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How to Prevent Your Parent With Alzheimer’s From Wandering

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

What has happened with a person with dementia or even Alzheimer’s is that their brain has shrunk. He or she is not able to complete tasks that they were once familiar with, nor are they able to be in the present day... Read Article

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients from Wandering

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sometimes it’s fun to not have a destination in mind and just wander through the park, mall or even the grocery store. While it’s normal for most people to wander and have no specific destination in mind... Read Article

How to Keep Your Senior Loved One Safe In Summer Heat

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sunny days uplift spirits. But seniors have to take some precautionary actions to ensure their enjoyment of summer time isn’t ruined by the discomfort of sunburn or the dangerous effects of dehydration and heat illness... Read Article

How to Turn Home Sweet Home Into Home Safe Home

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A growing number of seniors are realizing that there is no place they would rather live than the home they have grown fond of. However, the house that was once a haven can become a potential hazard for falls as we get older... Read Article

How To Recognize Symptoms of Stroke

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there are more than 700,000 strokes per year in the United States. Of those 700,000 strokes... Read Article

How-To Properly Lift A Senior Parent or Loved One

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As a family caregiver, you may have to help the person in your care move from place to place by lifting her. When you learn how to control and balance your own body, you can safely control and move another person. Read Article

How to Prevent Drug Interactions

Nov 11, 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... Read Article

How To Know If Your Senior Loved One Needs 24 Hour Care

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

By and large, seniors prefer to live in their own homes for as long as possible, but when care needs change and the senior requires round-the-clock care, there is often confusion or concern about having caregivers in the home... Read Article

How to Keep Seniors Socially Connected

Nov 11, 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 or stop feeling young at heart just because they are older... Read Article

How to Keep Seniors Minds Active

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease have the exact same needs as all of us: to find pleasure and purpose in life. However, you should keep in mind that it requires some special understanding and training... Read Article

How To Keep An Aging Mind Fresh

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease have the same needs as all of us: to find purpose and pleasure in life. However, it takes special understanding and training to help them fulfill this need—and to safely care for them at home... Read Article

How to Hire In-Home Alzheimer’s Care – Part II

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Finding in-home Alzheimer’s assistance can be an overwhelming task. Tackling this need in an organized way is the key to making in-home Alzheimer’s support feasible. The following tips may help your family and caregiver find the help needed... Read Article

How to Help Seniors Maintain a Purposeful Life

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s only natural that when people have things to do, places to go and people to visit, that they have a greater interest in their appearance and how they look. In the case of seniors, keeping up a good personal appearance... Read Article

How to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays Too

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For many people, the Holidays are one of the only times of year that all members of the family can gather together to enjoy each others company and celebrate the Holidays. However, the portrait before and following this joyous time is a lot less picturesque for who live alone or are far away from family... Read Article

How to Help Seniors Cope With Parkinson’s

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease that often leads people to become sedentary and out of condition. However, exercise can help combat the symptoms of the disease... Read Article

How to Help Seniors Avoid Seasonal Illness

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Fall brings about cooler weather, holidays and fun family gatherings. The cool, crisp smell of this season imparts an almost heady anticipation of crackling fires and hot cocoa as well as looking forward to the colorful transformations of foliage and trees... Read Article

How to Help A Senior Do Range of Motion Exercises

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Do you have an adult parent of senior that you care for who has arthritis? Arthritis can be painful and difficult to live with, but doing range of motion exercises can help. Today we want to share with you how you can help your adult parent or senior loved one stay in health even if they suffer from arthritis... Read Article

How To Handle Emergencies With An Elderly Person

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When it comes to caring for an elderly loved one or someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s pretty unavoidable that at some point in time an accident will occur or they will become seriously ill... Read Article

Honoring Local Senior Veterans – It’s Good To Be A Comfort Keeper

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Every year Comfort Keepers of The Villages, Ocala, and Gainesville has the absolute honor of sponsoring the flight of several World War II veterans to our nation’s capitol. Known as an Honor Flight, these veterans are flown to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial that stands as a memorial to them... Read Article

Hospital to Home: The Importance of Transitional Care

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

After a long or even a short hospital stay, anyone appreciates the value of sleeping in one’s own bed. No one to wake you during the night, no more pokes, prods or beeps and buzzes. Just you – snuggled up under your own covers within the familiar sights and smells of home... Read Article

How Colorful is Your Plate?

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The American Dietetic Association’s theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right With Color”... Read Article

How Hypertension Affects Memory

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Oops, you did it again…forgot someone’s phone number, could not remember what you had for lunch yesterday, or for a moment maybe you were not able to recall your neighbor’s name... Read Article

How Seniors Can Close the Door on Scammers

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In today’s digital age, con artists feel right at home online, trying to get us to click on their latest schemes. But they also are still practicing their trade the time-tested way: Knocking on doors... Read Article

How Seniors Can Slow Age-related Macular Degeneration

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age, the fact that we might wind up wearing glasses to help us read does not surprise us. Irritating as that might be, the need for reading glasses can be a typical result of the wear that is put on our eyes as they grow older... Read Article

How Seniors Can Stay Safe In The Summer Heat And Sun

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sunny days uplift spirits. But seniors need to take special precautions to make sure their enjoyment of summer is not eclipsed by the pain of sunburn or the harmful effects of dehydration and heat illness... Read Article

How to Bring Holiday Joy to a Senior

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Loved ones and professional caregivers can bring joy to the holiday season for a senior (and help make them get more involved in the season) simply by spending some time with them and bringing some craft materials and decorations... Read Article

