Creating a Safe Environment for Aging Loved Ones

Posted by Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist on May 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 2

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM

In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding disorder (HD). If you are unsure if your loved one has HD, the International OCD Foundation says the key feature of HD is disorganization to the point where the living spaces can no longer be used for everyday activities as they were intended.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Mother's Day: Honoring the Women in Our Lives

Posted by ComForCare on May 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM

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

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Holidays

How to Not Become Your Parents’ Parent

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

When someone who has raised you (whether a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) begins to decline mentally and physically, it can be frightening and troubling. The person who guided you through all the unfamiliar stages in life now needs you to guide them; your hero needs a hero. This role reversal is becoming extremely common as seniors are living longer. About 30% of middle-aged adults with at least one parent age 65 or older said a parent needs help handling their affairs or caring for themselves. Many adult children will need to prepare to assume a new role in their parents’ lives.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

Surprising Information About Dementia and Memory Loss

Posted by ComForCare on April 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The term "memory loss" is commonly used as a shorthand for dementia, especially in regard to Alzheimer's disease where memory loss is a prominent feature. However, did you know that not all types of dementia include significant memory loss? Did you know some types of memory may remain more intact than others?

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

Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 1

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM

While my grandma lived at her home, my mother and I would make it a point to stop by at least twice a week to help with the light cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming. The underlying clutter we mostly left untouched until after my grandma died. What we found was amazing: a jar full of matches from various establishments, some ancient crackers and so on. I know, the situation could have been more challenging – she could have been hoarding.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Health Benefits of Gardening for Older Adults

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM

For some, there is nothing more refreshing than sinking their fingers into warm soil or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when planting seeds or bulbs — a sense of accomplishment and a state of deep peace. However, gardening not only feels good, but it is also good for you. In addition to growing nutritious fruits and vegetables, here are some of the other health benefits of gardening.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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

Posted by ComForCare on April 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM

“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.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

There Is an App for That Part 7

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Some apps in the online stores can waste time, money and memory space on your gadget. This series scours the internet and finds the handiest apps that are not a passing fad. The following group of apps has been tested here in our office.

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Topics: Finances, Technology

Respite Care – Giving Family Caregivers the Break They Deserve

Posted by Anne Hein on March 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM

It’s estimated nearly 44 million Americans are family caregivers, which means they provide unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbor. That adds up to 37 billion hours of care each year.

While caring for a loved one can be a meaningful and rewarding experience, it also can be an emotionally and physically demanding job.

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Topics: Caregiving

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