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Older Canadians and Substance Use Issues: What Families Need to Know

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Whether on TV or in the newsstands, substance use issues are often depicted as affecting young adults. However, older adults are also vulnerable to problematic substance use. Research shows: 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmission Involves Big Responsibilities and Small Details

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

“When the hospital discharged me, I was told I had to take one medication every two hours and a different medication every three hours. The doctor said I was never to take the two together. I was sobbing in the middle of the night with a pen and paper in my hand trying to figure out this logic puzzle of when I could take my medication. Unsurprisingly, I was back in the hospital within weeks.”

– Evelyn, patient

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Safety

Sleep Makes You Be a Better Caregiver

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Being a caregiver can be challenging emotionally and physically. In addition to the responsibilities of caregiving, you may deal with issues at work, social isolation/loneliness, financial issues and/or your own medical conditions.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Healthy Living

Healthy Brain, Healthy You — The Mind and Body Connection

Posted by ComForCare on Jun 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s well-known that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your physical health. However, did you know that it greatly benefits the brain as well?

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

How to Create a Safe Environment for Older Adults

Posted by ComForCare on May 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is the second tier of the pyramid just above the need for food and water. It is defined as “protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.” When we think of creating a safe environment for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the focus tends to be on elements of the physical environment that may be dangerous, but we often overlook the psychological aspects of feeling safe.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Health Care Heroes: Celebrating Our Nurses

Posted by ComForCare on May 7, 2019 12:23:33 PM

 

Nurses have one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, jobs. They are there during the most critical times, guiding people from birth all the way through the end of life. For all their compassion and sacrifice, they deserve accolades, praise and gratitude, which is why we celebrate nurses in May.

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Gardening Helps Older Adults Feel Happier and Healthier

Posted by ComForCare on Apr 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For some, there is nothing more refreshing than digging their fingers into warm earth or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when planting seeds or bulbs — a sense of achievement and nirvana. However, gardening not only feels good, but it is also good for you. In addition to growing nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, here are some of the other benefits of gardening.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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