Hydration in the Elderly

Much of Texas falls into what is known as a high hill country. That means we have both warm weather and higher altitude compared to many parts of the United States. With these things in mind hydration in the elderly becomes critical. The heat, frequent winds, and higher altitude all put additional stresses on the… Continue reading Hydration in the Elderly

Care for the Caregiver

Most often, the care for elderly parents or other family members falls to their adult children and other family members. Often, that is more heavily placed on one family member then on others. And while most say it is a blessing to care for parents as they age, it also can be exhausting and emotionally… Continue reading Care for the Caregiver

Nutritional Needs in Older Adults

Aging creates many changes in the human body, including changes in nutritional needs in older adults. That’s because an elderly person requires fewer calories due to decreased physical activity and a lower metabolic rate. That also means that the diet should change to accommodate the nutritional needs of the older person. The second helpings or… Continue reading Nutritional Needs in Older Adults

Indoor Air Quality for the Elderly

The elderly spend much of their time indoors so the quality of the air inside the home becomes very important. Poor air quality affects older people more. As our bodies age, they don’t compensate as well for environmental issues. Those who suffer from lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, or asthma become… Continue reading Indoor Air Quality for the Elderly

New Genes Linked to Alzheimer’s

An April 2022 international study has identified 75 genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease including 42 new genes that had not previously been linked to the disease. Findings of the study were published in the journal, Nature Genetics. What is Alzheimers? Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is often hereditary. This study more… Continue reading New Genes Linked to Alzheimer’s

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

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

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