over for Good
Many elderly people are at a higher risk for accidents on the road because of delayed reaction times, sight issues and other factors. This site will help you determine if it is time for your aging loved one to turn in their keys. Topics include risk factors for aging drivers, how to monitor and unsafe driver, how to talk to a senior citizen who should stop driving, transportation alternatives for senior citizens and references and resources for senior citizen transportation. Tips for senior driving safety are also included.

Caring for Elderly Parents: A Foreign Service Family Perspective
How to care for elderly parents is a major concern of many Foreign Service families. Our concerns mirror those of other American families, but how to ensure good health care, find the right living situation, and handle legal questions is often complicated for Foreign Service families by being posted abroad. The distance involved makes it harder to get information and help so contingency planning is essential, states this website. It gives useful tips for talking to elderly parents about their living situations and future care. Includes a useful list of danger signals that indicate a senior may be in trouble, such as increased car accidents, sudden weight loss or bizarre behavior. Offers Comprehensive Chiropractic Research Info
For consumers looking for chiropractic research completed from 1994 through mid-2003, has a web page with brief summaries of a number of studies. Consumers will also find links to general information and statistics on chiropractic care, information on who and how this medical practice is regulated, and supporting topics such as back pain, sciatica, whiplash, and back surgery. If you've been diagnosed and prescribed medication, there are helpful links to learn more about those typically used to assist with back-related issues, such as acetaminophen with codeine, Amrix, Endocet, Flexeril and more.

Stopping Falls in the Elderly
Falls may not sound so bad, but for an elderly person taking a spill can be deadly. Thatís why building infrastructure to accommodate the aging population is necessary. This site includes information for service providers, individuals and families and researchers and educators. According to the data compiled from the 1997 and 1998 National Health Interview Survey, the majority (55%) of fall injuries among older people occurred inside the house, whereas an additional 23% occurred outside but near the house and 22% occurred away from the home (Kochera, 2002).† In addition, Gill et al. (2000) reported that older persons who resided in dwelling units that had no stairs fell in the following areas: hallways (10%), bathrooms (13%), kitchens (19%), bedrooms (30%), and living rooms (31%). More information is available, as well as useful tips about preventing falls in the elderly.

Traveling with Seniors
Are you taking a trip with a senior citizen? Here are some tips to ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe time. An important note is that oxygen canisters can be obtained at the airport. As a safety precaution, your own oxygen canisters will not be allowed onboard the plane. Some health conditions are limited by travel. Airlines restrict travel for people who have had a stroke within the last three days or those who have had a grand mal seizure in the past twenty-four hours, the article states. Includes plenty of useful tips for traveling with the elderly to ensure safety and an enjoyable experience.

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