Can Low Vision Increase Fall Risk?

Falls are one of the greatest risks that senior adults face. Each year throughout the United States, approximately 25 percent of the older adult population falls, and more than 27,000 die as a result of these falls. Identifying the particular risk factors that your senior has that increase the chances that they will suffer such a fall is an important step in protecting them from the falls and from the potentially devastating consequences that can happen as a result. One such ... Read more

Central Star Employee Provides Aid in Texas After Hurricane

“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help. With ... Read more

How Can You Help Your Elderly Adult Manage the Emotions of Moving into Your Home?

Making a move from her own home to yours is an extremely emotional time for your loved one. As her family caregiver, it falls to you to help make this process as easy as possible for your elderly family member. Here's what you need to know in order to keep the experience positive. Talk to Her before the Move Often family members and seniors avoid having deep talks before the move about how everyone is feeling because it might seem inevitable anyway. ... Read more

Dealing with Challenging Behaviors as a Caregiver for a Senior with Dementia

If your senior has been diagnosed with dementia, you may have also started to see some challenging behaviors cropping up. These types of behaviors can be jarring for you as your aging adult's caregiver because they're usually not in line with what you know about your family member's personality. You Can't Control Your Aging Adult's Behavior Your elderly family member's behavior is not something that you can control. What you can control is how you react to the behavior, how you manage ... Read more

What Conditions May Contribute to AFib?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that up to 6 million people throughout the United States are living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib. This form of irregular heartbeat dramatically increases your parent’s risk of suffering serious health conditions, including stroke and heart attack. As a family caregiver, it is important that you understand the risks that can increase the possibility that your parent will experience this condition, including the health conditions and complications that can contribute to AFib. Some of ... Read more

Common Eye Problems Associated with Aging

In your role as a family caregiver, one of your most important priorities is making sure that your elderly parent takes proper care of their health. While you might think of the things that you do to address the health issues that you already know that they are suffering, it is also vital that prepare for the possibility of other health issues. Understanding the potential risks that your aging parent is facing will help you to make steps that can help ... Read more

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Psoriasis affects approximately 7.5 million people in the United States. It is a skin condition that causes red patches with silvery scales. Of those millions of people, an estimated 36 percent have psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a condition in which people with psoriasis experience pain, swelling, and stiffness in their joints. Usually, a person develops psoriasis first and later experiences joint-related symptoms, but it is possible for the joint symptoms to begin first. Psoriatic arthritis is most likely to strike ... Read more

Can Multigenerational Care Simplify Your Life?

If you are like many family caregivers throughout the United States you are a member of what is known as the sandwich generation. This refers to the group of adults who are sandwiched in between caring for their elderly parent and raising their own children. This puts you in a unique position of being able to benefit the different generations of your family while building strong relationships and creating memories and legacies that will be precious to you for years to ... Read more

Your Loved One Has Been Diagnosed with Heart Failure. Now What?

Receiving a diagnosis like heart failure can really throw your loved one and you for a loop. Heart failure is a complex group of issues that your loved one might be able to manage by making a few simple changes. Is Heart Failure as Bad as it Sounds? Heart failure is a term that sounds as if your loved one's heart is no longer functioning at all. In reality, her heart is still working, but not as well as it could or should ... Read more

Helping a Parent Decide Between Implants or Dentures

Risk versus rewards. As a family caregiver, you will be faced with decisions that are based on this subject on countless of occasions. Is the reward of seeing clearly again worth the risk of cataract surgery? Should your parent continue driving, go through driver rehabilitation, or give up their driver’s license? Are the benefits of a suggested medication worth the possible side effects? Seemingly, at every turn, another question will emerge that will require a look at the gain versus the ... Read more
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