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  • How Seniors Can Avoid Insurance Scams My 90-year-old grandmother sits at her kitchen table surrounded by four large stacks of mail. The first stack is for solicitations from hunger relief organizations. The second, church fundraising drives. The third is for educating third-world children. And the fourth is for ... 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
  • Protecting Seniors from Predators: Perspectives on Elder Abuse Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau projected that, by the year 2050, adults over the age of 65 will account for 20% of the nation’s population and that the fastest growing segment is adults 85 and older. As of 2010, there were 40.3 million adults aged 65+ living in the ... Continue Reading

Aging in Place as a Family

  • Things To Do With Elderly Adults At Home Figuring out the best way to spend time with the elderly can involve navigating a few hurdles. For instance, older adults may be more sensitive to temperature or face a variety of mobility limitations. But with the right approach, it’s not that difficult to learn fun things ... Continue Reading
  • Protecting Elderly Parents From Siblings A sibling taking advantage of an elderly parent is not only a heartache but it can cause family disputes over elderly parents to erupt. These disputes cause bitterness or even long-term estrangement between sisters and brothers. Elder care sibling tensions are very common, ... Continue Reading
  • What are the Emotional Needs of the Elderly? Many people associate getting old with changes in body function, but not many recognize there are also emotional changes that come with age. To make things more difficult, the changes brought on by natural changing may be joined by changes related to dementia or other ... Continue Reading
  • Gifts for Seniors: What’s New This Holiday Season? It’s rare to get through a holiday season without having to find the perfect gift for at least a few loved ones. It can be a daunting task to find something personal, relevant, and budget friendly for each person on your list, especially when it comes to family. Gifts for ... Continue Reading

ALS

  • ALS Support: How to Care for Someone with ALS You likely remember hearing about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) recently when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral in 2014. With this challenge, participants filmed themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads and nominated others to either do the same or ... Continue Reading
  • ALS and Stephen Hawking: Timeline, Quick Facts, and More If you’ve been watching the news, then you might have heard that Stephen Hawking recently passed away. While he is known for his scientific discoveries and theories, he is also known for living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. As a celebration of his ... Continue Reading
  • Is There a Connection Between ALS & Lyme Disease? The symptoms of amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) look similar to the symptoms of nearly four dozen other diseases, including Lyme disease. That’s partly why some people believe there may be a connection between Lyme disease and ALS. And while there is no proven ... Continue Reading
  • Famous People with ALS: 3 Inspiring Stories Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, has received a lot of media attention as of late. The Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation was designed to not only raise money for ALS research, but to raise awareness of the disease. The challenge itself echoed the ... Continue Reading

Alzheimer's Disease

  • How To Know When Your Loved One Is Sundowning Most people understand that people with dementia have their good days and their bad days. What’s less known is that the symptoms of dementia can also be affected by the time of day. Researchers named this phenomenon sundown syndrome, and it’s fairly common among people with ... Continue Reading
  • Late Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: What To Expect The late stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult for the patient, family, and caregivers. It’s important to know the symptoms, understand the progression of the disease, and provide thorough care. As always, it is best to speak with a medical professional before ... Continue Reading
  • Celebrating Black History Month: Solomon Carter Fuller and Alzheimer’s Disease [Infographic] At Griswold Home Care, we're happy to celebrate Black History Month. Continue Reading
  • 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Click here for more information about Alzheimer’s: Download Free Alzheimer's Guide Continue Reading

Animals

  • 4 Dog Breeds Who Make the Perfect Companion for Retirees Whilst dogs are generally adaptable to their lifestyle, if, as a senior, you are bringing a new pooch into your home, there are certain things to consider that will make life much easier. Firstly, consider if the dog’s energy levels will meet yours – if you love walking, ... Continue Reading
  • How You Can Help Seniors with Pets According to The Humane Society of the United States , it’s estimated that 65% of American households own a pet. There are approximately 163.6 million dogs and cats in American homes. It’s safe to say that Americans love their pets! How Seniors Benefit from Animal Companions ... Continue Reading

Apashia

  • Aphasia Communication Tools Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and write. The National Aphasia Association explains that aphasia is always due to some sort of brain injury. The most common aphasia-causing brain injury is ... Continue Reading
  • Transient Aphasia: Causes of Temporary Aphasia It’s an unnerving experience to lose your ability to communicate, but it’s not that uncommon. Aphasia can occur anytime the speech center of your brain is obstructed in some way. Permanent aphasia is the result of brain damage, while transient aphasia can be caused by any ... Continue Reading
  • Trapped In Your Own Mind: What It’s Like to Live With Aphasia Few people can truly imagine how difficult it would be to live a life unable to communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are some people who do not have to imagine. For the countless individuals living with aphasia, struggling to communicate even the simplest ... Continue Reading
  • Aphasia Home Care for Seniors Many of us take our basic motor skills for granted. The ability to speak, write, read, and comprehend information is taken as a given. The vast majority of people are born with this “universal” set of actions, so it is only natural to assume they will never go away. Think ... Continue Reading

Arthritis

  • Arthritis Care: Impact of Arthritis in Older Adults Arthritis is a challenging and uncomfortable disease that affects many seniors and older adults. The Arthritis Foundation provides a general definition of arthritis: Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Symptoms ... Continue Reading
  • Can Arthritis Cause Headaches? If you suffer from arthritis, you know it can cause all sorts of issues, from sore joints to stiffness to making it difficult to walk or partake in your favorite activities. But can arthritis also give you headaches? What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a term to describe about ... Continue Reading
  • Natural Remedies For Joint Pain According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 54 million Americans have some form of arthritis . Though this potentially debilitating health condition can affect a person of any age, those over the age of 60 typically feel its effects the most. The term itself is a bit ... Continue Reading
  • Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults: Stress Relief and More Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults When the talk turns to yoga, many of us may automatically visualize younger adults in a variety of complicated poses. Even though the benefits of practicing this gentle form of exercise are well-documented , older adults may ... Continue Reading

Arts

  • Physical Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Elderly Adults Our world has changed drastically in the past 6 months. Senior centers are closed, gyms and recreation facilities are either not opening at all or have limited hours and restrictions. Movies, concerts, summer festivals, and outdoor sporting events have been canceled or ... Continue Reading
  • Art Classes for Elderly Adults Communication is an integral part of being human. We communicate with our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors – basically every person we meet. It is an important part of self-expression. But as we age, communication becomes more difficult. Perhaps, as friends and ... Continue Reading
  • The Benefits of Drumming Circles for Seniors Murali Doraiswamy, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan , told the Washington Post in a 2013 interview that music has been shown to benefit Alzheimer’s patients. “It does tend to brighten them up, to make them more alert, more socially active, and I suspect for the ... Continue Reading
  • The Benefits of Music for Elderly Adults The relationship between music and the elderly can be beneficial both as a form of stress relief and to aid in cognitive abilities. In this piece, we will explore how music can assist seniors in living a quality life. Music and Alzheimers According to the American Music ... Continue Reading

Assistive Devices

  • Assistive Devices for Elderly Adults Daily activities become more difficult as we get older but luckily, there are hundreds of devices to help the elderly live rich, productive lives. These devices and gadgets can be used for everything from walking to ensuring home safety. In this post, we will review devices ... Continue Reading
  • Adaptive Devices for Elderly Adults: Home Remodeling Thanks to recent advances in technology, adaptive devices can assist elderly adults more than ever before. Devices like temporary stair railings, mobility assistive devices, wearable smart technology, door alarms, magnifying glasses, SOS buttons, and speaking computers all ... Continue Reading
  • Gardening & Gardening Equipment Adjustments for Seniors Gardening has many therapeutic and health benefits for seniors, particularly when it comes to growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden tools, equipment, and beds – these all can be modified to create the garden which is productive, accessible, and interesting. ... Continue Reading
  • Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Brain Implants & Memory Chips? If the 20th century was defined by the achievements of physics, the 21st century will no doubt be defined by the achievements of biology. To most people, the amazing advances in medical research taking place right now seem like they’re straight out of the pages of a science ... Continue Reading

Atrial Fibrillation

  • A Complete Guide to Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation (also called AFib) is a life-threatening heart condition that can happen to anyone, but many people who have AFib aren’t getting the treatment they need. In fact, they may not even know they have it. In honor of National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness ... Continue Reading
  • Atrial Fibrillation Life Expectancy: How Long Can You Live with Afib? Atrial fibrillation — more commonly known as Afib — is a rapid and irregular heartbeat. This condition can lead to heart failure, blood clots, and strokes. Currently, there are almost three million people in the United States living with Afib. The question is, just how long ... Continue Reading
  • Seniors & Afib: What Caregivers Should Know For most people, a heartbeat happens without much thought. In fact, on average, your heart beats about 100,000 times per day. When everything is working properly, these beats go unnoticed; however, when an elderly person has an irregular heartbeat, he or she should certainly ... Continue Reading
  • Atrial Fibrillation Symptoms: What You Don’t Know Might Kill You You may have heard the term “atrial fibrillation” from your doctor or in drug commercials on TV–after all, it’s a condition that affects 2.2 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. But what exactly is atrial fibrillation, and should you be worried ... Continue Reading

Austism

  • Undiagnosed Autism in Adults April is Autism Awareness month, and as such, we want to cover a facet of autism that doesn’t get as much attention as others. While the majority of autism awareness is focused around children, autism doesn’t go away once a person turns 18. In fact, though diagnosis of ... Continue Reading
  • Autism and the Elderly Many autistic seniors don’t know they live with autism, but that doesn’t stop it from affecting their lives. That’s because as a diagnosis, autism spectrum disorder is only a few decades old, which means very little is known about aging with autism. And while countless ... Continue Reading

Bone Cancer

  • Primary Bone Cancer In Elderly Adults Primary bone cancer is never an easy diagnosis to cope with, and bone cancer in elderly adults can be even more difficult. Seniors who are afflicted with cancer often have very different concerns and priorities than young adults or children. In many cases, their principal ... Continue Reading
  • Common Cancers In Older Adults: Warning Signs and Treatment for the Elderly Cancer – just the word itself can send chills through a person. An actual diagnosis can cause the patient and their family to go into a tailspin. However, modern medicine and technology has come a long way in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is not always the death ... Continue Reading

