Strategic Snacking for Diabetics

Who knew that prunes have one of the lowest sugar concentrations in fruit, and may help in preventing bone loss? Or that avocados not only have healthy fats, but are 79% fiber, which slows down digestion and prevents a spike in blood sugar? Or that by combining popcorn with nuts, you get a healthy protein-fiber-fatContinue reading “Strategic Snacking for Diabetics”

The Topic No One Wants to Talk About

Incontinence is something that is rarely discussed and often ignored, even when it causes issues on a regular basis. Yet it is an everyday problem for many seniors at some point in their lives, so let’s bring it out into the open.  First let’s get rid of one of the biggest mistakes – we’re notContinue reading “The Topic No One Wants to Talk About”

With prediabetes, action is the best medicine

Diabetes is a disease we all know something about, but until it becomes personal, many of us don’t know enough. For most adults, Type 2 diabetes is the more common diagnosis when problems arise, and is a disease that we can control and many times prevent or delay with the right interventions. Prediabetes can beContinue reading “With prediabetes, action is the best medicine”

Does your loved one need help at home?

If you’re reading this, you may already know the mission of Interfaith Caregivers: Our mission is to help Older Adults living in our Community remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. So how do we do this? and how do family members know at what point they or their loved oneContinue reading “Does your loved one need help at home?”

When to hang up the car keys

We can probably all remember the day we first got a driver’s license: the promise of road trips, fun times with friends, and most of all, independence! It’s that last part, independence, that still means everything to a senior. Yet when vision or health problems, slower reaction times, or even cognitive decline become something weContinue reading “When to hang up the car keys”

Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors

Many people have already heard this one – the voice on the phone warns that you “owe the IRS hundreds or thousands of dollars, and they will shortly be coming to arrest you. To avoid that, call this number . . .” Scammers posing as governmental officials, such as IRS agents or Social Security representatives,Continue reading “Be prepared against scammers targeting seniors”

Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?

People who have lived with Parkinson’s disease usually find at some point that PD is a moving target. What works for someone with their PD newly diagnosed may not work in several years, and using medications to control symptoms is often a delicate balance, changing just when you think you’ve figured it all out.  WeContinue reading “Symptom Management: Is it PD, Medication, or Aging?”

Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?

If you’d like to communicate with seniors from a distance, or a small screen on a phone just isn’t that great for FaceTime or Skype, it might be time to consider a tablet. They’re small but not too small, convenient, and much less expensive than a laptop or desktop computer.  There are certainly many seniorsContinue reading “Is a tablet a good idea for a senior?”

Prepare for Power Outages

All it takes is one wild, unexpected storm to turn life upside-down in a hurry. Some of us lost power shortly before Christmas, and after one cold night, many of us were looking for ways to warm up fast.  Winter storms can be especially dangerous, as we saw when temperatures plunged in Texas, threatening theContinue reading “Prepare for Power Outages”

Vision concerns for people with Parkinson’s

When was the last time you were in to see your optometrist? For most seniors, medical providers recommend annual exams, and that’s a good chance to see if your glasses prescription needs tweaking. They will probably also check for any changes in your eye health, screening for glaucoma, cataracts, or even macular degeneration. If youContinue reading “Vision concerns for people with Parkinson’s”