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Older Adults and Substance Abuse: It’s Real

Posted by ComForCare on August 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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

By the numbers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 National Barometer Survey, 0.4 percent of adults age 65+ were dependent on or abused illicit drugs in 2013. To specify, examples of illicit drugs are marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs (pain relievers, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants). In the same survey, 2.2 percent of people 65+ were dependent on or abused alcohol in 2013.

Looking back at the population from 2013, there were 44.7 million adults 65+. With some quick math, this means over a million seniors were having a substance abuse problem.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

7 Ways to Pay for In-Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on July 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

paying-for-home-care.jpgAs 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 percent of people 65+ want to stay in their home as long as possible,[1] home care is a popular option.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Finances

Summer Falls and Injuries

Posted by ComForCare on July 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For most people, summer is a time to be more active, such as taking a trip to the beach, strolling around town or gardening in the backyard. However, warm weather activities can provide opportunities for unintentional injuries and falls, especially for older adults.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving

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

Posted by ComForCare on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 PM

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. If your aging parents are accustomed to living independently or are tenacious (to say it nicely), it can be challenging to convince them of the need for help.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Meaningful Activities for Seniors, Including Those Living With Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on July 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM

For all us, the activities of daily living (for example: eating, bathing, dressing and toileting) keep us alive and safe. Including meaningful activities allows us to experience purpose and joy – vital to living the best life possible. What exactly are meaningful activities? These are activities based on the person’s interests, hobbies, skills and abilities – activities with purpose and joy make the day special.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Living Your Best Life Possible With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on July 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

We have a widespread idea in our culture that receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is akin to the end of life itself. When it comes to something like early-onset Alzheimer’s, occurring in people typically in their 40s-60s, the pessimistic view about living with dementia is even stronger.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Intergenerational Summer Fun

Posted by ComForCare on June 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Summer days bring out the child in each of us. Whether you are young or old, or somewhere in-between, the hot days of summer can be filled with laughter, play and happy times together.

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

In-Home Care to Nursing Homes: A Variety of Options for Senior Care

Posted by ComForCare on June 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people want to be at home. According to an AARP survey, 90 percent of seniors 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1] It makes sense; home is familiar, close to friends and neighbors, and provides a sense of independence.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Hoarding Behavior and Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on June 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations

Hoarding is a complex, difficult to solve situation. It requires a deep understanding of the situation, the underlying causes and how to create workable solutions that include all stakeholders. No two cases of hoarding are the same. In fact, there are several conditions that include hoarding behavior as a symptom.These include: 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Diogenese syndrome
  • Isolated syllogomania
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Various types of dementia
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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

10 Reasons to Choose Home Care

Posted by Anne Hein on June 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

  1. Home is where Mom and Dad want to be! According to AARP, 90 percent of people 65 and older want to stay in their home as long as possible, and 80 percent think their current home is where they will always be.[1]
  2. Older adults need help. Surveys have found 40 percent of people 65+ need daily assistance, and 70 percent of adults 65+ will need assistance at some point. [2] In-home caregivers can assist with activities of daily living, such as errands, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, bathing, hygiene and dressing.
  3. Home care can help keep seniors out of the hospital. In a study of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, those receiving home care had lower hospital readmission rates – 58 percent compared to 66 percent without home care. Another study found seniors using home care had 25 percent fewer doctor visits.[3]
  4. Older adults are at a high risk of falling. In-home caregivers can identify trip hazards and assist with tasks that are sometimes dangerous, such as carrying a basket of laundry up the stairs or getting in and out of the shower.
  5. Home care can help older adults maintain health. In-home caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, take clients to doctor appointments and provide medication reminders.
  6. Many seniors are lonely. In fact, 43 percent of older adults report feeling lonely on a regular basis.[4] In-home caregivers provide companionship and meaningful activities, such as listening to music, playing games and looking through old photo albums.
  7. Family members may not be available to provide assistance. In 2010, the ratio of family caregivers to seniors (80 years and older) was 7-to-1. In 2030, the ratio is expected to drop to 4-to-1.[5] Family members also are living farther apart. On average, adults 60 and over are 280 miles away from their nearest child.[6]
  8. Family caregivers need a break sometimes. According to AARP, nearly nine out of 10 family caregivers said caring for a loved one was harder than they anticipated, and more than half felt overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved one needs.[7]
  9. Home care is often a more affordable option. Compared to nursing homes, assisted living and other senior housing options, providing care in the home may work better with one’s budget.
  10. Home care is personal. Home care helps people live independently in their own home and continue to do the things they love. At ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care, we work with each client and their family members to create a customized care plan. We also have innovative programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Call us today for a free in-home consultation. Our goal is to help people live their best life possible.

To learn more about in-home care, download our "Ultimate Guide to Home Care." This free e-book will lead you through the in-home care process, including:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

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