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  • The Dynamics of Caregiver and Senior Relationships The relationship between seniors and caregivers is a unique one; it relies on mutual trust and respect. It is not simply about caring for an individual by assisting them with ADLs, but about building a relationship with each other. Often, caregivers and care receivers ... Continue Reading
  • Sex & Seniors: Who Says They Can’t Get No Satisfaction? The sexual revolution might have started in the 1960s (and it arguably continues today), but there is one demographic that’s been completely shut out: seniors. We still don’t talk about senior sexuality, and if we do it’s while we try not to cringe. Why? What is it about sex ... Continue Reading
  • Debunking the Grumpy Old People Stereotype Many people stereotype older adults as “grumpy,” particularly older men. We hear about an older person being irritable and think “Ah, well, she’s older.” As if that’s somehow an explanation based around the idea that all seniors are irritable. And if you’re irritable in your ... Continue Reading
  • How Do You Find Joy in the Midst of Tragedy There is a tremendous sense of loss and grief associated with caring for someone you love who is aging, disabled, or chronically ill — especially when you are witnessing their steady decline. Couple that with being isolated and confined to your own home, and it can be very ... Continue Reading
  • Grandma Moses Would Approve: How Art Benefits Seniors Creating and appreciating art can be of the most fulfilling parts of the human experience. Practicing the arts has been proven to be particularly valuable for the elderly, who may find art to be a therapeutic and meaningful part of their lives. Art offers the opportunity to ... Continue Reading
  • How to Combat Loneliness for Seniors During the Holidays During the holiday season it can be hard for anyone, including seniors, to acknowledge their feelings of loneliness and isolation. For some individuals it may seem as though they are alone in being at odds with what our culture deems the most joyous time of the year. In ... Continue Reading
  • How Families Can Help Loved Ones with Arthritis In a popular poem an elderly woman speaks of her five boyfriends — one of which, ‘Arthur Ritis’ takes her from “joint to joint.” It’s a tongue and cheek anecdote about getting older and yet, it hits on a reality for arthritis sufferers: the disease is a daily if not hourly ... Continue Reading
  • 3 Reasons Why Weight Training for Seniors is Recommended When it comes to exercise there are plenty of misconceptions, such as if women lift weights they will look masculine and bulky, or if you don’t feel pain during your workout, you aren’t working hard enough. Exercise as it pertains to seniors sometimes has some of the biggest ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015 from Griswold Home Care Whatever your thoughts on the historical connotations of Thanksgiving, the celebration has given us one great practice: reflecting on the blessings in our life. At Griswold Home Care, we have a lot to be thankful for, but we narrowed it down to our top three. The Griswold ... Continue Reading
  • Family Gatherings: The Dark Side of the Holidays? When my husband and I met twenty years ago, he was a widower with five grown children. I had three. Within a few months, we were head-over-heels in love and blissfully happy. We got married a year later. Eager to share our joy with our children and to create one big, happy ... Continue Reading
  • Holiday Gift Do’s and Don’ts for Seniors The holiday season creeps closer with each passing day and that means another opportunity to wrack your brain for gift ideas for your loved ones. While finding the right gift is almost always a daunting task, many people find that shopping for seniors can be particularly ... Continue Reading
  • Lung Cancer, COPD, or Emphysema? How to Tell Because many diseases share the same symptoms, one can often disguise another, making their diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Unraveling the tangled knot of symptoms that are shared between emphysema , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer can ... Continue Reading
  • Diabetes and MRSA: A Dangerous Condition to Watch Out For For the past two decades, hospitals around the globe have been battling an epidemic called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. There are nearly 270,000 MRSA hospitalizations every year in the United States alone. Among those hospitalized, there are nearly ... Continue Reading
  • How Senior Sports Leagues Benefit Older Adults There is no doubt that many senior citizens live very active lives. Entering the golden years and beyond, seniors have consistently proven that retirement is not a static experience, but one in which they can continue to enrich themselves in various ways. Nowadays, seniors ... Continue Reading
  • Common Misconceptions About Aging & the Seniors Who Defy the Stereotypes At first glance, the plague of ageism might not seem like a serious problem, but it actually contributes to a number of false assumptions about seniors and the aging process that can end up causing serious harm. In fact, many of the notions we have about aging are prone to ... Continue Reading
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