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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Building Caregiver Resilience: Nutritional Strategies for Caregivers

Husband And Wife Preparing Meal, Mealtime Together

  • Roger is so worn-out by caring for his wife who has dementia that hot dogs or canned soup are about all he can put on the table for dinner.
  • Sandy stops by to make dinner for her disabled parents after work each night, but usually skips dinner when she gets home.   
  • Lois is so stressed by her husband’s stroke that her weight has shot up and she can’t seem to control her diabetes with diet like she used to do.

How about you?  Are the chronic stresses of caregiving leading you to skip meals, eat more junk food, and lose or gain weight?  When a caregiver focuses on a loved one’s needs, there seems to be less and less time for healthy self-care.  Neglecting health-promoting behaviors is unhealthy, and can lead to physical and emotional problems.  Fortunately,... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Coping with Colon Cancer in Older Loved Ones

mature man with family dinner tableAccording to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colorectal cancer is the second most fatal form of cancer in the U.S. One out of every 20 Americans runs the risk of developing colon cancer and nearly 90% of all new diagnoses of colon cancer occur in people over the age of 50.  Each year this disease, one that harms the lower intestinal tract and rectum, claims roughly 50,000 lives.

Understanding Colon Cancer

Fortunately, treatment is successful in almost all cases where early detection occurs. It is a sad reality, but most doctors agree that the main reason patients abstain from seeking medical help is out of fear of the colonoscopy screening itself, which is widely believed by the public to be extremely uncomfortable. While the test required to detect colon cancer is minimally invasive,... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Skin Safety Resources

As skin ages, it becomes more sensitive, losing some of the underlying layers of fat and making damage to this organ more visible. Additionally, bruises, cuts, and even sunburns can take longer to heal on older adults than younger people. In addition to cosmetic damage, older adults need to be aware of skin safety concerns such as melanoma, minimizing the risk of sunburn, and what to wear outside to protect themselves.

Griswold Home Care has put together a list of informational resources to help you learn how to help the senior in your life protect themselves from the sun.  Arm yourself with information about light sensitivity in seniors, as well as which medications may make them more predisposed to sun sensitivity. We hope you find this information useful.


[Infographic] 6 Tips for Senior Sun Safety

Seniors who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle or... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Sandwich Generation Resources

If you’re in the unique position of caring for not only your own younger or young adult children, but also your older parents -- that makes you a member of the Sandwich Generation. These adults -- typically in their 40s or 50s -- often juggle working full time with tending to the emotional, financial, and sometimes physical needs of their children and their parents.

These individuals have unique concerns that stem from being “sandwiched” between caring for two distinctly different age groups and are often under a lot of stress. To help bring awareness to the concerns of this generation of dual caregivers, Griswold Home Care has provided a list of resources that speak to the Sandwich Generation. Pick up tips, best practices, and helpful information on multiple aspects of caregiving when you’re stuck in the middle.


[Webinar] The Sandwich Generation - Family... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Elder Abuse Resources

Sadly, elder abuse is more common that it should be. Many older adults can fall victim to elder abuse. Predators do not discriminate. A wheelchair-bound elder is just as likely to be preyed upon as a vibrant, active senior. Elder abuse takes many forms, from violence against the elderly, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and even financial abuse.

Many of these older adults are abused because they are unable to defend themselves or even speak. In fact, only 1 out of every 14 cases of elder abuse are reported to authorities. And, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 90% of abusive acts against the elderly are committed by members of the victim’s family.

However, there are a number of signs and areas that loved ones can watch for to ensure that the senior in their life does not fall victim to elder abuse. Griswold Home Care presents... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Fall Prevention Resources

Falls are quite prevalent among adults over the age of 65. In fact, the CDC reports that one out of every three seniors falls each year. Moreover, falls for older adults can kick off a downward spiral of health conditions and affect them psychologically, as well as physically. As alarming as this may sound, falls can be prevented. Griswold Home Care wants to do their part to help seniors live happier, healthier lives. We’ve collected a number of resources designed to help you uncover the facts about falls among the elderly and how you can help to prevent them from occurring within the home.


5 Safety Precautions for Fall Prevention in the Elderly

Falls can be incredibly damaging to older adults with more fragile bones. However, these all-too-common occurrences can be prevented. Learn how you can help prevent falls in the home for... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Aphasia Resources

Aphasia itself is not a disease, but rather a condition that happens as a result of a stroke, brain tumor, head injury, or other trauma to the brain that may cause difficulty with speech, expressing one’s thoughts, and struggling to find the right words to convey those thoughts.

Griswold Home Care is pleased to offer a number of resources to help you better understand this condition and how you can help a loved one dealing with aphasia..


[Webinar] Aphasia - Making Their Voices Heard

Read the transcript or listen to a free webinar conducted by Griswold Home Care with a representative of the National Aphasia Association designed to offer families and caregivers of those living with aphasia information on the condition and practical tools to help loved ones suffering with the condition.

[Infographic] Understanding Aphasia

Griswold Home Care presents a... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Stroke Resources

Nearly 1 million Americans are afflicted by strokes each year and it’s the fourth-leading cause of death in the nation. Adding to this alarming statistic, most of the people afflicted with a stroke are over the age of 65. A stroke cuts off the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, causing damage that spans the gamut from mild to severe.

We’ve collected several informational resources to help you learn more about the warning sign of a stroke, how to act quickly in the event of a stroke, and the difference between ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes, and mini strokes. Check out these resources and learn more about what you can do to help support a stroke victim in your life and give them the care they deserve.


Stroke Prevention: When Time is of the Essence

When someone you love takes a stroke,... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Osteoporosis Resources

Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that progresses over time. With osteoporosis, new bone mass does not form as quickly to compensate for the loss of more fragile, old bone. Bones become more porous and weak over time and have less calcium.

Some of the signs of this disease are stooped posture, back pain, and bones that are more prone to breakage. There are a number of contributing factors that lead to the eventual development of osteoporosis, including a lack of calcium, lack of exercise, low BMI, and heredity, to name a few.

Griswold Home Care has presented a number of helpful resources to help you identify osteoporosis in yourself or a loved one and seek a medical diagnosis. Learn more about treatments for osteoporosis and how to manage this condition.


Osteoporosis Symptoms & Prognosis in the Elderly

There are a number of warning... Click to Read More

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Resources

ALS goes by many names: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to name a few. This disease causes irreparable damage to neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing difficulty with movement and eventual paralysis.

Roughly 2 out of every 100,000 people will get ALS. There is no rhyme or reason as to who is afflicted by ALS. It affects people across all genders, ethnicities, and walks of life.

Although ALS is a rare disorder, it’s important to understand the impact it has on the life of a loved one who may be suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Check out this list of helpful resources to stay informed about ALS and how to improve the quality of life for those afflicted with the disorder.


[Webinar] Fighting ALS from the Beginning

Griswold presents a free webinar that offers practical tips and tools for... Click to Read More