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  • Mom or Dad Tangled in Anxiety or Depression? In this season of hope and joy, we know that there are those who are struggling for joy, including seniors, due to anxiety and depression. The next ACAP Cape Fear monthly educational program will help shed some light on mental health issues frequently associated with aging. ... Continue Reading
  • Respite Through Art Over eight years ago, we joined with other area professionals to create a new kind of support group for family caregivers. Our vision was to create a support group environment for family caregivers that was fun, relaxing, and creative; and that offered a monthly opportunity ... Continue Reading

Family Caregiver Stress

  • Mom or Dad Tangled in Anxiety or Depression? In this season of hope and joy, we know that there are those who are struggling for joy, including seniors, due to anxiety and depression. The next ACAP Cape Fear monthly educational program will help shed some light on mental health issues frequently associated with aging. ... Continue Reading
  • Respite Through Art Over eight years ago, we joined with other area professionals to create a new kind of support group for family caregivers. Our vision was to create a support group environment for family caregivers that was fun, relaxing, and creative; and that offered a monthly opportunity ... Continue Reading
  • Five Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups When life is busy, we are reluctant to add one more thing to do or be a part of. The typical family caregiver already has a full plate between taking care of the affairs of their own family and their work, and juggling their caregiving responsibilities. So why should a ... Continue Reading

Family Caregiving

  • Helping in the Kitchen Did you know there was a National Blueberry Pancake Day? Me neither. But we will be sure to celebrate it on January 28th with our family's favorite pancake recipe. If you care for someone who used to love to cook but is finding it difficult due to memory, loss, this recipe ... Continue Reading
  • How to Help Your Pharmacist Help You National Pharmacists' Day is a great time to acknowledge those who help to keep us healthy all year long. Are you making the most of the wealth of knowledge they bring to their job each day? We tend to think of our pharmacists primarily as the people we get our drugs from, ... Continue Reading
  • Mom or Dad Tangled in Anxiety or Depression? In this season of hope and joy, we know that there are those who are struggling for joy, including seniors, due to anxiety and depression. The next ACAP Cape Fear monthly educational program will help shed some light on mental health issues frequently associated with aging. ... Continue Reading
  • Respite Through Art Over eight years ago, we joined with other area professionals to create a new kind of support group for family caregivers. Our vision was to create a support group environment for family caregivers that was fun, relaxing, and creative; and that offered a monthly opportunity ... Continue Reading

Activities of Daily Living

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Aging in Place

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Aging in Place as a Family

  • Support and Community for Adult Children of Aging Parents Griswold Home Care has been working with other senior care professionals in our area to bring a local chapter of ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents) to our area to provide free programs on different topics of interest to adult caregivers. Although designed for ... Continue Reading
  • Five Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups When life is busy, we are reluctant to add one more thing to do or be a part of. The typical family caregiver already has a full plate between taking care of the affairs of their own family and their work, and juggling their caregiving responsibilities. So why should a ... Continue Reading
  • Why Our Risk of Falling Increases With Age Our last posting, Impact of a Fall, described how just one fall quickly transformed a Wilmington senior's life from independence and freedom to dependence and loss. We shared this story because it is one of many examples of just how dangerous one fall can be. Understanding ... Continue Reading

Alzheimer's Disease

  • Helping in the Kitchen Did you know there was a National Blueberry Pancake Day? Me neither. But we will be sure to celebrate it on January 28th with our family's favorite pancake recipe. If you care for someone who used to love to cook but is finding it difficult due to memory, loss, this recipe ... Continue Reading
  • I Will Choose to Be Thankful The following is a piece I wrote back in 2015 about applying the practice of giving thanks to the experience of loving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers’ Month, so I thought it fitting to share ... Continue Reading