How to Care for An Aging Parent Long Distance

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You did it! You grew up, became successful, started a family of your own, and moved out…states away, even, from your Mom and Dad... Read Article

How to Detect Reactions to Medications – Tips for Seniors and The Elderly

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When a senior or elderly loved one takes medications ordered by a physician, it is very important that other medicine not be taken unless the physician knows about it... Read Article

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Dr. Appointments

Nov 11, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

To get the greatest benefit from the limited time a doctor’s appointment allows, seniors should prepare for the appointment like it is an interview... Read Article

Help Seniors Stay On-Guard Against Germs

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people grow older, natural defenses against disease weaken... Read Article

It’s Summer, Seniors! Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At long, last summer is here! And that means fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the garden, food co-op, roadside stand or local grocery. As a caregiver, you can help the senior in your life eat well... Read Article

Hunger and the Senior

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Hunger and malnutrition is a greater problem for America’s seniors than many may realize—and it is due to a wide variety of causes, not just financial constraints... Read Article

Is It Time For In Home Care For Your Senior Loved One?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everyone selects in-home care for different reasons. The key is to be able to recognize when to introduce and the best way to select the best care provider for your senior loved one... Read Article

Keeping Alzheimer’s Clients Safe Room-by-Room

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Ensuring that your senior loved one remains as self-sufficient as possible, and yet safe around the house requires a delicate balance. For those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia... Read Article

Herbal Gardening and Its Benefits for Seniors

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You don’t need a green thumb or a huge plot of land to reap the benefits of growing fresh herbs... Read Article

The Villages Senior Care: Hygiene – Clean Care is Safer Care

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The dirtiest place in your house isn’t your bathroom—it’s your kitchen sink... Read Article

Lower Your Cholesterol with Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC)

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The CDC reports that there are more than 102 million American adults – 20 years or older – who have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels... Read Article

Join a Senior Center to Improve Health

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Today, senior adults are more active than ever. A higher level of health care has led to treatments that help older adults stay healthier and more active as they age... Read Article

It’s Time to STOP Senior Hunger!

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Believe it or not you may have a grandparent, parent or friend who may be suffering from hunger in silence. It is estimated that one in nine seniors is at risk of hunger... Read Article

It’s National Family Caregivers Month

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sometimes becoming a family caregiver happens slowly over time. Suddenly you realize you’re caring more for someone else than you are for yourself. You find yourself juggling work and family life... Read Article

It’s Getting Hotter Here – Don’t You Love Florida Summers?!?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The lazy days of summer mean exactly that to most of us – longer days filled with sunshine, fun-filled vacations and laughter. After all, what is not to enjoy... Read Article

Is Your Senior In-Home Care Provider Compliant with Florida Regulations?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In the state of Florida, Home Healthcare Agencies (HHA) are regulated by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA). ACHA provides Florida Home Healthcare Agencies with 380 regulations to follow... Read Article

Have You Seen The Senior Food Pyramid? Plus, 3 Meal Ideas

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The Tufts University Food Guide Pyramid for Older Adults is designed to help people 70 and older eat properly. As you age, you need less food to maintain your weight. However, your need for vitamins and minerals may stay the same or even increase. That’s why it is important to choose a variety of nutrient-rich foods every day... Read Article

Is It Time for Home Care (part 1)?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everyone selects in-home care for different reasons. The key is to recognize when to introduce and how to select the right care provider. The following are the first set of questions that can help you decide if the time is now to seek help for your loved one... Read Article

Is It Time For A Helping Hand In Your Home?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everyone selects in-home care for different reasons. The keys are to recognize when to introduce care and how to select the right care provider. Here are some questions that can help you make the decision on whether you should consider in-home care... Read Article

Insomnia and the Elderly

Nov 10, 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 are not a normal part of aging... Read Article

Health Screenings for Seniors

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The month of October welcomes the seasonal changes of fall, Halloween and most importantly, Breast Cancer Awareness month... Read Article

In-Home Senior Care Can Keep You Stronger Longer

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At, Comfort Keepers® it’s our goal to assure the safety of seniors in our care. Through Interactive Caregiving®, our Comfort Keepers promote the physical, mental, emotional and nutritional health of seniors. Enhancing their health and well-being, this care reduces seniors’ risk of illness and falls... Read Article

Healthy Aging

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Our bodies naturally undergo changes due to the normal aging process. We tend to view these changes in terms of physical abilities and general physical health but to achieve overall health we must look beyond just the physical to the mental and emotional aspects as well... Read Article

In Home Care Offers Independence

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

One of the greatest advantages of in-home care is its flexibility. It can be customized to fit the degree of in-home assistance a senior needs. For instance, in-home care can be arranged for a senior who needs around-the-clock help from a caregiver... Read Article

In-Home Care: A Solution for Baby Boomers

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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 of their lives... Read Article

Healthy Eye Care and Nutrition for Seniors

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s common knowledge that eating the right foods helps to keep you healthy at any age. But did you know that eating certain specific healthful foods can actually help promote good eyesight and protect vision even among seniors... Read Article

Hello. My name is Jane, and My Mother is an Alcoholic

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It may be quite surprising to you to realize that your elderly mother or another senior in your life has come to abuse alcohol. After all, none of us plan to become alcoholics when we grow up and many of us take great pains to avoid the devastation of this disease... Read Article

Help At the Push of A Button | PERS

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) offer seniors, adults needing care, and their loved ones the comfort of knowing that help is always close at hand—even between visits by caregivers... Read Article

Help Seniors Prepare Their Homes for Summer

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Summer months can become exceedingly hot for many but especially for seniors. Every summer, the news reports stories of seniors facing life-threatening conditions, and in some cases, even death, due to effects of high temperatures... Read Article

