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

Is Your Senior at Risk for Shingles?

Each year throughout the United States approximately one million people suffer from a potentially serious condition known as shingles. This condition comes from the varicella zoster virus and is characterized by a red, blistering rash that can spread across large areas of the body and cause pain that can linger for many weeks. Those who suffer this condition can also suffer from a variety of other severe consequences, including damage to the eyes if the rash develops in the face. As ... 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


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

What to Do After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

If your parent has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, both of you may be experiencing various emotions that range from denial to fear and anger to grief. It’s important to be able to communicate these feelings. Ultimately, you will want to get to the place where you have accepted what may lie ahead and are living in the present, appreciating what both of you have now. There are specific steps you can take now that will help bring this sense of ... Read more

National Woman’s Check-up Day (May 8th): What Exams Should Your Mom be Getting and How Often

Each year on the second Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Health holds National Woman's Check-up Day. On this day, women are urged to go for a check-up. Has your mom been for a check-up lately? If you're not sure, now's the time to talk about scheduling one. During that medical appointment, make sure your mom's physician is running the following exams. Blood Pressure Blood pressure is usually one of the first tests your mom's doctor will run each year. High blood ... Read more
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