Brain & Head Injuries

  • Transient Aphasia: Causes of Temporary Aphasia It’s an unnerving experience to lose your ability to communicate, but it’s not that uncommon. Aphasia can occur anytime the speech center of your brain is obstructed in some way. Permanent aphasia is the result of brain damage, while transient aphasia can be caused by any ... Continue Reading
  • Trapped In Your Own Mind: What It’s Like to Live With Aphasia Few people can truly imagine how difficult it would be to live a life unable to communicate with their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are some people who do not have to imagine. For the countless individuals living with aphasia, struggling to communicate even the simplest ... Continue Reading
  • What’s Normal During Stroke Recovery? A stroke is a serious medical condition which can occur with little warning. Since it impacts in a vital organ, the brain, it’s no surprise that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent loss of life. After the initial medical event has been stabilized, a new process ... Continue Reading
  • How to Cope: Helping an Elderly Parent After a Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may not be your first concern when caring for the older loved one in your life. Instead, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia are most likely what come to mind. Unfortunately, as one ages, the chances of TBI increase, so it is important to ... Continue Reading

Breast Cancer

  • Early Stage Breast Cancer in Elderly Adults Breast cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the breast. It mainly affects women, though men can have breast cancer as well. Breast cancer is unfortunately a disease associated with aging. According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation , “The median age of breast ... Continue Reading
  • Breast Cancer in Men Over 50: What You Need to Know Regardless of your gender, every person is born with some breast tissue. While men develop less breast tissue than women, the fact men have any at all means they’re vulnerable to breast cancer. While nearly one in eight women will face breast cancer over the course of their ... Continue Reading
  • Seniors & Stage 4 Breast Cancer: What to Expect Any diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but a diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer can be heartbreaking. However, with advances in modern medical technology and treatments, many women and men, are living with chronic breast cancer for longer periods of time. What ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Breast Cancer in Seniors That May Surprise You Like most cancers, the sooner you discover and begin treatment of breast cancer the better. In fact, during stage 1, there is about a 100% survival rate of five years. This is why it is important for seniors to always be on the look out for warning signs and risk factors of ... Continue Reading

Cancer

  • Prostate Cancer Life Expectancy Prostate cancer and life expectancy can be scary to think about but there are treatments to prolong life, such as chemo, radiation, and hormone therapy. In this post, we will examine the information you will need for prostate cancer life expectancy. Life Expectancy After ... Continue Reading
  • Melanoma Facts: Answers to 10 Frequently Asked Questions May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and as the weather warms up, there’s no better time to learn about preventable skin cancer. If you’ve ever noticed a new or unusual mole on your body and felt concerned about it, your concern isn’t unwarranted. Skin cancer is quite common, ... Continue Reading
  • Primary Bone Cancer In Elderly Adults Primary bone cancer is never an easy diagnosis to cope with, and bone cancer in elderly adults can be even more difficult. Seniors who are afflicted with cancer often have very different concerns and priorities than young adults or children. In many cases, their principal ... Continue Reading
  • Common Cancers In Older Adults: Warning Signs and Treatment for the Elderly Cancer – just the word itself can send chills through a person. An actual diagnosis can cause the patient and their family to go into a tailspin. However, modern medicine and technology has come a long way in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is not always the death ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Ethics

  • Caregiver Ethics: How to Choose a Reputable In-Home Caregiver Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average 65-year-old American’s life expectancy has increased by approximately 20 years. However, as life expectancy continues to increase, so does the need for competent in-home care. Over 40 million senior citizens have a ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Library

  • Caregivers, Alcohol & Substance Abuse Caregiving is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding job. Whether you are a professional caregiver or a non-paid family caregiver, the toll it takes on your own well-being can be significant. In fact, caregivers often develop health problems of their own. One of ... Continue Reading
  • How Caregiver Burnout Affects Family Relationships There’s no question that you want to be there for your loved one when they need your help, but the truth is, caregiver burnout can affect family relationships. It’s important to know that needing help or considering respite care to help you manage your loved one’s needs ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Resilience

  • Caregiver Role Strain: What’s Your Risk? When you are responsible for the care of a senior loved one, the stresses and strains of everyday life are amplified. Juggling work and family with elder care increases the risk for caregiver role strain. This is especially true regardless of whether the family member you ... Continue Reading
  • Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Social Strategies for Family Caregivers As we enter the holiday season, we’re reminded of how family and friends brighten our lives. Their love and presence amplifies our joy during happy times. Their support eases our burden when life is difficult. When I think of support I think of my sister, Wendy. Neither of ... Continue Reading
  • Building Caregiver Resilience: Nutritional Strategies for Caregivers Roger is so worn-out by caring for his wife who has dementia that hot dogs or canned soup are about all he can put on the table for dinner. Sandy stops by to make dinner for her disabled parents after work each night, but usually skips dinner when she gets home. Lois is so ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Resilience: What It Is and Why It Matters for Family Caregivers A young couple’s baby has Tay–Sachs disease that has no treatment or cure, and a life-expectancy of four years. A veteran’s wife struggles to cope with her wounded warrior’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD. A middle-aged woman tries to balance the needs of her aging parents ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Resource

  • Caregiver Apps in 2020 Being in charge of the care and well-being of a senior can be a daunting responsibility. That’s true whether you are a family caregiver or a professional one. Tasks can be numerous and varied, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. When ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Competency: Checklist and FAQs Home care agencies, which offer the type of senior care that is considered more custodial than clinical, are vital for older adults and people with disabilities. The services they provide play an important role in keeping clients as independent as is safely possible. These ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Do’s and Don’ts Caring for a senior loved one can be both rewarding and challenging. As new health issues pop up, a family caregiver may need to learn how to manage complex medical issues. That can be stressful and frightening. Time management is another daily struggle—there just doesn’t ... Continue Reading
  • Guided Meditation for Caregivers: Health Benefits Stress is a part of everyday life for family caregivers. It can be tough to juggle the needs of a senior loved one with your own family’s needs and a career. Finding healthy ways to manage caregiver stress is essential. One avenue to explore is guided meditation — a simple, ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Stress

  • Caring for Elderly Parents: Stress and Emotional Effects We all love to plan things. We plan our weddings, the arrival of a new baby, graduation celebrations, birthday parties and simple things like the dinner menu or a lunch date with a friend. Most of us live by the clock and the calendar. But what about the unplanned ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Burnout: Symptoms, Prevention, and Resources I have a story about caregiver burnout. Right after my dad suffered a debilitating stroke, he told my mother that he was concerned about how caring for him would impact her. She said, “For 51 years you’ve been a wonderful husband. Your care is prepaid with me.” Four years ... Continue Reading
  • How to Care for a Cranky, Controlling, Manipulative Mom My mother used to stand in front of greeting card racks and weep when she read the messages inside of Mother’s Day cards. She cried because she felt sad and guilty for not loving her own mother. A lot of us buy into the “Hallmark” fantasy of happy families. We think if we ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Wellness & Tips

  • Celebrating National Caregivers Day At Griswold Home Care, our dedicated caregivers serve those who require help at home with tasks like housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and toileting. Established by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHA) in 2015, National Caregivers ... Continue Reading
  • Protecting Elderly Parents From Siblings A sibling taking advantage of an elderly parent is not only a heartache but it can cause family disputes over elderly parents to erupt. These disputes cause bitterness or even long-term estrangement between sisters and brothers. Elder care sibling tensions are very common, ... Continue Reading
  • The Sandwich Generation: Stress and Other Issues The sandwich generation is typically defined as adults who are “sandwiched” between taking care of their aging parents and their younger children. There are three variations of this term: The Traditional Sandwich Generation: Adults in their 40s or early 50s, who care for ... Continue Reading
  • Senior Conversation Starters: Discussion Topics for Elderly Adults Talking to Elderly: What Not to Do Talking to seniors can involve several nuances in communication. Here are a few things you’ll want to avoid when speaking with seniors. Don’t give unwanted advice. Parents have experience taking care of children themselves. So hearing ... Continue Reading

Cataracts

  • Complications of Untreated Cataracts What is happening to my vision? Are you experiencing poor vision in low lighting? Do you have to turn on overhead lights when a lamp used to be sufficient? How about the glare you’ve been seeing as a car approaches you while driving at night, or the halo that appears around ... Continue Reading
  • How Do I Know if I have Cataracts? 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 ... Continue Reading
  • Cataracts in Elderly Patients Cataracts in Elderly Patients As some have said, aging isn’t for the faint of heart. It is not always a pleasant experience as aches and pains and health issues seem to crop up faster than a storm on a hot summer’s day. Cataracts are part of the aging process reality for ... Continue Reading
  • Caring for Seniors with Cataracts If you have elderly loved ones, chances are that at some point, they’ll experience cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and affect about half of people age 75 and older, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians . A ... Continue Reading

Cerebral Palsy

  • How Spastic Cerebral Palsy Affects Aging Adults As modern medical technology has enabled us to live longer lives, for the first time in history, those affected by cerebral palsy are commonly starting to live well into their golden years. However, the fact this is only a recent development means that the challenges of ... Continue Reading
  • Cerebral Palsy in Adults: Does Cerebral Palsy Get Worse with Age? Information about cerebral palsy usually focuses on children, and for good reason — cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that impair the brain and nervous system and usually surface within a child’s first two years. But cerebral palsy isn’t just a children’s condition. ... Continue Reading

COPD

  • What Can I Expect With Emphysema? Emphysema is a progressive lung disease that is literally breathtaking. It’s the result of damage to the air sacs inside your lung tissue, which makes the gas exchange that’s supposed to occur in the lungs increasingly harder to do. There are over 3 million Americans who ... 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