Help Seniors Stay On-Guard Against Germs

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Caregivers of elderly relatives or clients need to strengthen efforts to keep germs at bay—and protect seniors’ health and quality of life... Read Article

Herbals And Drugs Can Have Adverse Interactions: Check With Your Doctors First

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Just because herbal remedies are made of natural, plant-derived ingredients does not mean they are safe. When taken in combination with certain prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, they can pose health risks, sometimes life-threatening... Read Article

Hip Fracture and Seniors

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As seniors age, normal changes like poor hearing and bad eyesight greatly increase the risk of them falling... Read Article

Hoarding and the Elderly

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), some behaviors are more difficult to deal with than others. You must learn to cope with the behavior and to keep yourself from burnout... Read Article

Holiday Gift Time and Seniors: Last minute gift ideas for your older loved ones

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you’re like many of us sometimes you’re not sure what to get a loved one in celebrating the holiday season. Finding the perfect gift can be especially difficult for your older gift recipients who seem to have most things you might think of getting them... Read Article

Home Safety – Bedroom Area

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If the person in your care spends lots of time in the bedroom, make it comfortable, convenient and safe... Read Article

In-Home Care Agencies – A Good Option in Caring for Mom or Dad

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

One of the hardest realizations you may have in life is recognizing the fact that your mother, father or both are unable to care for themselves as they age. One of the toughest choices you may make is trying to decide... Read Article

Incontinence and Personal Hygiene: A Common Little Secret

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Incontinence is a problem that involves the leakage of urine or feces over which the person has no control. Bladder management medications are available... Read Article

I’m Confused! What is the difference in In-Home Care Providers for Seniors?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are three fundamental business structures of providers who offer in-home care for seniors and other adults: independents, registries, and employment based agencies, which include local/regional/national corporations or franchise organizations... Read Article

I’m Confused! What is the difference between in-home care providers? Part II

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Registries are organizations that build and manage databases of caregivers, but do not actually employ the caregivers. The caregivers often act as 1099-contract labor, but the employment arrangements can vary... Read Article

I’m Confused! What is the difference between in-home care providers? Part III

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The third and last option we are going to cover in our review of in-home care providers is an employment based agency which may be a corporation, or part of a corporation, or a franchise organization... Read Article

Hypertension and Stroke: Top 10 Risk Factors

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Did you know that strokes rank as the fourth leading cause of death in America and are also considered one of the main causes of long-term disability? Learning more about strokes... Read Article

How will I pay for long-term care when I need it?

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Very few individuals want to think about their future needs for aging services and long-term care until it becomes a necessity, which can often lead to poor planning. The biggest consequence of poor planning... Read Article

How to Write Your Own Will – Mistakes to Avoid

Nov 10, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You cannot take it with you, but with careful planning ahead of time you can make sure the assets you worked so hard for will benefit the ones you love after you are gone... Read Article

Food Safety for Seniors

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Each year about 76 million Americans become ill from eating foods contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites, the National Institutes of Health (NIH – www.nih.gov) reports... Read Article

Fell Down – Now What?

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Each year, one-third of the population 65 years and older experiences at least one fall, and half of those seniors fall repeatedly... Read Article

Nutrition: What Seniors Need to Know

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As they age, seniors may face certain challenges regarding proper nutrition. Medications they take may cause appetites to diminish or foods to taste differently. Some may lose interest in eating... Read Article

Male Caregiver Tips – Part Two

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Ask for and accept help – Despite the reality that family caregivers are drowning in responsibility or are truly confused about what they should do next, they won’t accept help... Read Article

Gainesville Seniors: Yes, You Can Be Active!

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Physical activity promotes good health. In fact, daily physical activity is important to maintaining bone and muscle strength. It can also improve mood and increase mental sharpness... Read Article

Fitness and Exercise for Seniors

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You’re never too old to exercise! It’s a necessary part of maintaining good health at any age. And while the natural process of growing older can bring a decrease in energy and strength as well as a host of conditions and diseases that can make exercising more difficult, there are many ways that caregivers can help seniors of every age keep fit... Read Article

Foot Care and Diabetes

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Special care of the feet is especially important for a person with diabetes because nerve damage (neuropathy) can lead to foot infections. Without nerves to warn the brain of trauma to the foot, the tissue breaks down and can lead to severe infections... Read Article

Make Sure You Beat the Florida Heat!

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Dehydration and heat stroke are common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Heat-related illness occurs when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded... Read Article

Prescription Drug Interaction: Things YOU Can Do

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) recommends knowing the active ingredients in the medicines you take. For instance, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers... Read Article

Prescription Drug Interactions: Things to Know

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As seniors, you are at a greater risk of drug interactions than the general population because you typically take more medications. Taken in certain combinations Read Article

Preparing to Care for Aging Loved Ones

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are many joys families experience within the relationships they have with senior relatives. Grandma and Grandpa are often able to tell the best tales of times past... Read Article

Practical Steps to Cope with Seniors Who Have Hallucinations and Are Resistant

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

People with Alzheimer’s or dementia sometimes see and hear things that are not really there. For example, a dark colored rug in the center of the room can look... Read Article

Practical Aids for Living

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many people have some physical limitations, whether these involve moving, seeing, hearing, communicating or using everyday tools like knives, forks, spoons, toothbrushes or... Read Article

Power of Attorney and Their Importance

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s important to make a well documented decision while you can so that you can avoid having a court name a decision maker for you in case of an illness or accident that may keep you from making decisions yourself... Read Article

