Mom Struggles With Her Dog’s Care, but How Do I Take Him Away?

It's a sad, yet common, story. Your mom's dog is her faithful companion. He's been by her side for years, and she cannot imagine life without him. However, she's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. If she's not forgetting to feed him, she's feeding him too much. She's forgetting to take him for walks, and she puts him outside on a wintry day and forgets he's outside. You're certain the dog needs to go a safe home, but you also worry about your ... Read more

Five Apps That Help Your Dad Recover From a Stroke

According to the CDC, within a two-minute span, an average of three people have a stroke. For seniors over the age of 64, the chance of losing mobility following a stroke is 50 percent. Following a stroke, rehabilitation services are necessary. As your dad learns to walk or even talk again, there are apps for a cell phone or voice activated speaker system that can help with his recovery. Daily Senior Fitness Exercise Once your dad has regained some mobility, he can keep ... Read more

Three Ways to Build a Better Relationship With a Parent Suffering From Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's has a habit of trying to drive families apart. Whether it's a cruel word or action from the Alzheimer's patient or the mental stress that comes from watching a loved one slip away, Alzheimer's is cruel and unforgiving. If you're struggling to form a bond with a parent who has Alzheimer's, these tips will help. Empower Your Parent Your mom or dad is going to forget things from the present day. At first, your mom may deny you told her something that ... Read more

Do You Know The Signs of Prostate Cancer?

As we age, our bodies don’t always work as well as they used to, which opens us up to more (and more serious) illnesses. One of these illnesses is prostate cancer, and it can be very dangerous if not detected early. You might be looking for a long list of “early warning signs” of prostate cancer, so that you can do just that: catch it early. Unfortunately, though, no such list exists. There are few to no symptoms of prostate cancer in ... Read more

Should I Be Concerned That Mom is Sleeping More?

As you age, your sleep patterns do change. For many seniors, sleepiness arrives earlier and this leads to them getting up earlier. It can be harder for a senior to fall into a deep sleep, so they find themselves waking multiple times each night. Medications may change sleep patterns or even lead to insomnia. If you find your mom is sleeping more, it may not be more than old age. However, there are other reasons she may be sleeping more, so ... Read more

How to help your Aging Parent Prevent a Broken Hip

Broken hips are a common injury among the elderly and 95 percent of them are caused by falls. Every year, over 300,000 people over the age of 64 are hospitalized due to these debilitating injuries. Fortunately, there are steps that you and your parent can take to help prevent btoken hips. Steps to Take Contact their primary health care provider to discuss your parent’s risk factors and how to help minimize them. Osteoporosis is one of the main risk factors for this ... Read more

NEW CENTRAL STAR BABY ARRIVES AT AVITA HEALTH SYSTEM

Central Star Home Health Services in Mansfield Ohio is pleased to report the birth of Kashton Paul Banks.  Kaston arrived on the morning of April 10th, 2017 at Avita Health Systems-Galion. He was a healthy 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 ¾ inches long.  Kashton is the son of Elaina Banks who has worked as the Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator at Central Star for over two years. Elaina reported having received “star treatment” from the staff at Avita stating “All the staff ... Read more

Elderly Care – The Added Danger of Melanoma in the Elderly

Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that is often discovered when a mole changes size, shape, or color. It is something that everyone should always be on the lookout for, but it is an especially deadly illness in the elderly. Studies have shown that not only do elderly patients get melanoma more often than their younger counterparts, they have a higher mortality rate with melanoma as well. Thusly, it is important for you, as the one responsible for elderly care, ... Read more

What Can You Do if Your Loved One Doesn’t Recognize You?

Walking into a room and having your loved one treat you like a stranger isn't fun for any family caregiver, but it can unfortunately happen. This is especially true if your loved one has always had a close relationship with you and other family members. Your Loved One May Recognize Younger Versions of You Even if your loved one doesn't recognize you today, she may recognize younger versions of you. This is because short-term memory is often affected by dementia and other brain ... Read more

What is Heart Arrhythmia?

If your parent has been diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, you are probably feeling worried. After all, having a loved one diagnosed with a heart condition is scary stuff. And, “arrhythmia” sounds like a complicated and confusing term. Understanding what heart arrhythmia is, what symptoms to look for, and how the condition can be managed might help you to feel more confident in your role as a family caregiver to a senior parent.   What is it? Simply put, heart arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. ... Read more
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