Creating a Safe Environment for Aging Loved Ones

Posted by Steve Toll, care enhancement specialist on May 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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

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

What to Do After an Older Adult Falls

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Millions of older adults 65+ fall every year. In fact, more than one out of four older adults falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls can be dangerous and can lead to serious injuries – 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

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

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time?

Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Safety

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

Senior Safety in the Home: 8 Things to Check

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Home should be a place of comfort and safety. However, as time passes, those familiar surroundings may pose safety concerns for elderly people. Due to increasing age, older adults see and hear less clearly, their balance is less steady, and their reaction times are slower. Household and personal tasks that were once safe and easy to complete can become difficult and even dangerous.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Safety

6 Surprising Facts About Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops slowly over time. About 10,000,000 people around the world (including 1,000,000 in the U.S. and 55,000 in Canada) live with Parkinson’s. This is a long-lasting condition (up to 20 years) that has no cure. However, medications and therapies are available to help people manage their symptoms better.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

When Night Falls: Eight Ways Older Adults Can Avoid Nighttime Falls

Posted by Helen Beamer on February 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

When night closes in, keep your guard up. However, don’t waste time looking for monsters who lurk under the bed. Or, wait for restless ghosts to prowl the halls. Rather, be aware of the potential hazards that might cause nighttime falls. Nighttime falls.jpg

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety

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