Assistive Devices

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Resource

  • Support and Community for Adult Children of Aging Parents Griswold Home Care has been working with other senior care professionals in our area to bring a local chapter of ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents) to our area to provide free programs on different topics of interest to adult caregivers. Although designed for ... Continue Reading
  • Reopened this week! Wilmington's Senior Resource Center New Hanover County's newly renovated Senior Resource Center in Wilmington reopened its doors to the community Monday of this week, April 12, 2021. While the staff have continued to serve our community through online, phone, drive-through and delivery services, the center ... Continue Reading
  • Our “Why" This week we met with the families of two new clients whose reaction to our services was such an affirmation of our “why” – our reason for doing what we do. The first reaction was a client’s excitement at regaining his freedom to participate in a hobby he enjoys. One of our ... Continue Reading
  • Tips for Dealing with Digestive Upset that Comes with Family Caregiver Stress Family Caregivers in Wilmington, NC Stress is a reality of life for the vast majority of family caregivers. Handling all of the needs of elderly adults along with raising children, managing a career, maintaining a home, and nurturing your marriage can lead to feeling ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Stress

  • Five Benefits of Caregiver Support Groups When life is busy, we are reluctant to add one more thing to do or be a part of. The typical family caregiver already has a full plate between taking care of the affairs of their own family and their work, and juggling their caregiving responsibilities. So why should a ... Continue Reading
  • I Will Choose to Be Thankful The following is a piece I wrote back in 2015 about applying the practice of giving thanks to the experience of loving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers’ Month, so I thought it fitting to share ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Support Through Art Creative Inlet, supporting family caregivers through art is back in person! Since 2014 , we have partnered with the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and other local businesses to provide an art support group for family caregivers (and their care recipients if ... Continue Reading

Caregiver Wellness & Tips

  • Caregiver Support Through Art Creative Inlet, supporting family caregivers through art is back in person! Since 2014 , we have partnered with the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and other local businesses to provide an art support group for family caregivers (and their care recipients if ... Continue Reading

Caregivers

  • Thanks Wilmington for 9 Years! This month we celebrated nine years of serving Wilmington's home care needs. We are so thankful for the opportunities we have had to help seniors safely return home following a fall, injury or hospitalization; serve our deserving veterans; and provide needed respite for ... Continue Reading
  • Hero of the Week We were so honored to have Griswold Home Care caregiver Sandy S. recognized today as Senior Care Hero of the Week by Mike Hartmann of Assisted Living Locators, Pam Palanza of Carefinderz, and Sue Fryt of Cranfill Sumner LLP. While Sandy was recognized for exceptional work as ... Continue Reading
  • Shout Out to Our Caregivers Did you know today is National Caregivers Day? The third Friday in February is set aside to honor our amazing caregivers providing personal care, safety supervision, and companionship to the seniors in our community. Our caregivers really make a difference, not only in the ... Continue Reading

Caregiving

  • I Will Choose to Be Thankful The following is a piece I wrote back in 2015 about applying the practice of giving thanks to the experience of loving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers’ Month, so I thought it fitting to share ... Continue Reading
  • Hero of the Week We were so honored to have Griswold Home Care caregiver Sandy S. recognized today as Senior Care Hero of the Week by Mike Hartmann of Assisted Living Locators, Pam Palanza of Carefinderz, and Sue Fryt of Cranfill Sumner LLP. While Sandy was recognized for exceptional work as ... Continue Reading
  • What Now? Are you a caring person? Have you spent years taking care of family, paying attention to those big and small details that make them feel special? If you are an empty nester wondering what is next for you, we know there are many options for you to consider. One that is dear ... Continue Reading
  • Shout Out to Our Caregivers Did you know today is National Caregivers Day? The third Friday in February is set aside to honor our amazing caregivers providing personal care, safety supervision, and companionship to the seniors in our community. Our caregivers really make a difference, not only in the ... Continue Reading

Caring for a Senior Parent

  • I Will Choose to Be Thankful The following is a piece I wrote back in 2015 about applying the practice of giving thanks to the experience of loving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers’ Month, so I thought it fitting to share ... Continue Reading

Community Events

  • Connecting Caregivers Through Art This week, family caregivers created natural wreaths as part of our Caregiver Art Support Group that meets monthly at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. What a fun time of providing respite through creativity! This is one of our favorite ways to give back to our ... Continue Reading

