Pneumonia in the Elderly

What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection that causes inflammation of the air sacs of one or both of the lungs, which may fill up with fluid or pus, causing symptoms including cough, fever, chills and trouble breathing. It is caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Who is most at risk? Adults that are over the age of 65 are most at risk of developing pneumonia, as well as people with underlying health problems or weakened immune systems, such as ... Read more

What Exercises Are Safe for Your Aging Parents?

When you are caring for your aging parents, there are some things you need to know. One of the most important things to know is which exercises are safe for your elderly parents. You want them to be up and moving around, but you don’t want them to overdo it and get hurt. Here you will learn about some of the safer exercises for the elderly. You can have your parents incorporate these into their exercise routine. Endurance and Aerobic Exercises There are ... Read more

Five Typical Tasks You’ll Encounter as a Caregiver

Every day is different for every caregiver, but there are some distinct similarities in the experiences that caregivers have. Your individual approach is what can help you to get through. Solving Emergent Issues Problems are a regular part of every day as a caregiver. You might find that your days feel like one long series of emergencies that you keep having to manage and to solve. This gets exhausting quickly and it takes you away from what you really want to be doing, ... Read more

What to do When Your Senior Loses Interest in Eating

Poor appetite is a common problem in older people living at home, as well as hospital inpatients. It can contribute to weight loss and nutritional deficiencies, and associated poor health care outcomes, including increased mortality. Understanding the causes of reduced appetite and knowing how to measure it will enable nurses and others such as elder care workers and aids working in a range of community and hospital settings to identify patients with impaired appetite. A range of strategies can be used to promote ... Read more

How to Reduce the Risk of Falls

If you have elderly parents, it is likely that you are worried about them falling. Unfortunately, the risk of falling increases as someone gets older. Falls can cause broken bones, head injuries, hip fractures, or even worse. The good news is that there are ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of falls in your aging parents. Talk About Their Health Conditions Does your parent have an eye condition that throws off their balance? Do they have arthritis or another ... Read more

Five Possible Signs of an Eye Injury

An eye injury can bring your senior down pretty quickly. Some eye injuries aren’t obvious right away, so it helps to know what to watch for so that you can get her help quickly. Blurred or Fuzzy Vision One of the first things your senior might mention could be that she’s unable to see as well, even with corrective lenses. She might say that her vision is fuzzy or blurry, and that can be a big problem. If she’s not able to see ... Read more

Finding Balance as a Family Caregiver is Essential

It may not be easy to find balance in life, especially when you have so many things going on, but it’s important. Balance allows you to reduce stress and anxiety, focus on the more positive things in life, and be a better support to friends and family who need you most. When you’re a family caregiver, stress is going to be a part of your life. You may not think it at first, especially because of the relationship you have with that ... Read more


Thanks to the expert opinion of Lauren Scalcione, RN Administrator, Star Multi Care has made another positive contribution to the staffing crisis in New York. Lauren was interviewed this month by Newsday regarding her opinions of the upcoming aide shortage that home health agencies will be facing within the next several years as the number of elderly and disabled clients increasingly choose to receive care in their homes. Ms. Scalcione addressed Star Multi Care’s ability to offset the mounting problems many of ... Read more

Can Your Parents Suddenly Develop Food Allergies?

People associate food allergies with something that dates back to childhood. Food allergies can appear at any age. What's important is that you don't associate a food sensitivity or intolerance with an allergy. There are differences. What Are the Differences Between Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities? A food allergy can be life-threatening. Itching and hives are common symptoms. People with food allergies may find their throat swells up and makes it impossible to breathe. Anaphylactic shock may occur if medical intervention isn't performed ... Read more

Does Your Senior Really Need to See Her Doctor if She Falls?

If your elderly family member has experienced a fall once, she might be shaken up quite a bit. You are probably just as terrified. Even if she doesn’t want to, though, you need to make sure that she sees her doctor right away. There are a variety of reasons for this, but if your senior is resisting the idea, lean heavily on the fact that you want to prevent another occurrence of a fall. Injuries Might Not Show up Right Away After a ... Read more
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