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Anne Hein

Anne Hein is the communications manager at ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care. She has a background in journalism and has worked in health care for several years, with a special focus on improving the quality of life for older adults. Anne’s experience as a family caregiver has taught her that you cannot effectively take care of someone else if you do not take care of yourself first.

Recent Posts

Top 5 Design Features for Aging in Place

Posted by Anne Hein on May 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There’s no place like home. You can probably envision that classic scene from the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy closes her eyes, clicks her heels together and repeats the line until she’s wakes up in her bed at her farmhouse in Kansas with Auntie Em by her side. She’s relieved to be back at home – a familiar, comfortable place close to family and friends.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

Hygge: Embracing the Cozy Little Moments of Life

Posted by Anne Hein on February 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

For many parts of the country, bitter cold temperatures and icy roads keep us hunkered down at home this time of year. We may find ourselves sitting in front of the fireplace wrapped in warm, fuzzy blankets sipping mugs of steamy hot cocoa. If you’ve indulged in simple pleasures such as these, you’ve experienced “hygge.” hygge: popcorn and hot chocolate

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

What to Look for When Visiting Older Adults During the Holidays

Posted by Anne Hein on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For many families, the holidays are the only time they spend face-to-face. While phone calls and emails are a great way to connect, it can be hard to notice changes in a person’s appearance or home that could indicate they need help.

If you visit older parents, grandparents or other relatives this holiday season, pay attention to:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Airline Travel and Older Adults – What to Know Before You Go

Posted by Anne Hein on November 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Flying can be stressful for anyone. However, for older adults who are more likely to have health issues and physical limitations, the airport can be even more taxing.

If you’re a senior (or traveling with one), here are some tips to make airline travel a little easier.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Fear of Falling – How to Help Older Adults Ease Their Anxieties

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Arachnophobia. Coulrophobia. Claustrophobia. The fear of spiders, clowns and small spaces are some of the more common and well-known phobias. However, for older adults, there’s one fear many don’t talk about – the fear of falling. 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

10 Ways You Can Help Older Adults Prevent Falls

Posted by Anne Hein on September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The statistics are startling – every year, a quarter of Americans age 65 and older fall. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for seniors and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. While it may seem inevitable every senior will fall – the truth is, falls are not a normal part of aging and most falls can be prevented. 

In honor of the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day, here are 10 steps to share with older adults to help prevent falls.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

5 Tips for Talking With an Aging Loved One About Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on August 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

It can be difficult to know what to say and how to approach your parent, grandparent or other elderly relative about the sensitive topic of long-term care. Your loved one may feel as if they are a burden or that you no longer care about them. It may also be hard for them to admit they need assistance.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Medication Problems

Posted by Anne Hein on June 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM

As we age, normal changes in the body can affect the way we process medications. For example, liver and kidney function may decrease, which can affect how a drug breaks down and is eliminated from the body.  

"There is no question that physiology changes as we age. Many chronic medical conditions don't even appear until our later years," said Sandra L. Kweder, M.D., F.A.C.P., deputy director of the FDA Office of New Drugs. "It's not that people are falling to pieces; some changes are just part of the normal aging process."

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Healthy Living

Home Care Vs. Home Health Care – What’s the Difference (and How Do Medicare and Medicaid Fit In)?

Posted by Anne Hein on May 24, 2017 at 11:41 AM

You’ve probably heard the saying: “Home is where the heart is.” Between the familiarity, the memories and the sense of independence – it’s not a surprise 9 out of 10 older adults want to live in their homes for as long as possible. However, to age in place, seniors often need assistance.

Help may come in many forms – from family and friends to professional services. Here are some of the types of in-home care older adults may need to remain in their homes.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning

4 Ways You Didn’t Know Home Care Could Help

Posted by Anne Hein on April 19, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Nine out of 10 people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible. However, many will need assistance to do so. That’s where in-home care comes in.

Home care helps seniors continue to live in their own home and continue to do all the things they love.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

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