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Haley Kotwicki

Haley Kotwicki has many years of experience with family caregiving, especially with older adults. She has a background in journalism and is currently the copy editor at ComForCare. Haley blends the latest research, practical information and humor into inspirational posts.

Recent Posts

Indoor Winter Activities You Can Do With Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

While a magical time, winter can be difficult for some seniors. Older adults might feel frustrated because they are stuck at home due to inclement weather or lonely due to limited social interaction. Elderly loved ones may be experiencing the winter blues or seasonal affective disorder, due to lack of sunlight.

If you are caring for an older loved one or know a senior who could use cheering up, view our list of fun things to do.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Brainteasers May Keep Seniors Sharp and Healthy

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

As we age, our brains mature and change due to the greater number of connections between bran cells that exist due to our depth of life experience. As a result, certain cognitive abilities can slow down and make things like remembering a phone number or a news article you just read difficult. However, keeping your mind active could increase your reserves of brain cells and connections.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Keep a Good Habit

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

New Year’s Day is over, but New Year’s resolutions are just getting started. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. Those promises of self-improvement frequently revolve around health, money, love, education or mental health. Sadly, resolutions tend to be broken.

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Topics: Holidays, Healthy Living

4 Devices to Help Seniors Stay Safe at Home

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Recent technology advances have made it easier for older adults to remain at home and independent, while assuring adult children their loved one is safe. Seniors don’t need every gizmo and gadget; however, the following devices can help them age in place:

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

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

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

The Rewards of Being a Senior Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki 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

13 Halloween Costumes for People in Wheelchairs

Posted by Haley Kotwicki 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

There’s an App for That Part 5

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In part 5 of our popular series, we are gathering apps from around the internet that can be beneficial and fun for those with dementia. The following apps may not be appropriate for all the stages of dementia, so test out which apps will be best for your loved one. 

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Technology

How to Hang Out With Your Grandparents

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on September 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Planning a day out/in with your grandparents can be a vigorous exercise in creative thinking: What do you do? Where should you go? What do you talk about? Thankfully, my grandma and I had very similar tastes, such as window shopping and watching “The Nanny.” However, if you don’t have shared interests or actually know much about your grandparents, besides grandma bakes cookies and grandpa listens to baseball games on the radio, then you are going to have a difficult time. The added pressures of birthdays and getting them a gift is even more stressful. You can’t make macaroni art presents if you are an adult. Trust me.

So, what’s a grandkid to do? I have made the following list of fun activities to do with your grandparents with somethingeveryone will enjoy.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

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