Summer Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

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Fire can be a concern anytime of the year, but during the summer months fire can play a larger role and be of increased concerned for older adults. From BBQ's to wildfires, the best time to ensure your loved one is up to date on fire safety is before it becomes necessary. This is one area where a little prevention can save a life. Fire Safety for Seniors Older adults over the age of sixty-five run a much higher risk of being injured or killed by a... Click to Read More

How Do I Know if I have Cataracts?

Old lady feel pain of eye
For many, as they age, cataracts become a part of daily life. But because cataracts progress slowly, older adults may not even realize they have them or realize just how extensively the cataracts are compromising their vision. That said, there are some warning signs you should know about so you can take the necessary steps to help prevent or delay the progression of cataracts. What Does a Cataract Look Like? A cataract is a clouding of the internal lens of the eye. This cloudiness starts slowly and,... Click to Read More

Who Will Care For You When You’re Old?

Elderly Woman In Bed
I read an article in the Daily Mail about Juan Qi, a lonely 75-year-old man who ran a newspaper ad seeking an adoptive family.  He was offering his pension in exchange for companionship. He said he would like to move into the home of a warm and caring family, or he would be willing to let someone live with him in his home rent free. Mr. Qi lives in China, and there are certainly some cultural differences between that country and the U.S. However, isolation, loneliness, and depression are... Click to Read More

Griswold Recognizes National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Chasing A Woman
National Senior Health and Fitness Day is May 27th this year, and we at Griswold Home Care want to celebrate with you. This year’s theme is "If You Keep Moving…You’ll Keep Improving!" Learn how you and your loved one can get involved this year, then spark their motivation with a story about one of the most inspiringly active seniors in the nation! What is National Senior Health and Fitness Day? National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the largest annual health promotion event for older adults in the United States.... Click to Read More

Considering Continuing Care Retirement Communities?: What to Ask

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At Griswold Home Care, we celebrate, educate and advocate the choice to remain independent at home as we age.  However, it is important for anyone going through the aging process to consider all of the options available. Often, non-medical in-home care services are available to assist you in any setting, sometimes including Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community? CCRC’s are retirement communities established to provide the full spectrum of care services needed for older adults to age in place. In other words, when moving... Click to Read More

Fall Risk Assessment Tools: What’s Your Risk?

Helping The Elderly
 The risk of falls in older adults has been well documented over the years. A fall for an elderly person may only cause minor injuries, but could also prove to be fatal. In fact, the CDC reports that in 2013 over 25,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries. With so much at stake, there has to be a way to measure fall risk. Fall risk assessment tools have been developed by healthcare systems and experts over time. Actually, an argument could be made that TOO MANY tools have... Click to Read More

3 Great Exercises for Seniors Who Suffer from Joint Pain

Running Injury, Knee Pain
As we get older, it can be realistic that you will have pain in a part of your body that you will have to live with or get treatment for. Many seniors can suffer from arthritis, a common condition that that involves inflammation in the joints. Yet, even with the aches and pains caused by arthritis, typically, older adults can still be active and exercise. I know this first hand because many of the seniors in my group fitness programs tell me about their pain or physical limitations. Often,... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Family & Faith

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Witnessing my Mother’s eight-year decline through dementia was one of the toughest things I’ve ever experienced.  I struggled to cope with grief and depression while I juggled business, family and caregiving responsibilities.  Without my family’s love and encouragement I never would have made it through.  Some especially powerful moments from those days: Melting-down, I cried to my husband, “My life feels totally out of control!” He lovingly replied, “Given the situation, it’s understandable.” Distraught about missing another soccer tournament, my son reassured me it was OK.  In that moment I... Click to Read More

Assessing Older Adults: Questions to Ask About Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

Senior Mother And Adult Daughter
As we get older, we lose the ability to do many of the activities that we enjoyed in our youth. Today, approximately 75% of elderly individuals over the age of 75 have their activities limited due to a functional impairment. Unfortunately, we can also lose some of the skills that are essential to healthy and independent living. That’s why it’s important to keep a close eye on how well an older adult is managing to retain those skills. Healthcare professionals achieve this by monitoring what are known as the activities... Click to Read More

Relieving Arthritis Pain: What Should You Be Doing?

shoulder pain in a senior man
As a formidable source of chronic pain, arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability across the globe. Today, roughly 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis, including nearly 40 million in the United States.  Fortunately, there’s nearly as many treatments for arthritis as there are people who suffer from it. Many people treat their arthritis with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications like Ibuprofen, but the long-term use of these solutions can sometimes have serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, kidney... Click to Read More