Protecting Your Parent From Extreme Heat

As temperatures outside get higher, and we get closer to the summer months, it is important to start thinking about the potential dangers of heat, and what you can do as a family caregiver to protect your senior. Elderly adults are more vulnerable than younger people to the effects of heat, and can suffer severe consequences as a result of exposure to very high temperatures. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your parent from this heat, and help them to stay ... Read more

Strike Out Stroke Month—Education and Awareness

During the month of May, many people grow excited for baseball season to begin. If you go to a major or minor league game, you may notice posters and public service announcements for Strike Out Stroke. This public awareness campaign Is designed to educate people of all ages on how to prevent strokes, as well as what to do in the critical first minutes when someone is having a stroke. Strokes and Elderly Adults Strokes are one of the leading causes of disability ... Read more

Tips for Cleaning Your Parent’s Home to Reduce Allergies

Allergies can be miserable for your aging loved one and can even reduce their activity, diminishing their health. As their family caregiver, you can help your parent to cope with their allergies and experience less severe symptoms simply by making sure that their home is clean. Regular cleaning can make a tremendous difference in the presence of allergens in their home and help to make them more comfortable and allow them to experience fewer, less severe symptoms. Use these tips to help ... Read more

The Sun Feels Good, But Your Parent Needs to Avoid Sun Exposure

By the time you reach the age of 70, you have a 20 percent chance of developing skin cancer. Almost 90 percent of skin cancer cases are linked to sun exposure. The sun does feel great after a long winter. It's also dangerous if your parents are not taking precautions. Here are the things they must be doing when they go outside in the sun. Wear Protective Clothing It can be hard to cover up, but it also offers the best protection from the ... Read more

What’s On the “Dirty Dozen” Produce List?

Each year, a non-profit organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list of produce that has the highest pesticide levels. The group takes samples of fruits and vegetables to see which ones contain at least some amount of pesticides. You might be surprised to learn what’s on the list. The Dirty Dozen List Samples taken by the EWG revealed that strawberries had the most pesticides on them. 98 percent of strawberry samples had at least some pesticide residue. Shockingly, one sample ... Read more

How Senior Care Help with Managing a Treatment Plan for Diabetes

If you're aging parent is one of the more than 30 million people throughout the United States who is currently living with diabetes, you know how important it is that they receive the appropriate level of care and support. As a family caregiver, it is your goal to help them to manage the challenges and symptoms can come along with diabetes, as well as to help them to make good lifestyle choices that can reduce the impact of the disease and ... Read more

Tips to Help an Elderly Adult Quit Smoking

Smoking has a number of negative health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarettes are responsible for 480,000 deaths in the United States each year. People who smoke are at a greater risk for serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. The good news is that when a person quits smoking, they reap the benefits very quickly. In just two to five years, their stroke risk returns to that of someone who does not ... Read more

Coping with Rosacea

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the skin to appear red and blood vessels to show through the skin. It most commonly affects the face but can also occur on the neck and chest. In addition to redness, some people experience other symptoms, including bumps that look like pimples or a swollen nose. The condition is chronic, but the symptoms may come and go. Coping with rosacea flare ups can be difficult, but there are some treatments and lifestyle changes ... Read more

Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Harrisburg, Pa. (March 28, 2018) – Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh (a branch of Star Multi Care), has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA). Williams has been an aide with Extended Family Care for nearly ... Read more

What is Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is a condition that can make it difficult for older adults to do things for themselves, like eating, tying shoes, or writing. It is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes parts of the body to develop an involuntary rhythmic shaking motion. Essential tremor can happen in any body part, but it is most common in the hands. It’s not dangerous, but it can get worse as time goes on, making some tasks even harder. March is National ... Read more
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