A History of Breast Cancer: How Treatment Options Have Evolved Over Time

Breast cancer awareness background
October 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the first observed National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since its inception in 1985, the month has grown to one where organizations of every kind -- from non-profits like Susan B. Komen to corporations like the NFL -- take time to recognize the need for continued research into this disease. Breast cancer affects people of all different races, ages, and genders. Although most commonly associated with women, about 1% of all new breast cancer cases are men. Breast Cancer Before the 20th Century The... Click to Read More

How to Cope: Helping an Elderly Parent After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may not be your first concern when caring for the older loved one in your life. Instead, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia are most likely what come to mind. Unfortunately, as one ages, the chances of TBI increase, so it is important to understand the complications and how to interact with an elderly parent if they fall victim to this condition. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), 5.3 million Americans are living with disabilities that stem from a traumatic brain injury. Adolescents and... Click to Read More

Fall Prevention Program & Risk for Falls Care Plan

Carer Helping Senior Man With Walking Frame
Here at Griswold Home Care, we have talked a lot about falls in the elderly and the impact it has on their quality of life. Here is a list of resources: Fall Risk Factors Fall Risk Assessment Tools Common Fall Hazards in the Home Fall Safety Precautions Fall Prevention A Fall Prevention Checklist But we haven’t laid out a comprehensive fall prevention program or a care plan for those at risk of falling. This post will attempt to do that. We’ve already talked about fall risk factors in the elderly, but here is... Click to Read More

4 Ways Caregivers Can Encourage Healthy Habits

Old Man At Hospital
A caregiver’s role with your loved one can truly help dictate the happiness, safety and overall well-being in their lives.  Making sure that your loved ones are in good health is perhaps the most important part of being a good caregiver. From my experience as an Active Aging Specialist, the clients who have caregivers who not only look after daily needs, but who also take an active role in maintaining and improving their health, are often the healthiest. With the goal of achieving optimal health for your loved ones, here are... Click to Read More

Making Choices About End-of-Life Care: Go It Alone Or Get Hospice Care?

Senior woman
I lost a dear friend to brain cancer recently.  Sally* was a beautiful, intelligent, energetic 61-year-old woman who was full of life, joy, and compassion.  She had a wonderful marriage.  She was involved in the community, and she had a wide circle of friends. She still had so much she wanted to do and give, and her death was a tremendous loss to all of us who knew and cared about her. Sally received excellent medical care following her diagnosis, but last spring, after enduring a year of... Click to Read More

How to Help Move Seniors into a Care Center

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Moving can be a stressful time, but it can be doubly so if you need to help move your elderly loved one into a foster home or care center. This is never an easy time. Rather, it is a sensitive matter that requires great consideration and care for a number of highly emotional reasons.  The following tips and guidelines should help make your move better organized and easier to handle, since the process of moving a senior member of their family may take a lot more time than... Click to Read More

Anorexia & Eating Disorders in Older Adults

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When you think about eating disorders, older adults probably aren’t the first group of people who come to mind. Nevertheless, eating disorders are actually quite common among the elderly. Along with aging comes a gradual loss of appetite, a loss that may be exacerbated by the side effects of many medications. Living on a fixed income, the loss of mobility, or suffering from depression may also help contribute.   To make matters more serious, eating disorders in the elderly can be even more dangerous than in young adults because... Click to Read More

Making a Smooth Move to a Senior Living Community

Adult Son Helping Senior Father With Computer At Home
Most folks would prefer to age in their own home rather than move to an assisted living or memory care community. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the safest choice for some seniors. Working with the seniors in your life to make the transition from home to a new community can be challenging. But there are some things you can do to make the move a little easier for everyone. Communicate Consistently If you aren’t sure if it’s time to make the move to an assisted living community, the AARP... Click to Read More

Is the U.S. Healthcare System Failing Multicultural Americans?

Minority Family
The United States’ image of itself as a melting pot of different cultures has been popular since the early 1900s. More recently, this image has faced criticism for implying that immigrant and minority cultures are lost or absorbed into one homogenous culture. Perhaps a salad bowl is more appropriate, some argue. Whether you prefer to view the U.S. as a salad bowl or a melting pot, it’s becoming clear that America’s healthcare system for elders embodies the melting pot image, with some significant negative effects. What kind of effects?... Click to Read More

Early Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer You Should Know About

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It’s more than just a myth that men aren’t always the best at taking care of their health, especially when it means going to the doctor for an annual physical. The reality is that for many men, the need for a yearly checkup just doesn’t resonate. Unlike women who typically begin seeing a physician regularly after puberty, men have no such marker to use to encourage them to see their family physician on a routine basis. According to the experts at WebMD, 30% of all men said they... Click to Read More