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Helpful Tips for Stress Incontinence, Part 2

As caregivers, our primary role is to assist loved ones who struggle with incontinence by preventing infection through the promotion of safe habits and good hygiene. An important related responsibility is making sure we preserve their dignity and physical independence. Both roles are necessary, succeeding in one and not the other often leads to lopsided... Read more

Understanding Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly, Part 1

Most elderly place high value on their independence and it is extremely important to them to have input and control in their care. At Preferred Care at Home, we encourage our caregivers and family caregivers to support this wonderful spirit of independence in their loved ones, and at the same time watch for opportunities to... Read more

Alzheimer’s Care: Walking the Last Mile

It has been over 10 years since Ruth Dearmore was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Years that have challenged and changed Vicki Dearmore Gipson, devoted daughter and caregiver. Vicki Gipson’s family has been hit hard by Alzheimer’s. Her mother’s sister Betty, her father’s sister Genevia, her grandfather and her great uncle have all passed away from... Read more

Alcoholism in the Senior Population

“Alcohol and prescription drug problems, among adults 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country. Yet, the situation remains underestimated, underidentified, underdiagnosed, and undertreated,” states the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).  Alcohol is an accepted drug of society. Watching your senior loved one have a glass... Read more

Being Aware of Elder Abuse

What is elder abuse? An accepted academic definition of elder abuse is “any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.” This definition — from the Administration on Aging (AoA), a governmental agency — while a clear and... Read more

Relief for the Homemaker

One of my favorite activities is to flip through furniture and decorating catalogs searching for news ways to arrange my living room or organize my kitchen. I recently hired a painter to come and update my living room. Of course, I needed a few new throw pillows and accent pieces to go with the improved... Read more

Family Caregiver Alert: Flu Vaccination for the Elderly in Light of Newly Published Study

As a family caregiver, you understand the importance of getting your elderly parents the flu vaccination. Yet, with busy schedules and demands stretching you in too many directions getting your loved one’s vaccination may have slipped through the cracks. While most group care facilities order their flu vaccines months in advance and have usually completed... Read more

Seniors at Risk for Influenza not Ebola

It is terrifying to watch the news talk about the Ebola virus. This virus has been largely confined to Africa, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone among the hardest hit, but the first United States Ebola diagnosis took place in Dallas, Texas and suddenly the virus is here and the fear is real. The CDC... Read more

Three Simple Tips to Avoid Financial Scams

Say you’re in America during the roaring 1920s, a decade away from the Great Depression, and a man named Carlo offers you a deal of a lifetime. He says he’s found a loophole that will make you instantly rich (but pay no mind to the details, it has something to do with discounted postal coupons... Read more

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