New Hampshire Senior Care Agency to Host a Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Hosted by Dr. Jennifer Hoblyn of the Stanford School of Medicine and eTherapi

Bedford, NH (PRWEB) April 22, 2012

Home Care Assistance, North Americas leading provider of in-home care for seniors, is committed to providing family caregivers with the resources they need to manage their stress and prevent caregiver burnout. Last year, Home Care Assistance published the widely acclaimed Handbook of Live-In Care, which provides family caregivers with expert advice on caring for a loved one; the valuable resource spans everything from understanding the psychology of home-bound adults to practical how-to tips on assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing and grooming. This May, Home Care Assistance is excited to host a free, informational webinar, Caregiver Burnout and How to Protect Your Health, which will explore the challenges that family caregivers face and provide practical tips that individuals can apply to improve their own health and quality of life.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern, and will be led by Dr. Jennifer Hoblyn, professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and chief medical officer of eTherapi, an online therapy provider that connects adults seeking to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing to licensed therapists who provide counseling online via live video conferencing. To register for the Caregiver Burnout webinar, please visit and reserve your spot today.

We are dedicated to supporting family caregivers and educating the broader public through our webinar series, specifically the upcoming webinar discussion on caregiver burnout, said Lauren Robison, owner of Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire. It is pertinent that family caregivers are cognizant of the added pressures caregiving contributes to their lives and know the tools and resources that are available to them to help cope with this role.

Caregiving has rapidly become a second profession for many individuals; nearly one in three adults provides ongoing care to an elderly or chronically frail loved one. The typical family caregiver is a 50 year old female, often married and employed, providing care for her elderly mother and father. Family caregivers are often juggling commitments to their work, their children, their family and friends and their communities alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Furthermore, they often lack or do not know where to seek the resources and support system needed to manage the stress associated with their responsibilities; its no wonder then that 46% of family caregivers suffer from clinically significant symptoms of depression and other forms of caregiver burnout. In addition to causing depression, caregiver burnout can lead to changes in energy, mood and diet; full-time caregiving can reduce an individuals life expectancy by up to eight years. Education and awareness about caregiver burnout are important steps in prevention and control of this insidious and all too common problem.

Were so excited to have Dr. Hoblyn speak to our audience of thousands of family caregivers, said Lily Sarafan, President of Home Care Assistance. The vast majority of these individuals are so busy balancing their responsibilities as parents, spouses, professionals and caregivers that they dont recognize the signs of burnout and the impact that it can have on their lives. Our mission at Home Care Assistance is to change the way the world ages; advocating for family caregivers and providing education around health and quality of life for these individuals is just one of the many ways we are fulfilling our mission.

For individuals currently providing care for a family member or loved one, use Home Care Assistances Caregiver Burnout Checklist to self-evaluate the impact of caregiving on your life.

For more information about Home Care Assistance or to learn more about their highly trained caregivers and home care services, please visit or call 603-714-2696. Home Care Assistance is located at 264 South River Road in Bedford and serves all of central and southern New Hampshire.


Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. A 2012 Franchise500

Big News For Big Loser Wannabes: Health Travel Technologies Offers Free Live Medical Webcast on New Minimally Invasive Device-Free Restrictive Gastric Plication

San Francisco CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2012

Will the gastric pleat beat the gastric band for restrictive weight loss surgery results? That’s a topic on the agenda for the Health Travel Technologies live medical webcast on Friday February 10th at 12:00p PST.

The webcast is free for patients interested in learning information about the latest minimally invasive bariatric procedure to treat obesity, the gastric plication.

According to Health Travel Technologies director of patient information services Debbie Natsch, the gastric plication webcast series was developed with the input of the worlds leading obesity surgical team, including gastroenterologist surgeons, physician nutritionists, hospital administrators and bariatric nurses.

Natsch said the webcast provides participants with detailed information about the weight loss procedure, including a review of existing patient data from various clinical studies, as well as an opportunity to have questions answered by the medical team.

In the past nine months weve had more than 1400 participants in our webcast series, said Natsch. Its a great way for patients to learn about the specifics of a surgical procedure: everything from how the surgeon determines eligibility, to expectations for weight loss and life style changes after the procedure.

The gastric plication webcast is also a great way for participants to learn how the medical exchange system works; most patients are not intimately familiar with the very high level of quality and services accessible through medical exchange programs.

The word plication means to pleat which describes the method of stomach restriction. The gastric plication involves a specialized suturing technique to restrict stomach capacity without the need for resection, implanted devices or surgical stapling.

The gastric plication weight loss surgery is performed laparoscopically, with patients hospitalized for 24-48 hours.

The gastric plication webcast is part of the weekly Patient Education Series sponsored by Health Travel Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based health information technology company specializing in cloud-based global patient referral and management applications.

According to Natsch, many surgeons find the gastric plication notable for its expected lower risk of complication compared to the more invasive gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures, while demonstrating similar weight loss outcomes.

Weve had a strong response to the gastric plication program, shared Case Director Marci Mauro. We have a robust roster of happy patients who demonstrating excellent weight loss and remission of many obesity complications, including type 2 diabetes, said Mauro.

According to statistics published by the American Diabetes Association, 26 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, with another 79 million classified as pre-diabetic. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US and is linked to an increased likelihood of kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and cancer diagnosis and death.

Type 2 diabetes has also been linked to lower lifetime income and professional opportunities.

One of our own bariatric medical exchange Case Managers has had weight loss surgery with a Health Travel Technologies obesity surgical team, led by one of the worlds leading gastroenterologist surgical teams. We know first-hand that the gastric plication medical travel program is first-rate, said Mauro.

About Medical Exchange International Health Care

The American health care system is broken, Health Travel Technologies CEO Herb Stephens points out. Health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs have skyrocketed, often forcing people to defer necessary medical treatments, or hold fundraisers just to afford them.

Health Travel Technologies offers Americans form the uninsured to t the underinsured to self-insured employers – a chance to easily access affordable health care for both essential and elective procedure with some of the best medical providers in the world, said Stephens. Usually at a savings rate of fifty percent or more.

The practice of global patient medical exchange (also called medical travel, medical tourism and health travel) has become increasingly common as US health insurance costs continue to outstrip growth in workers wages.

The benefits of medical travel are being sought by self-insured US employers seeking to reduce the cost of employee health care benefits. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the annual premium for family coverage through an employer increased 9% last year to $ 15,073.

Health care really is a global market place now, said Stephens. Its a great opportunity for Americans to make their medical dollar stretch farther, especially in a weak US economy with high employment uncertainty.

About Health Travel Technologies

Founded in 2006, Health Travel Technologies is a Silicon Valley technology and services company that licenses its award-winning cloud-based Inpatra medical collaboration platform to major international hospitals, medical travel facilitators, physician practices, and insurance networks.

Our patient referral services application platform that connects patients and doctors like never before, said Stephens.

Whether for patients traveling from Canada to Costa Rica or East Africa to India, Health Travel Technologies enables access to the worlds best medical care.

Health Travel Technologies gastric plication live medical webcast is part of an ongoing Patient Information Series for medical travel treatment programs for bariatric procedures, orthopedic and spinal surgery, stem cell treatment for chronic disease, and functional cancer therapies.

Health Travel Technologies is a subsidiary of Health Travel Guides, is a privately held company.


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