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Thursday, 13 September 2018 09:38

Flu jabs for carers this autumn

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Why carer flu jobs are so important? If you are caring for someone you may be concerned about how being ill will affect you as a carer and the person you care for. If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you are in receipt of Carer's Allowance, you should be offered a free flu jab, according to government policy. Other categories of people…
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:00

Understanding shingles in the elderly

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Shingles is the close cousin of the highly common childhood rash, chickenpox. They are both caused by the same virus, known as varicella-zoster. However, the difference between these two conditions is that one tends to affect young children, while the other tends to affect the elderly. So, why is shingles so prevalent in the elderly? Essentially, shingles is a virus that lingers in the body after someone has had chickenpox. The virus can lay dormant for decades in the body’s…
With advancing age comes a myriad of health problems for many seniors, this is just a fact of life. Along with this, seniors may also begin to experience joint pain, muscle stiffness and a lack of mobility due to a number of conditions, including arthritis. To add to this, the onset of diseases such as osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s or dementia increase the likeliness of cognition issues, dizziness and weakness as side-effects of chronic medications. All of these conditions can lead…
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

As a caregiver, are you getting enough sleep

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A recent study, conducted by the Buffalo School of Nursing, based in the United States, has found that over 91% of caregivers suffer from poor sleep patterns and don’t get enough sleep. The study also found that caregivers of those with dementia tend to suffer the most, with quality of sleep varying considerably from one night to the next. A lack of sleep amongst caregivers, especially those that are direct family members, has been closely linked to increased instances of…
Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:00

How to recognise oedema in your loved one

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While a little bit of minor swelling or what appears to be weight gain may not seem like much cause for concern, it’s especially important to take note of these changes in seniors. Many seniors may already suffer from health complications such as kidney disease, heart disease, chronic respiratory infections or arthritis – these are conditions which can often spur on the development of oedema. At one time this condition was known as dropsy, but today, its most commonly referred…
It’s no secret that many seniors who suffer from neurodegenerative disorders struggle to sleep solidly, without disturbance throughout the night. This is especially true for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients who have a tendency to wander at all hours of the day, even when everyone else is asleep, and then sleep on and off during the day.
While deep brain stimulation has been used to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease for almost three decades now, there’s been little escape from the negative drawbacks and limitations. With this in mind, researchers have recently developed a new and improved implant which works off real-time feedback from the brain itself. This real-time feedback helps to fine-tune the signalling of this new and improved implant model.
Monday, 13 August 2018 08:00

Combating food insecurity amongst seniors

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While both seniors and caregivers have a myriad of things to worry about as they age, one of them shouldn’t be food – most especially healthy foods and their availability. Food insecurity amongst the elderly is an increasing concern across the globe, not just the United Kingdom, with a large portion of seniors struggling to meet healthy nutritional requirements month after month. What is food insecurity? In general, food insecurity refers to a lack of access to sufficiently nutritious foods…
The act of caregiving is built on the premise of offering constant care and support to a loved one, sibling, family member or even a friend. It’s this simple act of caregiving, or looking after another person which can spur on feelings of guilt in those you care for. As a primary caregiver, they rely on you and this makes them feel like a burden.
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 08:00

How to approach alcohol abuse in the elderly

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Alcoholism amongst the elderly is far more common than most people realise. Whether it’s a lifelong addiction or a relatively new habit, many families may have a senior family member who harbours this life-threatening habit.
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