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Aging and the Skin: What Ocala Seniors Should Know

Oct 31, 2014 by Anonymous

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Adapting Homes to Seniors’ Changing Needs

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

More Americans are choosing to “age in place.” That is, they opt to stay in their homes rather than move to alternative retirement settings. But that often means they must modify their homes so it’s not a danger to their safety and health when their physical abilities change... Read Article

7 Tips to Help Seniors Age Gracefully

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aging isn’t something that can be avoided but most seniors worry about becoming burdens to their loved ones so they are looking for a way to age with dignity. Here are 7 tips that AlternativeMedicine.com suggests: Read Article

Acetaminophen Toxicity

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Acetaminophen has long been used by people of all ages a pain reliever for conditions, such as headaches, osteoarthritis, fever and for general aches and pains. When used in proper dosage, acetaminophen is an effective and safe medication... Read Article

A Different Kind of Senior Care – Ocala, Florida | Gainesville, Florida | The Villages, Florida

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Comfort Keepers® of Ocala, Gainesville and The Villages approach to senior in-home care is centered on a concept called Interactive Caregiving TM. Study after study demonstrates how the principles behind this active approach to in-home care can help seniors maintain their independence, enhance their wellbeing, maintain their mental and emotional vitality, and help them enjoy a better quality of life at home... Read Article

Advance directives: Planning for end of life

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For some, end-of-life planning, or Advance Directives, is not a topic easily discussed, but like anything, education and candid discussion can help ensure that an individual’s wishes and treatment preferences are carried out the way he or she would want them to be. Take the steps to learn how you or someone you care for can prepare for death on personal terms. You can start by visiting www.caringinfo.org,a wonderful website that allows you to begin educating yourself on how to prepare for end-of Read Article

A Furry Friend For Loneliness

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many seniors have discovered that pets are an antidote to isolation and loneliness. And numerous studies show cats, dogs, and other creatures are a prescription for improved health in the elderly... Read Article

Age Strong! Live Long! May is Older Americans Month!

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Established in April of 1963 and originally coined “Senior Citizens Month,” Older Americans Month arouse out of a growing concern for aging Americans. At that time nearly one-third of Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. As a result of President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition... Read Article

Traveling with Alzheimer’s Disease

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Caregivers often have trouble deciding whether it is possible or worthwhile to travel with the person who has Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It will require a lot of advance planning and knowledge of local resources. The person may function at a much lower level in unfamiliar surroundings than at home. Time changes, language, and strange people may cause distress... Read Article

How Will You Celebrate Memorial Day 2011?

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Memorial Day 2011 is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service... Read Article

Aging and Your Five Senses: Info for Seniors and Caregiver Tips

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As a person ages, there can be significant changes in the eye muscles causing vision problems... Read Article

Aging Gracefully: Why Am I So Cold?

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we grow older, we are likely to ask ourselves the questions, “Why am I so cold? What does it mean?” Chances are, your body is merely going through a natural dip in metabolic rate due to the aging process... Read Article

Aging & the Skin: What Central Florida Seniors Should Know

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people get older their skin gets thinner and loses its ability to stretch. This makes it easier to injure. Once injured, the skin is less able to fight off infection and takes longer to heal. Seniors also have fewer sweat glands, so they may find it difficult to keep their body temperature stable. Do you find yourself or your loved ones complaining about being cold all the time – especially their hands and feet? Fewer sweat glands attributes to this feeling... Read Article

A Good Night’s Sleep

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age, it becomes harder to reach the deepest stages of sleep. Menopause causes night sweats that wake us up. Certain prescription medications contain stimulants. Spending more time in bed due to illness or age can make a person feel restless. Some people also suffer from chronic pain... Read Article

Alzheimer’s Care Needs Increasing Exponentially – Part I

Oct 31, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are now more than five million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is a 10 percent increase from the previous nationwide estimate. With Alzheimer’s disease moving up to the seventh leading cause of death in the country and the fifth leading cause of death for those over 65, more and more Americans are providing care for a loved one suffering from the disease... Read Article

3 Tips Ocala Seniors Can Use To Combat Arthritis Pain

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

While there are many different types of arthritis, if you are 60 years and older, you may have osteoarthritis, which affects one-third of the people within this age group.[1] Osteoarthritis occurs because of normal wear –and-tear on the cartilage that cushions the bones within our joints. Read Article

