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Where Can You Turn for Help When You’re Overwhelmed After the NICU?

If your baby has just been released from the NICU, you know how overwhelming that can be for you and for the rest of your family. You might need different types of help, but where can you find it? Your Own Doctor Your own doctor, whether that's your primary care physician or your OB/GYN, can help you to find resources in your area that can help you as a parent of a NICU baby. If you're concerned that you're experiencing depression as well ... Read more

Why Do Seniors Neglect Their Laundry?

Laundry tasks are routine for most adults, but for seniors who are struggling with physical limitations, it can seem almost impossible. Physical tasks like gathering clothing or putting it away, carrying laundry baskets, walking to the basement or laundry room, stooping and bending—all these actions may simply be beyond an elderly person’s ability. Even changing the linens on a bed can be too difficult. Ignoring the laundry can lead health and hygiene issues, and affect an elderly person’s self-esteem and well-being. Some ... Read more

I Think My Aging Father Has Depression

Frank, age 78, used to be the life of every family gathering, telling jokes and taking care of everyone. However, his children noticed that he hardly seemed to smile anymore and acted irritated whenever people came to visit. Frank no longer took an interest in activities he used to enjoy, such as watching football on TV and spending time at the library. His family grew worried about him and wondered if he was battling depression. Depression in elderly adults is more than ... Read more

How Can You Find Quality Time with All of Your Family Members as a Busy Parent?

When you're a parent, especially to special needs children, you may feel as if you never have time to simply enjoy being with your family members. Having a plan for making the most of the time and the energy that you do have is paramount. Establish a Family Night Family night is a great time to consolidate some quality time. This is really helpful during the week when everyone has taken off in different directions and finally has some time at home. Family ... Read more

How Might Parkinson’s Disease Impact Your Elder’s Sleep?

The approximately one million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Parkinson's disease all have their own journey and experience with the disease. The symptoms and challenges your parent faces, and the rate at which they progress through the stages of the disease, are all very personal to them. There are some challenges, however that are common among a large percentage of people dealing with the disease, and one set of these is sleep challenges. In fact, experts estimate ... Read more

What Is Lyme Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year. However, the number of people who actually contract the disease is probably higher because some cases simply are not reported. Lyme disease can cause serious medical problems, especially if it is left untreated. Knowing more about the disease could help you to recognize it in your aging relative and get them the treatment they need. About Lyme Disease Lyme disease gets its name because ... Read more

How Can You Deal with Post-respite Emotions and Issues as a Parent?

If you're a parent of special needs children, you need to be taking advantage of as much respite time as you possibly can. The fallout from taking respite time can be enough to make you think twice the next time, however. Sometimes you might even feel as if it's better all the way around to skip out on respite time, but you'd be wrong. Allow Yourself to Feel the Emotions You're Experiencing The thing about emotions is that they aren't good or bad ... Read more

Extended Family Care Takes the AARP Employer Pledge

Extended Family 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 the multigenerational ... Read more

Did You Know Many Senior Citizens Don’t Drink Enough Water?

June 23rd is National Hydration Day. Do you know how much you should drink every day? General guidelines used to be that you needed 64 ounces each day. Guidelines have changed. The actual amount depends on your activity levels, your weight, and your gender. In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, it was discovered that the average adult only drinks about 39 ounces of water each day. The Food and Nutrition Board recommends that the total amount of water from foods ... Read more

Five Symptoms of Sensory Delays in Children

Many special needs children might have a delay in sensory development. This might mean that your child doesn't see, touch, and otherwise experience the world around her in the way that you would expect. Recognizing what those sensory delays looks like, can help you to pinpoint issues your child is having. Touch Sensitivity Touch sensitivity might show up when your child is touched by someone else, held, or even when she's near other people. You might notice that she's sensitive to touch because ... Read more
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