National Elder Abuse Laws: Staying Informed

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Elder abuse affects the lives of countless vulnerable individuals every year. According to one study from the American Journal of Public health, approximately one in ten elderly individuals suffer from at least one type of elder abuse every year, most of which goes unreported. Ensuring that your own loved one is protected begins by staying informed about elderly abuse facts. By better understanding means of documenting evidence of abuse, and learning legal precedent, you’ll be better prepared to handle suspicions of elder abuse. Federal Elder Abuse... Click to Read More

Helping Families with SMA: Getting Involved With Charities

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Affecting as many as 1 in 10,000 people, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an unrestrained killer. Among its many victims, SMA is the leading genetic cause of death for children under the age of two. Although the bulk of people who suffer from SMA are very young, a very specific form of SMA known as Kennedy’s disease affects people between the ages of 15 through 60. While there is no cure or treatment for SMA, that doesn’t mean affected families of spinal muscular atrophy are without hope. From knowing... Click to Read More

Social Media-Savvy Seniors On the Rise

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When most of us think of social media, we think almost exclusively of young people. If you’re a businessperson, you might think of digital marketing, but you still see young people doing it. Would it surprise you to know that the fastest-growing demographic for social media use is the over-65 population? In 2013, 43% of senior citizens were using some form of social media, and that number continues to grow. That’s right, senior citizens and social media are no longer mutually exclusive ideas. Not only does social media... Click to Read More

The Real Story: Why Gardening is Great For Seniors

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Gardening is one of those activities often recommended to and associated with older adults. But is there actual science behind why it might be beneficial, or do we only associate seniors with gardening because of some collective idea of what being “elderly” entails? Older people like checkers, bingo, and gardening, right? Well, we challenged the ideas behind those stereotypes and did some research into the science of gardening and its specific benefits for older adults, especially since horticulture therapy (gardening as a rehabilitative tool) is on the rise.... Click to Read More

What Role Does Genetics Play with Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

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You may have wondered if your child would have brown or blue eyes, but you might not have thought about whether or not they’re at risk for a severe and debilitating genetic disorder. Our genetic code makes up much of who we are, from the color of our eyes to how outgoing we may be, and our genes also play an important role in determining whether or not we inherit many serious conditions. One such condition is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), affecting approximately 1 in 100,000 people during... Click to Read More

Essential Immunizations for Older Adults Who Travel

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For many seniors, entering the age of retirement can finally present the opportunity to follow a lifelong dream of seeing the world. However, that dream may turn into a nightmare if essential travel immunizations are neglected. Regular immunizations are an important part of preventing disease in day to day life, but they’re far more important when preparing to cross the border. Whether you're going to an exotic location or only heading to a neighboring state, having the right vaccinations may save your life. Below you can learn about some... Click to Read More

Elder Abuse: How You Can Help

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Experts tell us that one in ten seniors is the victim of physical or emotional abuse. While the documented instances of elder abuse tops the five million mark in the U.S. alone, the Elder Justice Coalition believes only one in twenty-four cases is actually reported. This victimization occurs across all socioeconomic groups. The late actor Mickey Rooney’s abuse at the hands of his stepson was well-documented. It led him to testify before Congress about his abuse in 2011 and the courts to award him with a $2.9 million judgment... Click to Read More

4 Ways to Deal with Osteoarthritis in Knees

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Osteoarthritis, or joint pain, is a byproduct of being alive. If we live long enough, we will more than likely have put enough wear and tear on our body that will cause us discomfort in our joints. The knees are an area particularly afflicted by osteoarthritis since they carry the weight of your body through the years. Although there is no cure, there are several things that people can do to alleviate the pressure put on our joints --more specifically, in our knees. Lose Weight -... Click to Read More

Gwynedd Mercy University Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship

Elaina Carkhuff
Griswold Home Care is committed to helping further the education of those who show a deep dedication to caregiving. Twice each year, we award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who aims to work in the caregiving field and demonstrates strength of character and continued scholastic excellence. We are pleased to announce Elaina Carkhuff as the winner of our bi-annual scholarship contest. Elaina is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelors degree in Nursing. Elaina is working... Click to Read More

Acceptance: The Greatest Emotional Struggle of Caregiving?

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A few months ago when we asked our 18-year-old grandson if he knew where he wanted to go to college following graduation, he said, “I want to go somewhere on the East Coast.” When we asked why, he said, “Because I’ve never been there, and I want to have a different experience.” Later that night my husband and I decided to take William, and his 20-year-old brother Cooper, to New York and Washington D.C. We had spent a lot of time with the boys when they were little, but as... Click to Read More