Post-Surgery Care for Heart Disease

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The causes leading to heart disease that requires surgery vary. Heart attacks and congestive heart failure are two common causes. Both conditions are silent and sneaky. Read Article

Post Hospital Care After Pneumonia

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Even though pneumonia is a serious illness for most individuals contracting the disease, it can often be successfully treated at home. Seniors, however, or more specifically, those with compromised immune systems... Read Article

Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Very few people wish to think about their future needs for aging services and long-term care until it becomes a necessity, which may often result in poor planning. The largest consequence of poor planning can be making a snap decision... Read Article

Physical Therapy

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Physical therapy is part of the process of re-learning how to function after an injury, illness, or period of inactivity. If muscles are not used, they can shorten and tighten, making joint motion painful... Read Article

Downsizing with Dignity

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There may come a time in the life of your senior loved one when they face the need to downsize. Whether moving into a smaller home, an assisted living facility, or in with you…downsizing may seem a daunting task. Even the need to modify an existing home in order to make it safer or to accommodate equipment like wheelchairs can mean treasured furniture and other items have to be removed from the home... Read Article

Ensuring Good Nutrition While Eating Less

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Building on the subject of our last post, what if you just aren’t as hungry as you used to be? How can you make sure you’re getting all the necessary nutrients your body needs, even though your plate is smaller? As seniors age, they typically become less active and their metabolisms slow. As a result, they require fewer calories. But their need for essential, health-promoting vitamins and minerals does not decline. If anything, it increases... Read Article

Exercising With Parkinson’s Disease

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease that often leads people to become sedentary and out of condition. However, exercise can help combat the symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s patients should be encouraged to be active according to the guidelines established by their physician... Read Article

Family Communication

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The right words can make all the difference… Whether with our own family, or in a professional caregiver relationship, we need skills to communicate effectively... Read Article

Fighting Fire: Seniors Most at Risk of Fire-Related Death and Injury

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Fire spreads fast. And the smoke can quickly overcome victims. If disabilities slow your mobility or you are taking medications that hinder reaction time, your chances of escaping and surviving a fire are greatly diminished... Read Article

Using Your Five Senses to Evaluate Whether a Senior Loved One Needs Assistance

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s never easy having to make the decision on whether or not your senior loved one needs in home care or elderly assistance. This article will give you some tips on how you can use your five senses to help you determine if your loved one does need help... Read Article

Five Signs of Senior Stress

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Stress is a common factor in life. Children experience stress from school, new social situations and simply growing up. Adults feel the stress of working, paying bills, raising kids and maintaining households. Seniors also feel stress even though some may have retired, raised their children and paid off their homes. Certain amounts of stress are a part of life for people of all ages... Read Article

Five Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle for Seniors

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It is never too late to benefit from change. But, for many seniors change is hard, especially when it comes to eating habits and overall wellness. Introducing a new diet and exercise regimen can have positive physical and psychological impacts on seniors. That is why an effective strategy for improving wellness is to gradually adopt healthful habits, one step at a time... Read Article

Five Tips to Make the Holidays Easier

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The holidays are joyous times that inspire feelings of togetherness, fond recollections of past times and hopes for the future. Gatherings with family and friends are sure to lift spirits of all ages as new memories are forged among people... Read Article

Food As Medicine

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many of us are beginning this new year with a resolution to maintain a healthy diet and watch what we eat. How about you? Trying to replace the sweets of the holiday season with more fruits and vegetables? You should know that your hard work can result in more than a smaller waistline. In addition to delivering essential nutrients for optimal health and well-being, a healthy diet can play an essential role in improving your quality of life as you age... Read Article

Food As Medicine: Good Nutrition Promotes Senior Health

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A healthy diet delivers essential nutrients for optimal health and plays an essential role in improving the quality of life and independence of seniors and the elderly... Read Article

Forget the Fountain of Youth and Instead Use This

Nov 9, 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

Gainesville Entrepreneurs Win 2009 Comfort Keepers®‘Quest For Excellence Award

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Gainesville entrepreneurs were recently awarded the ‘Quest for Excellence’ award by CK Franchising, Inc. Lynn Domenech and Jocelyn Holt, owners of the Gainesville Comfort Keepers® franchise office, received this prestigious award from the company’s support office in Dayton, Ohio... Read Article

Gainesville Seniors! Are You Aging Gracefully?

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In its early stages, aging is exciting. It is thought of in terms of “growing up” and looking forward to what the future holds. Later in life, as wrinkles and graying hair start to show, our bodies begin to change in ways which are expected, but may be somewhat discouraging as well... Read Article

Gainesville Seniors get Great Exercise at Oak Hammock Health Pavilion

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At Comfort Keepers, our philosophy is Interactive Caregiving(tm). Our in-home care providers offer companionship as they assist seniors with the tasks of daily living... Read Article

Parkinson’s Disease and Exercises for Seniors to Help Cope With Symptoms

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Parkinson’s is a really debilitating disease that frequently leads individuals to become sedentary and out of condition. However, physical exercise might help combat the symptoms from the disease. Read Article

Pain and Discomfort Management

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Pain is not a normal part of growing old. It is an individual experience that is tied to both physical and mental states. Even noise, which makes a person tense, can contribute to pain. Read Article

Osteoporosis Prevention: Strategies for Maintaining Strong, Healthy Bones

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A variety of preventive health strategies helps slow and lessen the effects of osteoporosis, the natural weakening of bones that occurs as we age and can result in debilitating injuries when coupled with accidental falls... Read Article

Ocala Seniors: Home Safety for Outdoor Areas

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors should spend time outside when they can. Fresh air and sunshine are good for them but it’s important to make sure that outdoor areas are safe for seniors to be in. Here are some tips you can follow to help make outdoor areas safe for seniors. Read Article

Ocala Seniors! Do You Know What to Pack (and Not to Pack) for the Hospital?

