Take a Stand to Prevent Falls

Posted by Anne Hein on September 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Falls are the leading cause of injury for adults 65 and older. In fact, every 11 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury and every 19 minutes a senior dies from a fall.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

Dementia, Home Safety and Medications

Posted by ComForCare on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Older adults can be harmed at home due to inadvertently taking too much medication. This risk is greater with dementia because the person may not recall if or when they had taken their last dose. So, they take it again and sometimes, even again. Or, he or she may take the wrong medication or get confused about the instructions, such as not understanding that they can take two drugs together if one label read “every 12 hours” and the other “twice daily.”

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Safety, Healthy Living

Stroke Awareness and FAST Action

Posted by Jake Baker, MM, BSN, RN, clinical informatics specialist on September 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Having a stroke can be a scary and life-altering event that can affect people of all ages. Often times the effects of a stroke can be long lasting. Fortunately, knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can lead to quick interventions that can prevent lasting complications.

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Topics: Safety, Healthy Living

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

Food and Medication Interactions: The Dark Side of Healthy Foods

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on August 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Eating healthy and clean has become a large part of our pop culture since the organic movement decades ago. Articles are published every day about what the new superfood is and what we should eat to fill our bodies with vitamins and antioxidants. Most superfoods do provide heaps of nutrients, yet there is a dark side to these superfoods for some people with chronic diseases. Here are four foods that can cause issues:

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Healthy Living

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

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

Taking Charge of Your Health: Mind and Body Connected

Posted by Anne Hein on June 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Exercise is repeatedly featured in our favorite magazines, blogs and television shows. As an adult, being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits your mental health, also? Being physically active has been shown to reduce anxiety, effects of depression and other mental health concerns.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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

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

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