For Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Real Caring for A Phantom Disease


Fibromyalgia is considered a diagnosable, real condition that affects many middle-aged people and the elderly. However, that was not always the case. Up until the late 1980s, the majority of doctors and researchers were still skeptical about it.

However in 1990, in light of new clinical evidence, the American College of Rheumatology finally issued diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization soon formally recognized it. The

Extreme Caregiving: Keeping the Elderly Safe When the Weather Goes Wild


With each passing year, weather conditions seem to be hotter, colder, or more violent than in the past. Preparing your elderly loved ones is essential for their safety and enlisting the help of their personal care assistant makes the job easier.

From record setting extreme temperatures to violent storms hitting areas that normally do not experience such conditions, like the unprecedented ice storms in the south and Superstorm Sandy in the northeast, the weather seems to

Living with Lupus: The Challenges for Patients and Caregivers


The most difficult thing about living with lupus is the cycle of symptoms flares, which tend to be unpredictable. When you need during unexpected flares, depend on a PCA to be there. 

If you or a loved one live with lupus, you know the symptoms of this chronic autoimmune disease are unpredictable and can flare in a moment. While some people with lupus are able to live day to day without significant difficulty,

Humor Heals: The Benefits of Laughter for People with Chronic Conditions and Their Caregivers


While caring for a loved one with a chronic health condition is a serious endeavor, remembering to laugh and interject humor into your daily lives benefits both the patient and caregiver.

If you were to sit down and write a list of some of the least funny things a person could talk about, just receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer would likely be at the top of the list. Yet the comedian Tig Nataro, who

A Fresh Start with a New Heart: Home Health Care for Adult Heart Transplant Recipients


After months waiting for a donor heart, patients and families feel a sense of relief when they get the call informing them a suitable heart is available and transplant surgery is scheduled. When the heart transplant recipient returns home, their new routine often overwhelms the patient and family members. Home health personal care assistants ease the transition to a new life with a healthy heart.

According to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute