Why Valentine’s Day May Give Seniors Mixed Feelings

Valentine’s Day can cause mixed emotions for older adults who are single. Some may still be mourning the death of a spouse and find the holiday to be painful. Others who are divorced might feel like they just don’t have the opportunity for romantic love. With women outnumbering men later in life, some single seniors feel the odds are stacked against them. Between the ages of 60 and 64, statistic show there are 2.3 single women for every single man. By age 70, the gap has widened to 4... Click to Read More

Breaking the Barriers to Technology for Seniors

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Did you know that 59% of adults 65+ report using the Internet? That’s a drop off from the nearly 86% of all adults going online, but it is promising news that the gap between senior citizens and technology is closing. You yourself may think that the segment of elders online is just extremely savvy and nothing like your senior parent, but chances are they’re ready to be part of the digital revolution as well. By introducing your parents and technology you may find you’ve gained some valuable family... Click to Read More

Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship

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Twice each year, Griswold Home Care extends the invitation to students to enter a $1,000 scholarship contest in the hopes of helping them further their educational goals. Students who participate in Griswold’s scholarship contest share their personal experiences and thoughts on the caregiving experience -- its rewards and challenges, as well as how they hope to use their education to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Brianna Moyer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the winner of the Griswold Home Care... Click to Read More

How Will Health & Longevity Trends Affect Medicare?

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Many of us think of Social Security and Medicare as essential components of our retirement plans. We may plan for slight changes in economic conditions, but we expect some sort of support. What we don’t plan for is what we would do if Medicare or Social Security ever ran out of funds. It may happen sooner than you think. If you’re retired or planning to retire within the next ten years, you need to know that both Medicare and Social Security funds are running dangerously low. Experts project... Click to Read More

What’s Funny About Planning a Funeral?

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I would have never thought there was anything funny about planning a funeral until I went with my Aunt Jean to plan hers. My Aunt Jean has some funny quirks. She is fiercely independent, intensely private, and incredibly tight with her money. She has never had a mammogram, a pap smear, or any type of immunization. She has a sharp tongue and zero tolerance for inefficiency. If she were my mother, I might find her behavior frustrating at times. But she’s not my mom, and I find her quirks... Click to Read More

8 Reasons You Should Not Feel Guilty About Getting Care for a Loved One

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The decision to place an older parent in home care is a difficult one. There are many mixed emotions involved. You may feel relieved that you will finally get the help you need, but guilty you weren’t able to provide everything he or she needs. While the feelings of guilt may overpower your feelings of relief, it’s time to realize you have nothing to feel guilty about choosing home care for your loved one because there are many benefits to what you’re doing for them. ... Click to Read More

The Mental and Physical Impact of Isolation on Seniors

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If a senior you love lives alone and doesn’t venture out into their community very often, researchers say they are at higher risk for developing health problems. Isolation has been identified as a serious health risk for elderly adults. While it’s easy to understand how elderly isolation leads to depression, the health risks extend beyond that. Lonely seniors experience greater incidences of cardiac disease, obesity, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes than their more engaged peers. Isolated seniors are even at higher risk for becoming a victim of fraud... Click to Read More

Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs Give Hope for a Cure

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As the most complex organ in the body, the intricate workings of the human brain are far from understood. That’s why brain disorders like Alzheimer’s are so difficult to treat. After decades of research, our best treatments are still unable to halt or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s. But all of that may change soon, thanks in large part to two of the latest groundbreaking developments in Alzheimer’s research. Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease As a degenerative disease, Alzheimer’s disease causes a gradual loss of brain function as synapses... Click to Read More

How Adult Children Can Prepare Parents For Healthy Aging

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For many of our parents, the idea of working out or being health-conscious is a relatively new concept. In the last 20 years, we have seen a rise in the amount of senior-focused programs to accommodate the growing interest in senior health.   As an Older Adult Specialist, I often get calls from children who want to get their parents in better health -- but are unsure where to start.  When I give advice to people for their parents, I usually base it on the seniors that I work... Click to Read More

Toys For Seniors

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Ever struggled to find the right birthday or holiday gift for your senior loved ones? Why not consider toys for seniors? While it may not be second nature to associate toys as gifts for the elderly just yet, we could be very close to it as their popularity increases. The current senior toy marketplace contains products that range in utility from providing companionship, to increasing cognitive skills, to facilitating communication. Here are some categories of elder toys that could improve your senior loved one’s quality of life. Lifelike Electronic... Click to Read More
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