Creative Activities

  • Helping in the Kitchen Did you know there was a National Blueberry Pancake Day? Me neither. But we will be sure to celebrate it on January 28th with our family's favorite pancake recipe. If you care for someone who used to love to cook but is finding it difficult due to memory, loss, this recipe ... Continue Reading
  • Connecting Caregivers Through Art This week, family caregivers created natural wreaths as part of our Caregiver Art Support Group that meets monthly at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center. What a fun time of providing respite through creativity! This is one of our favorite ways to give back to our ... Continue Reading

Dementia Care

  • Helping in the Kitchen Did you know there was a National Blueberry Pancake Day? Me neither. But we will be sure to celebrate it on January 28th with our family's favorite pancake recipe. If you care for someone who used to love to cook but is finding it difficult due to memory, loss, this recipe ... Continue Reading
  • I Will Choose to Be Thankful The following is a piece I wrote back in 2015 about applying the practice of giving thanks to the experience of loving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and National Family Caregivers’ Month, so I thought it fitting to share ... Continue Reading
  • Dementia and Refusing to Accept Help Do you love someone with dementia who refuses help? Or are they refusing to even acknowledge their diagnosis? In this 15-minute video, Nurse and Dementia Education Specialist, Melanie Bunn shares practical tips for both of these real-life challenges for caregivers. Those who ... Continue Reading

Depression & Mental Health

  • Mom or Dad Tangled in Anxiety or Depression? In this season of hope and joy, we know that there are those who are struggling for joy, including seniors, due to anxiety and depression. The next ACAP Cape Fear monthly educational program will help shed some light on mental health issues frequently associated with aging. ... Continue Reading

Elder Care

  • How to Help Your Pharmacist Help You National Pharmacists' Day is a great time to acknowledge those who help to keep us healthy all year long. Are you making the most of the wealth of knowledge they bring to their job each day? We tend to think of our pharmacists primarily as the people we get our drugs from, ... Continue Reading
  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading

Elderly Care

  • Preventing Falls According to the CDC, more than one of every four people 65 years old and older fall each year. This results in 3 million of these people visiting emergency departments each year for fall injuries including hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Dr. Jeff Weisler ... Continue Reading
  • Confused about Medicare? Are you confused about all the options when it comes to Medicare? With all the different parts, it is not as simple as your A, B, Cs. But finding help can be. The October program of ACAP Cape Fear (Adult Children of Aging Parents) will help you learn more about Medicare as ... Continue Reading
  • What is an Aging Life Care Professional? Geriatric Care Management in Wilmington, NC If you have heard of Geriatric Care Managers or Aging Life Care Professionals, but are not real sure what exactly they do, you are not alone. The titles can feel rather vague and what these professionals do can, in reality, cover a ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Tools: Could a Humidifier Help Your Parents Stay Healthier and More Comfortable? Senior Care in Wrightsville Beach, NC One of your main goals as a family caregiver for your aging loved ones should be making sure that your seniors are as healthy, comfortable, and safe as possible, and that means making adjustments to your care plan throughout the year to ... Continue Reading

Elderly Isolation

  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading
  • Reopened this week! Wilmington's Senior Resource Center New Hanover County's newly renovated Senior Resource Center in Wilmington reopened its doors to the community Monday of this week, April 12, 2021. While the staff have continued to serve our community through online, phone, drive-through and delivery services, the center ... Continue Reading

Estate Planning

  • Support and Community for Adult Children of Aging Parents Griswold Home Care has been working with other senior care professionals in our area to bring a local chapter of ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents) to our area to provide free programs on different topics of interest to adult caregivers. Although designed for ... Continue Reading

Exercise

  • Preventing Falls According to the CDC, more than one of every four people 65 years old and older fall each year. This results in 3 million of these people visiting emergency departments each year for fall injuries including hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Dr. Jeff Weisler ... Continue Reading
  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Fall Prevention

