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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: Activities and Lifestyle, Holidays, Aging

Honoring Women in Our Lives

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

To the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and all those other female figures in our lives who embarrass and encourage us, we say a collective thank you. 

We fail to express our appreciation nearly as often as you deserve. Know that we love you and are grateful for your presence in our lives.

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Topics: Caregiving, Aging, Holidays

Scale Back to Reduce Holiday Stress

Posted by ComForCare on December 22, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Joy. Peace. Happiness.

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Topics: Holidays

The 12 Days of Home Care

Posted by ComForCare on December 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

ComForCare/At Your Side Home Care is prepared to make you and your loved one’s holidays joyful and bright. Everyone should revel in these festive times, especially family caregivers. Here are 12 ways we can help.

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Topics: Holidays

How the Grinch Stole Gift Cards

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on December 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The holiday season has begun. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or another holiday, gifts will most likely be a part of your jubilee. Gift cards are still very popular options as presents. Card Hub projects Americans will spend $131 billion on gift cards in 2015 alone. A survey by the National Retail Federation found adults aged 65 and older will spend the most on gift cards. That isn’t really surprising as gift cards make gift-giving simpler for older adults. Gift cards allow the recipients to buy exactly what they want, so it isn’t necessary keep up with trends, electronics or fashions. Plus, they can easily be placed in a card or special holder so no tape, paper or scissors are involved.

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Topics: Holidays

Five Resolutions Family Caregivers Need to Make for 2015

Posted by Beth Lenz on December 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

If you are someone who makes New Year's resolutions (or even if you aren't), below are five that every family caregiver should make - and keep - in 2015. 

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Topics: Holidays

3 Tips for Less Stress and More Joy During the Holidays

Posted by Beth Lenz on December 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Life is always busy for family caregivers. Taking care of an aging or ill loved one while juggling career, home and family is time consuming. For many, the added responsibilities of holiday-related tasks such as shopping, gift wrapping and baking make this time of year one they dread instead of enjoy. 

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Topics: Holidays

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Posted by Rhonda Sanderson on September 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Aging, Holidays

How Seniors Celebrate Armed Forces Day

Posted by ComForCare on May 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM

If you’re age 65 or older, then May has probably been quite a busy month for you already. Well, get ready to keep the celebrations going, because it’s not over yet! We’ve got two more weeks full of senior-centered holiday happenings to keep you going through the spring.

Between celebrating Older Americans Month all month long, getting pampered (or doing the pampering) for Mother’s Day last Sunday, and anticipating Memorial Day coming up on the 26th, May is a month full of smiles, family, and the all-around fun we wish would last all year long.

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Topics: Holidays, Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

Happy New Year from ComForcare Senior Services!

Posted by ComForCare on December 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

All of us at ComForcare Senior Services would like to take a moment to wish all our owners, caregivers, patients and their families a Happy New Year! The time around New Year’s eve has always been a time to reflect on the year gone by and make resolutions for the future. Resolutions can be personal and reflective, or resolutions can be about others.

5 New Year's Resolutions to Consider

In keeping with New Year tradition, what resolutions will you make this year? Here are five to consider:

Save money. Have you been paying for a monthly subscription to something you don’t use? Are you buying too much food each week at the grocery store and being wasteful? Are you going over your budget each month? Consider the things on which you can spend your money and how necessary they are in your life. By paring down your spending, you may find yourself in a better and more comfortable position by this time next year. .

Make better lifestyle decisions. Quit smoking and reduce how much alcohol you drink. The risk of death decreases by 50 percent if you quit smoking between the ages of 60 and 75; likewise drinking can be more dangerous as you get older. You run the risk of having alcohol react badly with prescription medication, as well as increasing your risk of falls and injuries since alcohol impairs balance and situational judgment.

Be happy. It’s not just for your peace of mind; people who are happy live longer. Negative emotions increase stress, which has a negative impact on your health. However, it’s not just cutting out negativity that helps you live a longer, fuller life – focusing on the positive and being happy really do help you live longer! So take a moment every day to focus on the positive and smile. Live a happy life.

Get out of town. This is the time in your life to enjoy yourself. Make a list of every locale you’ve never been but would like to visit and start traveling!

Be healthy. This is not a call to lose weight – instead, focus on your mental and physical health by eating better foods and exercising regularly. Go for a bike ride with your spouse each morning or get a group of your friends together to walk a couple times a week. Eat better, more delicious foods that are whole and natural instead of processed and easy. You may even discover a passion in exercise, or cooking you didn’t know you had! It is never too late to be a little healthier.

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Topics: Holidays, Aging, Activities and Lifestyle

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