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Common Senior Conditions that Contribute to Hospitalization and Readmissions

While a number of factors can contribute to a senior's readmission to a hospital after being transitioned home, there are six common conditions that are the most prevalent causes.

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Post Hospital Stay Warning Signs

Both you and your senior loved one will likely be happy and relieved once he or she is discharged from the hospital. However, the first 48 hours back home are absolutely critical for both of you.

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10 Practical Coping Solutions for Chronic Conditions

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4 COPD Management Tips for Caregivers

Following the death of a spouse, you should schedule an appointment with your senior loved one's doctor for a physical to evaluate any medical problems including depression.

Physical Should Follow Death of Spouse

The death of a spouse can have a dramatic and negative impact on an older adult. That’s why family caregivers should keep a close eye on a parent who has lost a spouse. A good first step is a doctor’s physical.

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How to Avoid Depression Due to Chronic Illness

Look for the signs that an older loved one may be depressed and need help.

Signs of Depression Checklist

Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but is not often recognized or treated, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse. Caring for a spouse or family member also can add to those feelings of depression.

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Caregiver Support Can Help Ward Off Depression, Illness

Life changes may increase the risk of depression in older adults. And if seniors are caring for spouses or other family members, that stress can intensify feelings of depression and even lead to illness and conditions such as diabetes. One answer is respite assistance, which can help family caregivers escape, even for a few hours a day or week.

One study found that older adults with low blood levels of vitamin D and high blood levels of a hormone secreted by the parathyroid glands may have a higher risk of depression.

Vitamin D Deficiency Can Lead to Depression, Even Death in Seniors

Depression can be a serious disease in older adults and the causes are often varied. Surprisingly simple solutions sometimes help counteract depression such as vitamin supplementation, according to research, and companionship. It's always important to first have a doctor's assessment to determine the causes of depression and the best course of action.

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