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Keep a Good Habit

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

New Year’s Day is over, but New Year’s resolutions are just getting started. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. Those promises of self-improvement frequently revolve around health, money, love, education or mental health. Sadly, resolutions tend to be broken.

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Topics: Holidays, Healthy Living

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

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

Immunizations Are for Adults Too! How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Against Pneumonia

Posted by ComForCare on October 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

By Aparna Ghosh, MPH, clinical quality consultant, MPRO

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by ComForCare on August 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion dollars every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

The Games in Rio, a Celebration of Achievement

Posted by Tano Pillot on August 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It’s time again for the world to come together and celebrate the spirit of sport. A competitive battle showcasing the power of dedication, focus and a will to achieve something great. While most of us never have, nor ever will achieve worldwide acclaim as an athlete, it doesn’t mean we haven’t achieved greatness in sports or in life. Whether it was participating in high school, collegiate, or recreational sports or arts; earning a degree; starting a business; or raising a family — hard work, focus, discipline and a drive to achieve a goal are the basic ingredients for success. What I enjoy the most about watching the games in Rio, is the reminder of what’s involved in accomplishing something great in life — even if it’s only great to you.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Reaching Out to Older Adults: How a Simple Conversation Can Be a Life Line

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Sometimes we avoid the most important conversations we should have with older adults. We think our deliberate silence may prevent hurt feelings, angry outbursts or uncomfortable, awkward moments. However, keeping quiet may pose serious risks to their health and safety.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

The Dark Secret of Healthy Foods

Posted by ComForCare on August 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Eating healthy and clean has become a large part of pop culture since the organic movement decades ago. Articles are published every day about what the new super food is and what we should eat to cram our bodies with vitamins and antioxidants. Most superfoods do provide heaps of nutrients despite the hyperbolic ads and testimonials. Yet, there is a dark side to these superfoods for some people with chronic diseases. Here are 4 foods that can become villainous:

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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

Put It to Bed: Sleep Issues and Advice

Posted by ComForCare on July 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM

There are night owls and early birds, but what if you aren’t either? The internet has created a new winged creature to describe the odd sleepers — the permanently exhausted pigeon. While this is good for a chuckle and a repost on social media, sleeplessness and excessive sleepiness can be a source of stress and frustration.

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Topics: Healthy Living

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