Resources on Caring for Your Senior (02)

Healthy Eating for Elderly Citizens
This article discusses how many elderly people do not get proper nutrition because they cannot properly care for themselves. Nutrition remains important throughout life, the article says. Many chronic diseases that develop late in life, such as osteoporosis, can be influenced by earlier poor habits. Insufficient exercise and calcium intake, especially during adolescence and early adulthood, can significantly increase the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle and crack or break easily. But good nutrition in the later years still can help lessen the effects of diseases prevalent among older Americans or improve the quality of life in people who have such diseases. They include osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, gastrointestinal problems, and chronic undernutrition. More information is included to help seniors get proper nutrition.

Senior Health Information: News and Research
Senior citizens have special health care needs that other adults donít. This site gives information from the National Institute of Health, including nutrition for seniors, senior citizen health conditions, financial issues for seniors, clinical trials for seniors, and the latest senior citizen health research. A section with directories of senior-related organizations and statistics on senior citizens is included, as is a news section that discusses the latest advancements in senior citizen health.

Answers on Elder Care from Doctor Marion
Where can you turn to for real advice and answers to your questions about caring for an elderly parent? Doctor Marion, of course! This is a great site where she shares what sheís learned as an elder care consultant. It discusses communicating with aging seniors, making your home senior-friendly, leading an active lifestyle, financial and legal obligations for elder care, hiring help to care for an aging parent and letting go. A question and answer section provides real questions with thoughtful answers. You can post a question to Doctor Marion or participate in the forums where you can talk to other people about making elder care easier on the aging parent or family member, and for yourself.

Long-Distance Care for Seniors
Nowadays, most people donít live in close proximity to each other. But many people want to help care for their senior parents. This article is about a man living in Hawaii who wanted to care for his aging senior parents. He recommends gathering information and assessing your parentsí needs. Sometimes it may make sense to hire a geriatric care manager who can properly assess senior needs. Another great idea is for caregivers and family members to complete and distribute an emergency information kit, which should include all relevant medical, financial and legal information, Social Security numbers, will information and more. There are some fabulous tips for senior caregivers here that will help them get everything in order to care for their parents across the miles.

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