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What You Need to Know About Diabetes and Exercise

If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult with diabetes, you’re probably aware that exercise is considered one of the key aspects of blood sugar management. However, you may not know that when people with diabetes exercise, there are extra safety steps they need to take. Why Exercise is Important Exercise, of course, has a lot of benefits for overall health. It can lower blood pressure, help with weight management, and strengthen muscles, among many other benefits. For people with diabetes, it ... Read more

Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy happens when a person’s peripheral nerves, the ones that send signals from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body, are damaged. There are lots of things that can cause peripheral neuropathy, but one of the most common is diabetes. Understanding the condition and what you can do to help your aging relative live with it could improve their lives. Peripheral Neuropathy Basics The symptoms a person has from peripheral neuropathy depends on which nerves are affected. In ... Read more

EXPERIENCE HEALING AND RESTORATIVE GARDENS

The Alliance for Community Respite Care of CLASS cordially invites you to EXPERIENCE HEALING AND RESTORATIVE GARDENS & LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY RESPITE RESOURCES on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Hope Grows, 183 Shafer Road, Moon Township, PA 15108 Join us for a tour of Hope Grows healing and restorative gardens followed by a discussion of the importance of Respite Care for Family Caregivers Subject matter experts will share their perspectives on such topics as caregiver health and wellness through connection to nature, and in-home ... Read more

Four Tips for Beating Loneliness

Loneliness is a huge problem for caregivers. You’re often alone with your aging adult, but there’s more. The situation you’re in can cause you to pull back from the other people in your life and that has far-reaching effects. You can still do something about it, but you need to make a conscious effort. Friends and Family Are a Good Start If you’re not spending much time around family and friends, that’s your first mistake. Your family and your friends care about you ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

Babies, especially premature babies, are much more susceptible to problems that can sneak up on you, such as dehydration. While dehydration can show up as a result of illness, it can also happen when your baby gets overheated in hot conditions. Here's what you need to know. Dehydration Is More Likely in Babies Babies develop dehydration much more quickly than adults do. Their systems are smaller and the proportion of water to body mass is much different. If your baby is a preemie, then ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE WANTS YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOU

Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Extended Family Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members. In nature, ... Read more

4 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

As a family caregiver to an older adult, one of the things you may worry about is them developing a form of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a hard condition to watch someone suffer from and just as hard to provide care for. Researchers have been hard at work trying to learn more about the disease and how to cure it. As of today, there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, scientists have presented some strong evidence for ways that it might be ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Sunscreen and Your Preemie?

A little bit of sun helps the body to make the vitamin D that it needs, but too much sun is disastrous. This is especially true for your preemie. Here's what you should know about using sunscreen on your preemie or older baby. Age Makes a Big Difference The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that infants younger than six months of age should not use any topical sunscreen. Once your child is older than six months of age, talk to your pediatrician before ... Read more

Caring for a Parent is a Family Job

Have you stopped to think about how much time family caregivers spend helping a parent? About 25 percent of caregivers spend more than 40 hours helping parents out. The majority spend 24.4 hours each week. If you're also working or caring for your children, it becomes overwhelming. When you're a family caregiver, it really does need to be a family job. It's not ideal if only one person is handling the bulk of the chores. Create a To-Do Chart The first thing a family ... Read more

EXTENDED FAMILY CARE PASSES THE “DCW OF THE YEAR” TORCH

On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses ... Read more
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