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  • Season's Greetings from Griswold Home Care! From our family at Griswold Home Care to yours, we want to wish you Happy Holidays, however you choose to celebrate, and Happy New Year to all! This festive season allows us to spread joy and gratitude, and we’d like to express our thanks and sincerest appreciation to our ... Continue Reading
  • Sudden Voice Change in Elderly Adults Our voices naturally change over the course of our lives, and these types of changes are often nothing to worry about. But when it comes to seniors, voice problems can take on entirely new characteristics, and it can be important to distinguish between changes that occur ... Continue Reading
  • Hypothyroidism and Other Thyroid Disorders in Elderly Adults Many organs in the body see a decrease in function with age. The thyroid is no different. Hypothyroidism in seniors is caused by the thyroid producing fewer hormones, which results in a lower metabolic rate. Thyroid disorders in elderly patients are very common, and some ... Continue Reading
  • Cognitive Consequences of Substance Abuse in Elderly Adults The relationship between the elderly and substance abuse can be quite dangerous, especially because it is hard to diagnose a substance abuse problem in an older adult. Alcohol and prescription opioids can have severe consequences for elderly adults. These can range from ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Parent Wants to Leave Nursing Home: What To Do What do you do when you get the call that your parent in the nursing home wants to go home? When a mother wants out of the nursing home adult children in the family have questions to consider that are challenging and often difficult to answer. Is leaving a nursing home the ... Continue Reading
  • What Causes Hot Flashes in Seniors and the Elderly? Hot flashes are one of the less fun aspects of growing older. A hot flash is a feeling of intense heat on the upper body lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes. The intense heat can often be accompanied by sweating, red skin and dizziness. The Mayo Clinic ... Continue Reading
  • Helping Seniors with Technology: How To “Old people” and “technology” may seem like two terms that can’t coexist but that’s often due to harmful stereotypes. There has also been a significant increase in seniors using technology as a result of the pandemic. As a matter of fact, internet use among people aged 65-74 ... Continue Reading
  • Best Stocking Stuffers for Seniors Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over, and sparkling colored lights have taken the place of mums and pumpkins on the porch. Yes, December is here! The time for Christmas trees, carols, and selecting the perfect present for the loved ... Continue Reading
  • Hypothermia in Elderly Adults: Symptoms to Watch For Hypothermia is an emergency medical condition that occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, resulting in dangerously low body temperatures. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95 F. It is ... Continue Reading
  • Sudden Fainting: Causes of Syncope in Elderly Adults Remember that friend in high school who fainted the day you typed your blood in biology class? Then you are already familiar with syncope. Syncope, or sudden fainting, can happen to anyone at any age. But there is a higher risk of sudden fainting in elderly adults due to ... Continue Reading
  • Swallowing Problems in Elderly Adults For most healthy adults, swallowing is reflexive, something you don’t have to think about. But after reaching a certain age, the elderly having trouble swallowing becomes quite common. It can also occur for many reasons, affect both liquids and solids, and may make ... Continue Reading
  • Home for the Holidays: Does My Senior Loved One Need In-Home Care? With the aroma of comfort meals filling homes and strings of colorful lights hanging to brighten up winter’s dreariness, it’s one of the most wonderful time of the year when family members and friends, both near and far, gather to celebrate the holiday season! START QUIZ ... Continue Reading
  • Involuntary Grunting in Elderly Adults: What's the Cause? An elderly person making grunting noises might be doing it for a thousand different reasons. In fact, vocally disruptive behavior is a trait found among as many as 40% of nursing home residents. It can be a consequence of dementia. It can also be a consequence of movement ... Continue Reading
  • How Serious is Cellulitis in the Elderly? Cellulitis is a bacterial infection common in middle-aged and older adults. It spreads throughout the skin and affects deeper fat tissues just beneath. As you age, your skin naturally becomes more susceptible to this infection, which enters your body through cuts and ... Continue Reading
  • Frequent Urination at Night: What Causes Nocturia in Elderly Adults? Are you up and down all night traipsing to the bathroom? Do you wonder if elderly peeing all night is a normal thing? Are you feeling fatigued during the day because of lack of sleep? If these questions sound familiar, this post is for you. Let’s answer the one question ... Continue Reading
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