Caregiving and Elder Care Directory
Some people are thrust into the role of caregiver abruptly, such as when a loved one has a sudden illness. More often, caregiving is a gradual process that requires preparation. Key to successful caregiving for an older parent or relative is support; experts suggest that caregivers seek out resources such as a local Area Agency on Aging to identify and help resolve problems, and connecting with other caregivers. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about caregiving and elder care, how to manage as a caregiver, questions to ask as a caregiver, resources and tips for caregivers, services available for caregivers, and much more.
Nutrition for Seniors: A Caregiver’s Primer to Common Eating Problems
A caregiver's guide to key nutrients older people need -- and tips for helping them to eat healthy.
Caregiving: Stress And Depression
Caregivers have a higher than normal rate of depression. Learn more about symptoms of major depressive disorder - and when to seek help - from the experts at WebMD.
Caregiving: Gadgets, Apps, and More That Can Help
Technology like gadgets, apps, and services can ease stress on caregivers and offer safety and independence for people with difficulties. Check out some ideas.
Pain (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]-About This PDQ Summary
Older patients are at risk for under-treatment of pain because their sensitivity to pain may be underestimated, they may be expected to tolerate pain well, and misconceptions may exist about their ability to benefit from opioids. Issues in assessing and treating cancer pain in older patients include the following: Multiple chronic diseases and sources of pain: Age and complicated medication regimens put older patients at increased risk for interactions between drugs and between drugs and the chronic diseases.Visual, hearing, movement, and thinking impairments may require simpler tests and more frequent monitoring to determine the extent of pain in the older patient.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) side effects, such as stomach and kidney toxicity, thinking problems, constipation, and headaches, are more likely to occur in older patients.Opioid effectiveness: Older patients may be more sensitive to the pain-relieving and central nervous system effects of opioids resulting in
What You Need to Know About Nursing Homes
Learn what nursing home care does and how you can choose the facility that's right for your loved one.
How to Choose Assisted Living for Your Loved One
Here's what to look for when you're choosing an assisted living residence for your friend or relative.
How to Choose Long-Term Care
WebMD has tips on how to choose long-term care for your loved one.
How to Get Emotional Strength for Caregiving
WebMD has tips on how to keep up your emotional strength when you are a caregiver to a loved one.
Learn the value and importance of hygiene for seniors.
Success With Medications
Medication tips for caregivers.
Healthy Eating: Meal Solutions
Provide tasty, healthy meals for your senior.
Healthy Eating: Low Appetite
Learn the importance of nutrition for your senior.