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Preventing Falls During the Winter (and Throughout the Year)

Posted by Anne Hein on January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Falls are always a concern for older adults. Every year, more than one in three people 65+ fall. Fall rates also increase with age. This time of year often brings the concern to the forefront with snowy sidewalks and icy steps blanketing large parts of the country. While falls can happen anywhere, most happen at home.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

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

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

Posted by Anne Hein on December 29, 2016 at 10:00 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 their aging loved one.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Activities and Lifestyle

Sepsis: A Health Concern for Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

People typically take precautions to avoid serious illnesses. We politely cover our mouths and noses during coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading germs.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

The Rewards of Being a Senior Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare 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

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

Posted by Anne Hein on October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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

Helping People With Dementia Live at Home Longer

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on October 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia

13 Halloween Costumes for People in Wheelchairs

Posted by ComForCare 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

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

Need Help Coordinating Health Care? Turn to a Case Manager

Posted by Anne Hein on October 10, 2016 at 10:01 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

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