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DIY the Perfect Gift for Parents and Grandparents

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The holiday season is here again bringing peace, love, joy and utter befuddlement: What do I get Mom this year? Don’t panic. The best gift to give your parents and grandparents is showing you care.

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

The Holidays and a Loved One With Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone in the family has dementia, two important facts need to be respected, particularly around the winter holidays:

We want to spend the time we can with our loved ones. Yet, people, noise and activity can easily overwhelm those with dementia.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Holidays

To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on November 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Every day at 5 a.m., I hear you wake up across the hall, rustling the bed covers. You walk quietly to the kitchen as not to disturb me, so I can sleep.
You brew the coffee for us, count out my pills for the morning and set everything on my breakfast tray. As you enter my room, you call my name, “Mom.” .

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Topics: Caregiving

Providing Care for Military Caregivers

Posted by Anne Hein on November 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States.

Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Hospice Care Is Health Care

Posted by Helen Beamer on November 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone mentions the word “hospice,” people often cringe or change the subject, fearing that hospice care somehow means giving up on life. Others view hospice with a lack of respect, as if it isn’t real medical care. I know this firsthand. I used to be employed in hospice as a volunteer coordinator. One day, I was talking about hospice and health care with my husband. I won’t ever forget my surprise (and dismay) when he casually said, “You don’t work in health care. Hospice isn’t health care because people in hospice die.” Needless to say, that was the start of an animated discussion where I explained to him the benefits of hospice as a part of the health care continuum.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Hospice and Palliative Care

The Rewards of Being a Senior Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare on November 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

When children, work and household duties cease to be the center of your world, it’s time to focus on you and decide what brings you joy. For some people, jet-setting around the world and participating in leisurely activities is what would thrill them. However, others find happiness doing something they consider meaningful that fulfills their self-purpose. Their next step needs to make a positive impact on others. 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by ComForCare on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be. However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Helping People With Dementia Live at Home Longer

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

13 Halloween Costumes for People in Wheelchairs

Posted by ComForCare on October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Halloween isn’t just for little kids anymore and neither is dressing up. In 2015, 64 percent of adults 18 and older planned to participate in Halloween festivities, and adults spent $1.2 billion on costumes just for themselves. It isn’t at all shocking, though. While make-believe and pretend are sometimes seen as childish games, adults also feel the need to express themselves. In an article on Halloween, consumer anthropologist Robbie Blinkoff said, “It's a way for people to try to be more themselves." Costumes can represent who the person is on the inside.

Finding an outfit that perfectly reflects the “inner self” can be difficult and a wheelchair can add to the costume complexity. However it’s not impossible. If you, a parent or grandparent uses a wheelchair and wants to be in costume this Halloween, here is a list of costume ideas that accommodate wheelchairs. 

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Topics: Aging, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Festive Fall Activities for Seniors and Their Families

Posted by ComForCare on October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Crisp cool air, brightly-hued leaves and shorter days are signs that autumn has arrived. Although we may regret the end of summer, seniors, toddlers and everyone in between can have fun with these family-friendly fall activities.

Falling leaves and pumpkins of all sizes are inspiration for these fall-themed projects:

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Meaningful Activities

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