The Complete Idiot's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents by Linda Colvin Rhodes

By Linda Colvin Rhodes

If you're getting ready to tackle the accountability of taking good care of an getting older mum or dad, this e-book courses you thru the tough offerings you should make.

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Alcoholic drinks also make this hit list. ➤ Stay clear of foods that are not bladder friendly like sugar, chocolate, spicy foods, and grapefruit. ➤ Take medications, especially diuretics, on a schedule that won’t force Mom or Dad to get up in the middle of the night to urinate or wake up to soaked sheets. This can also save your parents from a nasty fall as they gropes to find their way to the toilet. 25 Part 1 ➤ Seeing Aging Through Your Parents’ Eyes ➤ When your parents are at an event, suggest to them that they find out where the restrooms are before they need them.

The likelihood of urinary incontinence increases with age. About one out of every three seniors over 60 have some type of bladder control problem. Incontinence, though it affects at least 13 million Americans, is not normal. It’s definitely a sisterhood thing: 85 percent of people affected by incontinence are women. Before Mom resigns herself to adult briefs she needs to be seen by her family doctor or urologist to determine the cause of the disorder. Medications, an acute illness, a urinary tract infection or endocrine problems can all cause incontinence.

Overall, there are about 22 million caregivers of aging family members throughout the nation today. And those numbers aren’t dwindling anytime soon. Breakthroughs in cancer research, Alzheimer’s, and other age-related diseases, along with advances in genome research, will push the envelope on how long we live. Baby boomers who today find themselves in caregiving roles, are already beginning to experience their own aging. You’ll learn throughout this book that there are a great number of resources available to you in caring for your parents.

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