3 Healthy Meal Ideas for Seniors and the Tufts University Food Guide Pyramid

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s really important that seniors 70 and older eat well-balanced, nutritional meals. This is especially true because as a person ages their body doesn’t require nearly as much food (to maintain weight) as it used to. But, a senior’s body more than likely will require more minerals and vitamins to stay healthy. So that’s why it’s essential they get nutrient-rich foods every single day. Read Article

10 Reasons Why We Are Not Ready for Our Aging Population

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Today in the US, 6,000 people turn 65…everyday! In 10 years, the number will rise to 10,000 people per day! By year 2030, older Americans will double in number from 35 million to 70 million. Read Article

3 Tips to Help Seniors Overcome the Blahs

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Depression can be daunting, embarrassing, and not easy to discuss. However, when properly diagnosed and treated, depression can often be successfully managed and even overcome depending on individual circumstances. While depression is not a part of the normal aging process, it is reported to affect the lives of approximately one-fourth of seniors age 65 and older. Read Article

4 Ways Healthy Eating Benefits the Brain

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When you take healthful eating to heart, it will go to your head, too. A well-balanced, heart-healthy diet-rich in fruits, vegetables and entire grains-reduces plaque build-up within the arteries to help provide a free-flowing stream of oxygen to every area of the body and the brain. This boosts the overall performance of the brain, slows down the process of aging and even lowers the risk of dementia. Read Article

5 Signs & Symptoms to Watch for in a Senior During Holiday Gatherings

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Family holiday traditions such as lighting a Menorah or singing favorite carols while gathered around the Christmas tree are a great way to add comfort and joy to a senior’s holiday celebration. Holiday gatherings are also the perfect time for adult children to talk with their elderly parents to get a sense and to observe if they’re doing okay or if there are some things they may need to help maintain their independence... Read Article

6 Tips to Keep The Germs Away from Seniors

Oct 30, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Caregivers of elderly relatives or clients need to strengthen efforts to help keep germs at bay-and protect seniors’ well being and quality of life. Listed here are 6 tips to help do just that: Read Article

How to Help Seniors Avoid Post Holiday Depression

Oct 24, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Now that the holidays have ended and the New Year is here, many people feel relief knowing the hustle and bustle is done. Yet the day after decorations are packed away and the leftovers... Read Article

How to Help the Elderly Keep Their Bodies Healthy

Oct 24, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Physiologically, as we age we generally experience changes in our overall fitness level. Some of the changes are inevitable while others are preventable. Exercise minimizes age-related losses in bone density... Read Article

How to Maintain a Strong Family Unit

Oct 24, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The greatest gifts parents give children is nurturing and caring for them as they grow into adults. In doing so, parents teach children to establish healthy relationships... Read Article

How to Keep Seniors Socially Connected

Oct 24, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Keeping the minds and social connections of our senior loved ones active is every bit as important to as caring for their physical well being. Senior citizens don’t have to slow down... Read Article

How to be a Hospital Advocate

Oct 24, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For any patient, a hospital stay can be overwhelming, filled with tests and procedures and doctors and nurses coming and going. This whirlwind of medical activity can be especially distressing for elderly patients... Read Article

Memory Loss: When Is It Normal? When Is It Not?

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Over the course of our lives—starting in our 20s—we lose brain cells, a few at a time, causing a normal decline in the brain’s ability to remember. Forgetting the names of people you recently met is fairly common. And from time to time... Read Article

Keeping Pathogens Away

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The bathroom is the second “germiest” room in the house. Not toilet seats—but doorknobs, faucets and flush handles. Keep these surfaces wiped down regularly with hot soapy water... Read Article

Emergencies—Be Ready

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Weather emergencies and natural disasters can strike anywhere. Prioritize the needs of those in your care, then take steps to provide for those needs in case of an emergency... Read Article

Comfort Keepers in Action: A Bicycle Built for Two

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When homemaking and personal care tasks are completed, an in-home care provider can share in a senior’s favorite pastimes. This could be playing a board game, going for a walk, or going to a social organization or church function… or riding a bike... Read Article

Comfort Keepers® Recognized for Operational Excellence

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

What does it take to consistently deliver the highest quality service possible to clients, employees, and the community... Read Article

National Grandparents Day!

