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Haley Kotwicki

Haley Kotwicki has many years of experience with family caregiving, especially with older adults. She has a background in journalism and is currently the content specialist ComForCare and At Your Side Home Care.

Recent Posts

Older Adults and the Problem With Gambling

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on Jun 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When I would visit my grandparents at their retirement community, I would watch the parade of little white buses shuttling residents from one day-trip to the next.

My parents joined her for one of the casino outings.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

Hoarding Can Be a Hazard for Your Older Loved One - Part 2

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

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 their intended function.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

Hoarding Can Be a Hazard for Your Older Loved One - Part 1

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on Apr 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

While my grandpa and grandma lived in their independent living community for seniors, my mom and I would visit a couple of times each week to help with the light cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming. The clutter we mostly left untouched until after my grandpa died. What we found was amazing: newspapers going back months, some aged candies and so on. I know, the situation could have been more challenging – they could have been hoarding.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Millennial Caregivers: A Growing Population in Canada

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on Jan 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Sometimes Millennials get a bad rap. Some might refer to them as apathetic, entitled or self-involved. But, these are just bad stereotypes. Let’s put a face to the 10.1 million people who make up the Millennial generation: Mine, for instance.

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Topics: Caregiving

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