Dental Health for Seniors

senior couple brushing teeth

senior couple brushing teethMaintaining good dental health for seniors is important as it impacts many aspects of their physical health. As we age, our teeth, like other parts of our body, wear out. Those ... Read more

“Taking Care of the Caregiver” – The Need for Respite

Home Care

Home CareIn 2005, according to Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) statistics, the majority of caregivers in the United States (83%) are family members. The typical caregiver is a 46 year old female with some college experience who provides more than 20 hours of care each week to a loved one. In addition, she may be also working full-time ... Read more

Important Considerations for Relocating Seniors

Senior woman smiling

Senior woman smilingThere may a come a time when adult children feel the need to have their parents nearer to them. This is typically prompted by a change in health or cognition of the senior, or the logistics of trying to care for parents long-distance. Whatever the trigger, there are numerous aspects to consider ... Read more

The Pitfalls of Hiring a Private Caregiver


In an attempt to help seniors remain independent and in their own homes longer, many families opt to hire private caregivers for their loved ones. The rationale for this decision is usually driven by cost. Typically, "cutting out the middle-man" is a savings but the pitfalls of making this decision are numerous. There are many aspects to consider if you are the "boss" of a caregiver and families need to be aware of the ramifications. To start, many families think that the neighbor across ... Read more

Seniors and Their Medications: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hand of nurse giving patient medication

Hand of nurse giving patient medicationAs we all know, people are living longer. This fact is attributable in part to the advances in medications that help control disease progression and improve quality of life. However, as people age they often ... Read more

When to take the keys away?


When was the last time you rode with a senior family member?  If it has been awhile, it might be a good idea to plan an outing and ask the older adult if they would mind driving.  This is a perfect way to evaluate how safe your senior driver is to both themselves and other drivers.  Do they follow too closely; not react quickly enough when braking or stopping; or simply are not as aware of their circumstances as they should be?  If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions or ... Read more

Vial of Life Information


What is Vial of Life?

Vial of Life or Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies) is a national program that allows individuals to provide key medical information to first responders in the event of an emergency.  The vial, ... Read more