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

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

Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”

Posted by ComForCare on April 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM

“When did a simple trip to the grocery store become so dangerous? Is that a traffic ticket on the floor? Oh no, she is using two feet to drive, and this isn’t a stick shift! Gosh, I haven’t stomped on the imaginary brake pedal this much since Jimmy was 15 years old and learning to drive. I can’t let her drive back home. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all.”

Have you ever had this experience? Family members often worry about their aging loved one’s ability to continue driving safely and with good reason.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

Tax Season Is Prime Time for Scammers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Tax season is upon us and so are the con artists. In one of the more popular scams, a caller pretends to be an agent from the IRS, complete with a badge number. Even the phone number has a Washington D.C. area code. The phony IRS agent says you owe money and threatens arrest, court action, deportation or license revocation. They try to scare the person by reading off their address, Social Security number and other personal information.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety

Swindling Seniors: The Most Common Scams Targeting Older Adults

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on January 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The Nigerian prince hoax is one of the most well-known scams in the U.S. The con runs like this: A royal family member in a faraway country asks the mark, through a letter or email, to transfer millions of dollars out of their country by depositing it for safekeeping in the victim’s bank account. The royal may even ask for money to pay a fee or taxes for the transfer. Either way the victim has money stolen from them.

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Topics: Safety

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

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

Top 5 Design Features for Aging in Place

Posted by Anne Hein on May 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There’s no place like home. You can probably envision that classic scene from the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy closes her eyes, clicks her heels together and repeats the line until she’s wakes up in her bed at her farmhouse in Kansas with Auntie Em by her side. She’s relieved to be back at home – a familiar, comfortable place close to family and friends.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medication Safety Week

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

While medications are created to help heal illnesses or manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, prescribed drugs can also be dangerous if not taken correctly. 
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Topics: Caregiving, Safety, Healthy Living

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