Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Unknown Dangers of Bedsores

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With everything else going on today, people usually don’t think twice about their elderly loved one getting hurt while lying stationary in bed. However, bedsores (also known as pressure ulcers) can result in complicating health conditions including sepsis, bone and joint infections, and even cancer. They lead to over 34,000 annual deaths, making bedsores a [...]

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Do I Have Dementia?

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Dementia is defined as a chronic disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning, but this doesn’t mean that you should freak out if you start losing your keys more often.  If you think you might have dementia, at least two of these [...]

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Don’t Ignore That Foot Pain

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Most of us think we’re doing ourselves a favor by forcing ourselves to run regularly, but did you know that runners are more prone to get plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis occurs when there is repetitive micro-trauma to the layer of tissue that supports the arch in your foot. It can start as a bearable foot [...]

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Deciding a Menu After Stroke

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If you have survived a stroke, it could be crucial to change your diet to avoid having a second stroke—38% of stroke victims with high blood pressure did not change their diets and had a second stroke. Stroke survivors should focus on switching to a low-fat, low sugar, low cholesterol diet in order to maintain [...]

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Balancing Caregiving and a Career

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If you work full-time and are also a caregiver for a loved one, balancing the two can be extremely difficult. Many caregivers consider giving up their career to be a full-time caregiver for a loved one. However, your career may be a large part of you, so consider these helpful tips: Sharing Responsibilities If you [...]

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Preventing Suicide in Stroke Victims

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National Suicide Prevention Week 2012 was from September 9th-15th.  Suicide affects a variety of people, but did you know that stroke victims are at twice the risk of suicide?  Having a stroke is an incredibly traumatic experience that can often lead to depression and contemplation of suicide. But what can you as a caregiver do [...]

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Convincing Your Loved One That They Need Living Assistance

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When at home caregiving is no longer an option, a loved one may continuously refuse to accept the professional support they need.  Your aging loved one is probably refusing this help because, let’s face it, no one likes to lose their independence. But there comes a point when at-home care or self-care is dangerous, but [...]

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Exercise Possibly Factor in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk

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Really, how can you go wrong with exercise. Time and time again EasierLiving tells you about the benefits. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before starting a work out regiment to determine the level of physical activity that is right for you.  But in anticipation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the [...]

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Topical Pain Medication: FDA Releases Warning

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Commonly, EasierLiving will recommend different methods of pain relief – all provided you clear it with your primary care physician before use.  However, maybe even doctors got blind sided by this one.  As reported on the CNN Health Blog, TheChart, the FDA “is warning consumers who typically use topical pain relievers to soothe those aches and pains [...]

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Prepare for Care: Caring Hygienically for Incontinence

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Incontinence can be embarrassing and challenging for your loved one. It is a common condition as people age and are challenged by other health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. When a loved one loses control of their bladder, it is extremely important to keep that person clean and hygienic. Without proper care your loved one can [...]

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