How the Glycemic Index Works with Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be done with a good glucose monitor and a healthy diet and exercise program. While intense exercise may not be feasible for everyone, there are several exercise programs you can participate in that allow you to get adequate exercise for your body’s needs. The glycemic index is used to control the blood sugar and insulin levels for a person with diabetes. You must look for foods that are low-GI in order to control your blood sugar levels and avoid blood sugar spikes. Low-GI foods are great because they can also help you lose weight, which is always welcome news to a person that has suffered from obesity for years.

How Often Do You Need to Test Your Blood Sugar?

You need to test your blood sugar at home when your hands are freshly washed and dried. How many times a day do you need to test your blood sugar? That depends on the type of diabetes you have and the medications you may be taking to help manage diabetes.

Skin Care & Incontinence: Steps to Better Health

by Dianna Malkowski, Physician Assistant & Nutritionist 

Taking good care of your skin is important at any age, but over the years skin becomes thinner, less elastic, and more prone to injury and infection. For seniors managing incontinence, it’s even more important to keep skin clean, moisturized and protected to prevent irritation. Fortunately, there are many products on the market formulated to meet the requirements of aging skin.

Tips on taking care of elderly skin

Home Safety Tips

When you are young and healthy, you take many things for granted. By the time we move into out senior years, suddenly climbing a set of stairs is extremely difficult and falls in the bathroom can happen in less than a second. Aging is part of life and we need to take the time to make our home safe to live in for ourselves or to make our homes safe for our parents to live in. This article will discuss some senior’s home safety tips you can use to keep yourself or your parents safe.

Do You Really Know What Your Parents Are Eating?

A friend of mine discovered her mother was living on cigarettes and chocolate.  Another friends Mother passed away and her apartment was cluttered with pizza and Chinese delivery boxes.  They never knew.

Nutrition discussions often focus on children and their eating habits. But do you know what your parents are eating?

Poor Diet Affects Millions of Seniors Who Live Alone

Millions of seniors living alone have poor diets that can affect their health, happiness and quality of life. They may not be able to shop for groceries or prepare them in their home or apartment. 

Freshly Prepared, Home Delivered Meals
You as their caregiver worry about them eating properly. Pizza delivery isn’t the answer and neither is a steady diet of nutrition drinks. We are now offering freshly prepared meals, home delivered meals from Mom's Meals.  Mom's Meals is a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing great tasting, nutritionally balanced, FRESH meals to meet the needs of the aging population.

Home Safety Hazards: 10 Places to Look for Potential Dangers

As we move toward our senior years, we need to take steps to protect ourselves from our homes where injuries can occur. Something that may not have been dangerous in the past like your bed can now be one of the worst potential hazards in your home. Here is a list of 10 potential dangers that are prevalent in your home and what you can do to prevent serious accidents and injuries from occurring.

Free Booklet: Care for the Family Caregiver

We have a fantastic booklet titled Care for the Family Caregiver that we provide to caregivers and their loved ones.  This 42-page booklet, prepared by Emblem Health and the National Alliance for Caregiving is the best I've seen on caregiving.  It is chock full of helpful tips in a very easy to read and beautifully laid out, colorful format. 
It includes Family Caregiver Stories, What is a Caregiver?, Family Caregivers: The Backbone of Long Term Care, Trends in Caregiving, Helpful Tips, Training, Navigating The Healthcare Maze, Taking Care of Yourself, Financial & Legal Aspects and Resources and References.  

It also includes a bonus Caregiver Advocates and Resources pamphlet.

Available in English and Spanish. 

If you would like a copy, please call 800-985-1353 or write

Helping the Elderly Communicate Their Needs

If you have become a caregiver, to an elderly parent, or other family member, then a new role has been established. Whenever a new role takes place in your life, it becomes paramount to establish good communication. This is never more important then when you are dealing with a senior, to whom you are now the caregiver. It becomes important whether you are the part-time or full-time caregiver, to help your loved one communicate their needs to you. Here is what you need to know about helping the elderly communicate their needs.

Helping Elderly Get Around Easier

One of the problems of aging, is often the lack of mobility that accompanies it. The elderly often find themselves slowed down by disease, injury, or just the process of getting older. This lack of mobility often makes daily task next to impossible, and can severely decrease the quality of life for the elderly person.

