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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

Tips for Talking to Your Loved One About Home Care

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

“I can talk to my dad about anything,” Dave of Winnipeg, Manitoba said. “But for some reason, I had a lot of trouble broaching the subject of home care.”

For many, talking to a loved one about getting help causes anxiety. Here are some tips for making the conversation less stressful.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Safety, Healthy Living

Transitions of Care Challenges and How You Can Manage Them

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

Transitions of care can be any transfer your loved one makes between a facility such as a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living community or their home. In the 30 days following discharge from a hospital or care facility, the chance of readmission is high.

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

10 Life Hacks for Caregivers

Posted by ComForCare on Dec 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Nothing worth doing is easy. However, that does not mean everything worth doing has to be hard. Caregiving is one of the most worthwhile things we can do for ourselves and our loved ones. Here are some tried-and-true life hacks to help you make your life and the life of the person you are caring for simpler and more organized.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Technology, Safety

9 Ways to Prevent Your Loved One From Falling This Winter

Posted by ComForCare on Dec 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Falls are the No. 1 cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors. They are also the cause of 95 percent of all hip fractures in older adults. Here are nine ways to help protect your loved one from falls in winter months.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Home Care Planning, Safety, Healthy Living

Reducing Hospital Readmission Involves Big Responsibilities and Small Details

Posted by ComForCare on Oct 18, 2017 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

Debunking 5 Myths About Seniors and Falls

Posted by ComForCare on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The most common myth surrounding seniors and falls? Falls are a normal part of aging. Falls are not a foregone conclusion. Unfortunately, falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries among Canadians 65 and over. Between 20 and 30 percent of Canadian seniors experience one fall each year.
It does not have to be this way. With education and prevention, falls are less likely to affect seniors’ activities and independent living. Here are four more fall myths out of step with current research in fall prevention.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Activities and Lifestyle, Safety

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