  • How to Help Your Pharmacist Help You National Pharmacists' Day is a great time to acknowledge those who help to keep us healthy all year long. Are you making the most of the wealth of knowledge they bring to their job each day? We tend to think of our pharmacists primarily as the people we get our drugs from, ... Continue Reading
  • Preventing Falls According to the CDC, more than one of every four people 65 years old and older fall each year. This results in 3 million of these people visiting emergency departments each year for fall injuries including hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Dr. Jeff Weisler ... Continue Reading

Falls

  • Preventing Falls According to the CDC, more than one of every four people 65 years old and older fall each year. This results in 3 million of these people visiting emergency departments each year for fall injuries including hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Dr. Jeff Weisler ... Continue Reading
  • Why Our Risk of Falling Increases With Age Our last posting, Impact of a Fall, described how just one fall quickly transformed a Wilmington senior's life from independence and freedom to dependence and loss. We shared this story because it is one of many examples of just how dangerous one fall can be. Understanding ... Continue Reading
  • Impact of a Fall A Fall Can Change Everything! Joan (not her real name) lived the active life of a healthy retiree when one fall changed everything. Before the fall, she was driving, meeting friends for lunch, volunteering at the library, and even playing an occasional game of tennis with ... Continue Reading

Family

  • A Poem for Mom for Mother's Day This has been a heavy year. I know many of you have lost your moms, often without being able to say goodbye. In honor and memory of all moms and the many gifts they pass on to their children of far more value than silver and gold... Mom, You Are Part of What I’ve Become Much ... Continue Reading

Family Caregivers

  • Preventing Falls According to the CDC, more than one of every four people 65 years old and older fall each year. This results in 3 million of these people visiting emergency departments each year for fall injuries including hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. Dr. Jeff Weisler ... Continue Reading
  • Confused about Medicare? Are you confused about all the options when it comes to Medicare? With all the different parts, it is not as simple as your A, B, Cs. But finding help can be. The October program of ACAP Cape Fear (Adult Children of Aging Parents) will help you learn more about Medicare as ... Continue Reading
  • Caregiver Support Through Art Creative Inlet, supporting family caregivers through art is back in person! Since 2014 , we have partnered with the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center and other local businesses to provide an art support group for family caregivers (and their care recipients if ... Continue Reading
  • A Poem for Mom for Mother's Day This has been a heavy year. I know many of you have lost your moms, often without being able to say goodbye. In honor and memory of all moms and the many gifts they pass on to their children of far more value than silver and gold... Mom, You Are Part of What I’ve Become Much ... Continue Reading

Fun Activities

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading
  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading

Grief

  • What Widows Want Over the years, I have been a part of facilitating various support groups. One that stands out to me was with a group of women who all shared the loss of a husband. We were discussing grief and what had been helpful to them in walking through that grief. Two things stood out ... Continue Reading

Health & Wellness

  • What Widows Want Over the years, I have been a part of facilitating various support groups. One that stands out to me was with a group of women who all shared the loss of a husband. We were discussing grief and what had been helpful to them in walking through that grief. Two things stood out ... Continue Reading
  • Cape Fear Modern Widows Club I recently sat down with Megan Kopka, Community Advocate of the Cape Fear Community of Modern Widows Club to learn more about how this club has been providing needed support for widows in our community for almost two years. What is Modern Widows Club? While Modern Widows ... Continue Reading
  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading
  • Reopened this week! Wilmington's Senior Resource Center New Hanover County's newly renovated Senior Resource Center in Wilmington reopened its doors to the community Monday of this week, April 12, 2021. While the staff have continued to serve our community through online, phone, drive-through and delivery services, the center ... Continue Reading

