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Senior Care Resources for Illnesses & Conditions

The Home Instead Senior Care® network's goal is to help seniors live healthier, happier lives in their own homes. That’s why we’ve devoted this section of our Website to providing information about the illnesses and conditions that affect seniors most. Diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, dementia, and others can have a devastating effect on both those people sufferering from the condition, and their families. We hope these resources help you to continue to make the best care decisions for you and your family.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

A devastating disease that gradually deteriorates an individual's lifetime of memories, Alzheimer's or related forms of dementia have a staggering impact on the lives of those affected. Individuals with this progressive, mind-altering disease require special care. While treatments to stop or reverse Alzheimer's do not yet exist, resources and proven methods of care are available to help you and your loved one best manage the changes it brings.

Arthritis

Arthritis can mean serious pain and fatigue for people—chronic symptoms that inhibit daily activities and lowers quality of life. But having arthritis doesn't have to mean immobility and loss of independence. A number of lifestyle enhancements, as recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, can reduce symptoms of arthritis and enable you or your loved one to get moving again.

Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 25 percent of seniors age 65 and older have diabetes, a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels due to a lack of insulin. Diabetes affects women and men nearly equally. If you are over age 45, overweight or obese, and physically inactive, you may increase your chance of getting diabetes. Diabetes can cause sight and hearing loss, nerve damage, and high blood pressure. However, a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, exercise and strength training can limit and even prevent some forms of diabetes.

Caregiver Resources

Fatigue, stress, and depression are very real side effects of family caregiving. Caregiverstress.com is an informative website offering ways to cope with caregiver stress. Caregiverstress.com provides an online stress assessment test and resources and programs to help you make your personal caregiving experience more rewarding and maintain your own health and spirits.

Senior Fitness Resources

While staying physically active may be a challenge for seniors, getting Mom (and Dad) moving can help prevent and even reverse signs of frailty.

Additional Resources

Additional information and support for the conditions that may be affecting your senior loved one.