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Retired seniors know that well-planned packing helps make vacations more enjoyable. Likewise, what you pack for your own or a loved one’s admission to the hospital can make for a smoother, less stressful experience. Read Article

Ocala Seniors! Do you know how to handle an accident involving injury?

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sometime accidents happen, and sometimes helping an injured person can pose risk to one coming to the rescue. In today’s post we are going to cover the most important tips you should know to prevent... Read Article

Ocala Seniors: Did you see our feature in Ocala Style Magazine?!?!

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Before you embark on a trip this summer, ensure the safety and well?being of your loved ones-whether they’re coming along or staying with the experienced, compassionate team at Comfort Keepers... Read Article

Ocala Seniors! Cook for One & Have Fun.

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The transition from preparing meals for large families to cooking for just one or two can seem overwhelming, no matter your age. Eating with friends is not always possible, and dining out often may not always be the healthiest... Read Article

Ocala Seniors Choose SafetyChoice!

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At Comfort Keepers of Ocala, Gainesville, and The Villages we make it our mission to provide superior senior care and enable seniors to live happy independent lives for as long as possible. One way we do this is through our SafetyChoice® technology... Read Article

Ocala Home Health Senior Care: Shampooing and Shaving

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Keeping the hair and scalp clean improves circulation to the scalp and keeps the hair healthy. As people age, they may have difficulty in shampooing their own hair in the shower... Read Article

Obesity Epidemic and Seniors

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Obesity, today, is a hot topic. In fact, due to the significant rise of obesity in children and the subsequent health issues it causes, health experts predict that today’s children may have shorter life spans than their parents... Read Article

Not all in-home care is the same!

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Each day in the United States, 6,000 people turn 65 years of age. One in five Americans will be older than age 65 by the year 2030 (American Association of Retired Persons, 2003). This increase of U.S. seniors translates... Read Article

Nine Tips for Seniors to be Safe in the Summer Heat

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The lazy days of summer mean exactly that to most of us – longer days filled with sunshine, fun-filled vacations and laughter. After all, what is not to enjoy... Read Article

Memory Care Programs For Seniors You Should Know

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A recent AARP survey revealed that 89% of older Americans want to remain in their current homes and communities for as long as possible. But, research also tells us our nation has a Dementia Dilemma... Read Article

May Is National Arthritis Month

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Arthritis is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect joints and other parts of the body... Read Article

Managing Urinary Incontinence in the Home

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As seniors age, many things come into play – safety in the home and out, health conditions seniors face, the emotional ups and downs when dealing with the normal aging process, including the loss of loved ones... Read Article

Malnutrition: A Serious Concern for Seniors

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Most healthy Americans likely think malnutrition is something that only affects people in undeveloped countries. News stories make us believe that malnutrition affects mostly poor children in the third world... Read Article

Are You Secretly Suffering From Malnutrition?

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You may be surprised to learn that most seniors suffer from malnutrition, and poor nutrition weakens seniors and exposes them to a higher risk of illness. Nutritious eating enhances the vitality and well-being of seniors, and is the key to feeling great day to day... Read Article

Making Mealtimes More Enjoyable

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Mealtimes are important times for the elderly or ill because they provide a welcome diversion in the day. During holidays meal times are a nice opportunity to socialize... Read Article

Low Health Literacy Affects Many Seniors in Central Florida

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Ensure your loved ones take the right medication at meal time. With changes in health care on the minds of most American seniors today, it has never been more important to make sure seniors understand their health care information. Nearly half of all American adults... Read Article

Lower Your Cholesterol with Therapeutic Way of life Changes

Nov 9, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

September is a month dedicated to cholesterol education. 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 wholesome levels... Read Article

Employee Testimonials

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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Drug Abuse and the Elderly

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

According to some sources, drug abuse in the senior population is on the rise. Shocking? Yes. After all, no one thinks of grandma, grandpa and drug abuse in the same thought. However, research conducted in 2010 shows that approximately 4.3 million older adults used illegal drugs within the previous year... Read Article

Drug Abuse Rising Among Seniors

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Drug abuse in the senior population is on the rise. Shocking? Yes. After all, no one thinks of grandma, grandpa and drug abuse in the same thought. However, research conducted in 2010 shows that approximately 4.3 million older adults used illegal drugs within the previous year... Read Article

Eating Seasonally

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

No matter where we live, we expect to find a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables year-round in supermarket produce sections. But much of it has to travel great distances to get there... Read Article

Eating Seasonally for Maximum Nutrition

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Regardless of where we live, we can always find a variety of different fruits and vegetables all year long in the supermarket produce section. A lot of those fruits and vegetables are shipped from faraway places and this causes it to lose its taste, nutrients and freshness. There’s nothing better than eating fruits and vegetables at the peak of their freshness – when they will taste their best and are still packed full of all the health-promoting nutrition... Read Article

Eating Well as We Age: Advice for Seniors

Nov 8, 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/or salt, and eat whole grains whenever possible. But as we age, our nutrition requirements change. If senior adults want to continue the good eating habits they’ve already established, making some dietary adjustments can help them stay as healthy as possible as they reach 50-60 years of age and beyond... Read Article

Elder Abuse: Warning Signs, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Help

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

While one sign does not necessarily indicate abuse, some tell-tale signs may indicate there could be a problem... Read Article

