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How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly sleep, communication, exercise Most of us have, from time to time, had trouble sleeping. As our parents age they can become more prone to sleep issues. Their sleep patterns change and health conditions can ...

Avoiding the age-related muscle loss of Sarcopenia

... are all rich in vitamin D. Supplements can also be useful in maintaining levels of this vital nutrient. Help them to get more sleep and rest It's a common misconception that older adults need less sleep. In fact, research has shown that they still need the ...

How to keep your elderly parent cool in hot weather

... How to keep your elderly parent cool in hot weather heatwave, sleep, heart disease You wouldn't think it possible that your parent could be too hot in British weather yet with the rising temperatures we've been experiencing it's good to be aware of the way heat can ...

Talking about death over dinner

... safety yet during dinner she told us how 3 neighbours and the postman had recently thought she was dead. Mum has been having trouble sleeping due to pain from her arthritic hips and a few Sundays ago she had had a particularly disturbed night. For mum not being ...

How to help your parents manage tinnitus

... practises muscle relaxation exercises everyday it could help to soothe the sounds their tinnitus causes. Rest. If your parent's tinnitus is disrupting their sleep it may be that the quiet of their bedroom makes it more noticeable. You could try sound therapy to send them off to ...

Respecting my parents' wishes

... conversations on the phone were constantly cut short because of the incessant coughing, which wasn't simply down to a cold. The lack of sleep and her emerging bed sore, from sitting upright in bed to prevent the coughing at night, was all taking its toll. ...

Talking about dementia - blogging and how it helps

... . But the comments I like best also make me laugh out loud. Debbie, who had read my blog about the science of sleep and how we can all be affected by Chronic Sleep Deprivation, wrote: "My 84 year old mum has sleep difficulties and ...

Helping your parents with toilet problems and incontinence

... in the night to pass urine they're experiencing Nocturia. It's more common for those over the age of 60 and can sometimes lead to sleep deprivation. Problems emptying the bladder. If your parent's bladder feels full all the time it can lead to small leaks on a ...

What happens during a cataract operation?

... cataract operation was set for a Thursday. I got myself into a right old funk on Wednesday night, with hardly a wink of sleep. By 5:30am I was seriously wondering if it would be so bad to just carry on without it. Having been awake all ...

My strategy for coping with grief

... and all of us throughout our lives, joining the army to fight for his country. When my mum passed away peacefully in her sleep, they had just celebrated 64 years of marriage. We suspect that she knew about her heart condition but would not have wanted ...