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

National Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade, a housewife and mother of 15 in Fayette County, West Virginia. She served on the West Virginia Commission on Aging and the Nursing Home Licensing Board... Read Article

Diabetes in the Elderly – Avoiding Complications

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

More than 1/4 of Americans 65 and older have type 2 diabetes and roughly another 50% have a condition known as “prediabetes.” The odds of developing diabetes increase with age, and so do its sometimes life-threatening complications... Read Article

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness and the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. There are no symptoms and once vision is lost... Read Article

Does My Love One Need Senior Home Care or Elderly Assistance?

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

We live in a very mobile society where families don’t always live in the same town or even the same state for that matter. We find this to be especially true in the great state of Florida where many “snowbirds” come to retire and their children are often unaware of mom and dad’s complete condition... Read Article

Music – Brightening the Lives of Those with Dementia

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Since the day we were born and possibly even before, our mothers sang to us. Catchy little tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and You Are My Sunshine followed through our growing years by age-appropriate songs that we clapped... Read Article

Men Are Caregivers, Too Comfort Keepers® Provides Tips, Shows Support for Male Caregivers

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In a role traditionally taken on by women, a growing number of men are charting unfamiliar territory and becoming primary caregivers for their wives or elderly parents. According to a comprehensive study conducted for AARP... Read Article

Men Are Caregivers Too – Part II

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Ask for and accept help – Despite the fact that family caregivers are drowning in responsibility or are really confused about what the next step should be, they often respond ‘no thanks’ when help is offered. Asking for and accepting help... Read Article

Does My Love One Need Senior Home Care or Elderly Assistance – Part II?

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The following is part 2 in our series on identifying the needs of your senior and elderly family members who live alone or may need a helping hand with day-to-day living... Read Article

Lowering Your Cholesterol

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. The CDC reports that more than 102 million American adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels... Read Article

Local Everyday Hero Iva Floyd Named Regional Comfort Keeper of the Year!

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Comfort Keepers®, Central Florida’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home care, recently awarded Iva Floyd the “Comfort Keeper of the Year” designation for 2009... Read Article

Interactive Caregiving: The Comfort Keepers Philosophy

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

One of the most difficult parts of growing older is losing long-time friends. Life can get lonely as we age. In-home care providers, however, can offer companionship... Read Article

In-Home Care: A Solution for Baby Boomers Now and in the Future Part II

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Studies show that baby boomers will start reaching retirement age in 2011. And, according to Health, United States, 2005, a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services... Read Article

In-Home Care: A Solution for Baby Boomers Now and in the Future

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Believe it or not, baby boomers will start reaching retirement age in 2011. With 78 million of them in total, they’ll make a significant impact in their senior years, as they have at every phase... Read Article

Five Tips to Keep Aging Relatives Merry During the Holidays

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For many families, the holiday season marks one of the only times of year that all members can gather together to celebrate and enjoy each others' company. The portrait before and after this joyous time, however, is often far less picturesque for seniors living alone or far away from relatives... Read Article

Florida Seniors At Risk for Malnutrition

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Undernourishment and malnutrition are serious problems for America’s growing 65+ population. The American Dietetic Association has reported that more than 1 in 2 seniors in the care of others are at risk for under- or malnutrition... Read Article

Florida Seniors! Get out and move something!

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The benefits of exercise, unlike the Fountain of Youth, are real—even for senior citizens who avoided exercise in their younger years... Read Article

Florida Seniors! Write your life story!

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Today’s seniors have lived through significant historic events and change – from the Great Depression and World War II to rapid-fire advances in technology and medical science. And along the way, through times both challenging and prosperous, they have collected a treasure trove of experiences and wisdom that could guide us today and in the future... Read Article

Gathering for the Holidays

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Observing family holiday traditions—like gathering around the Christmas tree to sing favorite carols or lighting a Menorah—can go a long way to adding joy and comfort to a senior’s family holiday celebration... Read Article

Happy New Year!