Elder Care: How To Handle Emergencies With An Elderly Person

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Elder care is becoming a more common responsibilities for families. And caring for an elderly person can bring many new challenges to family life. In the course of caring for an elderly person or one with Alzheimer’s disease, it is likely that an accident will occur or that the person will appear to be seriously ill. A person with dementia can fall and break a bone, and not complain of pain... Read Article

Elderly Financial Abuse – Setting Boundaries

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aggressive marketing to the elderly is common. Seminars for estate planning can provide useful information, but they are often selling something and are not unbiased about what a person may need. Help the person in your care avoid financial planners who may also be stockbrokers or insurance agents... Read Article

Enabling Independent Senior Living and Reliving The Joys of Youth

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At Comfort Keepers we’ve made it our mission to do more than help seniors live independent lives. We also seek to improve senior’s quality of life by providing what we call Interactive Caregiving®... Read Article

Encouraging Independence in Ocala Seniors – Maintaining Quality of Life

Nov 8, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As a caregiver, it is important to encourage independence in seniors, but also to interact with them in ways that provide the opportunity for them to maintain a better quality of life for themselves. By participating in activities with your senior loved one, not only are you showing that you care – the acts you undertake together can help improve their overall health... Read Article

Do You Know The Dangers of Adult Poisioning?

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Poisoning is the harmful effect that occurs when a toxic substance is swallowed, inhaled, or comes in contact with the skin, eyes or mucous membranes in the mouth and nose... Read Article

Seniors and Financial Abuse – What You Should Know

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aggressive marketing to the elderly is typical. Seminars for estate planning can offer helpful information, but they are often selling something and are not unbiased about what an individual may need... Read Article

Regular Eye Exams Can Prevent Senior Falls

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Normal changes of aging, such as poor eyesight or poor hearing, can increase the risk of a senior falling. Even if they appear strong and well, illnesses and physical conditions... Read Article

Dehydration and Seniors: The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Because more than sixty percent of the human body is made up of water, staying hydrated is important to keep our bodies functioning properly. As adults, we lose more than eighty ounces of water daily just through normal activity. Elderly adults are among the most at risk groups for dehydration, one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization after age 65... Read Article

Safety First: What do you know about Carbon Monoxide?

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas... Read Article

Seniors and the Importance of Vaccines

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age our capability to fight illness decreases, and this indicates it’s much more essential for seniors and also the elderly to get vaccinations... Read Article

Coping With Mental Illness – Seniors Can Suffer Late In Life

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through senior years. Because elderly people may have a combination of medical, psychological and social issues, diagnosing and managing mental health problems can be challenging... Read Article

Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Losing a loved one is never easy. For some close-knit families and relatives loss can be devastating. Unfortunately, losing a loved one is part of the journey of life, so finding healthy ways to deal with feelings of loss and grief can help you and your family through the difficult time... Read Article

Dental Hygiene Is Essential to Senior Health

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Through improved dental health and hygiene, today’s seniors are maintaining more of their natural teeth than elders of previous generations. While this deserves a smile, a mouthful of natural teeth is also reason for seniors to continue taking good oral hygiene seriously. Dental hygiene affects far more than dental health. Good teeth can help seniors get the benefits of a balanced diet, while poor dental health can have a negative effect on other conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and di Read Article

Seniors: Warm Up And Stretch Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Studies show that physical activity slows the aging process and increases seniors’ life span. The positive health effects of exercise go deep, down to the cellular level... Read Article

Senior Suicide Prevention

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors experience occasional feelings of unhappiness or can become upset just as the rest of us do. However, some are unable to easily bounce back. Life seems unbearable and, unfortunately, for many these thoughts lead to suicide... Read Article

Seniors: Tips for Healthy Eating

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The normal aging process instigates changes throughout the body. Perhaps the most important change seniors undergo relates to nutrition. As a body ages, so does its nutritional requirements... Read Article

Seniors, The Elderly, and Technology: Improving lives every day-Part IV

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people age and their care needs change, monitoring systems have the flexibility to change with them. For example, additional devices can be connected to a personal emergency response system... Read Article

Seniors, The Elderly, and Technology: Improving lives every day-Part III.

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In a 2007 study entitled “What’s Mom Doing Now? Impact of Monitoring Technology in Family Caregiving,” the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio had monitoring systems and other assistive devices installed in test subjects’ homes for 24 weeks... Read Article

Seniors, The Elderly, and Technology: Improving lives every day. Part II

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The supply of caregivers — professional and family — will decrease, as the ratio of working age adults to older care recipients is expected to decrease 40 percent between 2010 and 2030. Read Article

Seniors Need to Choose Their Foods Carefully for Healthy Living

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Good nutrition is important for all generations, but as we age, our dietary needs change. One of the most important things is that seniors need approximately 25% less calories than younger adults... Read Article

Seniors, The Elderly, and Technology: Improving lives every day. Part I

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

America’s elderly population is growing at a pace faster than the working age population and the pool of potential caregivers. At the same time, more seniors with chronic health conditions are choosing to age in place... Read Article

Ocala Seniors: Do You Need a CAPS?

