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Taking Care Of Your Parents

taking care of your parents

Helping Your Parents With Their Healthcare During Their “Golden Years"

As more and more of our parents enter their golden years, they are finding themselves in need of a little extra help when it comes to their healthcare. Luckily, there is a growing trend of adult caregivers taking on the responsibility of helping out their aging parents, and this can include everything from handling their finances to making medical decisions. If you’re one of these helpful adults, here are some tips that can make the process a little bit easier.

1 in 10 Adults Care for Aging Parents: Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College conducted research that found that 10% of adults from 60 to 69 years old whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, and 12% of adults care for a parent who is 70 or older. Are you one of them?

Adult Caregivers Responsible for Aging Parents

Are you an adult caregiver who feels responsible for helping your parents with their healthcare and is feeling overwhelmed? Those feelings are far too common these days. We all should want to help our parents through this time in their lives, and if you do, you’re not alone. Who doesn’t want to see the people who nurtured and loved us until adulthood live in their golden years with dignity and great health? You are probably reading this because you are looking for solutions to help some of the people you love the most; your parents!

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Children Caregivers Helping Senior Parents Navigate Medication and Treatment Options

A growing number of senior parents are turning to help with healthcare outside their professional medical providers. Instead, they are turning to their children for guidance in navigating the “system.” This can include everything from finding and choosing the right doctor, understanding insurance plans or “pay for service doctors” outside of an insurance network, evaluating suggested treatments from medical providers, paying bills, or just understanding their options so they may make an informed decision.

Feel Like Your Parents Are Taking Too Many Medications? Discover Natural Alternatives

When the topic arises with parents and they start talking with their children about medications, for example, their children discover their parents are taking many medications (sometimes more than 10 different medications!) In many cases, prescription medications may be absolutely necessary, but in some cases, there may be natural alternatives. Many illnesses may be treated with natural plant medicines that offer fewer negative side effects and may even work better with fewer side effects. 

Medical Cannabis for Your Parents: Overcome Stigma, Find Relief!

Have you ever talked with a medical cannabis doctor to see if an Illinois medical cannabis card may be an option for your parents? If you are concerned with the stigma, then you are not focused on a positive health outcome but rather on what misinformed people might think of medical cannabis as a result of the rhetoric fed to them by those with differing agendas. Cannabis is one of the longest-standing and safest medicines documented to be used throughout history.

Medical Cannabis for Seniors: Beyond the Myths, a Safe and Well-Tolerated Option

A preliminary study at the American Academy of Neurology 2019 disclosed by investigators at the Dent Neurologic Institute in Buffalo, New York, revealed that cannabis assisted in relieving chronic pain for elderly patients. They concluded that cannabis was well tolerated by participants aged 75 and older. Marijuana improved their symptoms resulting from anxiety and chronic pain. The subjects experienced relief from sleep disorders and the anxiety produced by medical conditions such as:

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Senior Wellness Revolution: Exploring Medical Cannabis for Better Health

If you are a resident of Illinois, consider talking to a reputable cannabis doctor at a clinic in Illinois that can help your parents with natural treatment modalities that may enable them to reduce other medications with potential side effects that they might want to avoid. These days you don’t even have to leave the house and can see one of the qualified doctors through our HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform on the same day as your card is issued.

If you are pondering if cannabis is right for your parents, do your research and talk with a marijuana doctor to see if your parent qualifies and how cannabis may help them.

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Article reviewed by:

Dr. Richard Koffler

Richard Koffler, MD

NPI Number- 1467557264

  • Dr. Koffler is a Physiatrist, specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 
  • Graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1993 Dr. Koffler completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. 
  • Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center in New York City. Board certified in 1998. 
  • Trained in acupuncture at Helms Medical Institute at UCLA His medical practice incorporates proven conventional western medicine integrating eastern alternative practices. 
  • Medical Director of several medical clinics in NYC, Stamford CT, and Miami Beach, FL.