Assuming the role of your parent’s caregiver is no easy task. However, it is an increasingly common one. Today, millions of adult children in the United States are charged with speaking up for a parent when that parent is longer able to do it themselves.

How to Advocate for Your Aging Parent’s Health Care. If you are one of the millions of adult children in the United States responsible for the care of an aging parent, you are well aware of the weight of this responsibility. This can be a challenge when your parent is relatively healthy and independent.

While it is not clear why deaths from falls are rising, one thing is clear, falls are preventable. Webmd.com’s article, Study: Older Americans are Dying More From Falls, states that caregivers need to know that falls are preventable and encourage their loved one to talk to their doctor regarding their risk of falling.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 experiences a fall. More troubling, that number is rising.

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