Dementia Care

  • Paranoia in Elderly Adults As our loved ones age and experience cognitive decline, they may occasionally show signs of paranoia. Paranoia in elderly adults is frightening both for the senior experiencing it and the caregiver trying to comfort them. Paranoia can be caused by a few different things ... Continue Reading
  • Dementia and Anger: Is Anger a Sign of Dementia? Caring for someone with dementia can be a challenging experience for everyone concerned. When a loved one begins to show signs of diminishing cognitive functions, family members may not understand the behaviors that accompany a diagnosis of dementia. Dementia can’t be ... Continue Reading
  • How to Encourage Social Interaction for a Person with Dementia It’s often said that humans are social creatures, especially when it comes to our health and sense of wellbeing. Studies have shown people with satisfying relationships are less likely to have health problems. They also tend to live longer, happier lives. Of course, dementia ... Continue Reading
  • How To Know When Your Loved One Is Sundowning Most people understand that people with dementia have their good days and their bad days. What’s less known is that the symptoms of dementia can also be affected by the time of day. Researchers named this phenomenon sundown syndrome, and it’s fairly common among people with ... Continue Reading

Dental Health

  • Loss of Taste in Elderly Adults As we age, our taste buds start to diminish and we find that we cannot enjoy the same foods as much as we used to. In this post, we will explore why we experience this loss of taste buds with age, potential risk factors, and what you can do to solve this issue. Do Taste Buds ... Continue Reading
  • Low-Cost Dentures for Seniors There’s no doubt that good oral health is essential, but many seniors require dentures to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, if you’ve begun looking into the costs of dentures, you’ve likely noticed something: Finding affordable dentures for senior citizens can be ... Continue Reading

Depression & Mental Health

  • How to Help the Elderly Cope with Grief Grief is a challenging emotion with which to cope at any age. The sense of loss and feelings of loneliness that often accompany grief can be overwhelming. While grief is often associated with death and loss of a loved one, it is an emotion that can follow any major life ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Suicide: Prevention, Risk Factors, & More A difficult and uncomfortable subject that nevertheless must occasionally be discussed is suicide among the elderly. Despite the fact that we don’t often think of older adults when we consider suicide, it is unfortunately an issue. According to the American Association for ... Continue Reading
  • What are the Emotional Needs of the Elderly? Many people associate getting old with changes in body function, but not many recognize there are also emotional changes that come with age. To make things more difficult, the changes brought on by natural changing may be joined by changes related to dementia or other ... Continue Reading
  • What is Pet Therapy for the Elderly? A furry friend to cuddle and play with can sometimes feel like the cure for any illness. A wagging tail greeting you when you walk through the door or the calming purrs of a contented cat on your lap can be just what you need after a long day. The loyalty and companionship ... Continue Reading

Diabetes

  • Can You Get Rid of Diabetes with Diet and Exercise? Ask any diabetic and they’ll tell you managing diabetes can feel like a full-time job. Keeping tabs on your blood sugar levels, taking medications at regular intervals, and watching what you eat is the bare minimum that a diabetic needs to do to avoid facing life-threatening ... Continue Reading
  • What You Should Know About Type 1 Diabetes & Seniors What You Should Know About Type 1 Diabetes & Seniors Type 1 diabetes — also known as juvenile diabetes — is a chronic condition that, while typically diagnosed in young people is actually a lifelong condition that many seniors deal with on a daily basis. It can affect all ... Continue Reading
  • Holiday Dishes for Seniors with Special Dietary Needs Holiday Dishes for Seniors with Special Dietary Needs The holidays are the perfect excuse for the family getting together and enjoying a good meal. However, these days, it’s not always as simple as carving a turkey and serving up traditional fare like stuffing or candied ... 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

Elder Abuse & Scams

  • Financial Scams Targeting the Elderly Con artists will often target older adults with various schemes and frauds to milk them for money. These can include everything from preying on their vulnerability to posing as various “helpful” services. Let’s take a look at financial scams targeting the elderly and ways to ... Continue Reading
  • What to Do if Your Elderly Parent is Being Scammed An estimated five million people fall victim to financial scams every year. Due to the prevalent belief that older adults have large sums of saved money sitting in their bank accounts, the senior population is often targeted in these scams. Scammers who target the elderly ... Continue Reading
  • Taking Control of Elderly Parents’ Finances Money can be a difficult topic in any relationship—especially between adult children and their aging parents. For many seniors, handling finances effectively can become a challenge as they age, particularly if cognitive decline is involved. Here, we’ll dig into what makes ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Gambling Addiction: Signs of Gambling Addiction in Seniors Bingo! It’s a common cry that echoes through senior communities. It’s also a seemingly harmless hobby that can lead to trouble if a gambling addiction is involved. With a gambling industry intent on preying on the vulnerabilities seniors face, it’s no wonder some experts ... Continue Reading

Elderly Isolation

  • Elderly Loneliness: Reducing Loneliness in the Elderly Loneliness isn’t merely a feeling; it’s also a physiological reaction in the body. Not unlike other forms of stress, it can have an impact not only on our sense of wellbeing but also on our physical health. In some circumstances, chronic loneliness can be about as dangerous ... Continue Reading
  • Impact of Social Isolation on the Elderly Social isolation, or to use the new buzz words, “social distancing” is an unexpected situation we have found ourselves in for several weeks. The coronavirus snuck into our world with very little warning and no time for us to prepare for the effect it would have on our lives. ... Continue Reading
  • What is the Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation? Lately, we have all been hearing several buzzwords related to staying healthy in the face of sickness. Words like social distancing, isolation, and quarantine are tossed around interchangeably on social media. But they are not quite the same and understanding the differences ... Continue Reading
  • Aging and Social Isolation Care Plan During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors everywhere are practicing social distancing and are likely feeling isolated. However, social isolation can be a problem for seniors even when the world is not experiencing these circumstances. Let’s discuss how to combat social isolation ... Continue Reading

Emphysema

  • What Can I Expect With Emphysema? Emphysema is a progressive lung disease that is literally breathtaking. It’s the result of damage to the air sacs inside your lung tissue, which makes the gas exchange that’s supposed to occur in the lungs increasingly harder to do. There are over 3 million Americans who ... Continue Reading

Estate Planning

  • Estate Planning for Seniors: Common Questions Many people assume that estate planning is only for those who are extremely wealthy. But just about any adult can benefit from smart estate planning, and failing to plan can have some very unfortunate consequences. Though estate planning for seniors is often an uncomfortable ... Continue Reading

Exercise

  • Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors We all know how important it is for seniors to stay active. It can be difficult to find an exercise program that accommodates a senior’s various needs. Seniors need exercise programs that are low impact and do not include much cardio. One exercise program that meets all ... Continue Reading
  • How to Motivate the Elderly to Exercise Feeling motivated to exercise can be a challenge for any age group. It is easy to find any excuse to do something – anything – other than exercise. This is especially true for the elderly, who may find exercising intimidating, don’t know where to start, or don’t feel there ... Continue Reading
  • Benefits of Swimming for Elderly Adults The season for swimming and water activity has arrived. It may have been a while since you’ve enjoyed a dip in the pool, but now is the time to enjoy the many benefits of swimming for seniors. Senior swimming programs are available in most towns and communities. These ... Continue Reading
  • Balance Exercises for Elderly Adults There are a variety of different causes of balance problems in older adults , from inner ear issues to nerve damage to certain diseases. Fortunately, family caregivers can learn several easy exercises so they know how to improve balance in the elderly. Many of them can be ... Continue Reading

Facility Based Care

  • What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and Nursing Home? Imagine the last time you visited your loved one. Did you see that they weren’t taking care of themselves or their condition was getting worse? For many families, this happens sooner than they’d think. Their loved one might not be getting the nutrition they need, or have ... Continue Reading
  • 55 Plus Communities: Are Senior Apartments Only For Seniors? You may have heard about age 55+ communities. Or maybe you heard someone reference 55 and older apartments. On the surface it seems pretty straight forward – an age-restricted community of people that are at least 55 years old – but what does age restricted community mean ... Continue Reading
  • How Long-Term Care Facilities are Enhancing Quality of Life Living in a long term care environment can be challenging. Being away from familiar sights while coping with a serious illness is hard on anyone. In fact, it’s been estimated that nearly one in five residents of a nursing home suffer from depression, and one in three have ... Continue Reading

Falls

  • Head Protection for Elderly Falls Head injuries can take their toll on seniors due to their debilitating effects. Luckily, older adults can use protective headgear and take other steps for safety. Let’s take a look at ways you can ensure head protection for seniors. Consequences of Head Injuries When the ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Fall Prevention: Complete Action Plan Nearly 25,000 people over age 75 died from falls in 2016. Dealing with death after a fall in elderly people can be quite distressing but luckily there are ways you can prevent such drastic incidents. In this post, we will take a look at the factors behind falls in the ... Continue Reading
  • Modifying Stairs for the Elderly Many seniors are only one fall away from a loss of independence. And for people who live in homes with stairs, there’s an added risk. But there are actually many ways to make stairs easier and safer for the elderly. Some simple safety assessments and modifications can help ... Continue Reading
  • How Can an Older Person Get Up Off the Floor After a Fall? Every year, about one quarter of adults over 65 will suffer a fall. It’s no secret that falling can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. But even falls that don’t cause an immediate injury can end badly if you don’t know how to react. Of course, it’s not uncommon for ... Continue Reading

Family Caregivers

  • Celebrating National Caregivers Day At Griswold Home Care, our dedicated caregivers serve those who require help at home with tasks like housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and toileting. Established by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHA) in 2015, National Caregivers ... Continue Reading
  • Protecting Elderly Parents From Siblings A sibling taking advantage of an elderly parent is not only a heartache but it can cause family disputes over elderly parents to erupt. These disputes cause bitterness or even long-term estrangement between sisters and brothers. Elder care sibling tensions are very common, ... Continue Reading
  • How to Care for an Elderly Parent in your Home As your parent ages, it’s time to start thinking about whether they require more frequent supervision. If they do, you have one question to answer: Can my family and I welcome my parent into my home for round-the-clock care? In this post, we will review how to plan for aging ... Continue Reading
  • The Sandwich Generation: Stress and Other Issues The sandwich generation is typically defined as adults who are “sandwiched” between taking care of their aging parents and their younger children. There are three variations of this term: The Traditional Sandwich Generation: Adults in their 40s or early 50s, who care for ... Continue Reading

Gardening

  • Sensory Gardens for the Elderly Springtime has arrived! The sweet smell of freshly mown grass is in the air. The splash of gentle rain on leaves and windowpanes gives us a sense of hope and tranquility. Flowers will soon be in full bloom, and trees that stood cold and bare all winter have come alive with ... Continue Reading
  • Summer Gardening Projects for Seniors: Smart Irrigation Gardening is a unique hobby because it cultivates a strong bond and appreciation for Mother Nature while also being highly beneficial for seniors in a number of ways. Whether gardening entails a small collection of (organic) herbs in the windowsill or a small plot of land ... Continue Reading
  • 10 Tips for Safe & Affordable Gardening for Seniors As we move into our twilight years, it is natural to want to be able to continue to take part in the activities that we enjoy; and for many seniors, gardening is a lifelong love. As much as many people love gardening, being able to continue gardening can be a problem.There ... Continue Reading
  • Gardening & Gardening Equipment Adjustments for Seniors Gardening has many therapeutic and health benefits for seniors, particularly when it comes to growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden tools, equipment, and beds – these all can be modified to create the garden which is productive, accessible, and interesting. ... Continue Reading

Glaucoma

  • What Does Glaucoma Feel Like? Before you notice anything is wrong, glaucoma can steal nearly half of your vision. Most of the time, there are no symptoms to alert you as permanent losses slowly accumulate. It’s estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and only about half of them know it. ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Glaucoma That May Surprise You One of the most difficult and worrisome issues for an older adult can be losing one’s eye sight. With the loss of sight, especially at an older age, comes less independence, as well as a sense of isolation. That’s why it is important to understand the early warning signs of ... Continue Reading
  • Glaucoma Treatment & Surgery in Elderly Patients Glaucoma Treatment & Surgery in Elderly Patients Millions of elderly people suffer from glaucoma every year. Many of them are not diagnosed as early as they should have been. This degenerative health condition, which causes impaired vision and can lead to blindness, cannot ... Continue Reading

Grief

  • How to Help the Elderly Cope with Grief Grief is a challenging emotion with which to cope at any age. The sense of loss and feelings of loneliness that often accompany grief can be overwhelming. While grief is often associated with death and loss of a loved one, it is an emotion that can follow any major life ... Continue Reading
  • Dreaming of the Dead: The Elderly Talking to Dead Relatives During Sleep The elderly talking to dead relatives in dreams is not an unusual occurrence. Dreams of dead loved ones can have psychological or spiritual connotations, depending on the situation. Does Dreaming of the Dead Mean the Dreamer’s Time Has Come? Hospice nurses Maggie Callanan ... Continue Reading
  • How to Write a Eulogy: Tips for Speaking at a Funeral No one finds it easy to write a eulogy or speak at a funeral. Carrying the grief of loss and a natural fear of public speaking, it can be difficult to even decide what to say at a funeral. But figuring out how to give a eulogy can be made manageable. With a little ... Continue Reading
  • Words of Condolence: What to Write in a Sympathy Card Expressing sympathy to someone you care about can be a delicate situation. Sometimes, people have a hard time articulating their support during these times and are not sure what to say to comfort those who are grieving. Often, when comforting a grieving friend, people find ... Continue Reading

Health & Wellness

  • Client and Caregiver Safety Remains Our Top Priority As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and wellness of our clients and caregivers remains our top priority. Griswold Home Care offices are continuing to take every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and healthy. In a previous blog post , we ... Continue Reading
  • How We’re Keeping Clients and Caregivers Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic The health and wellness of our clients and caregivers is important to us, but it is even more critical now. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that Griswold Home Care offices are taking every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and ... Continue Reading
  • Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 FAQs According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , the immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. We are providing this the below frequently asked questions compiled ... Continue Reading
  • Pneumonia in Elderly Adults: What You Should Know Pneumonia and the complications of the disease can be serious or even life threatening at any age, but people over the age of 65 are considered a particularly high-risk group. Pneumonia symptoms in elderly people can be difficult to detect and are often not identified until ... Continue Reading

Healthcare Law & Advocacy

  • Senior Safe Act: What You Need to Know It’s estimated that older adults are the victims of between $3-35 billion dollars in fraud each year. It’s hard to know for certain because of how much goes unreported. But as we get older, we become more trusting. We’re also prone to lapses in memory and other cognitive ... Continue Reading
  • Medicare Forms, Claims, and Appeals Future and current beneficiaries with Medicare health insurance should be familiar with the many Medicare forms. Enrolling in Part A and understanding how to make appeals and file claims is something all beneficiaries should know. Once you find the form, filling it out is ... Continue Reading
  • A Complete Guide to Medicare in 2020 Everyone knows change is constant with Medicare. It comes as no surprise that the year 2020 is bringing new policy changes that impact all current and future Medicare beneficiaries. It’s important to keep members in the loop when Medicare makes changes. The new year and new ... Continue Reading
  • Famous People With Alzheimer’s: Raising Awareness & Advocacy Celebrities with Alzheimer’s have taken significant steps in raising awareness, from charities to story-sharing. We rounded up famous faces who battled Alzheimer’s and their advocates. Famous People with Alzheimer’s Famous people who have had Alzheimer’s raised awareness ... Continue Reading

Hearing Loss

  • Hearing Loss in Elderly Adults: Home Care Guide Growing older is not easy. After sixty years or so on Earth, our bodies can begin to struggle. One challenge common to the elderly is hearing loss. Hearing loss can be scary since we take in so much of the world with our ears. Having a conversation and listening to another ... Continue Reading

Heart Disease

  • Healthy and Happy Heart Diets: The Heart Diet That’s Right for You Healthy and Happy Heart Diet Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, accounting for 610,000 deaths annually. The best way to protect yourself is with a heart-healthy diet. The leading risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high ... Continue Reading
  • Silent but Deadly: What is a Silent Heart Attack? When you think of a heart attack, you may think of chest pains, shortness of breath, and pain in the left arm. What if your loved one didn’t have any of these symptoms? If so, they may have experienced what is known as a silent heart attack. What is a Silent Heart Attack In ... Continue Reading
  • Congestive Heart Failure Life Expectancy: 4 Facts This post was published on February 17, 2015 and updated on January 8, 2019. Nearly everyone knows something about heart disease. From high blood pressure & cholesterol to bypass surgery to heart attacks, heart disease is top-of-mind for most older adults and their loved ... Continue Reading
  • Causes of High Blood Pressure in Elderly Adults As we age, all sorts of questions about our health become more important: Should I be concerned about high blood pressure? How do I know if I have it? Am I at risk for a stroke? What about a heart attack? And what the heck is high blood pressure, anyway? Lifestyle habits and ... Continue Reading

Heart Health

  • 5 Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy We have updated our 2013 infographic with tips on keeping a healthy heart. Download Free Heart Health Guide Continue Reading
  • Healthy and Happy Heart Diets: The Heart Diet That’s Right for You Healthy and Happy Heart Diet Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, accounting for 610,000 deaths annually. The best way to protect yourself is with a heart-healthy diet. The leading risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high ... Continue Reading
  • Atrial Fibrillation Life Expectancy: How Long Can You Live with Afib? Atrial fibrillation — more commonly known as Afib — is a rapid and irregular heartbeat. This condition can lead to heart failure, blood clots, and strokes. Currently, there are almost three million people in the United States living with Afib. The question is, just how long ... Continue Reading
  • Silent but Deadly: What is a Silent Heart Attack? When you think of a heart attack, you may think of chest pains, shortness of breath, and pain in the left arm. What if your loved one didn’t have any of these symptoms? If so, they may have experienced what is known as a silent heart attack. What is a Silent Heart Attack In ... Continue Reading

Holiday

  • Creating a Memory Book for Elderly Adults Did you ever make scrapbooks as a kid? They can be a fun way to look back and relive precious memories over and over again. Memory books for adults — especially those with dementia — can have that same effect. Creating a memory book for elderly individuals can be beneficial ... Continue Reading
  • Gifts for Seniors: What’s New This Holiday Season? It’s rare to get through a holiday season without having to find the perfect gift for at least a few loved ones. It can be a daunting task to find something personal, relevant, and budget friendly for each person on your list, especially when it comes to family. Gifts for ... Continue Reading
  • Happy Holidays: Remember to Send Cards to Elderly Friends and Family A 2012 study from the National Institute on Aging found a link between loneliness and serious health problems, including death. Of the 1,604 adults over age 60 surveyed, 43% percent experienced loneliness. Sending a card to an elderly person can help them ease these lonely ... Continue Reading
  • Gifts for People with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease With the holidays just around the corner, you may be wondering what you can get for your loved ones who suffer from memory loss. Finding gifts for dementia patients or gifts for Alzheimer’s patients can be difficult, but it’s not impossible with a little help from these gift ... Continue Reading

Home Care

  • Blood Donation Questions: Common FAQ’s People have a lot of questions when it comes to donating blood. Understandably, people want to know about their own safety. And after learning about their opportunity to save lives, people want to know even more. Below we’ll look at some of the most common blood donation ... Continue Reading
  • The Importance of Independence in Elderly Home Care We have all heard an elderly friend or relative say, “don’t get old.” They may have forgotten a word, or felt an ache in the knees when they tried to stand. We usually respond with a smile and a laugh, or the words, “I don’t have much choice!” But as young healthy adults we ... Continue Reading

Home Safety

  • Home Repair Assistance for Seniors These days senior citizens are living longer and as a result, are living in their homes longer. Continuing to live in their own home is a sign of independence for many elderly people, and we know how important it is for our elderly family and loved ones to maintain that ... Continue Reading
  • Home Safety Checklist for Seniors We know that our elderly family members and loved ones value their independence. A main factor of that independence is the ability to live in their homes as long as possible. We also know that as caregivers, we worry about our elderly family members and loved ones, ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Fall Prevention: Complete Action Plan Nearly 25,000 people over age 75 died from falls in 2016. Dealing with death after a fall in elderly people can be quite distressing but luckily there are ways you can prevent such drastic incidents. In this post, we will take a look at the factors behind falls in the ... Continue Reading
  • Modifying Stairs for the Elderly Many seniors are only one fall away from a loss of independence. And for people who live in homes with stairs, there’s an added risk. But there are actually many ways to make stairs easier and safer for the elderly. Some simple safety assessments and modifications can help ... Continue Reading

