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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

Extended Family Care is Hiring to Accommodate Rapid Growth

The recent change in leadership at the Extended Family Care office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has spurred an immediate demand for staff. “We are in need of nurses and aides to fill a steady influx of new clients”, said Nicole Kelly, Administrator of the Pittsburgh office. She is pleased with the recent growth the office has experienced since her new team came into play in October. “We have been attending local career fairs and conducting daily Open Interviews in the office to meet ... Read more

Extended Family Care Pittsburgh Welcomes Change

Change is coming to Pennsylvania healthcare and Extended Family Care Pittsburgh is gearing up with new leadership. On January 1st Southwest Pennsylvania will begin its first phase of Community Health Choices, a program committed to increasing the opportunity for Pennsylvania’s elderly and disabled populations to stay in their home as opposed to entering institutional settings. Extended Family Care recently transformed its office and staff in preparation of the program’s arrival. “We wanted a fresh look and to make certain the MCOs (Managed ... Read more

How Likely is Your Parent to Have a Stroke?

One of the things that adult children of senior parents worry about is the chance of their parent having a stroke. Stroke can be debilitating, leading to the inability to walk, talk, or use the hands or arms. If you’re concerned about your parent’s risk for stroke, knowing more about stroke and its risk factors could allay your fears or allow you to help your parent reduce their risk. Stroke Statistics According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out ... Read more

De-Stressing Tips for Family Caregivers

As a family caregiver for an elder parent, you are definitely facing a number of new responsibilities. Merging the needs of an elderly person into your current family life, job and leisure time can be difficult and stressful. Many family caregivers report feeling extremely busy and overwhelmed when they start taking care of aging relatives. It’s common for caregivers to feel extreme stress, which can have negative health effects. The best way to make the caregiver process easier and better for ... Read more

Star Multi Care Celebrates Halloween in Style

The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie. “The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ... Read more

Could Your Stress Shorten Your Dad’s Life?

You're worried about your dad's stress. Studies have found that chronic stress damages the body in multiple ways. Dr. Elissa Epel of the University of California and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize winner, have been studying the effects of stress on the body. One of the biggest discoveries is that stress does affect a certain part of the chromosomes that deal with how cells age. With chronic stress, the enzymes that help cells repair themselves dwindles and causes the cells ... Read more

Relaxation Techniques to Manage Caregiver Depression

Being a caregiver to an aging parent can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in life. On average, caregivers spend 24 hours of their week performing caregiver tasks. Being a caregiver can be very stressful. Sometimes being a caregiver causes people to ignore their own health and give up things they enjoy. As a result, 40 to 70 percent of caregivers experience depression. One of the things that doctors may suggest during recovery from depression is the use ... Read more

Star Multi Care Employees Donate to Hurricane Relief Fund

“Let’s help them”, said the President and CEO of Star Multi Care”. Last week after notorious Hurricane Irma bypassed his Southeastern Florida office and took route up the west coast of Florida, Stephen Sternbach thought of the unlucky residents of Florida who were unfortunate enough to feel her wrath. After a staff meeting he threw out the idea of initiating a collection for the hurricane victims for which he would match any funds raised, dollar for dollar. His staff jumped at the ... Read more
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