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Our Comparison of Five Heart-Healthy Cooking Oils

Cooking for seniors who are on a low-fat diet isn't as hard as you might think. Start with the oils you use for dressings, sauteed meats, and roasted or sauteed vegetables. There are healthier options available that have medium-high to high smoke points (temperature it can reach before it smokes) that are better choices. When choosing an oil to use for low-fat cooking, look for an oil that is high in unsaturated fats. You want monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They ... 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

What Are Some Signs Your Elder is Dealing with Confusion About Time or Location?

There are more than 5 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family caregiver for one of these people, or you are caring for an elder who you believe may be dealing with the early stages of the disease, it is important that you are able to detect potential signs and symptoms of the condition. This allows you to not only detect struggles that your parent is facing so that you ... 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

Does Your Aging Adult Need Senior Care Services at Home?

Many times caregivers don't want to give their aging adults the impression that they don't trust them or that they're overly concerned about what they're doing. While some seniors may want to avoid having people hovering over them, others may be afraid to ask for extra help because they don't want to be a burden. Look for Signs of Isolation If your senior has changed how she socializes, particularly if this means she isn't socializing anymore, she may be isolating herself. This ... Read more

What Can Your Aging Adult Do if She’s Feeling as if She Has Too Much Time on Her Hands?

For aging adults who have been busy all of their lives, sometimes growing older can feel so taxing simply because there is so much time in every day. If that's the case for your elderly family member, consider some of these ideas. Learn a New Skill or Take a Class So many community centers, community colleges, and even museums offer courses and classes that help people of all ages learn new skills. Explore the offerings in your area and see if there ... 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

Central Star Employee Provides Aid in Texas After Hurricane

“It is something I have always wanted to do, but never have”, stated Abbie Sites, a State Trained Nursing Assistant at Central Star Home Health in Mansfield, Ohio. As a registered volunteer with the American Red Cross, Abbie immediately called to offer help when devastating Hurricane Harvey left thousands of Texans homeless. To her surprise she was told they were presently overwhelmed with volunteers so she took it upon herself to find a local church in Texas that needed her help. With ... Read more

Use ‘I’ Statements Instead of ‘You’ Statements When Talking to a Stubborn Parent

So, your parent needs help around the home. You've talked about bringing in home care services, but your mom is perfectly fine on her own. Your worry about your dad's lack of a social life. He insists he's happy and that you should butt out. When talking to your stubborn parent, many experts feel “I” statements work better than “You” statements. What is an “I” Statement? When you're talking to your mom or dad about hiring a caregiver, what do you say? Have ... Read more

What is Post-Sepsis Syndrome?

Though the population of aging adults in the United States only accounts for approximately 12 percent of the total population of the country, senior adults over the age of 64 experience around 65 percent of the cases of sepsis that occur in the country each year. Seniors tend to be more vulnerable to sepsis just as they are more vulnerable to other health complications and challenges due to the tendency for seniors to have less effective immune systems, other health complications ... Read more
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