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

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

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

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

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

Animals Can Make Older Adults Happier and Healthier

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Animals can make great companions for older adults who live alone or want the company of a furry friend. But, before you adopt a pet, make sure that your loved one is onboard with the idea. 

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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