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How Do I Know if My Elderly Loved One Needs Home Care?
Retirement age can be a wonderfully fulfilling time for most adults, a time when they can live... Keep Reading
Coping with Covid
Under any given circumstances, we do our best to balance the demands of keeping those we care for safe and healthy with our other responsibilities to family, work and community. The current COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered how we are able to best support older adults. Keep Reading
How to Talk With Your Aging Parents About Their Long-Term Care
Maybe you’ve noticed Mom forgetting to turn off the faucet after washing dishes or Dad having difficulty using stairs. You think it might be time to talk to them about finding some additional help, but you don’t know the best communication techniques to use. Keep Reading
Worried About an Older Driver? How to Have “The Talk”
“When did a simple trip to the grocery store become so dangerous? Is that a traffic ticket on the floor? Oh no, she is using two feet to drive, and this isn’t a stick shift! Gosh, I haven’t stomped on the imaginary brake pedal this much since Jimmy was 15 years old and learning to drive. I can’t let her drive back home. Maybe she shouldn’t be driving at all.” Have you ever had this experience? Family members often worry about their aging loved one’s ability to continue driving safely and with good reason. Keep Reading
Get Heart Smart This February
Chances are someone in your life has been, or will be, affected by heart disease. It’s the number one cause of death in the U.S., taking more than 610,000 lives every year. Since February is Heart Month, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the disease and actions you can take to help prevent it. Keep Reading
Noticing Changes in Your Loved Ones After the Holidays
The whirl of the holiday season is behind us, and while you’re left with happy memories, you may be recalling unusual instances and paying more attention to the irregularities in your older relatives’ home or behavior. Keep Reading
Poor Sleep Can Increase Dementia Risks
Sleep is essential for our mental and physical health in all walks of life, but many older adults... Keep Reading
Stroke Awareness and FAST Action
Having a stroke can be a scary and life-altering event that can affect people of all ages. Often... Keep Reading
Older Adults and Substance Use Disorders: It’s Real
Although not as severe or prevalent as among younger people, substance use disorders by older adults (65+) is happening and can create an equally negative impact on the older adult and their family. Keep Reading
Problem Gambling and Older Adults
When I would visit my grandma at her retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white busses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next. Keep Reading
Hoarding Is Hazardous for Your Older Loved One - Part 2
In a previous post, we discussed the clinical definition and dangers of hoarding disorder (HD). If you are unsure if your loved one has HD, the International OCD Foundation says the key feature of HD is disorganization to the point where the living spaces can no longer be used for everyday activities as they were intended. Keep Reading
Dementia and Challenging Behavior
When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these challenging behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss. Keep Reading
Open Your Eyes to AMD and Low Vision
February is not only the month of hearts, but the month of eyes, as well — National Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month. That’s quite a mouthful (or eyeful), so let’s explore these conditions. Keep Reading
Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes
Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better? Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. Keep Reading
Tips for an Effective Telemedicine Appointment for Older Adults
More and more states are beginning to open after relaxing rules and regulations regarding which... Keep Reading
Celebrating Home Care and Hospice Month: How Home Care Can Help
November is Home Care and Hospice Month. Millions of nurses, home care aides and key staff members... Keep Reading
Understanding the Three D's: Dementia, Delirium and Depression - For Health Care Professionals
Join us Wednesday, March 31 from 1pm - 2:30pm EST.
Heather McKay, PhD, OT/L, dementia care specialist, will present Understanding the Three D's: Dementia, Delirium and Depression." Awareness of the "three Ds" and a willingness to investigate a variety of causes will facilitate improved treatment of outcome for any patient with confusion or an altered mental status. Keep Reading

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