Hospice & End of Life

  • What is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care? When you or a loved one receive a diagnosis of a serious or life-threatening illness, you may find yourself lost in the maze of information you receive from your medical team. The terms Palliative Care and Hospice Care will probably be mentioned as you look at treatment ... Continue Reading
  • Terminal Lucidity: Dementia Clarity Before Death Experiencing a burst of energy before death sounds like it would only happen in dramatic films or other forms of fiction. But it’s actually fairly common, and has been observed in modern medical literature for at least two and a half centuries. You can even find accounts ... Continue Reading
  • Alternatives to Hospice: Know Your Options When you’re faced with end of life care, emotions can run high, and it can be difficult to make decisions. That’s why it’s a good idea to understand your options, including alternatives to hospice and end of life palliative care at home, before you need them. Many times, ... Continue Reading
  • Active Dying: What to Expect Death is rarely predictable. Sometimes a person’s health declines gradually; sometimes it can happen in the blink of an eye. By learning the signs of active dying, you have a better chance of being there at the end, creating an opportunity for you to spend some final moments ... Continue Reading

Injuries

  • Aphasia Home Care for Seniors Many of us take our basic motor skills for granted. The ability to speak, write, read, and comprehend information is taken as a given. The vast majority of people are born with this “universal” set of actions, so it is only natural to assume they will never go away. Think ... Continue Reading
  • Stroke in Elderly Adults: Signs, Symptoms, Prognosis This is the first in the series and presents an overview of several types of strokes, their effects and prognosis for stroke victims. Later entries will delve into such topics as stroke survival, recovery, rehabilitation , general tips for caring for older stroke patients , ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Stroke: Rehabilitation, Recovery, Survival Caring for a loved one who has had a stroke can be very taxing physically, mentally and emotionally. According to the National Stroke Association, strokes are the fourth-highest cause of death . Those fortunate enough to survive the attack have to undergo extensive ... Continue Reading
  • How to Care for a Stroke Patient at Home My dad was as healthy and robust as any 75-year-old man on the planet until the morning he suffered a debilitating stroke. The following day he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. My mother had two choices. She could sell homesteaded farm ground to pay for his care in a ... Continue Reading

Injury Prevention

  • Seizures in Seniors: What to Do if an Elderly Person has a Seizure The symptoms of seizures can easily be mistaken for other a variety of conditions, from dementia to stroke. Confusion like that can make responding appropriately to a seizure more challenging. This is why it can be so important to learn what to do if an elderly person has a ... Continue Reading
  • Head Protection for Elderly Falls Head injuries can take their toll on seniors due to their debilitating effects. Luckily, older adults can use protective headgear and take other steps for safety. Let’s take a look at ways you can ensure head protection for seniors. Consequences of Head Injuries When the ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Fall Prevention: Complete Action Plan Nearly 25,000 people over age 75 died from falls in 2016. Dealing with death after a fall in elderly people can be quite distressing but luckily there are ways you can prevent such drastic incidents. In this post, we will take a look at the factors behind falls in the ... Continue Reading
  • Modifying Stairs for the Elderly Many seniors are only one fall away from a loss of independence. And for people who live in homes with stairs, there’s an added risk. But there are actually many ways to make stairs easier and safer for the elderly. Some simple safety assessments and modifications can help ... Continue Reading

Kidneys

  • Caring for Someone on Dialysis: FAQ’s Dialysis sounds like a scary subject. One reason dialysis might sound intimidating is that you may not know anything about it, or have preconceived ideas about it being uncomfortable or difficult. But knowledge is power, and learning more about dialysis can help make the ... Continue Reading
  • Kidney Disease Life Expectancy: The 5 Stages Kidney disease leads to a reduction in life expectancy. How much of a reduction? It depends on several factors, especially a person’s age, sex, and the stage of the disease. Questions like these were first answered less than a decade ago. But thanks to an enormous amount of ... Continue Reading
  • Poor Kidney Function in Elderly: Causes and Treatment Options As people age, it seems like they must start worrying about all sorts of health issues that would never have occurred to them when they were younger. That’s true when it comes to your kidney function as well. Before you start having issues, it’s a good idea to understand ... Continue Reading
  • How Long Does It Take to Pass a Kidney Stone? When you’re passing a kidney stone, the only thing you want to know is how long the pain will last. Although it’s impossible to precisely predict how long it will take, urologists have excellent estimates for the average time to pass a kidney stone. Learning those timelines ... Continue Reading

Life Expectancy

  • Kidney Disease Life Expectancy: The 5 Stages Kidney disease leads to a reduction in life expectancy. How much of a reduction? It depends on several factors, especially a person’s age, sex, and the stage of the disease. Questions like these were first answered less than a decade ago. But thanks to an enormous amount of ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Broken Hip: Life Expectancy and Prognosis Perhaps one of the biggest concerns of senior adults as they age is the possibility of a broken hip. Along with the pain associated with such an occurrence comes the fear of disability and even death. Unfortunately, broken hips and the elderly tend to go together, so it’s a ... Continue Reading
  • Lewy Body Dementia Life Expectancy Lewy body dementia is a debilitating and progressive disease. From onset to the end of life, there are a number of symptoms that typically get worse as time goes on. With that in mind, it is important to understand the stages, symptoms, and life expectancy of this serious ... Continue Reading
  • Post Sepsis Recovery: The After Effects of Sepsis After your surgery is over, you might think the worst is behind you, and hopefully it is. Unfortunately, another issue might pop up: sepsis. This can, at times, be worse than the reason you had surgery in the first place, so it’s important to understand what it is and what ... Continue Reading

Liver Disease

  • Living with Cirrhosis of the Liver: Life Expectancy, Risk Factors, Diet Cirrhosis describes a liver that’s scarred, shrunken, or hardened. After years of damage, cirrhosis marks a point at which the liver can no longer repair itself. It gradually fails, at first leading to unpleasant complications and then death. Depending on when cirrhosis of ... Continue Reading
  • How to Clean a Fatty Liver It sounds like a bad recipe for dinner, but having a fatty liver is no laughing matter. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, you’ll want to do everything you can to reverse it. The following remedies for fatty liver will help you do just that. What Is a Fatty ... Continue Reading
  • Fatty Liver Diet: Menu, Plan, Recipes Eating the wrong foods can damage your liver as much as alcohol. When your body stores too much liver fat, the result is inflammation, scarring, and permanent damage. Even if things don’t go as far as liver failure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) places you at much ... Continue Reading

Lung Cancer

  • 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

Macular Degeneration

  • Is Macular Degeneration Hereditary? Macular degeneration affects about 200,000 new people each year, and while there are treatments that can help, it can’t be cured. If you have a family member who suffers from this condition, you may be wondering if it is hereditary and if you’re at risk for developing the ... Continue Reading
  • Most Common Vision Problems in the Elderly Most Common Vision Problems in the Elderly After nearly 40 years at the iron works, my father retired. He and Mom looked forward to relaxing, spending time with family and traveling. Within weeks of retirement, Dad was diagnosed with macular degeneration and was told he ... Continue Reading
  • Macular Degeneration in the Elderly Macular Degeneration in the Elderly There is nothing quite as frightening as the prospect of losing one’s vision. For many, with the loss of vision comes the loss of independence and the ability to easily interact with others, especially for older adults. As a person ages, ... Continue Reading

Medicare

  • Medicare Forms, Claims, and Appeals Future and current beneficiaries with Medicare health insurance should be familiar with the many Medicare forms. Enrolling in Part A and understanding how to make appeals and file claims is something all beneficiaries should know. Once you find the form, filling it out is ... Continue Reading
  • A Complete Guide to Medicare in 2020 Everyone knows change is constant with Medicare. It comes as no surprise that the year 2020 is bringing new policy changes that impact all current and future Medicare beneficiaries. It’s important to keep members in the loop when Medicare makes changes. The new year and new ... Continue Reading
  • Hearing Aids & Medicare: What Seniors Should Know Does medicare cover hearing aids? It is a question older adults and family caregivers frequently ask. We know the risk for hearing problems increases with aging. As many as one in three people over the age of 65 and half of those over the age of 75 live with some type of ... Continue Reading

Medication

  • Medication Reminders for the Elderly Making sure your loved one takes their medication is never easy. However, there are medication reminder services for seniors to simplify the process. Using the latest technology, hundreds of devices, mobile apps, and alarm clocks can provide caregivers with the assistance ... Continue Reading
  • Seniors and Prescription Drug Addiction When you think of drug addiction, the first thing that usually comes to mind is usually illegal drugs. Further assumptions that spring to mind is that addiction is a young person’s disease. The truth is, there is a growing epidemic of seniors who are addicted to prescription ... Continue Reading

Memory

  • Memory Games for Seniors We all want to keep our brains sharp and functioning at optimal levels as we age. Did you know that age-related memory loss is not an inevitable part of growing older? The human brain can generate new brain cells at any age. So why, you might ask, are you forgetting your new ... Continue Reading
  • Trivia for Seniors: Different Ways to Play There’s something genuinely satisfying about knowing the answer to an obscure trivia question, isn’t there? Or doesn’t matter how useless or, well, trivial the information is. It’s just great to know a random fact, especially when the people around you – whether it be a ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Memory Loss: Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s Part 2 The First Five Welcome back to the Griswold Blog. As you may know, we’re dedicating this week’s posts to diffusing the confusion about dementia. This post is about 5 of the warning signs of dementia and it’s most common form, Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These are the types of ... Continue Reading

Men's Health

  • Senior Men’s Health Issues It’s fairly common knowledge that seniors are at greater risk for a variety of health conditions, but it’s not as commonly known that the symptoms of those conditions can be distinct among elderly men. They can also be more difficult to identify due to age, but learning a ... Continue Reading
  • Tips for Dealing with an Enlarged Prostate Nearly all men will develop an enlarged prostate, but about half of them won’t feel any symptoms . For the half who do, many will find that those symptoms significantly impair their quality of life. Although an enlarged prostate isn’t life-threatening, being forced to take ... Continue Reading

