Tips for Coping with Your Emotions After Your Parent Suffers a Brain Injury

Brain injuries are a challenging experience for your aging parent and can leave them suffering consequences for long after the injury, even for the rest of their life. As a family caregiver, however, it is extremely important to recognize that this experience does not just impact them, but you as well. As their caregiver and their adult child, you are likely to experience a range of emotions that can impact your health, well-being, functioning, and the quality of care that you ... Read more

What Does a Day in the Life of a Caregiver Really Look Like?

Although every caregiver has a different daily experience, there are some situations that are similar from one caregiving experience to another. How you deal with those situations is what matters. Wrestling with Equipment Depending on your elderly family member's health issues, there may be some equipment that you need to wrangle for her. This can range from devices that are moderately cumbersome, like a walker, to equipment that gets more complicated, like a wheelchair. Regardless, it's still your responsibility as your elderly family ... Read more

How to Tell if a Senior Has an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal part of life, and one we can do little about. However, some people suffer from anxiety disorders that cause frequent, and often intense, periods of worry and fear. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Around 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder. If your senior relative has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or you ... Read more

What Can You Do to Avoid Potential Caregiving Conflicts?

Conflicts among family members, yourself, and even your aging adult are not uncommon at all when you're a caregiver. Everyone has opinions and everyone has goals. You can reduce some of those conflicts just in how you approach them. Make Communication Open and Frequent The more comfortable that you and the rest of your family members are with talking about what's going on, the easier it's going to be to avoid misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can be a big source of conflicts. Family meetings can ... Read more

How Do You Get Your Parent to Eat When They Have No Interest in Meals?

Appetite changes are common in the elderly. It can be side effects of medications keeping them from eating. Problems with dentures that don't fit correctly can be an issue. It can simply be changing taste buds that make foods taste different. If your parent is showing no interest in meals, talk to the doctor first. It's important to rule out medical reasons for the lack of appetite. If that passes, there are ways to get your parent to eat. Switch to Multiple Snacks ... Read more

What Sleep Issues Might Your Senior Cope with After Suffering a Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBI, is a leading cause of serious injury and contributes to more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths throughout the United States each year. These injuries can result in a wide variety of serious consequences, including death, but the impact is not just limited to the injury itself. Many of these complications are related to functioning after the injury and can have a tremendous impact on your parent's health, well-being, and quality of life ... 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 Can You Do When You’re Overwhelmed by Anger?

Caregiving is full of situations that can make you feel angry very quickly. There are paperwork problems, frustrating family members, and all sorts of other bureaucratic red tape that might have you seeing red. How you cope is really important. Check that You're Meeting Your Needs There are plenty of reasons that you can become genuinely angry as a caregiver, but if you're hungry, not sleeping well, or otherwise not getting your needs met, you might have a shorter fuse than usual. If ... Read more

8 Ways to Make Eating Easier for Older Adults

There are many conditions that can make eating difficult for older adults. Their hands may shake, making food fall from their fork or spoon. Or, arthritic hands might have difficulty holding the fork at all. Other conditions that may affect the ability to eat are stroke, dementia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Eating can also be hard because of health problems that affect the mouth or digestive system. If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult who has difficulty eating, here ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can be a devastating condition for elderly adults. Those who suffer from this condition are at greatly increased risk for fractures that can have a severely negative impact on your parent's health, well-being, and even mortality. If your parent has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the care that you give them can make a tremendous difference in how they are abe to cope with the condition and their health and safety. Use these tips to help you care for a senior with ... Read more
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