Health News - Caregivers/Homecare

How to care for someone with Alzheimer's disease
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be both challenging and rewarding. Learn about tips to make it easier, as well as when to seek professional help. (Medical News Today)

Want to be a good friend? Close your eyes and listen
New research suggests that the best way to empathize with someone else's feelings might be to avoid looking at them and focus exclusively on their voice. (Medical News Today)

Eight home remedies for unclogging your ears
Clogged ears can cause discomfort, and may affect hearing and balance. Learn about eight different home remedies to treat clogged ears, and what to avoid. (Medical News Today)

Two out of three US adults have not completed an advance directive
Advance directives are the primary tool for individuals to communicate their wishes if they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own health care decisions, particularly near the end of... (Medical News Today)

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer's caregivers
Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music -- these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer's disease, suggests a study in... (Medical News Today)

Elder abuse research yields new evidence on incidence, risks, outcomes
New study data from the Chinese community in Chicago is shedding light on the impact of elder abuse in America. (Medical News Today)

Personalized music may help nursing home residents with dementia
Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and... (Medical News Today)

A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria
The significant presence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as E. (Medical News Today)

Public attitudes towards end-of-life care in progressive neurological illness are conflicted, study reveals
Public attitudes in UK and USA reveal support both for life-sustaining interventions and for measures to enable peaceful death in progressive neurological illness such as dementia, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Effects of at-home individual cognitive stimulation therapy on dementia patients and caregivers
Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST), an intervention carried out at home by family caregivers, has little impact on the cognition of patients with dementia, a new study has found, but... (Medical News Today)

Nursing home residents need more activities to help them thrive
In a survey of staff from 172 Swedish nursing homes, most residents had been outside the nursing home during the previous week, but only one-fifth had been on an outing or excursion. (Medical News Today)

Treatment tips for breaking a fever
What causes a fever, when does a fever need treatment, and what are the different ways to break a fever? Learn when a doctor should be called. (Medical News Today)

What's to know about ADHD in toddlers?
ADHD is a behavioral condition that affects an individual's concentration and activity levels. Is it possible to diagnose ADHD in a toddler? Learn more about the early signs and treatments. (Medical News Today)

People with dementia need more support to manage their medication
New research funded by Pharmacy Research UK and published in Health Expectations, reveals people with dementia may struggle with managing their medication - exposing them to side-effects... (Medical News Today)

UK health system not fit for people with dementia and other chronic conditions
The UK's current health and social care system isn't fit for purpose when it comes to caring for people living with dementia (PLWD) who also have other illnesses and chronic conditions. (Medical News Today)

What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common. (Medical News Today)

How can I help someone with depression?
Depression is a common and sometimes fatal psychological condition. Noticing depression in a friend or relative and talking to them can save a life. Learn how to tell if someone is depressed and how to talk to them. What are the treatments for depression and what can be done if someone is suicidal? (Medical News Today)

Depression and divorce: What's the connection?
Divorce can change the shape of a family and affect everyone from partners to children. Depression can also damage personal relationships. How can one person's depression affect their partner and what are the symptoms? Learn how to deal with depression in a relationship and post-divorce. (Medical News Today)

Planned home birth: What are the pros and cons?
Some women choose to deliver a child in the comfort of their own home. This takes an element of planning and discussion with the obstetrician. How do you plan a home birth and what are the possible benefits? Learn about how to plan for a delivery at home, its safety, and some of the possible risks. (Medical News Today)

Care home dementia study finds failure to reduce antipsychotic prescribing
There has been no sustained reduction in the prescription of antipsychotics to UK dementia patients, despite government guidance, according to a report published in the medical journal BMJ Open. (Medical News Today)

What are fire ant bites?
Fire ant bites or stings can cause intense, instantaneous pain. This usually subsides into itching, which can last for a few days. However, if a person is allergic, one sting may be life-threatening. Read on to learn more about avoiding stings, recognizing an allergic reaction, and seeking the right type of treatment. (Medical News Today)

Assisted-living facilities limit older adults' rights to sexual freedom, study finds
Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these... (Medical News Today)

Suicide rate is 22% higher among people with epilepsy than the general population
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues first report on epilepsy and suicide. (Medical News Today)

Palliative care-led meetings do not reduce anxiety, depression of families of patients with chronic critical illness
Among families of patients with chronic critical illness, the use of palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings compared with usual care did not reduce anxiety or depression... (Medical News Today)

What to expect with advanced MS
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the nervous system. It occurs when the immune system attacks the coverings of nerves. Most people do not experience severe symptoms, but if they do, they can be severe. Learn about the most advanced stage of MS, and the treatments available, here. (Medical News Today)

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