Motor Vehicle Safety

  • Responsibility for Elderly Parent Driving: Car Accidents & Liability “I’m constantly worrying about my elderly parent driving. What if they get into an accident? But also, would it be MY fault if they got into an accident and hurt someone else? I take care of everything my parent does, and I’m worried negative attention will be put on me.”You ... Continue Reading
  • The Road Ahead: Driving Devices for People with AMD & Low Vision Many of us take our ability to drive for granted. By enabling your mobility, being able to drive can significantly improve your quality of life. Driving makes it easier to visit your friends and loved ones, find better jobs, make appointments, get involved in your community, ... Continue Reading
  • 5 Tips for Senior Driving Safety Most people take driving for granted, but as they get older, driving can become more dangerous and a topic for discussion. Keeping older adult drivers on the road longer should be a goal as long as they can drive safely. With the following tips, you can help keep your ... Continue Reading

Multiple Myeloma

  • Multiple Myeloma: What Is It? What Can I Expect? and More Multiple myeloma was once considered a death sentence, but over the past 30 years, things have changed. Although multiple myeloma is still a very serious type of cancer, our ability to treat it is rapidly improving. There are still many things we don’t know about multiple ... Continue Reading

Multiple Sclerosis

  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: Is Multiple Sclerosis Considered a Disability? With March being Multiple Sclerosis awareness month, it’s a good time to discover more about the disease in general and to answer the question, “Is Multiple sclerosis considered a disability?” Currently, over 400,000 individuals in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis ... Continue Reading
  • Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms: 10 Early Warning Signs of MS Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that most people have heard of at one time or another. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, it is estimated that over 2.3 million people around the world have MS. Several celebrities, such as comedian Richard Pryor and actress ... Continue Reading
  • Multiple Sclerosis Education Spring is in the air, but we can’t embrace April’s showers or May’s flowers without providing some “Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education” — which the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) has attributed to the month of March. So this week, Griswold’s blog posts are dedicated to ... Continue Reading

Neuromuscular Diseases

  • ALS and Stephen Hawking: Timeline, Quick Facts, and More If you’ve been watching the news, then you might have heard that Stephen Hawking recently passed away. While he is known for his scientific discoveries and theories, he is also known for living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. As a celebration of his ... Continue Reading
  • Exercises for Parkinson’s Disease Regular exercise is a critical component of healthy living, and for people with Parkinson’s disease, it takes on an even greater level of importance. Parkinson’s disease causes problems with flexibility and balance, which can make activities of daily living more difficult. ... Continue Reading
  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: Is Multiple Sclerosis Considered a Disability? With March being Multiple Sclerosis awareness month, it’s a good time to discover more about the disease in general and to answer the question, “Is Multiple sclerosis considered a disability?” Currently, over 400,000 individuals in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease Michael J. Fox is a one of the more famous individuals with Parkinson’s Disease that affects nearly 1 million adults living in the United States. Perhaps the worst part of the disease is that, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), it is classified as both ... Continue Reading

Nutrition & Diet

  • How to Stop Chronic Diarrhea in Elderly Adults Diarrhea can be quite irksome, especially for older adults. When it comes to chronic diarrhea, you can also experience other debilitating symptoms, such as fever and nausea. However, there are things you can keep in mind to prevent and treat it. In this post, we will take a ... Continue Reading
  • Loss of Appetite: How to Increase Appetite in Elderly Adults While an occasional loss of appetite is nothing to be worried about, a consistent loss of appetite can become a serious health risk. And there are quite a few reasons why seniors can start eating less. But fortunately, there are nearly just as many ways to increase appetite ... Continue Reading
  • Summer Menu Ideas for Elderly Adults The temperatures are getting warmer and it’s important now more than ever to stay hydrated. However, heat can reduce appetite and older adults feel less thirsty than young people. Furthermore, seniors lose more water as their muscle mass and their kidney function decreases. ... Continue Reading
  • Meal Planning: Elderly Guidelines Eating healthy meals is important during every stage of life. It is not always easy to make healthy food choices. Browsing through the grocery store, one can find a plethora of ready-made meals that can be tossed into the microwave and ready in minutes, helping you save time ... Continue Reading

Occupational Therapy

  • Geriatric Occupational Therapy for Older Adults: Treatment Ideas Serious injuries and diseases can have a major effect on one’s muscle strength and coordination. In some instances, this may require that the person learn how to walk on their own. As the name suggests, occupational therapy (OT) is also designed to assist individuals with ... Continue Reading
  • 5 Ways Occupational Therapy & Home Care Can Help Your Loved One Contrary to popular belief, home health care and occupational therapy is not just for the elderly. It can be extraordinarily beneficial for people of all ages, and encompasses a comprehensive approach intended to help an individual improve their physical and psychosocial ... Continue Reading
  • Should Your Loved One Have an Occupational Therapist? Your loved one wants to remain living at home for as long as she can. But lately, you’ve become worried about her ability to take care of day-to-day activities like cooking and grooming herself. Is it time to send her to an assisted care facility? For some older adults, ... Continue Reading

Osteoporosis & Bone Health

  • Pilates for Osteoporosis People often take their bones for granted. But our bones are not entirely unlike our muscles, both become stronger when they have to resist force. That’s why astronauts who return to Earth from prolonged periods in orbit end up with all kinds of bone density problems, not ... Continue Reading
  • Why Stress is Harmful to Bone Health You probably know that physical stress (falls, chronic strenuous exercise, and inflammatory foods) can cause bone loss. But did you know that mental stress can have a similar effect? Yes, a person’s state of mind can wear down their bones too. In fact, recent research shows ... Continue Reading
  • Hip Replacement Failure: How Long Does a Hip Replacement Last? If you’ve had your hip replaced, you may be thinking that all of the pain and suffering and surgery is behind you. Unfortunately, hip replacements don’t last forever, so even if you’ve had one, you may start to notice hip replacement failure symptoms. Signs of Hip ... Continue Reading
  • What is Dowager’s Hump and How to Prevent It No one ever said getting older was easy. Sometimes, it seems as if time likes to make the aging process as difficult as possible. That’s especially true when it comes to Dowager’s Hump — the non-medical term that refers to the stooped appearance of many older people, ... Continue Reading

Our Griswoldness

  • Client and Caregiver Safety Remains Our Top Priority As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the health and wellness of our clients and caregivers remains our top priority. Griswold Home Care offices are continuing to take every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and healthy. In a previous blog post , we ... Continue Reading
  • How We’re Keeping Clients and Caregivers Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic The health and wellness of our clients and caregivers is important to us, but it is even more critical now. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that Griswold Home Care offices are taking every precaution to keep clients, caregivers, and staff safe and ... Continue Reading
  • Celebrating National Caregivers Day At Griswold Home Care, our dedicated caregivers serve those who require help at home with tasks like housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and toileting. Established by Providers Association for Home Health & Hospice Agencies (PAHHA) in 2015, National Caregivers ... Continue Reading
  • Announcing the 2018 Griswold Annual Scholarship Winner! Griswold Home Care offers a $1,000 annual scholarship to a qualified student pursuing a bachelor’s, associate’s, graduate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university. Winners will usually have at least a 3.75 GPA, and have experience in caregiving. We ... Continue Reading

Pain Management

  • Shoulder and Upper Back Pain in Elderly Adults As you age, it may seem like you have aches and pains in all sorts of places, but shoulder and upper back pain in elderly adults are two of the most common complains when it comes to pain. The good news is that there is treatment that can help. What Causes Shoulder and Upper ... Continue Reading
  • Can Arthritis Cause Headaches? If you suffer from arthritis, you know it can cause all sorts of issues, from sore joints to stiffness to making it difficult to walk or partake in your favorite activities. But can arthritis also give you headaches? What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a term to describe about ... Continue Reading
  • Natural Remedies For Joint Pain According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 54 million Americans have some form of arthritis . Though this potentially debilitating health condition can affect a person of any age, those over the age of 60 typically feel its effects the most. The term itself is a bit ... Continue Reading
  • Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults: Stress Relief and More Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults When the talk turns to yoga, many of us may automatically visualize younger adults in a variety of complicated poses. Even though the benefits of practicing this gentle form of exercise are well-documented , older adults may ... Continue Reading

Parkinson's Disease

  • Home Care Plan for Parkinson’s Disease April is Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month. Amid the events happening all around us, it is important to stay focused on our health and well-being. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, speech, and finally the ability to care ... Continue Reading
  • Exercises for Parkinson’s Disease Regular exercise is a critical component of healthy living, and for people with Parkinson’s disease, it takes on an even greater level of importance. Parkinson’s disease causes problems with flexibility and balance, which can make activities of daily living more difficult. ... Continue Reading
  • Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease Michael J. Fox is a one of the more famous individuals with Parkinson’s Disease that affects nearly 1 million adults living in the United States. Perhaps the worst part of the disease is that, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), it is classified as both ... Continue Reading
  • Parkinson’s Disease: Differences Between Young Onset & Later Years Before Michael J. Fox was diagnosed, not many people thought of Parkinson’s as a young person’s disease. Although the average age of a Parkinson’s diagnosis is 62, even teenagers can become afflicted. For people under 50, this is a special diagnosis called young-onset ... Continue Reading

Paying for Care

  • Medicare Forms, Claims, and Appeals Future and current beneficiaries with Medicare health insurance should be familiar with the many Medicare forms. Enrolling in Part A and understanding how to make appeals and file claims is something all beneficiaries should know. Once you find the form, filling it out is ... Continue Reading
  • A Complete Guide to Medicare in 2020 Everyone knows change is constant with Medicare. It comes as no surprise that the year 2020 is bringing new policy changes that impact all current and future Medicare beneficiaries. It’s important to keep members in the loop when Medicare makes changes. The new year and new ... Continue Reading
  • The Average Cost of Hospice and Palliative Care When it comes time to consider hospice and palliative care, one of the options to weigh must be the cost. The cost of end-of-life care can be expensive, so it is important to have some information upfront when making decisions. Below we will cover the average cost of hospice ... Continue Reading
  • 3 Reasons Why Seniors are Getting Divorced The website DivorceAfter50.com reports that nearly a quarter of all divorces today are among adults aged 50+. That number has doubled from what it was just 20 years ago. This phenomenon is being called “gray divorce.” The stigmas that forced previous generations to stay ... Continue Reading