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Life is full of traditions, many handed down through the years, and some newly created between families and friends. Either way, traditions are part of the colorful fabric that intertwine our lives and hold us together, transcending time and distance... Read Article

Healthy Aging: 5 Tips to Prevent Hearing Loss

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many changes that occur as we age may not be preventable. But did you know one common problem among senior adults—hearing loss—isn’t one of them? Many seniors and their loved ones have come to expect that some hearing loss is inevitable... Read Article

Helping Seniors Prevent Return Trips to the ER

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A study at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, published in Gerontology in 2008, found that seniors who live alone have a 50 percent greater chance of early hospital readmission (within 60 days of discharge) and those with unmet functional needs, a 48 percent greater chance... Read Article

Holiday Craftmaking

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Family and professional caregivers can bring joy to a senior’s holiday season–and make him or her more active and involved in the season–with little more than the gift of time and some materials for crafts and decorations... Read Article

Holiday Gifts and Seniors

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Shopping for seniors who have everything—or who are working on downsizing—may be difficult. But there are plenty of holiday gifts that take up little or no space, yet are big on uplifting a senior’s spirits... Read Article

Holiday Safety Tips

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Now that December is in full swing, many of you are probably decorating your homes for the holidays. Before you set up that tree, plug in those lights or electronics, and light those candles, please read the following safety tips... Read Article

Honor Flight for Veterans Day

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s called an Honor Flight — a trip to our nation’s capitol for World War II veterans. Born out of an Air Force veteran who personally flew WWII veterans to Washington D.C. in his small plane back in 1998... Read Article

How to be a Hospital Advocate

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For any patient, a hospital stay can be overwhelming, filled with tests and procedures and doctors and nurses coming and going. This whirlwind of medical activity can be especially distressing for elderly patients. However, a family member or caregiver who sits vigil bedside can calm a senior patient’s anxiety... Read Article

How to Select In-home Care for Seniors

Oct 23, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In today’s mobile society families don’t always live close to one another. More and more, the adult children of seniors find themselves concerned about their parents living alone or getting the extra help they may need. Sometimes assisted living... Read Article

Prostate Cancer: Prevention

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You cannot change your genes, but you CAN make healthy changes in your diet and exercise. Taking control of these factors allows you to be proactive in preventing prostate cancer... Read Article

Uncovering Pain in Seniors with Dementia

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many studies indicate that although dementia patients experience severe or chronic pain, they regularly receive fewer analgesics than healthy senior adults. This can primarily be attributed to... Read Article

The Thyroid: A Small Gland, A Big Job

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The thyroid is a small gland, shaped similar to a butterfly. It’s small enough to sit in just the lower portion of the neck, but the job it does for the body is huge. So when the thyroid gland is malfunctioning... Read Article

Seniors and a Healthy Heart

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

To pump blood effectively through the body, a healthy, normal heart beats between 60 and 80 times per minute. Imagine the normal heart as the body’s engine... Read Article

Seniors Need to Choose Their Foods Carefully for Healthy Living

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The importance of good nutrition spans the generations, but as we age, our dietary requirements change. For one thing, seniors need roughly 25 percent fewer calories... Read Article

Safe Snow Removal for Seniors

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When the snow falls and accumulates, emergency room professionals can be assured of one thing – it’s likely they will see an increased incidence of injuries... Read Article

Tips for Seniors: Medications and the Pharmacist

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A pharmacist can talk to the senior about their medications. They can help them understand how and when to take the medications, what side effects they might expect, and what interactions may occur. A pharmacist can answer... Read Article

Tips for Having a Not-So-Blue Christmas

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Most people look forward to the holidays with joyful anticipation. Holidays often represent happy times spent with family and friends, honoring cherished traditions, attending parties and spreading holiday cheer... Read Article

The Villages, Florida Welcomes Comfort Keepers

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Several weeks ago, Comfort Keepers of The Villages celebrated their Grand Opening. The festivities were fantastic and we want to thank the many Villages resident that stop by to show their support and learn about services. As well as give a special thank you... Read Article

The Elderly at Home after a Hospital Stay: Transitional Care

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

After being in the hospital, everyone enjoys being back home in their own bed. No one to wake you during the night, no more pokes, prods or beeps and buzzes. Just you... Read Article

