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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: Caregiving, Aging, Healthy Living

How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care

Posted by ComForCare on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. If your aging parents are accustomed to living independently or are tenacious (to say it nicely), it can be challenging to convince them of the need for help.

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Topics: Caregiving, Home Care Planning, Aging

In-Home Care to Nursing Homes: A Variety of Options for Senior Care

Posted by ComForCare on June 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people want to be at home. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1] It makes sense; home is familiar, close to friends and neighbors, and provides a sense of independence.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Aging

Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected

Posted by ComForCare on May 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Exercise is repeatedly featured in our favorite magazines, blogs and television shows. As an adult, being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits your mental health, also? Being physically active has been shown to reduce anxiety, effects of depression and other mental health concerns. However, that doesn’t mean you need to go run the marathon that has been on your bucket list for years. Start slow and try a multitude of activities to find what fits your lifestyle best. Not sure where to start? Check out Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging. It’s designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

Maximize the brain-protecting benefits of your workout:

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

Keeping Safe at Home

Posted by ComForCare on May 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. As time passes, however, we can become a little too comfortable in those familiar surroundings to recognize emerging safety concerns. For this reason, living safely at home can turn into a challenge for older adults. 

With increasing age, vision and hearing become less acute, balance is less steady and reaction time slows. Household and personal tasks that were once easy and safe to complete can turn into difficult and dangerous activities.

Make Necessary Repairs

Make it a priority to look around your loved one's home for potential safety hazards. Take time to check that all appliances, electrical devices and outlets are in good working order. If necessary, make repairs and replacements. It's important to personally assess the situation. Your loved one may be reluctant to bring any household problems to your attention due to concerns about costs, maintaining personal independence or simply not wanting to make extra work for you. 

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety, Fall Prevention, Aging

Honoring Women in Our Lives

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

To the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and all those other female figures in our lives who embarrass and encourage us, we say a collective thank you. 

We fail to express our appreciation nearly as often as you deserve. Know that we love you and are grateful for your presence in our lives.

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Topics: Caregiving, Aging, Holidays

Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”

Posted by ComForCare on April 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”

“When did a simple trip to the grocery store become so dangerous? Is that a traffic ticket on the floor? Oh no, she is using two feet to drive, and this isn’t a stick shift! Gosh, I haven’t stomped on the imaginary brake pedal this much since Jimmy was 15 years old and learning to drive. I can’t let her drive back home. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all.”

Have you ever had this experience? Family members often worry about their aging loved one’s ability to continue driving safely and with good reason. Based on a study by the Federal Highway Administration, there were about 23.6 million licensed drivers 70 and older in 2013. If your loved one’s driving skills have diminished endangering others on the road, you may need to have that talk. It can be uncomfortable and awkward. However, it’s worth it.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

Interesting Food Trends of 2016

Posted by ComForCare on March 21, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Can I interest you in a tall glass of kombucha to wash down your poke? Does this question have you scratching your head? No fears, we’re here to help! As part of National Nutrition Month, we’re taking a look at five popular food trends in 2016.

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Tax Season Is Prime Time for Scammers

Posted by ComForCare on March 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Tax season is upon us and so are the con artists. The most popular scam as of late is not a new one; it’s been happening since October 2013 and has collected about $26.5 million from their victims - the tax scam. In this hoax, a caller pretends to be an agent from the IRS, complete with a badge number. Even the phone number has a Washington D.C. area code. The phony IRS agent says you owe money and threatens arrest, court action, deportation or license revocation. They try to scare the person by reading off their address, Social Security number and other personal information.

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Topics: Caregiving, Aging, Safety

Get Heart Smart This February

Posted by ComForCare on February 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Chances are someone in your life has, or will be, affected by heart disease. It’s the number one cause of death in the U.S., taking more than 600,000 lives every year. Since February is Heart Month, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the disease and actions you can take to help prevent it.  

What is heart disease?

When people think of heart disease, heart attacks often come to mind - and for good reason. While heart disease is an umbrella term for a variety of ailments affecting the heart and blood vessels, the most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attacks. Coronary artery disease happens when the heart’s major blood vessels become hard and narrow due to a buildup of plaque. When blood flow (which brings oxygen to the heart) is reduced or blocked, a heart attack can occur. Other types of heart disease include stroke, arrhythmia and heart valve problems.

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Topics: Healthy Living

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