Pneumonia

  • Pneumonia in Elderly Adults: What You Should Know Pneumonia and the complications of the disease can be serious or even life threatening at any age, but people over the age of 65 are considered a particularly high-risk group. Pneumonia symptoms in elderly people can be difficult to detect and are often not identified until ... Continue Reading
  • Pneumonia Symptoms In Elderly Adults Pneumonia inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs, which may fill with pus or fluid. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, cough, chills, difficulty breathing, and many others. Pneumonia may be mild for certain populations, but it can be deadly for adults ... Continue Reading
  • How to Prevent Pneumonia in Elderly Adults About one million Americans visit the hospital for pneumonia every year. More than 50,000 of them will die, 85% of which are seniors. That’s because the elderly are both more likely to develop pneumonia and less likely to survive it. Knowing how to prevent pneumonia in ... Continue Reading

Process of Aging

  • What Causes Excessive Drooling in the Elderly? Excessive drooling in elderly people is not only an embarrassment, but it can also be a sign of an underlying health concern. Drooling in seniors is not an inevitable part of the aging process. The build-up of excessive saliva or the inability to control it should be ... Continue Reading
  • Paranoia in Elderly Adults As our loved ones age and experience cognitive decline, they may occasionally show signs of paranoia. Paranoia in elderly adults is frightening both for the senior experiencing it and the caregiver trying to comfort them. Paranoia can be caused by a few different things ... Continue Reading
  • Edema in Elderly Adults: Swollen Legs, Ankles, and Feet Swollen body parts may be uncomfortable but with older adults, it can be a sign of edema. This serious condition can occur in any part of your body but usually results in fluid leaking from legs in elderly individuals. Let’s take a closer look at what causes swollen ankles ... Continue Reading
  • Hearing Loss in Elderly Adults: Home Care Guide Growing older is not easy. After sixty years or so on Earth, our bodies can begin to struggle. One challenge common to the elderly is hearing loss. Hearing loss can be scary since we take in so much of the world with our ears. Having a conversation and listening to another ... Continue Reading

Prostate Cancer

  • Prostate Cancer Life Expectancy Prostate cancer and life expectancy can be scary to think about but there are treatments to prolong life, such as chemo, radiation, and hormone therapy. In this post, we will examine the information you will need for prostate cancer life expectancy. Life Expectancy After ... Continue Reading
  • Prostate Cancer Symptoms: Fatigue & Finding the Energy to Live, Work and Play “I am a 47 year old, stage 2 prostate cancer survivor …and have bouts of fatigue . Doctors cannot figure it out and it is driving my wife crazy because I am tired most of the time . I try to exercise as much as possible and try to watch my diet, but I am still very tired .” ... Continue Reading

Quality of Life

  • Senior Organizations: List of Groups for Older Adults AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) may be a well-known national organization for senior citizens but it does not necessarily fit the needs of all older adults. In this post, we will take a look at senior citizen membership organizations and other types of senior ... Continue Reading
  • Shared Housing for Seniors One thing we all know for sure, especially in today’s world, is life can change when we least expect it. Seniors who thought they had long term plans in place can have a life-changing event that turns their world upside down. One of the most common life changes facing ... Continue Reading
  • Write Letters to Elderly Loved Ones When You Can’t Be With Them Do you have an elderly loved one in a nursing home? Have you moved across the country for a job that’s far from your aging parents? What about your aunt who lives in a nursing home in a neighboring town? You’ve meant to visit, but you haven’t had the time. Why not write ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Shopping Habits: Are Older Adults Online Shopping? It isn’t just the kids and teenagers spending all their time online these days. Seniors and elderly adults spend plenty of their day connected through the internet as well, with 66% of those aged 65 and older reporting that they use the internet regularly. Like many of us, ... Continue Reading

Romance

  • Tinder for Seniors? Tinder for Seniors? Yes. Seniors date. Whether they’re widowed, divorced, or a lifelong bachelor or bachelorette. Whereas their younger counterparts have been relying on online dating apps like Tinder, many seniors have now gotten in on the act and there is a new app that ... Continue Reading
  • The Importance of Sexual Health for Seniors The Importance of Sexual Health for Seniors With the many advances in health care, people are living longer, healthier and more active lives. While such positive trends are definitely good news, they also contribute to additional health concerns for older individuals — ... Continue Reading
  • Growing Old Together: Romantic or Scary? 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 ... Continue Reading
  • 3 Reasons Why Seniors are Getting Divorced The website DivorceAfter50.com reports that nearly a quarter of all divorces today are among adults aged 50+. That number has doubled from what it was just 20 years ago. This phenomenon is being called “gray divorce.” The stigmas that forced previous generations to stay ... Continue Reading

Sandwich Generation

  • Caring for Elderly Parents: Stress and Emotional Effects We all love to plan things. We plan our weddings, the arrival of a new baby, graduation celebrations, birthday parties and simple things like the dinner menu or a lunch date with a friend. Most of us live by the clock and the calendar. But what about the unplanned ... Continue Reading
  • What to do When Elderly Parents Refuse to Move When our parents start showing signs of cognitive decline or start suffering from significant physical limitations, living alone can become unsafe. But people grow used to their independence, which makes it tough to face reality when start needing a little help. Countless ... Continue Reading
  • The Sandwich Generation: Stress and Other Issues The sandwich generation is typically defined as adults who are “sandwiched” between taking care of their aging parents and their younger children. There are three variations of this term: The Traditional Sandwich Generation: Adults in their 40s or early 50s, who care for ... Continue Reading
  • A Survival Guide for the Sandwich Generation As July is fast approaching, we’re gearing up to celebrate the annual Sandwich Generation Month. In recent years, a new phenomenon called the sandwich generation has been brought to light. The sandwich generation is a group of adults, mostly between the ages of 30 and 55, ... Continue Reading

Scholarship

  • Announcing the 2018 Griswold Annual Scholarship Winner! Griswold Home Care offers a $1,000 annual scholarship to a qualified student pursuing a bachelor’s, associate’s, graduate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university. Winners will usually have at least a 3.75 GPA, and have experience in caregiving. We ... Continue Reading
  • Spring 2018 Scholarship Winner: Christopher Thompson In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the city affectionately known as “The Big Easy”. New Orleans, Louisiana, the home of a vibrant nightlife, decadent food, and soulful music was overcome by the deadly storm. Amidst its destruction lies the story of a New Orleans ... Continue Reading

Senior Care Advice

  • UTI Symptoms in Elderly Adults Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common in elderly adults than any other age group. UTIs are not only more common in the aging population, but UTI symptoms in elderly people can also be more complicated than in younger patients with the same illness. Let’s take a ... Continue Reading
  • Poor Circulation in Feet: Causes and How to Improve As we grow older, developing some circulatory impairment is natural. Not only does our circulatory system become less efficient, but we’re also more likely to develop a variety of health conditions that might impair it further. While poor circulation in feet is often nothing ... Continue Reading
  • Causes of Dizziness in Elderly Adults Dizziness can be quite debilitating when you don’t keep it in check. For elderly people, it increases your risk of falling, leading to potentially life-threatening situations. Let’s take a look at what causes dizziness in the elderly and how you can treat it. Causes of ... Continue Reading
  • Head Protection for Elderly Falls Head injuries can take their toll on seniors due to their debilitating effects. Luckily, older adults can use protective headgear and take other steps for safety. Let’s take a look at ways you can ensure head protection for seniors. Consequences of Head Injuries When the ... Continue Reading

Skin & UV Safety

  • Bruising in the Elderly: What Causes Skin Bruising in Seniors? Bruising in elderly people is a common condition that we see frequently. Have you visited a nursing facility or Alzheimer’s Care Center and noticed bruises on elderly people’s arms and hands? If you have been around an elderly person, or if you are not as young as you once ... Continue Reading
  • How to Maintain Skin Integrity in the Elderly If you have a skin injury or have been exposed to environmental factors such as radiation, you may be at risk for impaired skin integrity. This results in adverse skin conditions. Luckily, there are steps you can take, such as enjoying a nutritious diet or practicing good ... Continue Reading
  • Skin Tears in the Elderly: Causes, Prevention, Treatment Just like the rest of your body, as you age, so does your skin. It wrinkles and loses its elasticity. Bruising becomes a larger issue as well. This is simply a fact of life, so you and your loved one’s will want to know the causes, prevention, and treatment of skin tears ... Continue Reading
  • Melanoma Facts: Answers to 10 Frequently Asked Questions May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and as the weather warms up, there’s no better time to learn about preventable skin cancer. If you’ve ever noticed a new or unusual mole on your body and felt concerned about it, your concern isn’t unwarranted. Skin cancer is quite common, ... Continue Reading

Sleep

  • Sleep in the Elderly: What is Normal? If you are a caregiver for a senior, or even just have elderly people in your life, you may wonder about their sleeping habits. It sometimes seems that the elderly don’t need as much sleep as the average person. You may feel like the elderly in your life are sleeping a lot, ... Continue Reading
  • 5 Reasons Why Seniors Struggle To Wake Up One of the most common side effects of growing old is thought to be chronic fatigue. Most people assume that tiredness just comes hand in hand with age and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But the truth isn’t so black and white. As we get older, our bodies go ... Continue Reading
  • World Sleep Day: How Seniors Are Staying Asleep All Night When is National Sleep Day? Every year, a committee at the World Sleep Society aims to raise awareness about sleep disorders through World Sleep Day. It is always held the Friday before the Spring Equinox. The 2019 event is being held March 15th. Seniors often have trouble ... Continue Reading
  • A Restless Legs Syndrome Diet for Better Sleep According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , restless legs syndrome (RLS), sometimes called Willis-Ekbom disease, often causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms usually occur ... Continue Reading

