Is a Staycation the Best Way to Take Your Parents on a Trip This Summer?

Vacations help families relax and unwind for a few days or weeks. When you have an aging parent joining you, it can make the vacation harder to manage. You have different activity levels. Your kids may have a lot of energy, but your parents need time to stop and rest. You want to try new cuisines and really get a taste for the area's culture and gastronomy. Your parents want foods they know won't upset their digestive system. You like renting a ... Read more

Understanding Alzheimer’s Progression and the Care Required

Home health care for patients with Alzheimer’s is more specialized than standard home health care for seniors. Caring for a senior with a degenerative brain disease can be demanding, so when seeking in-home health care, it’s best to find a specialist familiar with the stages of the disease. Alzheimer’s patients move through several stages of the disease over the course of many years. Not all patients progress at the same rate, but they will experience similar milestones, and their care needs will ... Read more

Could You Tell If Your Parent Is Vitamin D Deficient?

Vitamin D deficiency can result in many kinds of health problems. It can make bones brittle, increase the risk of fractures. It can also impact the body’s ability to produce insulin, essential for energy production. Most younger adults get plenty of vitamin D through their diets and exposure to sunlight. However, people over the age of 65 are at risk for being vitamin D deficient because of changes in their diet. Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency Knowing if your older adult relative is ... Read more

CENTRAL STAR HOME HEALTH WANTS YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOU

Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home health care company like Central Star Home Health Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your ... Read more

Four Ways to Be an Advocate for Your Senior

Being an advocate for your senior can be as simple as making sure that she’s supported and loved at every stage of her journey. But if you’re looking to get more involved in helping more seniors, you can use your voice at a variety of levels. Educate Yourself about Seniors’ Issues When you first started being your senior’s caregiver, you might not have known as much as you wanted to about the issues that affect her and other senior citizens. But as you ... Read more

How Diet Can Help with Inflammation

Inflammation is an important aspect in many chronic diseases, including cancer, dementia, diabetes, and many others. Inflammation is a normal and even healthy thing under the right conditions, such as when a person cuts their finger. In that case, it means that the body is sending germ fighting inflammatory substances that prevent infection to the site of the injury. However, when inflammation sticks around for a long time, making it chronic, it can trigger illness because the immune system attacks healthy tissues. ... Read more

What Can You Do with Respite Time? 

Very often caregivers avoid respite as much as they can because the idea is uncomfortable or they don’t know what to do. If that’s the case for you, you need to know that having elderly care providers able to take over for you makes respite one of the easiest options you can use. All you need to do now is decide what type of plans you want to make. Whatever Helps You to Relax  Once upon a time, you knew what activities you enjoyed that ... Read more

Five Ideas for Convincing a Senior with Dementia to Eat Well

Dementia causes changes in how your senior views her world and how she processes it. What she used to consider a healthy meal might be different now than it was before. The irony is that she needs to eat healthier foods more than ever now that dementia is part of her life. Meal Planning Gets You Thinking about Nutrition When you’re just trying to get any food into your senior, you might not be getting the healthiest options into her diet. With a ... Read more

Will Your Health Change When You Care for Your Parent?

It's hard to imagine, but some people do experience changes to their health when caring for a parent. The emotional strain can make you isolated and anxious or depressed. Dietary changes may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Does this mean your health will definitely change? Not necessarily, but you need to be proactive. You need to understand the warning signs and take steps to prevent family caregiving from impacting your health. Why Does Blood Pressure Increase? While there are links ... Read more

Don’t Let the Changes to the IRS Scam Fool Your Parents

Each year, elderly men and women get inundated with calls from people claiming to be with the IRS. The calls say the person hasn't paid enough in taxes or something of that nature. Seniors are directed to share personal information or send money via gift cards. As more people catch on, scammers change the IRS scam. There are currently several versions of the scam out there and some have changed by using a technique called spoofing to make it look like it's ... Read more
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