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What can a pharmacist do for your parent?

... their pills for something pourable. Whilst not all medicines will be available in a liquid form some may at least be soluble. Reducing falls If your parent has been falling more frequently it could be a result of their medication and not a symptom of getting older. ...

How to safely lift your parent

... then they're in danger of hurting your parent and themselves in the process. The carer could hurt their back and cause your parent to fall or both could fall together and be hurt quite badly. This scenario begs the question who would be there to help them? ...

Footwear choices for older people

... direct impact on our balance. When balance does become an issue, wearing wider flat shoes can help. They reduce the risk of falling and provide a greater level of comfort and stability while walking. As it gets harder to get down and put shoes on or ...

I'm struggling with my aunt's reliance on me as her carer

... any kind of professional help. I know she would qualify for all kinds of assistance but will have none of it. It then falls to me as a single working mum or my sister who works very long hours. I also don't drive which makes life harder ...

Why treating varicose veins effectively is vital to leg health

... pumped by movement. Veins in the legs have one-way valves that allow the blood to be pumped up to the heart but stop it falling back down when the movement stops. If these valves fail, blood falls the wrong way down the veins on standing, which ...

When helpers become the enemy

... as he felt he would be burgled and no offer to house-sit was accepted. My mother then fell, badly, and started to fall regularly. She was in and out of hospital. She broke her arm and following an x-ray, bone cancer was detected. ...

Tips on juggling work, family – and two parents with dementia

... the brain, which thankfully ceased but that resulted in a change in her behaviour and epilepsy. I believe in a different home that fall would not have happened. Now I work in fundraising for local hospices, I wish I had known about them for my parents ...

Caring for a disabled mother-in-law

... In our concentration we drove off with it still there, never to be seen again! Years ticked by and she began to have falls which meant 4am drives for me or my husband across town to pick her up of the floor. The "funniest" one ...

Safe exercise in later life expands horizons

... . Make sure your parent sets reachable goals each day that are part of a long term plan. Try to avoid injury. A fall for an elderly parent can cause mental and physical harm. A fear of falling may develop, which can lead to your parent ...

How to enjoy the benefits of compost in your garden

... used on a daily basis. Choose somewhere that poses little risk, with no steps or slopes that will increase the risk of a fall or trip. Although these obstacles may seem manageable in the pleasant weather of the spring or summer, in the autumn and winter ...