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

When Is Grandparents Day & How Should You Celebrate This Year?

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National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13th this year! According to the most recent U.S. Census data, about 4.2 million households contain both grandchildren under 18 and their grandparents — that’s about 3 percent of all households and about 10 percent of all children. We at Griswold Home Care want to take a moment to celebrate the role grandparents play in their families, and to share some great ideas for Grandparents Day activities! Volunteer Together One great way for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together is... Click to Read More

Retirement Blogs: For Those Who Can Relate

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Retirement. We all want to experience it someday. But what is everyone doing in their retirement anyway? What new challenges should we expect and where can we find people online talking about their personal experiences? It can be difficult to discover retirees who are actively sharing their stories with the online community. Most of the easily-discoverable content comes from powerful financial publications that clog the airways about financial planning for retirement and how to budget your savings once you get there. Though some of that information can be helpful,... Click to Read More

Trim the Fat: What to Eat & What to Avoid with AFib

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Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a relatively common disorder that affects more than 2.5 million people within the United States alone. AFib can cause a chaotic heartbeat pattern, which leads to inadequate blood-flow through the body. Common symptoms include heart palpitations, confusion, and shortness of breath. Those who suffer from AFib may experience symptoms come and go in episodes, or may have sustained symptoms that require treatment. While not typically life-threatening, arterial fibrillation is a serious condition that may require treatment, and may lead to complications like blood clots. While... Click to Read More

Tried n’ New: The Latest Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

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Trailing behind lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. Nearly 30,000 men lose their lives to prostate cancer every year in the United States alone, and there are nearly 200,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed annually. Although these statistics might sound grim, those suffering from prostate cancer still have reason to be optimistic because doctors and researchers have developed an array of effective treatments. Below you can learn about some of the more common and uncommon prostate cancer treatment options... Click to Read More

Rethinking Cholesterol Guidelines

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There are exciting new findings in the world of diet and nutrition, especially for those of us that miss having a side of eggs in the morning! The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, in a report filed with the Department of Health and Human Services, has created new cholesterol guidelines for 2015. For the past 50 years, the recommendation from U.S. healthcare providers has been to keep cholesterol levels in the American diet low. This warning was in place because of physicians’ longstanding beliefs about cholesterol’s role in the composition... Click to Read More

3 Ways Seniors Can Take Their Balance to the Next Level

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As an Older Adult Specialist, one of the main things that I teach is balance and coordination through exercise.  While I have seen many people progress through my programs, some have wondered if you can continue to get better even as you get older.  With balance, just like in life, the only way you continue to get better at anything is to go outside of your “comfort zone.”  Below are three ways you can go outside of your comfort zone and hopefully improve your balance. ... Click to Read More

Keeping a Marriage Together While Caring for Family Elders

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Raising a family is stressful. Caregiving for an older parent or grandparent is stressful; and when you throw in a major health crisis, schedules unravel, emotions become strained, and tempers flare. My friend Matt* experienced this recently when his 79-year-old grandmother had a heart attack. June Bug, as he affectionately calls her, took him in when he was 15.  (His dad left when he was a toddler and his mother had issues with drugs and alcohol.)  With June Bug’s loving support and strict discipline, Matt finished high school as... Click to Read More

Funding In-Home Care with a Reverse Mortgage Loan

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If you are like most senior homeowners, you fully intend to enjoy the rest of your retirement years in your home.  In the summertime, you'll be relaxing and enjoying a cool breeze and fresh beverage under the shade of your front porch.  In the wintertime, you'll be in your cozy den, surrounded by your loving family and relishing in the holiday spirit.  And in the spring, you'll be enjoying fresh flowers on your windowsill, as the wafting fragrant smell mixes with the sounds of delighted squeals from your... Click to Read More

The State of Caregiving in the US: A Closer Analysis

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Within the past two months, AARP released their comprehensive 2015 report on caregiving in the US. They looked at demographics, the number of hours family caregivers spend on average caring for a loved one, which IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or the necessary tasks you do every day) most caregivers helped with, how caregiving affected family caregivers working full-time, what percentage of caregivers employed some kind of home help, and a host of other aspects relating to family caregiving. We thought it would be helpful for our readers... Click to Read More