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By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on September 21, 2018

A primary care physician (PCP) can address your aging parent’s complex medical needs, so it’s important to find a PCP who is skilled, compassionate, and trustworthy. Here are a few tips for choosing the right physician for your senior loved one. Search Your Parent’s Health Insurance Network When searching for a PCP, start by researching the doctors covered by your parent’s insurance plan. Once you have a list of in-network doctors, you can narrow your choices based on your parent’s criteria. Your loved one may prefer to be treated by a doctor of the same gender or want a PCP who is board-certified to treat seniors. When possible, let your loved one play an active role in the selection process….

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in the Senior Years in Bethlehem, PA
5 Mistakes to Avoid in the Senior Years in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on September 7, 2018

Many seniors don’t plan properly for their post-retirement years, which can lead to setbacks in life. However, knowing what to expect and making plans for the future can help aging adults enjoy their retirement years. Here are some of the most common mistakes seniors should avoid making after retirement. 1. Overspending Your elderly parent shouldn’t spend all of his or her savings on vacations, gadgets, entertainment subscriptions, and other costly…

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6 Tips on Addressing Caregiving-Related Family Disputes in Bethlehem, PA
6 Tips on Addressing Caregiving-Related Family Disputes in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on August 24, 2018

When seniors can no longer care for themselves, their children usually step in. One or all of the children may take on the role of caregiver, and this could lead to some disputes between family members. If your family is experiencing conflict over a parent’s care, here are some ways to attempt to solve it. 1. Speak Only for Yourself Conflicts over your parent’s care may become heated quickly. Remember…

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Preventing Seniors from Falling Out of Bed in Bethlehem, PA
Preventing Seniors from Falling Out of Bed in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on August 10, 2018

For seniors with mobility issues, a bed can present a few challenges. There is a risk that an older adult may fall out of bed and injure him or herself. Even a fall from a very low bed may cause joint, muscle, or skeletal damage in seniors. Consider the following tips on how to prevent your senior loved one from falling out of bed and getting injured. Hire a Professional…

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Top 5 Signs of Malnourishment in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
Top 5 Signs of Malnourishment in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on July 20, 2018

Side effects of medications, lack of interest in food, limited income, changes in tastes, diet restrictions, dementia, depression, and lack of mobility are just a few of the reasons seniors are at risk for malnutrition. Luckily, a little intervention from family members can prevent seniors from becoming malnourished. If you’re caring for an elderly parent, here are a few signs of malnourishment to look for.   1. Weight Loss  If…

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How to Promote Independence in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
How to Promote Independence in the Elderly in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on July 6, 2018

When caregivers notice their senior loved ones have difficulty with daily activities, it can be tempting to step in and complete the task. However, family caregivers should encourage their loved ones to be independent. Here are a few simple ways to help seniors maintain their independence.   Find Productive Activities  When seniors feel productive, they’re more likely to be emotionally and mentally healthy. While your loved one may be constrained…

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Things to Do If Your Friend Is a Family Caregiver in Bethlehem, PA
Things to Do If Your Friend Is a Family Caregiver in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on June 22, 2018

When you’re on the outside looking in, it can be difficult to understand the role of a caregiver. If you have a friend who is caring for an elderly parent, you probably know why his or her parent needs assistance. However, you might not understand how hard your friend works or the emotional toll it takes to provide care for an aging loved one. Here are a few things you…

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8 Essential Aspects of Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in Bethlehem, PA
8 Essential Aspects of Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on June 8, 2018

Taking care of a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease comes with certain challenges, especially in terms of safety and emotional wellbeing. If you’re providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, consider the following tips to make your job easier.  1. Provide Daily Stimulation  Alzheimer’s disease has a negative impact on cognitive function, which lowers quality of life and makes caregiving even more challenging. Provide daily stimulation to…

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How Can Seniors Prevent Restless Legs Syndrome? in Bethlehem, PA
How Can Seniors Prevent Restless Legs Syndrome? in Bethlehem, PA
By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on May 18, 2018

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable sensations that include aches, crawling, or prickling feelings beneath the skin along with spastic leg movements. Since the disorder usually activates during the night, seniors have difficulty falling or staying asleep. The exact cause of the anomaly remains unknown. However, age, gender, and genetics may play a role. Seniors who want to prevent RLS should consider the following tips.  Stay Active  Older adults who…

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By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on May 11, 2018

At Bethlehem Home Care Assistance, we believe it’s important to keep family caregivers informed about the latest statistics and facts related to senior health and aging in place. From the differences in longevity between genders to the elderly poverty rate, the following infographic covers many of the important concerns for seniors and their families.

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