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

How Can You Help Both You and Your Senior Deal with the Embarrassment of Incontinence?

No matter what type of incontinence issues your senior is battling, it can be extremely embarrassing for her. It might also be embarrassing for you.     Talk about it, But Not All the Time Incontinence is definitely something that you and your elderly family member need to talk about, but there are plenty of other topics, too. If there's something that one or both of you need to address or to correct, then you definitely need to talk. But if there's nothing new going ... Read more

What Are the Symptoms of Shingles

One-third of Americans will get shingles during their lifetime. That’s about one million people every year. Shingles can happen in anyone who has had chickenpox during their lifetime because it is, essentially, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body, lying dormant near the brain and spinal cord in the tissues of nerves. The chances of getting shingles increases as a person ages, putting senior citizens at greater risk than ... Read more

How the DASH Diet May Lower Depression Risk, Too

Each year, about 610,000 people in the United States die from a heart-related condition. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women. One of the things that doctors often suggest to help people reduce their risk of heart disease is following the DASH diet. Now, research also suggests that adhering to the DASH diet might also lower the risk for depression, which is important since seniors are at an increased risk of developing the ... Read more

How to Prepare for Hip Replacement Surgery

More than 310,000 hip replacement surgeries take place in a year. The surgery involves cutting away the damaged pieces of a hip joint and replacing them with prosthetic pieces. The purpose of the surgery is to relieve pain, allow the person to move better, and improve the function of the joint. Most people who have hip replacement surgery are in the hospital between one and four days. Afterward, it takes three to six months to completely recover.     To ensure a more successful ... Read more

5 Impactful Life Transitions for Aging Adults

While change is a part of life no matter how old you are, there are many significant life transitions for elderly adults. These life transitions have a profound effect on an elderly loved one’s daily life. When aging adults don’t have support during these life transitions, they can develop significant physical and mental health issues. Family caregivers have the responsibility to Below are a few changes and their potential effects on the older population.     1. Retirement For many people, retirement is something to ... Read more

What Do You Know About White Matter Disease?

Have you heard of white matter disease? It's an age-related disorder in which the nerves that connect areas of the brain and connect the brain to the spinal cord deteriorate. There is no cure, and it's seen most in the elderly.     White matter disease gets its name because the deterioration affects the type of brain tissue known as white matter. It's the brain tissue that helps you walk, think, and maintain balance. The white matter helps you solve problems and memorize or learn ... Read more

February is American Heart Month: 5 Tips for a Healthier Heart

February 2018 is American Heart Month. An estimated 600,000 people die because of heart disease every year. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both women and men. During the month of February, people are asked to honor those they have lost to heart disease, and also to learn more about heart disease and how it can be prevented. Below are five tips to help your older adult relative to achieve better heart health.     #1 Keep an Eye ... Read more

Does My Elderly Father Need Walking Aides?

With age comes a range of illnesses and health issues that can affect how well elderly people can care for themselves. They may need help from people like family caregivers and senior care assistants to accomplish basic tasks. If they are no longer steady on their feet, it may be time for walking aides. If your elderly father seems to have some problems lately with mobility and balance, it may be time for a cane or a walker. The risk of ... Read more

How Can Elder Care Help Prevent Falls?

If you have an older adult family member, one of the things you may worry about is them falling. Falls are the number one cause of injuries that lead to death. But, there are many steps you can take to keep your loved one from suffering a fall. In fact, you don’t even have to do it alone because an elder care provider can also help with fall prevention. Here are some ways elder care can help.   De-Clutter the Home Living in a ... Read more
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