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

Tips for Flavorful Food Without the Salt

Your aging relative’s doctor may have advised them to lower their sodium intake. Sodium is an element found in salt. So, what the doctor is really asking them to do is to reduce the salt in their diet. Most healthy adults should be aiming for 2,400 mg of sodium per day or less. However, people with high blood pressure shouldn’t eat more than 1,500 mg each day. Sometimes when older adults are placed on a low salt diet, they find their new ... Read more

Is it Possible to Boost Your Senior’s Immune System?

You might think that your elderly family member's immune system is as good as it will ever get, but there are some things you can do to help her to be a little healthier. Immunizations Can Help Many people are nervous about immunizations because they worry that they can make their seniors sick from the very illness the immunization protects from. This isn't the case, however, and the right immunizations can be very effective for your senior. Talk to her doctor about the ... Read more

Why is ALS Called Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

When a person first hears that they have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, they may be unsure of just what that means. But, when they hear that the disease is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, it becomes more familiar. ALS is a disease that damages nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, which affects the patient’s ability to move. The disease is progressive, so it gets worse as time goes on. ALS usually strikes when a person is 40 to ... Read more

Sleep is Essential – How Do You Get a Good Night’s Sleep When Your Joints Ache?

People have different requirements when it comes to sleep. Most experts recommend seven or eight hours each night. Arthritis pain creates a new challenge. Seniors wake in the night with aching joints. They shift position or walk around. Getting back to sleep is hard. Here are some tips for getting a good night's sleep when aching joints are a problem. Buy Lightweight Bedding Heavy blankets and comforters pin arthritis sufferers down and increase joint pain. Seniors should choose lightweight comforters and blankets instead. If ... Read more

What Do You Need to Pack for an Outing with a Senior Who Is Incontinent?

As a caregiver, you've probably already found that you need to be prepared for just about anything. This is definitely the case if your elder adult is incontinent. Having a go bag with you that has all that you might need in the event of an accident can have you both feeling prepared and confident. Extra Clothes and Something to Contain Soiled Clothes Even with the best incontinence products on the market, your elder could have an accident that creates a leak. This ... Read more

How Can You Make Meals Easier for Your Senior Family Member?

Meals can be a difficult time for your aging adult for a variety of reasons. Whether she simply doesn't like cooking or finds it too complicated to figure out what to eat, there are things you can do to make meals as easy as possible for your senior. Ask Other Family Members to Contribute a Meal Many caregivers are reluctant to bother other family members, but they can be an excellent source of help when it comes to putting meals together. Let them ... Read more
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