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Noticing Changes in Your Loved Ones After the Holidays

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The whirl of the holiday season is behind us, and while you’re left with happy memories, you may looking back and paying more attention to the irregularities you noticed in your older relatives’ home or behavior. Maybe you are starting to wonder if they need some help with everyday activities.

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

What to Look for When Visiting Older Adults During the Holidays

Posted by Anne Hein on December 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM

For many families, the holidays are the only time they spend face-to-face. While phone calls and emails are a great way to connect, it can be hard to notice changes in a person’s appearance or home that could indicate they need help.

If you visit older parents, grandparents or other relatives this holiday season, pay attention to:

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Holiday Hacks for the Busy Family Caregiver

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 4, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Recently, my mom and I were watching the Hallmark channel and discussing upcoming gatherings and parties. By the time we started listing our to-dos for the season, we weren’t feeling the holiday spirit. It seems as you get older, the holidays become less joyous and more laborious -- cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, etc. Plus, if you are a family caregiver, then you’re doing the same on behalf of or for your older loved one.

This year, though, I’m going to hack the holidays and beat the system. I want my family to make memories and have fun without everyone being stressed. I can hear you shouting, “Yes, me too!”

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Honoring Men in Our Lives

Posted by ComForCare on June 9, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Grandfathers, uncles, fathers, stepfathers and all our male role models remind us that growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional. We thank and honor them with a testament of “dad jokes,” stories and fond memories that are sure to make you groan, laugh and smile.

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Topics: Aging, Holidays

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

All I Want for Christmas (Senior Edition)

Posted by Helen Beamer on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

That familiar holiday tune expresses a simple wish of a child – not for the expected list of toys – but for front teeth to grow in quickly enough to properly say “Merry Christmas.”

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

DIY the Perfect Gift for Parents and Grandparents

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The holiday season is here again bringing peace, love, joy and utter befuddlement: What do I get Mom this year? Don’t panic. The best gift to give your parents and grandparents is showing you care.

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

The Holidays and a Loved One With Dementia

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

When someone in the family has dementia, two important facts need to be respected, particularly around the winter holidays:

We want to spend the time we can with our loved ones. Yet, people, noise and activity can easily overwhelm those with dementia.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Holidays

Providing Care for Military Caregivers

Posted by Anne Hein on November 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM

In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States.

Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

13 Halloween Costumes for People in Wheelchairs

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Halloween isn’t just for little kids anymore and neither is dressing up. In 2015, 64 percent of adults 18 and older planned to participate in Halloween festivities, and adults spent $1.2 billion on costumes just for themselves. It isn’t at all shocking, though. While make-believe and pretend are sometimes seen as childish games, adults also feel the need to express themselves. In an article on Halloween, consumer anthropologist Robbie Blinkoff said, “It's a way for people to try to be more themselves." Costumes can represent who the person is on the inside.

Finding an outfit that perfectly reflects the “inner self” can be difficult and a wheelchair can add to the costume complexity. However it’s not impossible. If you, a parent or grandparent uses a wheelchair and wants to be in costume this Halloween, here is a list of costume ideas that accommodate wheelchairs. 

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Topics: Aging, Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

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