Nov 7, 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. 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

Seniors Reap the Benefits of Volunteering

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In-home care providers help senior citizens continue living independently in their own homes, assisting them with the routine tasks of homemaking and personal care. And that frees up more time for seniors... Read Article

Seniors Living With Heart Disease and Stroke: A Family Affair

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors and other adults recovering from a heart attack or stroke—and their families—face many new physical and emotional challenges and feelings of uncertainty... Read Article

Difficult Behavior and Seniors

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many family members that step into the role of caregiver, are able to give the greatest gift of all – their time, love and energy. This often comes at a price of sacrificing time with their own families or other things they want to be out there doing. If you’re on the ‘outside looking in’ all you see is the negative – that person giving up time with their own family or skipping out on other things they’d rather do... Read Article

Seniors Living With Chronic Pain

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The number of Americans who suffer from chronic pain annually is staggering! A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates the number of people who live with persistent pain... Read Article

Senior Sleep Problems

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As the human body ages, it undergoes many changes throughout its lifetime. Some of the changes are easily identifiable and welcome, while other changes, such as sleep patterns, leave the senior population longing for those nights when they could sleep... Read Article

Seniors and the Respiratory System

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As individuals get older the chest muscles get stiffer making it much harder to take deep breaths. You may notice your elderly loved ones taking more frequent shallow breaths... Read Article

Seniors and Sleep: How much do they need?

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you or your loved one is over age 65, it’s likely that getting enough sleep has become an issue. Seniors typically take longer to fall asleep, and often wake up during the night numerous times... Read Article

Seniors and Nutrition: Food as Medicine

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many of us are starting this new year with a resolution to maintain a wholesome diet and watch what we consume. How about you? Attempting to replace the sweets from the Holidays with more fruits and vegetables... Read Article

Drinking And The Elderly: A Little Goes A Long Way

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For many of us, drinking alcohol is a tradition. Alcohol is a widely accepted part of our culture and is often a part of our social activities from having a drink before dinner, celebrating with a champagne toast at weddings, having a beer with a hot dog at a baseball game, even to using wine in some religious services. But as we age, drinking alcohol can be more problematic than pleasurable for many reasons that we might not readily even recognize... Read Article

Seniors and Medications

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

One area that deserves special attention with older people is managing medications they take. Chances are the number of medications they are required to take increases with age... Read Article

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

Nov 7, 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... Read Article

Seniors and Grief: Coping With Loss During The Holidays

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you or someone you know is facing the first holiday season without a loved one such as a spouse or lifelong friend, it may be a challenge to handle reminders of the holidays, including family traditions... Read Article

Dealing with Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

With age a person may experience changes in behavior—such as changes in personality, ability to communicate, judgment, and memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia that involves permanent changes in the brain. The person typically experiences a gradual decline. Four million Americans have Alzheimer’s and two million have other forms of dementia... Read Article

Reasons Your Elderly Loved One Isn’t Taking Their Medication and What You Can Do

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When an elderly loved one is prescribed medicine from a physician, it’s essential that any other medicine not be taken unless the doctor knows about it... Read Article

Preventing falls related to prescription medication – Part I

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Normal changes of aging, such as poor eyesight or poor hearing, can increase the risk of a senior falling. Even if they appear strong and well, illnesses and physical conditions can affect their strength and balance... Read Article

Death of a Loved One: Helping Seniors Cope

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It is never easy to lose a loved one. For some close-knit households and r elatives loss may be devastating. Sadly, losing a loved one is a part of the journey of life, so learning some healthy ways to cope with feelings of loss and grief can help you as well as your family through such a hard time... Read Article

Seniors and Driving: How to Steer through a Difficult Turn

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Whether we are going to the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the golf course or to visit a friend, the ability to drive provides us a sense of independence... Read Article

Seniors and Bullying: What You Should Know

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Bullying has become a huge issue and it’s something that even seniors are victims of too. In fact, it has been shown that seniors face bullying even more often than children... Read Article

Does Your Loved One Need 24 Hour Care?

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s only normal that seniors prefer to live in their own home for as long as possible. And this can be possible with the help of caregivers. However, if the seniors needs require round-the-clock care, they sometimes become confused or concerned about someone being in their home 24/7... Read Article

Seniors and Aging: Protecting the Skeletal System

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As people age, it is typical for the spine to shorten. This causes individuals to “shrink” gradually, losing anywhere from 1-4 inches in height... Read Article

Seniors Aging Grafefully: 7 Tips to Follow

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many seniors are looking to age gracefully and not become burdens on their loved ones. What is the secret formula for aging with dignity... Read Article

Do you know an Ocala Senior Who Is Going Hungry? You can help!

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

One in every nine senior adults is at risk of hunger it is a silent epidemic that plagues millions of our loved ones every day... Read Article

Senior Safety During The Winter And Holidays in Florida

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Although Central Florida doesn’t typically experience a “true” winter, we often get cold spells and freezes that give us an opportunity to use our winter supplies and clothes... Read Article

Senior Recreation Center Coming to Gainesville, Florida SOON!

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The City of Gainesville/Alachua County Senior Recreation Center “topped out!” Topping out is the term used to refer to completion of the uppermost level of the building and installment of the roof, and Comfort Keepers of Gainesville was there to see it... Read Article

Do you or a loved one need in-home care? Take Our Care Survey!

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Is it time for you to consider in-home care for your loved one? Start by taking our short Care Survey to help you better understand whether the time may have come to pursue care options for your loved one... Read Article

Scams against Seniors are on the Rise in Central Florida – Part II: Scam #1

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

While telemarketers call people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes, they often make up to 80 percent of their calls to older consumers (according to the AARP). These telemarketers often prey upon older people... Read Article

Scams against Seniors are on the Rise in Central Florida – Part V: Taking Action

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

So what do you do if you think you have been a victim of fraud? If you are a senior or know a senior that has been a victim of fraud, be sure to report the act immediately... Read Article

Scams against Seniors are on the Rise in Central Florida – Part IV: Scam #3

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors are frequent victims of door-to-door scams and high-pressure sales tactics. While some door-to-door salespeople are honest, the chances are likely that whoever answers the door is about to be swindled... Read Article

