My father is a Vietnam War veteran. I've moved closer to him so we can do more things together, and I've noticed his health isn't as good as it was. I thought he was getting the health care he needs, but now I'm not so sure. He smokes a lot, and I'm worried about heart disease.
More than 65 million people are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged spouse, child, parent, relative or friend, and the majority of these caregivers are women. From caring for another to taking care of yourself, get the information and support you need to protect your well-being and the health of those you care about.<br /><a class="linktocondition" href="/condition/caregiving">Caregiving Guide</a>
My doctor wants to start me on insulin for my diabetes. I hate the idea of giving myself shots. Is there any way to avoid insulin therapy? What devices might make my life easier?
by Tracy Layden
Your parents have retired and are loving their free time. They particularly enjoy their Netflix queue and are always on top of the latest shows.
TV is a fun way to pass the time, but are your parents (or you) spending too much time on the couch?
SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.
Reviewed by Jeff Anshel, OD, FAAO, E Street Eyes, Encinitas, CA
It's a common scenario: Your parent is aging, and little by little the roles are reversing. You are becoming their parent, and they are becoming like your child.
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to be especially kind to those who care for aging family members. Many of those who are family caregivers are boomer women, sandwiched between the needs of their parents and their kids. They give, give, give to loved ones, while often sacrificing their own needs.
The Life of a Family Caregiver
A wife, hesitant to put her ailing husband into a nursing facility or assisted living facility, chooses instead to care for him at home to save on costs and give him more attention.
A daughter, holding down her own full-time job, helps her elderly mother, who lives nearby, with medical or nursing-type tasks. She also oversees her mother's doctor appointments and does her grocery shopping and much of the cooking.