Suicide and Seniors: Symptoms to Watch for

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many seniors enjoy their later years by spending time with family and friends, traveling and other activities that make their lives complete. After all, the golden years are supposed to be golden, aren’t they? While this is true for some seniors... Read Article

Stress and Seniors: Knowing the Signs and Solutions

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The realities of senior living often do not match up with the carefree images on glossy retirement community sales brochures and magazine advertisements. Life is not always a straight shot... Read Article

Staying Strong: Aging & the Musculoskeletal System

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people get older, it’s common for the spine to shorten. This causes people to “shrink” very gradually, losing from one to four inches in height. In some people, the upper spine also begins to curve... Read Article

Someone has to talk about it: Aging & the Urinary System

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

We have been conducting a series on aging and the body. As much as we know that many seniors and elderly people are active and in great health, there are still an number of physical issues that we as aging people... Read Article

Seniors & Senior Caregivers Find Out About Aging and the Circulatory System

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people get age the heart muscle becomes less “elastic” and weaker so it pumps with less force. To make up for this, the heart beats more frequently. (The average pulse rate of an elderly person at rest is 70 to... Read Article

Aging Veterans Unaware of VA Pension Benefits in Ocala, Gainesville, & The Villages, Florida – Part

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Welcome back to part II of our Aging Veterans Unaware of VA Pension Benefits in Florida blog post! Picking up where we left off: Read Article

Siblings Turned Caregivers – How To Handle Your New Role

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As an adult child of an older parent in need of extra care, the stress of becoming a caregiver can be overwhelming. Oftentimes, large families with many siblings have to find ways to share the responsibility... Read Article

Aging & the Respiratory System – Florida Seniors Take Note!

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people get older the chest muscles become stiffer making it harder to take deep breaths. You may notice your elderly loved ones taking more frequent shallow breaths. (The normal rate of breathing for an elderly person is 20 to 22 breaths per minute.) Elderly people also tend to have a decreased cough reflex... Read Article

Alzheimer’s Care—Focus on Accident Prevention

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Your goal in adapting the home for a person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is to keep the surroundings as familiar as possible, while making the changes necessary to create a home that is calming, reassuring, safe, and supportive... Read Article

Aging Veterans Unaware of VA Pension Benefits in Ocala, Gainesville, & The Villages, Florida – Part

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program... Read Article

Appearance is More than Skin Deep

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For seniors, maintaining good personal appearance often goes hand in hand with maintaining a sense of purpose in life... Read Article

Are These Symptoms of Aging or Vitamin D Deficiency?

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people begin to age, different symptoms begin to show up that weren’t there in their younger days. Things like muscle pain and weakness, fatigue, poor concentration, joint pain, and restless sleep... Read Article

Seniors Driving: When It’s No Longer Safe

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You may wonder about the performance of your senior loved one on the road. You want to support his or her continued independence, but on the other hand you worry about their driving abilities... Read Article

Seniors and Safety: How to Prevent Harm

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

June is National Safety Month, and this is a good time to remind seniors and their families of preventable actions they can take to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that injuries... Read Article

Seniors and Post Heart Surgery Care

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Two of the most common causes of seniors needing heart surgery are congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Unfortunately both of these conditions are not easily detected... Read Article

Seniors and Nutrition: Taking It Seriously

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

We all understand the dangers of being overweight or obese, but in the elderly, being underweight can be a problem too. Seniors with chronic diseases like COPD... Read Article

Seniors and Kitchen Safety: Tips for the “Heart of the Home”

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The kitchen has long been considered a central gathering place in the home. But it’s also a place where people often prepare meals alone. When it comes to senior adults and kitchen safety... Read Article

Seniors and Bruising: What You Need to Know

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Does the senior in your life often have unexplainable bruises? Do you as a caregiver have questions about what causes him or her to have unsightly black and blue marks and worry that there might be something seriously wrong with your loved on... Read Article

A Tip for Seniors: Eating Healthy on A Budget

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There is a lot of information on eating healthy and a lot of confusion to go along with it. What is certain is that we all know that we are supposed to eat healthy. Before we can do that, though, we need to understand what this means... Read Article

