Recent Developments in Multiple Sclerosis Research

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A first diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can come between the wide age range of 15 to 50. Celebrities Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jack Osborne, and Trevor Bayne all have MS and chances are you may know someone that is afflicted is well. When it comes to treating multiple sclerosis, the latest news is positive and these MS developments are giving the recently diagnosed hopeful prospects for their future.   Understanding MS Before diving into multiple sclerosis and the latest research victories, it is important to understand the disease.... Click to Read More

Senior Activists Rallying for Social Justice

We often tend to think of seniors as docile and complacent, uninterested in the pressing hot topics of the day.  This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.  Growing up during the racially charged 1930s through the 1950s, seniors are no strangers to protesting and advocating their beliefs.   In 1935, when Social Security was introduced, seniors saw an inherent need to vocalize their concerns regarding issues that affected them directly.  No longer quiet recipients of legislation affecting them, older adults began to make noise in... Click to Read More

Granny Pods and More: The Future of In-Home Elder Care

Choosing a nursing home may not be right for every family for a variety of reasons. There could be cultural considerations, family dynamics, or cost concerns. Whatever the reason may be for deciding against nursing care, it’s no secret that the alternative, in-home care, can be an adjustment for everyone. Fortunately, in-home care has been evolving and now, along with the physical needs of elders, more thought is being given to their emotional well-being and independence. The Granny Pods Have Landed You’re probably familiar with the idea... Click to Read More

The Unseen Consequences of Hearing Loss in the Elderly

When it comes to your parents’ health, it’s likely that you pay the most attention to their blood pressure or their ability to drive safely. Yet there is another health issue that infrequently makes headlines, but also warrants your awareness. Should you allow this medical concern to go undiagnosed, it can have a significant effect upon your parents’ relationships and well-being. How Hearing Loss Affects Lives While age-related hearing loss is common, it is not only the elderly who face this condition, as hearing loss... Click to Read More

The Quality Quagmire: Exploring Quality and Ethics in Caregiving

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When working with clients and their families, we always think about how we can show people the quality of service we offer. How can we illustrate our quality so people know they can trust us with their families? So, we thought we would start exploring the way we measure quality both in the home care industry and at Griswold Home Care. Today, we want to focus on caregiver quality. We get a lot of questions about the caregivers that are either on our team or referred through our registry.... Click to Read More

Is It Possible to Maintain a Positive Attitude as a Caregiver?

My mother was a positive thinker. I don’t think her brain was necessarily hardwired for happiness, and I’m certain it didn’t have anything to do with her upbringing. My grandmother could find something negative to say about almost anything or anyone. And yet, my mother chose to believe that every challenge in life provided her with an opportunity for mental and spiritual growth. She didn’t develop a positive attitude because her life was easy. Rather, her practice of positive thinking evolved over time because her life was hard. ... Click to Read More

Sex & the Senior: Viagra for Older Women?

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If you watch the news, you might have heard about a new drug that’s just passed FDA standards in the past few months. Commercially, it’s called Addyi  (flibanserin, generically), but you may have heard it called something like “the female Viagra.” Addyi has been approved for pre-menopausal women, but some researchers see a potential benefit for postmenopausal women, too. A 2013 study at Georgetown University looked at 950 postmenopausal women with HDSS (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) who used flibanserin at night, and 37% of those women noticed an... Click to Read More

3 Ways Seniors Can Care For an Ill Spouse

Helping and taking care of an ill spouse is not just physically challenging, but also mentally and emotionally exhausting. If you are a senior, taking care of an ill spouse can be especially difficult. Looking after someone who has a demanding condition can take its toll on you. However, there are some ways that you can help take care of an ill spouse without doing everything yourself or taking every responsibility into your own hands. Find a Home Care Agency or a Referral Service:... Click to Read More

Advancements in AMD & Low Vision

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As life expectancy rises, so does the number of people suffering from age-related illnesses. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of lost vision in the elderly, and with so many people living to the age of 80 and beyond, it’s no wonder why AMD is on the rise. Age-related macular degeneration statistics reveal that there are over 2 million people affected by AMD today, a figure that’s expected to grow to 3.4 million over the next decade. However, breakthroughs are always under way for many medical conditions... Click to Read More

Removing the Stigma of Assistive Devices for Seniors

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Imagine for a moment no longer being able to complete the activities that had been second nature to you throughout your entire life. The interruptions to your ability to independently complete the instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) would cause a range of emotions from frustration to embarrassment. Add on to that the stigma some people have with regard to using an assistance device – which can feel like a beacon identifying to everyone around them that they have a disability. The concerns around the use... Click to Read More