What Are the Five Stages of Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson's disease affects approximately 1 million people throughout the United States. Another 60,000 will be diagnosed each year. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, it is important for you to educate yourself as much as you can about the disease, so you can understand what your senior is facing, and better prepare yourself to be their caregiver throughout the diagnosis. One element of this is understanding the stages of the disease. Parkinson's disease is progressive, which means ... Read more

5 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves

We probably don’t need to tell you this, but being a caregiver is a hard job. It can take both a physical and mental toll. There are around 44 million caregivers in the United States and the Family Caregiver Alliance calls them “a population at risk.” Caregivers are at greater risk for depression, stress, and substance abuse. Many caregivers report that their own physical health declined after beginning their caregiving duties. Family caregivers can avoid the pitfalls that come with caregiving by ... Read more

How Can You Make Keeping Your Parent’s Kitchen Clean and Healthy Simpler?

The kitchen is an extremely important room in the home. This is where your parent's meals and snacks are prepared, and often this is considered the heart of the home, where family and friends spend time together. This room can also be potentially dangerous for your aging parent, especially when it isn't clean. Germs, spills, and more can create a hazardous situation, which makes it extremely important for you as a family caregiver to take the necessary steps to keep their kitchen ... Read more

Tips for Maintaining Your Relationships with Your Children While You Care for Your Senior

Being in the sandwich generation, that is, caring for an elder at the same time as raising your children, poses many challenges. When thinking about the stress and difficulties related to caring for both generations, you likely think about your own challenges, and how they impact your schedule and quality of life. It is important, however, to realize that being a family caregiver for your aging parent impacts your children as well. Especially if you have recently begun this care journey, and ... Read more

Five Tips for When You Can’t Be the Same Kind of Caregiver Any Longer

There may come a time when you need to step back from being a caregiver for your aging adult. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but you do need to have a plan in place. Assess the Situation for Yourself When you first start to realize that caregiving is changing for you, it's vital for you to get a full understanding for yourself. You need to sit down and assess what you can still do or whether it's time for you to stop ... Read more

Healthy Meals to Enjoy with Your Family This Independence Day

Independence Day is a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and family for a party to celebrate the patriotic holiday and have fun together. For many people, this gathering means a cookout or picnic. While you are planning the menu for the event, it is important to keep in mind any dietary limitations or guidelines for your elderly parent. You want your loved one to be able to enjoy the gathering as much as everyone else, while also ensuring they stay healthy. ... Read more

Central Star Takes the AARP Employer Pledge

Central Star Home Health Care believes in Equal Opportunity for all. In so doing, we have recognized the value of the mature workforce and have recently joined the nationwide efforts of the AARP Employer Pledge Program. The AARP Employer Pledge Program is “a nationwide group of employers (over 500 strong and growing) which stands with AARP in affirming the value of experienced workers and which are committed to developing diverse, high-performing organizations by leveraging workers of all ages. Smart employers know that ... Read more

What Might Trigger a Migraine for Your Senior?

Whether they occur rarely, once a month, or a few times a week, migraines can often seem as though they come out of nowhere. Your parents may feel healthy, and then suddenly start experiencing the prodrome symptoms that come as warning signs for migraines, or a sudden migraine attack. These can not only leave your senior in pain and struggling with other challenges, but can diminish their quality of life as well. As a family caregiver, you can make a difference in ... Read more

Tips for Reducing Summer Fall Risk for Your Elderly Parent

Approximately 30 percent of older adults over the age of 64 throughout the United States suffers a fall each year. This number accounts for approximately one out of every three adults in this age group. When a senior falls, their stay in a hospital is likely to be twice as long as someone younger who experiences a similar type of fall. These statistics can be startling, but knowing how severe fall risk can be for your senior is an important part ... Read more

Do Senior Men and Women Experience the Same Stroke Symptoms?

If you are a family caregiver for an aging adult, your priority should be giving them the highest quality of life, regardless of whether you are caring for a senior woman or a senior man. It is important to realize, however, that caring for a man and caring for a woman can be very different. Not only are there different life experiences, personality elements, and needs to keep in mind, but there can also be different ways that they approach challenges ... Read more
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