Home Care

  • Welcome Alyssa to the Griswold Team! We are excited to welcome Alyssa to Griswold Home Care of Wilmington, NC, as our Care Coordinator. Alyssa has received raving reviews from our clients as a CNA caregiver for us and is now helping us welcome and acclimate new caregivers to the Griswold team. As Care ... Continue Reading
  • Thanks Wilmington for 9 Years! This month we celebrated nine years of serving Wilmington's home care needs. We are so thankful for the opportunities we have had to help seniors safely return home following a fall, injury or hospitalization; serve our deserving veterans; and provide needed respite for ... Continue Reading
  • Hero of the Week We were so honored to have Griswold Home Care caregiver Sandy S. recognized today as Senior Care Hero of the Week by Mike Hartmann of Assisted Living Locators, Pam Palanza of Carefinderz, and Sue Fryt of Cranfill Sumner LLP. While Sandy was recognized for exceptional work as ... Continue Reading
  • What Now? Are you a caring person? Have you spent years taking care of family, paying attention to those big and small details that make them feel special? If you are an empty nester wondering what is next for you, we know there are many options for you to consider. One that is dear ... Continue Reading

Injury Prevention

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading
  • Why Our Risk of Falling Increases With Age Our last posting, Impact of a Fall, described how just one fall quickly transformed a Wilmington senior's life from independence and freedom to dependence and loss. We shared this story because it is one of many examples of just how dangerous one fall can be. Understanding ... Continue Reading

Joint Health

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Living Independently

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Medicare

  • Confused about Medicare? Are you confused about all the options when it comes to Medicare? With all the different parts, it is not as simple as your A, B, Cs. But finding help can be. The October program of ACAP Cape Fear (Adult Children of Aging Parents) will help you learn more about Medicare as ... Continue Reading

Medication

  • How to Help Your Pharmacist Help You National Pharmacists' Day is a great time to acknowledge those who help to keep us healthy all year long. Are you making the most of the wealth of knowledge they bring to their job each day? We tend to think of our pharmacists primarily as the people we get our drugs from, ... Continue Reading

Memory

  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading

Occupational Therapy

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Pain Management

  • OT: Maximizing Quality of Life What is occupational therapy? How is it different than physical therapy, and how can it help you or a loved one age in place? I recently sat down with occupational therapist Beth Locke of Quality Independence Therapy to answer these questions and more. Physical therapy (PT) ... Continue Reading

Quality of Life

  • Is Your Hand Washing Effective? While we were probably taught how to wash our hands before we could talk, a 2018 study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that “when it comes to handwashing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97 percent of the time.” This was a ... Continue Reading

Senior Care

  • Support and Community for Adult Children of Aging Parents Griswold Home Care has been working with other senior care professionals in our area to bring a local chapter of ACAPcommunity (Adult Children of Aging Parents) to our area to provide free programs on different topics of interest to adult caregivers. Although designed for ... Continue Reading
  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading
  • Reopened this week! Wilmington's Senior Resource Center New Hanover County's newly renovated Senior Resource Center in Wilmington reopened its doors to the community Monday of this week, April 12, 2021. While the staff have continued to serve our community through online, phone, drive-through and delivery services, the center ... Continue Reading
  • Welcome Paige to the Griswold Team! We are excited to welcome Paige Gibbs to Griswold Home Care of Wilmington, NC, as our Administrative Assistant. While Paige worked for us as a caregiver fin the recent past, she is now another cheerful voice answering the phones and supporting the rest of the office team so ... Continue Reading

Senior Safety

  • 9 Hurricane Preparation Tips It is not too early to prepare for whatever this hurricane season may bring our way. While some prep work may have to be last minute, the majority of these steps can be done ahead of time. 1. Have an evacuation plan in place. This is especially important for those requiring ... Continue Reading

Social Activities

  • Cape Fear Modern Widows Club I recently sat down with Megan Kopka, Community Advocate of the Cape Fear Community of Modern Widows Club to learn more about how this club has been providing needed support for widows in our community for almost two years. What is Modern Widows Club? While Modern Widows ... Continue Reading
  • The Power of Photos Photographs can play a powerful role in the lives of seniors for a number of different reasons. Many people are familiar with the role they play in allowing seniors to reminisce and stay connected to people and memories from their past. Individual and family snapshots also ... Continue Reading

Women's Health

  • Cape Fear Modern Widows Club I recently sat down with Megan Kopka, Community Advocate of the Cape Fear Community of Modern Widows Club to learn more about how this club has been providing needed support for widows in our community for almost two years. What is Modern Widows Club? While Modern Widows ... Continue Reading