Senior & Elderly Drug Interaction Awareness

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As Caregivers we see firsthand that as aging occurs, the changes in the body can affect the way medications are absorbed and used. Medical research shows that because of the changes, there is an increased risk of drug interactions... Read Article

Battling Sleep Changes As We Age

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age, we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. But disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia... Read Article

Caring for a Senior Parent from a Distance: Cross Border Guardianships

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Caring for an aging parent across town can be a challenge when you have a household of your own to run. A growing number of Americans, however, have a cross-country challenge: caring for parents living in another state... Read Article

Caring for the Caregiver

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

An estimated 44 million Americans regularly care for an elderly relative or friend, with estimates that as much as 75 percent or more of elder care is provided by informal caregivers... Read Article

Central Florida Celebrating Veterans Day

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, when we salute the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. The United States Department of Veteran Affairs produced a video highlighting ways people across the country celebrate and honor their veterans: Read Article

Cold & Flu Season: What to Know

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Fall is officially here, and with that comes another Cold and Flu Season. You’ve probably noticed signs at your local drug store, advertising flu shots, or perhaps you’ve gotten a letter from your doctor’s office about when they will have the flu vaccine available... Read Article

Senior Care for Veterans in Ocala, Florida | Gainesville, Florida | The Villages, Florida

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program. Established to assist qualified veterans, and/or their surviving spouses and family... Read Article

Scams against Seniors are on the Rise in Central Florida – Part I

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It is the end of hurricane season in Florida. There is a ring at the front door and you answer. A kind-hearted gentleman informs you that he has just fixed a neighbor’s roof and he has a lot of material left over. He tells you that your roof is in bad shape and that you should fix your roof before... Read Article

Rights of the Elderly & Protecting Seniors from Scams

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors are more likely to become the victim of exploitation and, if cognitively impaired, can be twice as vulnerable. No one at any age should be a victim. But if... Read Article

Prostate Cancer: Awareness & Risk Factors

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It’s about the size of a walnut and is surrounded by other glands, nerves, and organs involved in sexual function. It’s possible to live without a prostate, but its location... Read Article

Nutrition and Seniors: Variety is Key

Oct 22, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

We are all used to hearing the basics about maintaining a good diet: eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, stay away from foods that contain too much saturated fat and... Read Article

Vaccines Are Vital to Seniors Well-Being

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age our ability to fight disease decreases, and this means it is even more important for seniors and the elderly to obtain vaccinations. In fact, as discussed in NPR's... Read Article

10 Ways to Celebrate National Family Caregiver Month

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

November is National Family Caregiver Month, and the National Family Caregivers Association offers the following suggestions for celebrating and honoring the caregivers in your life! Read Article

Advice for Seniors: Get a Flu Shot

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As with any medical treatment and prevention, your doctor is the only one who should advise you or your loved one to obtain a flu shot... Read Article

Advice for Seniors & the Elderly on Aging & the Digestive System

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we it get older we have the joy of experiencing changes in our digestive system (wink, wink). Unfortunately, many of us begin to lose our teeth and this makes chewing food more difficult... Read Article

Aging and Your Senses: Caregiver Tips and Info for the Elderly

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people get older: They have problems with their vision due to changes in the eye muscles... Read Article

Aging & the Nervous System

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age our nervous system begins to change. For example, our number of brain cells decreases and our reflexes get slower. This can make some activities difficult or even dangerous…driving a car for example... Read Article

What’s Good for the Heart Is Good for the Brain

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A well-balanced, heart-healthy diet—rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains—reduces plaque build-up in the arteries to help deliver a free-flowing stream of oxygen to all parts of the body... Read Article

Warning: Why Being Overweight Is More Dangerous For Seniors

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When it comes to weight and maintaining one’s health, we’ve heard it countless times—eat less and exercise more. But most of the specific information... Read Article

Understanding Difficult & Combative Behavior in Seniors

Oct 21, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are some behaviors that caregivers find especially difficult. Not all people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have these behaviors. However, it is likely that the person in your care... Read Article

Comfort Keepers of Gainesville Sponsors Senior Spelling Bee

Oct 16, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Verne McKenzie won’t admit how many years it’s been since he competed in a spelling bee, saying only that it has “a seven and a zero” in it... Read Article

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