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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

Respite Care – Helping Family Caregivers Rest and Recharge

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

At some point in their lives, it’s estimated nearly half of all Canadians will become family caregivers. This means they provide some sort of unpaid care to a family member or friend who has a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

While caregiving can be a spiritually elevating and rewarding experience, it also can put a strain on the caregiver emotionally and physically.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Show Yourself Some Love With Self-Care

Posted by ComForCare on Feb 7, 2019 1:00:00 PM

On Valentine’s Day people send tokens of love to special people in their lives, but some people tend to forget to show themselves some love. This is especially true for family caregivers. 

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Topics: Caregiving, 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

Three Ways ComForCare Home Care Can Help Busy Family Caregivers

Posted by ComForCare on Dec 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When caring for an aging loved one, family members may find they are able to reconnect in more meaningful ways than in the past by sharing family stories and just enjoying the moment together. 

Sometimes, though, family caregivers need a helping hand or respite care. Here are three situations in which ComForCare Home Care can help:

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving

To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by ComForCare on Nov 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

From upstairs, I hear your alarm and the rustling of bed covers as you wake up and begin your day even before the sun has risen. You tiptoe downstairs as to not wake me from my sleep. I smell freshly brewed coffee and an egg frying just for me coming from the kitchen. Slowly, my bedroom door opens and you call out my name softly, “Dad?” I open my eyes and see a weary but smiling woman. You set my breakfast tray down so you can help me sit up in bed, so I can eat my breakfast and take my morning pills. You then guide me to the bathroom so I can get ready for my day. You steady my hand as I shave my face and wash up. You pick out something for me to wear and my favourite hat you know I like. Then, you hurry to get yourself ready for your day: a presentation a work, a bake sale at the kids’ school, etc. 

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving

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