Social Workers

  • Senior Social Services for Elderly Adults Living Alone Life expectancy has improved by leaps and bounds over the last few decades. With an aging population, there’s an enormous need for senior care services. And in general, that means there’s more support for seniors and elderly adults living at home than ever before. However, ... Continue Reading
  • Elderly Gambling Addiction: Signs of Gambling Addiction in Seniors Bingo! It’s a common cry that echoes through senior communities. It’s also a seemingly harmless hobby that can lead to trouble if a gambling addiction is involved. With a gambling industry intent on preying on the vulnerabilities seniors face, it’s no wonder some experts ... Continue Reading
  • What ELSE Do Senior Social Workers Do? The demographic makeup of our country is changing. In fact, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to more than double by the year 2060. The United States will then be home to over 98 million accounting for 24% of our population. And age isn’t the only factor ... Continue Reading
  • Geriatric Social Workers for Elderly Adults: How They Help The world is in the midst of an unprecedented degree of population aging. In nearly every developed country around the world, more and more people are living well into their golden years. And along with the increased number of seniors living in our society, there also comes ... Continue Reading

Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  • Living with Adult Onset Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Type 4 Like many kinds of chronic disease, living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is easier with proactive management. And while exercise is important for all seniors, it can be particularly important for older adults with SMA. But what is adult spinal muscular atrophy, and how ... Continue Reading
  • The Facts About Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Seniors For many, spinal muscular atrophy begins in early childhood or even at birth; however, there are forms of the disease that begin in early to middle adulthood. The age of onset can play an important role when it comes to the severity of the disease, but regardless of when an ... Continue Reading

Stroke

  • Different Strokes: Specific Warning Signs of Stroke for Men & Women No two strokes are ever the same, but there are warning signs to watch for that signal that a person may have a stroke. While there are some common signs to watch for, please keep in mind that women and men have different risk factors and both also have stroke symptoms that ... Continue Reading
  • Measuring Stroke Severity & Recovery Time It happens suddenly, but can take months or years to recover. A stroke can be scary for the patient and for their loved ones. However, after the event, it is important for medical professionals to measure the severity of the stroke which will help determine the recovery time ... Continue Reading
  • What’s Normal During Stroke Recovery? A stroke is a serious medical condition which can occur with little warning. Since it impacts in a vital organ, the brain, it’s no surprise that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent loss of life. After the initial medical event has been stabilized, a new process ... Continue Reading
  • How to Cope: Helping an Elderly Parent After a Traumatic Brain Injury Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may not be your first concern when caring for the older loved one in your life. Instead, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia are most likely what come to mind. Unfortunately, as one ages, the chances of TBI increase, so it is important to ... Continue Reading

Substance Abuse

  • Alcohol Induced Dementia: Can Alcohol Cause Dementia? When most people think about dementia, Alzheimer’s usually comes to mind, but there are other causes of the disease that you should be aware of. One such cause is called alcohol induced dementia. What Is Alcoholic Dementia? Unlike other types of dementia, alcoholic dementia ... Continue Reading

Sundowner's Syndrome

  • Sundowners in Elderly Adults Being a caregiver for an elderly person is an admirable and fulfilling task, but it is not an easy task. The elderly struggle with many challenges to their physical and mental well-being. These struggles could include anything from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s. One ... Continue Reading
  • Confusion and Anxiety in the Elderly at Night When the sun goes down, the feeling of unease can creep into anyone’s mind, but the evening hours can cause both confusion and anxiety in the elderly for a number of reasons, so for caregivers, it’s important to understand why this happens and what can be done to help. What ... Continue Reading

Surgery

  • No One To Help After Surgery: Recovery At Home Recovering from surgery without friends or family can be a difficult process. Most surgeries will keep you immobile for long periods of time and you may require some assistance in performing daily tasks. However, there are steps you can take and services you can utilize to ... Continue Reading
  • Hernia Surgery Recovery Tips Approximately 350,000 hernia surgeries are performed every year in the United States. With millions of case histories to draw upon, medical researchers have been able to develop a clear picture of what to expect after hernia surgery. Based on what they’ve learned, you can ... Continue Reading
  • Hip Surgery: What to Expect During Recovery It’s been nearly six decades since the first hip replacement surgery was performed. And while today’s replacements last longer than ever, the road to recovery can be just as challenging as it ever was. That’s why it’s important to understand what you can expect while ... Continue Reading

Technology & Aging

  • Apps for Elderly Adults in 2020 In this age of technology, performing basic tasks has never been easier. However, some older adults can experience anxiety when navigating this climate. Luckily, there are several ways to make technology more accessible and fun. From communicating with loved ones to playing ... Continue Reading
  • Innovative Products for Elderly Adults in 2020 Through the power of technology and industry innovations, senior living can be made easier through fascinating devices and tools. Let’s take a close look at innovative products for elderly adults. Convenience Products for Seniors There are plenty of products to make life ... Continue Reading
  • Video Calling for Seniors Video calling can be handy to get in touch with your loved ones at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, it makes it easier for caregivers to check in on their loved ones. Let’s take a look at some of the barriers seniors experience with technology and some devices and services to ... Continue Reading
  • Summer Gardening Projects for Seniors: Smart Irrigation Gardening is a unique hobby because it cultivates a strong bond and appreciation for Mother Nature while also being highly beneficial for seniors in a number of ways. Whether gardening entails a small collection of (organic) herbs in the windowsill or a small plot of land ... Continue Reading

Therapy

  • Physical Therapy for Elderly Adults Falling is one of the biggest fears elderly adults face every day. No one wants to end up in the hospital because they tripped going down the stairs or lost their balance while getting out of the bathtub or shower. According to the National Council on Aging , falls are the ... Continue Reading
  • The Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (and Speech Therapy) Often times, those who have suffered from an injury, accident, or a chronic condition will need weeks or months of care to recover and adapt to their new circumstances. The medical professionals who specialize in providing that long-term care are therapists. With the latest ... Continue Reading

Transportation

  • Transportation Services for Elderly Adults Ask almost anyone over the age of sixty and they will tell you growing older is almost no fun at all. With age comes wisdom, but also many physical and mental challenges. These physical challenges – such as diminished eyesight, poor night vision, hearing loss, and limited ... Continue Reading
  • Transportation for Seniors to Medical Appointments When loved ones are no longer able to drive, transportation problems can become potentially crippling. It’s estimated about half of Americans over 65 do not have access to public transit. This is especially common among rural areas. But access to personal transportation for ... Continue Reading
  • Long Distance Elderly Transportation Long-distance traveling can be difficult for elderly people due to mobility issues and health complications. In this post, we will explore transportation methods, travel tips, and services. How Does Aging Affect Traveling Ability? Driving is one of the most straightforward ... Continue Reading
  • How Uber and Lyft Can Help Seniors When Uber first rolled out in Richmond, I was among one of the early adopters. For me, Uber was cheaper and faster than taking a taxi, which made going out for drinks almost too easy. Little did I know, the technology that carted me to and from bars could be used for a much ... Continue Reading

Travel

  • Caregiver Tips for Traveling with Dementia A dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean the end of all travel, but it does mean taking extra precautions and making extra preparations in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Travel may be possible for senior citizens living with ... Continue Reading
  • The Best Road Trips to Take with Senior Parents The best road trips aren’t only about the destination, it’s also the quality time you spend laughing, sharing, and creating memories. This favorite American pastime doesn’t have to end now that you have senior parents. In fact what better way to get everyone together for ... Continue Reading

Vaccines

  • Shingles in Elderly Adults: How Dangerous is Shingles in the Elderly? Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. They most often appear as a stripe of blisters that wraps around one side of your torso. The cause of shingles in the elderly is a virus called varicella-zoster. Chickenpox and shingles are both caused by this virus. ... Continue Reading
  • Immunization and the Elderly: Natural Ways to Boost Seniors’ Immune Systems 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 ... Continue Reading

Veterans

  • Caring for Veterans with PTSD Fireworks are almost everyone’s favorite part of Independence Day festivities, and many major cities have reported them going off throughout the entire month. While the jury is still out as to why, the general consensus is that people are bored and it’s a way to let off ... Continue Reading
  • Honoring Memorial Day with Seniors In the excitement of summer’s unofficial arrival, it is easy to overlook what Memorial Day really is. Beyond the barbecues and neighborhood gatherings lies the real meaning of this day: remembrance. The Memorial Day holiday is a time to reflect on those who served during ... Continue Reading

Vision & Eye Health

  • Complications of Untreated Cataracts What is happening to my vision? Are you experiencing poor vision in low lighting? Do you have to turn on overhead lights when a lamp used to be sufficient? How about the glare you’ve been seeing as a car approaches you while driving at night, or the halo that appears around ... Continue Reading
  • Is Macular Degeneration Hereditary? Macular degeneration affects about 200,000 new people each year, and while there are treatments that can help, it can’t be cured. If you have a family member who suffers from this condition, you may be wondering if it is hereditary and if you’re at risk for developing the ... Continue Reading
  • What Does Glaucoma Feel Like? Before you notice anything is wrong, glaucoma can steal nearly half of your vision. Most of the time, there are no symptoms to alert you as permanent losses slowly accumulate. It’s estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and only about half of them know it. ... Continue Reading
  • Activities for Seniors with Limited Vision Imagine what would happen if you lost your ability to see. Would you still be able to enjoy the hobbies and activities that are important to you? This is the dilemma faced by a growing number of seniors and their caregivers. The National Federation of the Blind estimates ... Continue Reading

Women's Health

  • Senior Women's Health Issues Women of all ages want to feel vibrant and healthy. Maintaining our health as we age can be a challenge. Let’s talk about some common senior women’s health issues, their symptoms, and how to treat and manage them. Urinary Tract Infection in Elderly Woman Many women over the ... Continue Reading
  • Menopause: The Good, The Bad, and the Hot Flashes Menopause is something that all women go through, but not every woman has the same experience. Some suffer terribly while others breeze through menopause without giving it much thought. We’ll take a look at the two sides of the menopause coin, explore the good and the bad, ... Continue Reading

Yoga

  • Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults: Stress Relief and More Yoga for Seniors, the Elderly, and Older Adults When the talk turns to yoga, many of us may automatically visualize younger adults in a variety of complicated poses. Even though the benefits of practicing this gentle form of exercise are well-documented , older adults may ... Continue Reading