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When Dementia Gets Aggressive: Behavior in Older Adults
My father in law, Peter McMaster, was a gentle soul his whole life. He was a devoted father, avid...
How Did You Sleep Last Night? Understanding the Sleep Needs of Older Adults
Did you know that circadian rhythms change as we age? This is one of the reasons why we can encounter disrupted sleep patterns and find it harder to get a good night’s rest as we get older. Since sleep is vital for many essential functions of the body, finding ways to ensure a better quality of sleep can lead to enhanced well being. Read More
The Powerful Work of Social Workers
Did you know that March is Social Work Month? Social workers take on some of the most challenging issues that face families and communities. They bring a unique skill set, education and hands-on experience to change the lives of many people. Let’s celebrate the accomplishments as well as Empower Social Workers, which is the theme of this special month. Read More
Loneliness and Older Adults
Although feeling down in the dumps is a common feeling that people of any age may experience from time to time, about half of adults over the age of 60 are at risk for social isolation and about 30% could face loneliness later in life. Read More
Trading Places: North and South for a Happy Retirement
Barbara and Robert are ready to transition from their Huntington, NY, residence to a retirement... Read More
The Heart of a Caregiver
In my line of work as a Senior Care Advisor in Appleton, I am regularly inspired by the selfless... Read More
Questions To Ask Before Choosing An Assisted Living Community. Ask Carepatrol Of Sarasota To Help You Make The Right Decision
It’s a stressful time and a tough decision to make. Choosing an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one can feel overwhelming. In many states, it’s difficult to find reliable information about a facility’s practices and track record for resident safety. Read More
4 Reasons Older Adults Thrive in Assisted Living
When Shelly recently called me, she was struggling with how to help her mom, Linda. Linda had been widowed for just under a year and was struggling with her daily routines without the love of her life. She wasn’t sleeping well, had lost weight, and was calling her daughter often just to check in. We spent some time talking on the phone, and I asked Shelly questions to get to know their situation better. It became clear quickly that between Linda’s recent loss of her husband of 40+ years, physical decline, and loneliness, she was a perfect candidate for an assisted living community. I explained to Shelly that there were four reasons why her mom would thrive in an assisted living community. Read More
American Heart Month: Heart Healthy Recipes From Our Team
February is American Heart Month! Small heart-healthy actions like adding more movement to our day or choosing healthy foods, can have a positive impact on protecting our hearts. Read More
How Caregivers and Seniors Can Effectively Prevent and Manage Seasonal Depression
This period can be challenging, with the “winter blues” resulting in seasonal depression, a time when seniors and their caregivers are at their lowest mentally. In this article, we examine seasonal depression and how it can be effectively managed. Read More
Simple Tips to Prevent Falls for Older Adults
Falls are common and are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 65 and older. Over 14 million, or 1 in 4 older Americans, report falling every year. Falls can lead to serious consequences including injury, disability, death, and the inability to remain independent. They can also result in fear of falling again, limiting one’s activities or social engagements. Fall injuries often cause bone fractures, pulmonary embolisms, infections, and other problems, which severely impact the quality of life for elderly people, affecting the lives of the whole family. The good news is that falls can be prevented by taking simple precautions such as doing appropriate exercises, making your home safer, getting regular health checkups, and more. Read More
Assisted Living - Knowing Your Options
When it comes to assisted living, you have many options — but how do you know which is the right one? We all want our loved ones to be happy and comfortable for as long as possible, and that’s why it’s important to understand their needs and find a solution that works not only for them but for you, too. Read More
Valentines Day & Beyond: Loneliness & Isolation in the Elderly
Contributing Factors, Signs to Look for, Solutions for a Happier You In 2023, the United States Surgeon General released an advisory about the growing public health concerns of isolation & loneliness in our country. Studies have shown that feelings of loneliness increase the chances of heart disease, dementia, and depression, along with other diseases. The older population shows more predisposition than any other population segment with one third living alone and 25% reporting feeling lonely. Read More
Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy
February evokes thoughts of chocolate and cupid as Valentine’s Day comes to mind. But there is another reason to focus on hearts, and we’re not talking about the candy variety. It is American Heart Month, the opportunity to focus on cardiovascular health. Small lifestyle considerations can make a world of difference to our health and hearts. Read More
Senior Driving: Talking About Safety
Driving provides a sense of freedom. But with that freedom comes great responsibility. If you have concerns about the driving safety of a loved one who is aging, having a conversation about safe driving can feel daunting. Read More
Helping Older Adults Avoid the Valentine’s Day Blues
Memories of handing out Valentines to your friends in school can warm your heart. But as we age, Valentine’s Day may become a more challenging holiday. Especially for older adults who have lost a spouse or have been single for a long duration, Valentine’s Day can be accompanied by feelings of loneliness or depression. There are ways to help a loved one feel special and embrace this day of love again. Read More
How to Beat the Post Holiday Blues
The holidays are over, the decorations are down and the children are back at school. Your out-of-town family members have returned to their homes and the loved one you’ve been taking care of has declined since last Christmas, leaving you feeling sad and disappointed. This article is designed to help you identify and alleviate the post-holiday blues often characterized by overwhelming feelings of disappointment, tearfulness and hopelessness, combined with exhaustion. Read More
Artificial Intelligence: Helping to Revolutionize Healthcare
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the theory and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks that historically required human intelligence, such as making decisions, solving problems, and identifying patterns. AI encompasses a wide variety of technologies that control many of the services and goods we use in everyday life, including machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing (NLP). Read More
Home for the Holidays: Recognizing When Extra Support May Be Needed
We all know just how special it is to gather during the holidays with family and friends, share stories of the past, and simply be together once again. In addition to creating new memories, the holiday season also provides a unique opportunity to engage in a thoughtful "check-in" on the well-being of our older loved ones. Read More
How to Take Care of Your Older Adults at Home During the Holiday Season
With the holidays upon us, it’s time to sit back, relax, and be thankful for the good things in our lives. It’s also a busy season filled with lots of things to do. Read More

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