Studies have shown however that restoring the mobility for the elderly, often not only results in a much higher quality of life, but helps improve the health, and general well-being for the person as well. The good news is that if you are a senior suffering from a lack of mobility, or a caregiver concerned about a patient or parent, there are steps that you can to help the elderly get around easier. Here are just a few of them-

Helping Elderly Patients Live at Home With Ease

Mobility is just
one challenge
Elderly patients that are living at hoe often have a hard time taking care of themselves as they are unable to bend and move around the way they used to.

Caretakers of elderly patients are often spouses, children, or close family members. Taking care of an elderly person is not an easy task by any means and it can cause you to suffer from depression and other problems like backaches. Here are some tips to help elderly patients live at home with ease:

Helpful Tools for Those With Arthritis

Are you suffering from arthritis pain? Here are several tools available that will help to ease the pain for those who suffer with arthritis.

One of which is a bottle opener that can be found at These bottle openers and caps can help make your life a bit easier as they release the tension from your fingers and wrist and place it on the bottle opener when you are twisting and turning things to get them opened.

Foot Issues That Are Common With Diabetes

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Individuals that suffer from diabetes are at risk for a number of health problems. Kidney failure is quite common amongst individuals that have diabetes but one of the most common complaints is nerve damage. Diabetes tends to attack the feet more than any other appendage and it can leave you facing amputation. When the nerves are damaged in the feet, it will reduce your sensation in the feet and eventually you may not be able to feel your foot at all.

Fighting Back Against Arthritis Pain

When you suffer from pain in the body, it is a signal that something is wrong. Arthritis pain can become worse if you do not search for ways to treat it and manage the pain, it will only become worse and it may cause you to miss out on important events in your life. If the body is damaged and suffering from arthritis pain, you need to take more intense action against it instead of just soothing the symptoms from time to time.

All New Caregiver Friendly Resource Site

Specifically designed to cater to caregivers and their loved ones

For the past two years, we’ve been seeking our customers’ suggestions about how to further improve their experience with our website. We included suggestions from hundreds of customers. During the past 18 months we’ve been designing and testing this completely redesigned site which will make it even easier, faster and safer and more secure for caregivers and their loved ones to quickly find answers to their caregiving questions and to find products and supplies they may need.

Female Incontinence Problems

Women are at a higher risk for incontinence problems and millions of women suffer from it. There are a number of female incontinence products on the market that can help you avoid embarrassment that comes from having urine leakage when you laugh or go for runs with your friends.

One of the most popular female  incontinence products on the market is the Poise product line:

Exercises For The Elderly

Exercise is beneficial for everyone at any age. However many seniors feel that due to decreasing mobility, illness or injury they are unable to exercise. Today, the fitness industry has begun to recognize the unique needs of seniors, and developed programs to meet these needs. As with anyone else beginning a exercise program it is crucial to consult your health care professional. After receiving clearance to begin exercising, there are many options, to choose from. Here is brief overview of exercises for the elderly-

Exercises You Can Do to Help With Bladder Incontinence Problems

The body ages over time and many of the pelvic muscles are unable to hold in urine as well as they used to in the past. The muscles in the pelvis are necessary for proper digestion and they hold in the bowels when you sneeze, cough, run, or lift heavy objects. The best way to work on your incontinence issues is to strengthen your pelvic muscles. Here are a few pelvic exercises you can do that will strengthen your muscles and help you hold in urine and avoid having embarrassing moments.

Exercise and Arthritis Pain

When it comes to arthritis pain there are a number of things you can do to manage the pain and inflammation that comes with arthritis. Exercise may seem like something that is far away from your idea of treatment for pain, but it can easily help you feel better. Here are some great exercise routines you need to do:

Essential Tips You Need to Know to Control Your Blood Sugar Issues

Is your blood sugar giving you problems like dizziness or fainting? Blood sugar must be controlled when you have diabetes to avoid severe problems like shock which will land you in the hospital. Here are some essential tips you need to know about blood sugar issues so you can control your blood sugar levels:

Enhancing Elderly Comfort

One of the big concerns for many caregivers is being able to enhance the comfort of their elderly parent or patient. Many seniors continue to live fairly independent lives, but often are slowed down by the effects of aging. They move slower, must often deal with limited mobility, or are suffering from the effects of disease, injury, or surgery.

What is Lewy Body Dimentia?

LBD is not a rare disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it is currently widely under-diagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD.
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