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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

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

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

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: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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: Aging, Healthy Living

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: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, 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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Gifts of Happiness

Posted by ComForCare on December 28, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Are you looking for just the right gift for someone special? While choosing presents can be complicated for people of every age, it can be even more challenging to pick out just the right gift for an elderly loved one. Older adults often have limited living space already filled with more than enough possessions.

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Topics: Home Care Planning

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