Why Sleep Is So Important to Mental Health

Posted by Amanda Lasater, team member and Sleep Expert at MA Sleep Institute on July 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Sleep and mental health have a strong connection that can turn into a perplexing and complex relationship when sleep deprivation and mental health problems occur simultaneously. It becomes hard to determine where one issue ends and the other begins. When you are facing health problems related to aging that are interfering with your sleep patterns, it’s important to take action to ensure you’re getting quality rest. It’s also crucial for the mental health of caregivers to do the same.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected

Posted by Anne Hein on June 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Area Agencies on Aging — The In-Home Support Option You Might Not of Heard Of

Posted by Jake Baker, MM, BSN, RN, clinical informatics specialist on June 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM

When most of us think of AAA, we think of car insurance and roadside assistance, but another AAA that you may not be aware of is your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

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

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

Pets for Seniors: Animals Can Make Older Adults Happier and Healthier

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM

 

For older adults who live alone or have lost their spouse, pets can be excellent companions. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother adopted two blue baby parakeets named Heckle and Jeckle. Although they screeched incessantly, they gave her purpose, and she adored them. She would wake up early to feed them their seed, she would sing to them and every few weeks she would drive to the pet store to buy them more perches, bells, etc.  She was overjoyed when she thought Heckle was going to lay eggs and rushed to get a nesting box (Heckle never laid the eggs because he was just a very chubby boy.)

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

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