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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

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

4 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Celebration Senior-Friendly

Posted by ComForCare on Sep 5, 2018 12:25:00 PM

There is a chill in the air and a turkey in the oven. Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Here are some tips to make your holiday enjoyable for relatives of all ages.

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Holidays

Not Just Memory: 5 Facts You Should Know About Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 9, 2018 9:42:34 AM

Even though an estimated 747,000 Canadians have dementia, you may not know much about the condition. A better understanding can help you care for a loved one with dementia. Here are five facts:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia

How to Communicate Effectively When Your Loved One Has Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on May 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia can be challenging, rewarding, enlightening and mysterious all in the same day. Here are some practical DementiaWise® tips to help make communicating with a loved one with dementia easier.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Gifts of Caregiving

Posted by ComForCare on Apr 3, 2018 1:10:46 PM

Tuesday, April 3, is National Family Caregiver Day. In honour of family caregivers, we are giving them the floor. We asked three Canadian caregivers what lessons they have learned or what has changed in their lives from their experience as caregivers.

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Topics: Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Holidays

Is It Age-Related Memory Loss or Could It Be Something More Serious?

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Everyone forgets and loses things. We all know someone who needs to buy a new wallet at least once a year, and “Where are my glasses?” may be the most-used phrase in the English language. How can you tell the difference between normal forgetfulness and memory loss that could be a sign of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

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