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

Tax Season Is Prime Time for Scammers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Tax season is upon us and so are the con artists. In one of the more popular scams, 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: Aging, Caregiving, Safety

Dementia and Challenging Behavior

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on February 7, 2019 at 9:45 AM

When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these challenging behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Looking for In-Home Care? 8 Reasons to Choose ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on December 7, 2018 at 1:28 PM

Whether it’s due to injury, illness or aging, sometimes older adults need a little extra help, especially at home.
 
However, family members and friends can’t always be there 24/7 to assist aging loved ones. That’s where home care comes in. When it comes to choosing an in-home care provider, here are some of the ComForCare/At Your Side advantages:
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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle

Santa’s Secrets for a Joyful, Long Life

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

You’ve heard about Santa’s list – the one with names of children, their behavior, where they live and what they want for Christmas. However, you might not be aware Santa has a list for himself of seven ways to age well and enjoy his best life possible. Here is a peek at his list:
 

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 8, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be.

However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Brain Functions Preserved the Longest With Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on September 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

People with dementia have many abilities and functions preserved for a long time – even through the end of life. When we take time to understand what people with dementia can still do, we are taking the first steps in creating better days for them.

Here are two examples of how focusing on what is still possible can make a difference (all identifying information has been changed for privacy reasons).

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager

Posted by Anne Hein on September 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Case managers play a critical role in the health care system, but many do not know they exist. Case managers help individuals and their families understand a person’s illness or injury and then work with them and other health care professionals to develop a treatment plan.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Physical Function, Food and Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on September 5, 2018 at 11:10 AM

You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital takes that concept further by supporting the notion, “You become what you eat.” The study, which compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women, found that those who maintained a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by Anne Hein on August 3, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

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