Older Adults and Substance Use Disorders: It’s Real

Posted by Anne Hein on August 26, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Although not as severe or prevalent as among younger people, substance use disorders by older adults (65+) is happening and can create an equally negative impact on the older adult and their family. 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Bicycle Built for Two: Memories of Summer Love

Posted by Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist on August 12, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Almost every morning during my summer vacations as a kid, my parents and I would ride together on the boardwalk along the New Jersey shore. 

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle

How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care

Posted by Anne Hein on August 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Sleep Can Help You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare on July 29, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Being a caregiver has many demands – both physically and emotionally. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with work deadlines, social isolation, financial issues and/or medical conditions.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

8 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on July 22, 2019 at 8:00 AM

As you develop a long-term care plan for yourself or a loved one, several factors must be considered, such as one’s current and future medical needs, family support system and budget. Since 90% of people 65+ want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, in-home care is a popular option.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

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

Let Freedom Ring: Patriotic Music Resonates With Older Adults

Posted by Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist on July 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Through the years of working with people in various care settings, I have always been aware of how most older adults identify as patriotic. It’s a common experience to see them singing along with “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land.” And, they almost always place their hands on their hearts and stand out of respect, even those who have limited mobility. I have always been extremely inspired by their allegiance to the flag, but also curious about their motivations behind this behavior.

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Topics: Caregiving, Holidays

Cooking Up a Great Relationship

Posted by Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist on June 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

There is nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal with friends and family. I have some fond memories of watching my mother prepare the family meal and smelling the delightful aromas that made my mouth water. I could not help sneaking a taste when Mom wasn’t looking. Of course, Mom knew exactly what I was doing, and she started to encourage my tasting behavior. She also started to ask me to help her with meal preparations and as I became more involved, asking questions, tasting and making flavor adjustments, I was learning to cook and having a lot of fun.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Activities and Lifestyle

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

Problem Gambling and Older Adults

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on June 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM

When I would visit my grandma at her retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white busses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next.

My parents joined her for one of the casino outings.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle

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