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How Can You Help Your Senior Manage Depression?

You might not realize at first that your elderly family member is depressed, but it can be extremely common in the elderly. Depression Appears for So Many Reasons Depression can show up because your elderly family member is grieving or has experienced significant losses, but it can also appear because of hormonal changes. Some medications may increase the risk of depression. Then there's the complication of seasonal types of depression that arrive because there's far less sun some times of the year. Talk ... Read more

Extended Family Care is Creating Jobs in Allentown

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Extended Family Care attended a recruiting event at the CareerLink in Allentown. The event was attended by displaced, relocated and unemployed individuals who are currently out of work. Extended Family Care wants to help them re-engage in the workforce with an employment opportunity in home care services. The Allentown Office Administrator, Carole Chiego, attended the event stating, “Sometimes hard times fall on good people. We do not want them to get discouraged and hope to share an ... Read more

How Can You Manage the Stress of Being a Parent to a Special Needs Child?

When you're a parent to a special needs child, you have way more on your plate than you ever expected to have to manage. This means that you're going to have to find a way to manage your stress levels rather than simply ignoring it and hoping that it goes away. Visualize Positive Solutions to Problems It's really easy to get caught up in the negative possibilities that accompany problems, but you don't have to get stuck there. Take a few minutes to ... Read more

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, many state and local organizations are sharing information about the dangers of distracted driving. If you have an elderly relative that still drives, it’s especially important that they review with you the factors that lead to distracted driving. Not only are senior drivers more likely to get into a car accident the older they get, they may be dealing with distractions they don’t even realize. You, family members, friends and homecare assistants should also take ... 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

How Can You Keep Your Preemie Healthier During Cold Season?

Premature babies are susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, especially during cold and flu season. There are some things that you can do that can help to lessen the risk of your baby getting sick though, even if other people around you are catching colds. Wash Your Hands Frequently One of the best ways for anyone to avoid getting sick and passing along germs is to wash your hands often. If this isn't already a habit for you, it might take some getting ... Read more

New to Being a Caregiver? Here are 5 Tips to Help

Often times a person becomes a caregiver very suddenly. An older adult family member may suffer a sudden illness, like a heart attack, stroke, or cancer diagnosis. When that happens, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of what to do next. If you’re new to being a caregiver, here are 5 tips to help you get started. #1 Find Sources of Support You probably have a lot of questions about being a caregiver, and throughout the course of your caregiving journey, more ... Read more

Is Anxiety an Indicator of Alzheimer’s?

Anxiety is a common problem in people who have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a behavioral symptom that can be difficult to deal with. While anxiety can be caused by Alzheimer’s, a new study indicates that having anxiety is also a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Study Shows Anxiety Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease The study took place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. Researchers observed 270 people who did not have cognitive problems. The participants were between the ages of 62 and ... Read more

Are Probiotics Good for Elderly Adults?

The popularity of probiotics has skyrocketed over the past decade, and more people than ever are finding relief from common digestive issues. While probiotics are appropriate for adults of all different ages, many family caregivers wonder if the supplements are appropriate for elderly adults. When family caregivers learn more about probiotics, they can bring it up with their loved one’s doctor and adjust the elderly care regimen if necessary. What are Probiotics? Everyone has different kinds of bacteria throughout their gut. There are ... Read more

Can Elder Care Help Your Parent Stay More Active?

Staying active is a critical part of your aging parents staying healthy as they age in place. Regular activity is not just good for your parent's body, but also for their mental and emotional health and well-being. This m eans that an active lifestyle is a cornerstone of maintaining health and well-being, a high quality of life, and a body that resists many health conditions and challenges. Starting elder care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to encourage them to stay ... Read more
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