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Family Road Trips With Older Adults: How to Make the Journey More Pleasant

Posted by ComForCare on July 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

For many families, summer road trips are a tradition. The purpose of these travels may be to relax in a scenic setting, explore a new city or visit out-of-town relatives.

Travel, however, can be challenging for older adults. If you plan to take a road trip with your loved one, these tips may help take some of the stress out of the journey.

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Topics: Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

3 Ways Music Can Help People With Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by ComForCare on May 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard about the power of music for those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But, did you know music is also beneficial for people living with other chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s? Here are three ways music can improve the life of a person with the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Honoring Men in Our Lives

Posted by ComForCare on June 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Grandfathers, uncles, fathers, stepfathers and all our male role models remind us that growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional. We thank and honor them with a testament of “dad jokes,” stories and fond memories that are sure to make you groan, laugh and smile.

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Topics: Aging, Holidays

Home Safety for Seniors

Posted by ComForCare on March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

By Bryn Huntpalmer 

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Topics: Safety

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, Activities and Lifestyle

Immunizations Are for Adults Too! How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Against Pneumonia

Posted by ComForCare on October 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Aparna Ghosh, MPH, clinical quality consultant, MPRO

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by ComForCare on September 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention

Are You Prepared for an Emergency? How to Help Yourself and Aging Loved Ones

Posted by ComForCare on September 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Emily Lord, executive director, HealthCare Ready

The Louisiana floods in August of 2016 destroyed more than 60,000 homes and forced more than 15,000 people into shelters at the height of the disaster. These floods were not caused by a massive hurricane like Katrina in 2005 but by tons and tons of rain. No one expected rain to cause the damage on the scale it did. It is a powerful lesson that we need to always be prepared to protect ourselves and those we care for, especially the elderly who are more vulnerable than most because of limited mobility and additional health care needs.

While disaster preparedness sounds overwhelming and yet another thing to add to your to-do list, there are easy, low cost ways to protect the health of your family or those to whom you provide care. There are many organizations that provide preparedness training and toolkits, including the American Red Cross and the CDC, but they don’t always include health care preparedness. Here are a few key things to think about when planning.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by ComForCare on August 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion dollars every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Older Adults and Substance Abuse: It’s Real

Posted by ComForCare on August 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Although not as severe or prevalent as substance abuse among younger people, substance abuse by older adults (65+) is happening and can create an equally negative impact on the older adult and their family. 

By the numbers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Barometer Survey, 0.4 percent of adults age 65+ were dependent on or abused illicit drugs in 2013. To specify, examples of illicit drugs are marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs (pain relievers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants). In the same survey, 2.2 percent of people 65+ were dependent on or abused alcohol in 2013.

Looking back at the population from 2013, there were 44.7 million adults 65+. With some quick math, this means over a million seniors were having a substance abuse problem.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

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