Why Are You Incontinent? And 3 Things You Can Do About It.

Discover why you are incontinent and then what you can do about it.
Incontinence can be caused by any number of things. There are several types, and they all have different causes. 

In stress incontinence, for example, muscle weakening often causes urine leaks when strain is put on the bladder or damage. This can be from aging, or child birth, or some other factor.

In urge incontinence, bladder irritation can lead to worsening of the problem.

5 Ways Seniors and Caregivers Can Stay Healthy Together

Exercise is essential to good health at every age.

by Dianna Malkowski, Physician Assistant & Nutritionist

In recognition of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, we’re offering tips to help caregivers and their loved ones can work together to stay active.

Is This the Answer to Your Leakage Problem?

Solve your light bladder leakage problem. 
Do you have a leakage problem? Leaking urine is not ever going to be pleasant, but it can be treated. Light bladder leakage is a condition characterized by the involuntary loss of urine. It can cause social anxiety, lead to isolation, discomfort, skin irritation, and more. 

Fannypants: So Women with LBL Can Feel Like Women

Can you trust your panty? 
With over 13 million US adults suffering from incontinence, and over half of those women, the market was ready for a product that could meet the needs of the vibrant and lightly incontinent.

Incontinence comes in many forms including stress, urge, overflow, functional, mixed, anatomic, and in some cases temporary incontinence. Regardless of the reason, or the cause, women facing involuntary urine loss need solutions, and one such solution is Fannypants.

Your Guide to Discreet LBL, Because With Leaks Discretion Matters

Do you suffer from light bladder leakage? 
If you have a weakened or overactive bladder and suffer from light bladder leakage, you know how important it is to have the right tools for managing your symptoms discreetly. Discretion matters because without it your condition would get in the way of your life. And no one wants that. 

Here are a few steps that you can take to prevent accidents, and manage your symptoms with discretion so that you can keep living, and enjoy life.

Changing Nutrition As You Age

Changes can be made to meet nutritional needs.
Aging bodies need certain foods to promote good health. Eating well, and adapting diets to fit changing needs is important for senior health. Let’s look at a few of the changes that can be made to meet nutritional needs. 

Are You 1 in 3... Like Me?

Light bladder leakage is nothing to sneeze at
Do you sometimes have to stop walking and cross your legs whenever you feel a sneeze coming on? You know…because if you didn’t clamp up, you would leak? Are you afraid of yelling, laughing too hard, or running or jumping because you never know when a leak might happen? Sure it is small, but it is still a leak. Unfortunately, this is all too common, and often ignored. 

How Private Home Care Helped My Mother

Ryan and his Mom after a round of golf in Florida.
Guest Post by Ryan McEniff of Minute Women Home Care, located in Lexington, Massachusetts

Before I became the owner of Minute Women Home Care, which was previously my Aunt’s company, I was a twenty-seven year old outside salesman living in Colorado who was trying to figure out his place in life.

I had not thought about what would happen when my parents aged, primarily because they were still young, both sixty-four. I thought I had decades before the effects of old age caused my parents to need additional help. So, like millions of other potential family caregivers it was ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

How to use Diet to Manage Your Ulcerative Colitis

Your well balanced diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables.
 Many people with Ulcerative Colitis may be wondering if what they eat is contributing to their symptoms. Unfortunately, there is not a clear cut or easy answer to this question. Part of the problem is that there have not been a lot of studies done concerning this topic. However, many health care professionals are finding that when they make dietary recommendations to their patients with Ulcerative Colitis, these individuals are experiencing a reduction in symptoms. It should be stressed however, before you make any changes to your diet, you should always discuss them with your doctor or a nutritionist.

The Changing Dietary Needs of Seniors

Consider a service such as Mom's Meals
to maintain healthy dietary habits. 
Bodies need different things at different stages. What a teenage boy eats during their active youth would make a sedentary senior obese in no time. The fact is, the body has different caloric and nutritional requirements during the different stages of life. While the general principles of health remain the same, it is critical for seniors to know how their dietary needs many be changing so they can meet those needs for greater health. 

The CareGiver Partnership Announces 3 May Sweepstakes Prizes

This month's prize includes two new Depend products.
by Lynn Wilson, Founder of The CareGiver Partnership

As part of our “Helping You Get On With Life” monthly sweepstakes, we are giving away two new Depend products to keep seats and beds dry and a package of scented disposal bags.

Your Own Well-being: Chants for Caregivers

Meditation and chanting improve one's health
and help you find inner wisdom. 
Guest Post by Elaine M. Decker, social artist and columnist

Numerous studies have demonstrated that meditation and chanting improve one’s health. Sounds—especially repetitive ones—can reduce your blood pressure, control your heart rate and help you tolerate pain. The power of mantras is in mind over matter. Chanting has been used to treat everything from trauma to insomnia. It can also help you find inner wisdom. If there’s one thing every caregiver can use more of, it’s inner wisdom.

Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

5 simple tips for healthier eating for seniors. 
Senior nutrition is not too different from that of good nutrition for anyone. However, changes to the body due to age can impact diet, and make it harder to stay healthy. Seniors can’t always get away with the treats, and unhealthy eating practices they may have in their youth. The following are some simple tips for healthier eating for seniors:

Prevention of Malnutrition in Seniors

Prevent malnutrition as you age. 
Malnutrition is a serious problem among the senior set. In fact, seniors are often the most malnourished group, and this leads to an increase in health issues. 

Malnutrition in seniors can be attributed to a number of factors, eating too little, eating poorly, eating nutrient poor foods, digestive problems, lack of appetite, mobility issues leading to poor nutrition, etc. But regardless of the cause, the results are the same, malnutrition causes illness, depression, fatigue, a weakened immune system, digestive problems, lung problems, heart problems, skin problems, and more.

Preserving Senior Independence Through Increased Mobility

Stander products help make any home easier
 for an elderly person to move through.
Studies show one of the biggest fears seniors have is losing independence. Aging often leads to the inability to maintain independence and continue living in their homes. And this is a valid concern as many seniors can't age in place due to mobility issues. However, taking steps to increase mobility can help to preserve senior independence and allow seniors to age in place. 

Senior Nutrition At a Glance

Seniors need healthy, well-balanced meals. 
Seniors often suffer many ailments, and one of the causes is poor diet. Proper diets can help fight disease, keep bones and muscles strong, and preserve mental acuteness. Having a diet rich in the vitamins, nutrients, and the antioxidants needed for the body to function at its peak is key to health. The following is a look at the nutritional needs of seniors:

Skin Cancer Prevention Important at Every Age

Take steps now to detect and prevent skin cancer.

by Dianna Malkowski, Physician Assistant & Nutritionist

The American Academy of Dermatology recognizes May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Because rates increase with age, it’s important to take steps now to detect and prevent skin cancer.

Mesothelioma and Caregiving

An organization dedicated to caregivers, patients and families. 
Becoming a caregiver to a mesothelioma patient is a selfless act, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. 

Medical advances have led to an increased median survival time for some classes of mesothelioma patients. With patients living longer, the need for empowered caregivers has never been more important.