Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to ALS Breakthrough

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Following the end of the outrageously successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, researchers have been making considerable strides in the battle against ALS. You may remember the Ice Bucket Challenge as the summer when 17 million people dumped a bucket of ice water over their head online, but those affected by ALS remember it as the moment that over $115 million was donated to continue the fight against the progressive disease. In the two years since, considerable progress has already been made. The Reality of ALS Also known as Lou Gehrig's... Click to Read More

Growing Old Together: Romantic or Scary?

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Our dear friends, Shelly* and Rob*, started dating 20 years ago. Shelly had zero interest in marriage, so 15 years ago they agreed to become “permanently engaged.” When they called recently and said they had decided to get married, my husband and I were delighted and very surprised. We all agreed to celebrate by meeting at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Our plan was to see two plays, go out for a nice dinner, and spend some leisurely time catching up and enjoying one another’s company. Revelations,... Click to Read More

Things Divorcing Seniors Should Consider Before Splitting

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The number of people over 50 who have decided to get divorced has skyrocketed. Known more commonly as “gray divorce”, the 50-and-over demographic is now more than twice as likely to get divorced as they were only two decades ago. But it doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 88; divorce takes a toll on everyone involved. Going through a divorce can mean disrupting the personal lives of your friends and family, facing legal or financial turmoil, and generally upturning your life in a way that’s critical to think about... Click to Read More

New Scams Seniors Should Know About

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New Scams Seniors Should Know About Many seniors are often targeted by scam artists simply because of their age and the fact that they are not always the most tech savvy. Add to this, their willingness to trust others, and before you know it, the senior in your life could be the very next victim of an unscrupulous scammer, depleting their savings in no time flat. Seniors are defrauded out of an astonishing $40 to $50 billion dollars each year from scam artists, and in fact, 26% of all fraud... Click to Read More

NYU Student Awarded Griswold Home Care Scholarship

Twice each year, Griswold Home Care awards a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student who demonstrates a commitment to caregiving and making a difference in the lives of others. It is our hope to help further the educational goals of these students who are putting the needs of others before their own. Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Paige Alenick as the most recent winner of our bi-annual scholarship. Paige is currently a student at New York University, majoring in Psychology with the intent to earn a... Click to Read More

New Advancements for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

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Living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) means that even walking can be a serious challenge. Affecting around one out of every 10,000 newborns, SMA is one of the most common and deadly genetic disorders in the world. With no cure in sight, patients have few options to treat their severe and worsening symptoms -- but there's hope. Recent years have brought several technological advancements that may help provide a much greater quality of life for people with SMA, and some of those advancements are more than a little... Click to Read More

Immunization and the Elderly: Natural Ways to Boost Seniors’ Immune Systems

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It’s a fact of life that as we grow older, our immune system doesn’t work quite the way it used to. That’s important information to know because the body’s immunity is what protects us from catching common viruses that are making the rounds, as well as developing more serious health conditions such as cancer and pneumonia. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help protect yourself. Some are medical interventions, such as vaccinations, but many are natural methods known to boost immunity. Immunizations and Older... Click to Read More

Why Aging in Place Benefits Seniors

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There are many advantages to aging in place for seniors, and current trends in technology, home health care, and city planning are making it easier for more seniors to stay at home longer which is good for them and the communities they live in. The Benefits of Aging in Place One of the biggest benefits of aging in place, is that it allows the senior to remain in the community they have lived for years, if not decades. The importance of the familiar and comfortable cannot be overstated. This is... Click to Read More

Alzheimer’s & Peanut Butter: Is There Really a Connection?

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Imagine peanut butter helping you or a loved one determine your risk for Alzheimer’s. It may seem far-fetched at first mention, however researchers at The University of Florida believe there could be a significant connection between the sense of smell and Alzheimer’s. The Mayo Clinic helped identify that one of the first indicators of cognitive decline, even before noticeable memory loss, is a failing sense of smell - and so the Alzheimer’s peanut butter test was created. The Sniff Test: Can Smelling Peanut Butter Detect Alzheimer’s? In the experiment, the... Click to Read More

5 Tips for Thriving with Osteoporosis

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A friend just told me that her mom fell a few months ago and broke her femur so badly that she needed surgery and a metal rod inserted in her leg. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common scenario. According to Osteoporosis Canada, fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. If so many people have osteoporosis and the effects can dramatically affect your life, why don’t more people do something about it? Well, from my experience with speaking to those who have osteoporosis, many... Click to Read More