Seasonal Allergies in the Elderly

Spring in Texas includes two things: wind and seasonal allergies. The typical hay fever symptoms in the spring are brought on by the hefty increase in pollens in the air, as well as more dust stirred up by our spring winds. In the elderly, allergies can certainly be present but sometimes may be tied to… Continue reading Seasonal Allergies in the Elderly

Managing Pain in the Elderly

As we all grow older, we find that our bodies just don’t work the same way they did when we were younger. Adults who are in poor health or those who are elderly may find that pain becomes more and more of an issue in their daily lives. Identifying pain is an important part of… Continue reading Managing Pain in the Elderly

The Value of Grandparents

The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is usually very special. If your extended family has lived near each other when younger generations arrived, you may have enjoyed many occasions when those generations were able to gather together. Critical Link Between Generations As that older generation of grandparents age, it’s also an opportunity to also help… Continue reading The Value of Grandparents

Resolving Family Conflicts

It’s not an easy subject, but many families have some unresolved conflict that is a black cloud over everyone. As your aging parent or spouse grows older and becomes more frail, a likely a discussion that some in the family are having: “Is this going to be fixed before he or she passes away?” We… Continue reading Resolving Family Conflicts

Enter the Reality of Dementia

If your parent or spouse is showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll notice that their connection to what’s happening today is not as strong as to memories of past times. In the early stages of these diseases, memory loss and confusion may be mild. But as the damage to brain cells progress, some… Continue reading Enter the Reality of Dementia

Choices for Senior Housing

As we grow older, many senior adults also become less independent. The time may come when the senior is not safe living in their home alone, possibly due to the risk of falls, forgetting to take medications, or the inability to maintain proper nutrition. There are many options in Texas for senior housing. And the… Continue reading Choices for Senior Housing

UTIs in the Elderly

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be painful. But why do they occur more often in the elderly and cause confusion in some seniors? Why Older Adults? Older adults can be more susceptible to UTIs. As we age, the muscles in the pelvic floor and bladder can weaken, leading to urinary incontinence or retention of urine.… Continue reading UTIs in the Elderly

Medical Alert Systems for Elderly

For the elderly living at home, the threat of a fall or a medical event can be very real. When emergencies happen, you need to be able to call for help. A smartphone or portable landline phone could be helpful but having a medical alert bracelet or necklace is assurance that you can call for… Continue reading Medical Alert Systems for Elderly

Living in a COVID-19 World

Beginning in March 2020, the entire world underwent remarkable changes to our daily lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many elderly residents, it has meant many changes, particularly staying at home to prevent exposure to the virus. Even for those who’ve been vaccinated, the ongoing variants of the virus make some hesitant to be… Continue reading Living in a COVID-19 World

Cause of Alzheimer’s

A significant finding published in late 2021 may offer the probable cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted at Curtin University in Australia. And published in the PLOS Biology journal. It identified that a probable cause for the disease was the leakage of blood of fat-carrying particles transporting toxic proteins in the brain. Blood… Continue reading Cause of Alzheimer’s