Why Is Your Elderly Loved One Having a Difficult Time Accepting that She’s Aging?

Your elderly loved one may be having a tough time with the aging process, especially if she's having to rely on you and other people more and more. This can result in some unexpected behavior or in her shutting you out. Understanding why aging can be difficult for her on an emotional level helps you to be a more supportive caregiver for her.Aging Means Facing ChangesThe big problem with aging is that your loved one is facing changes in her life. ... Read more

June is Effective Communications Month: Tips for Better Communication with Seniors

As a family caregiver, you have lots of opportunities to talk to your parent. Sometimes, though, talking to elderly people can be difficult because of age-related changes, like hearing loss and cognitive decline. If you find yourself sometimes feeling frustrated after trying to have a conversation with your parent, rather than focusing on what makes it difficult to talk to your parent, working on bettering your communication skills could be the more effective route. Below are some tips to make communicating ... Read more

Helping your Loved one with Mobility Issues

If arthritis, an injury or a debilitating illness has left your parent facing mobility issues, they may be feeling fear and anxiety about what the future holds. Their ability to perform the daily tasks of living, including driving, may be diminishing and, as their independence wanes, so too does their positive outlook on life. Increasing isolation can lead to depression. Before this vicious cycle ensues, you, as a family caregiver, can help your parent face this challenging issue with confidence.There are ... 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

Tips for Caring for Someone After a Stroke

If your parent has recently had a stroke that has left them requiring care, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 4 seconds an American has a stroke. Right now, you might be wondering if your parent will get better, of if they will be disabled for life. You might also be wondering how you’re going to manage your parent’s care over the months to come. Being a family caregiver for a senior parent who ... Read more

Guide to Nutrient-Dense Foods for the Elderly

 Daily food choices are vital to good health, but when the elderly are dependent on family caregivers, senior care aides and others to assist with grocery shopping and meal preparations, they often don’t get much of a say in what they eat.As a family caregiver that is responsible for this important feature of elderly care, food choices are extremely important to ensuring the health and wellness of your aging loved one. Nutrient-dense foods are the best way to deliver valuable nutritional ... Read more

Tips for Reducing Fall Risk for Your Senior in Their Bathroom

Each year throughout the United States millions of adults over the age of 64 fall, and many end up needing to seek emergency medical attention to handle the injuries that can occur as a result of these falls. A large percentage of the falls that occur within the home happen in the bathroom. This is by merit of the environment of the bathroom itself as well as the activities that are performed there. As a caregiver it is important that you ... Read more

Talking to Your Parent’s Doctor About Their Fall Risk

Elderly adults face many challenges throughout their later years, but one of the most pressing is increased fall risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in every 4 seniors over the age of 64 throughout the United States suffers a fall each year. Many of these result in the need for medical care at an emergency room. Approximately 1 in every 5 falls, a full 20 percent of the falls that occur each year, results in a ... Read more

Mild Cognitive Impairment vs. Alzheimer’s: Understanding the Differences

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) affects about 2 out of 10 people over the age of 64 per studies reported by Alzheimer's Association. It's a condition where memory issues reveal themselves, but not at strong enough levels to impact daily routines. Having MCI may progress into Alzheimer's, but it doesn't have to.Alzheimer's is a progressive illness where deterioration within the brain leads to serious issues. At first, forgetfulness and problems with time management may be the only signs you see, but it ... Read more

What Can You Do to Prevent Skin Cancer?

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult, awareness is critical. Knowing the types of risks that your aging parent faces enables you to help them make decisions that can reduce those risks and help them to prevent serious health issues from occurring as they age in place. One such issue is skin cancer. Occurring in approximately 20 percent of the total population at some point in their lives, skin cancer can and does occur in people of all ages and ... Read more
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