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Senior Scams and How to Avoid Them

Scamming has become so prevalent in society that popular talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil have dedicated entire segments to the topic! Scammers will stop at nothing to get what they want, and seniors and the disabled are common prey for scam artists. Arm yourself with one of the best tools to combat […]

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month and, because our kidneys have an important job, it’s important to do what we can to take care of them. Knowing the signs and symptoms of kidney disease is important, but what about preventative measures we can take to avoid kidney disease?

Do You Know the Signs of Kidney Disease?

Did you know that March is National Kidney Month? Our kidneys have an important job, so the National Kidney Foundation is taking this opportunity to remind people not to forget about their kidneys in light of research showing that 59 percent of Americans will at some point have moderate kidney disease The kidneys are twin, […]

Tips for Organizing Important Documents for Elder Care

Spring is almost upon us, bringing with it the annual tradition of long spring cleaning and organization to-do lists. Usually these tasks primarily involve our homes and living spaces, but what about important documents? When it comes to turning your home upside down, shuffling around a loved one’s belongings and paperwork can make it difficult […]

Video: 2013 Caregiver of the Year Janice McCann

At BrightStar, our caregivers are everything to our clients – and to us. Each year, we reach out to the people whose lives have been touched by our compassionate care professionals nationwide to share their experiences with us. Hundreds of nominations pour in from our clients and their loved ones for review and a team […]

Senior Nutrition

Proper nutrition is important for all of us. It may be even more important for our elderly loved ones. Malnutrition is more common in elderly persons than in younger adults and is typically caused by chewing or swallowing disorders, cardiac insufficiency, depression, social deprivation and loneliness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), elderly are […]

More Medications That Could Cause Depression

Polypharmacy, the use of multiple medications by a patient, especially in seniors, can be necessary in treating various conditions, but can also be difficult to manage. To make matters more complicated, some medications can even cause depression-like symptoms, like a decrease in happiness, mood swings, loss of appetite, lack of energy, worthlessness and other severe […]

Could Your Medications Be Making You Depressed?

As we age, our bodies are at greater risk of feeling depressed side effects from medication. It is common for seniors to take multiple medications, but if you or a loved one is dealing with depression, few consider the possibility that some meds can cause depression symptoms, such as lack of energy, listlessness, feeling rundown, […]

Tips for Safely Keeping Track of Multiple Medications

Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications by a patient and is often experienced by seniors. While taking multiple medications may be absolutely necessary for managing chronic diseases and conditions, keeping track of doses and various medication schedules can become overwhelming. And on top of this, whether it’s over-the-counter supplements, prescriptions and herbal medications, the […]

5 Questions to Ask a Doctor About Pending Procedures

There’s no question that we want the best for ourselves and our loved ones and this often is the driving force that pushes us to be our own best advocates. But when it comes to healthcare, it can feel like we as patients are not in the driver’s seat and it can be difficult to […]

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