Scams against Seniors are on the Rise in Central Florida – Part III: Scam #2

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Home improvement contractors use several methods of targeting seniors: high pressure phone calls, flyers, advertisements, and door-to-door-sales. While most contracted home repairs are completed satisfactorily... Read Article

Safety in the Bathroom: Where a Little Slip Can Hurt a Lot

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many accidents happen in bathrooms, so check the safety of the bathroom that you will use for home care. The bathroom poses dangers because wet floors are slippery... Read Article

Respite Care: Relief for the Family

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

No matter how much you love the person you are caring for, you need regular breaks from caregiving. Nonstop caregiving will zap your energy and take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional health... Read Article

Removing Uncertainty When You Cannot Speak For Yourself

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It is not something any of us likes to think about, but there could come a time when we face a life-threatening illness or injury that leaves us incapable of communicating our wishes... Read Article

Questions to Ask about New Medications

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When patients receive a new medication prescription from their doctor it is important for them to have several questions answered before they leave the doctor’s office... Read Article

Prostate Cancer: Awareness & Risk Factors

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

With over 200,000 estimated new cases in the U.S. in 2010, chances are you know someone affected by prostate cancer... Read Article

Preventing falls related to prescription medication – Part II

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Welcome back to part II on the extra precautions that may be necessary reduce the risk of falling. The second five medications that may require extra precautions include... Read Article

Prescription Medicines Aren’t the Only Reason for Drug Interactions

Nov 7, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Because seniors take a lot more medicine than the general population, they have a higher risk of drug interactions. Certain combinations of medicine can interact or interfere... Read Article

The Obesity Epidemic: How Does It Affect Seniors?

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Another population suffering the effects of the obesity epidemic that is garnering widespread attention is America’s seniors. Many seniors battle weight issues... Read Article

The Importance of Maintaining Healthy Family Relationships

Nov 6, 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 within the family unit and beyond... Read Article

Summer Skin Protection for Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are obvious cosmetic benefits to taking good care of our skin. More importantly, good skincare plays a big role in our overall health, especially for seniors... Read Article

The Importance of Independence for Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The importance of being independent is twofold for seniors. Independence is sometimes the only thing seniors may feel they can control as certain aspects of their life change as they age... Read Article

Cold Weather Falls are Preventable

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The National Institutes of Health offers a sobering statistic related to falls among seniors: 1.6 million older adults go to the emergency room each year due to fall-related injuries. A variety of studies have shown a high correlation between cold weather and an increase in falls among older adults, too... Read Article

The Holidays Are Fast Approaching! Are You Ready?

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many families are traveling over the river and through the woods to reach Grandmother’s (and Grandfather’s) house this holiday season. It is a tradition held by many families... Read Article

Combating Loneliness in Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The very essence of being human means we exist within a social structure where we interact with others. We talk, spend time together, laugh and sometimes cry together – but, there are times in life where interaction can become minimal. Everyone experiences loneliness at one time or another and generally, these feelings do not last long... Read Article

The Great Outdoors: Outdoor Activities for Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Seniors living alone are prone to outdoor isolation, especially after the loss of a spouse or friends. This sense of isolation can increase if seniors rarely leave home... Read Article

The Great Outdoors – Container Gardening and Senior Health

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Fresh air and a bit of sunshine are perhaps two things we all take for granted, not realizing the impact both can have on our health. The benefits of spending time in the great outdoors... Read Article

The Challenges of Glaucoma as We Age

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When facing the aging process, we know there are challenges…but we also know these challenges do not have to ruin our fun. Growing old is a fact of life... Read Article

Comfort Keepers and The Villages Rotary Club Raise Money For Community Charity Through Chili!

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You have probably heard of a chili cook off or maybe you’ve even participated in one. They have been around for awhile (in fact the first chili championship cook off was back in 1967 according to The International Chili Society!) and many organizations, like Comfort Keepers, find them a great way to raise money for charity. Not only are the cook offs a way to raise money and give back to the community they are a lot of fun for those entered in the cook off and those there just taste testing... Read Article

Thanks to Comfort Keepers-A POA’s testimonial

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As POA, I would like to express our thanks to Comfort Keepers for all of the assistance you have given our loved one and for the peace of mind we have in knowing that she is well taken care of... Read Article

Technology: Taking Caregiving to the Next Level

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In simple terms, one does not usually equate modern technology with seniors. Smart phones, computers or other trendy electronic gadgets can be navigated by younger generations in their sleep... Read Article

Comfort Keepers of Gainesville Sponsors Senior Spelling Bee

Nov 6, 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

Taking Care of Yourself – Good Nutrition Is Essential & Easy

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Maintaining good nutrition habits is tough for anyone, but especially difficult for caregivers because they are juggling the potentially selective appetites of a patient... Read Article

Comfort Keepers Sponsors Habitat for Humanity and the 2nd annual “Bowl-to-Build” Bowl-a-Thon

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

On Sunday, September 23rd, Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Inc. (HfHMC) will hold its’ 2nd annual “Bowl-to-Build” Bowl-a-Thon at AMF Galaxy West Lanes, 1818 SW 17th Street, Ocala, and Comfort Keepers of Ocala is a very proud sponsor... Read Article

Take Our Care Services Quiz!

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Knowing when it’s truly time to provide your adult parent with extra care can be difficult. Many times seniors can seem like they “get by” just fine on their own, but in reality they could use additional help... Read Article

Common Errors To Avoid When Writing Your Will – Part I

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

You cannot take it with you, but with careful planning you can make sure the assets you worked hard for will benefit the ones you love after you are gone. Many of us, however, put off creating a last will and testament, for one reason or another... Read Article

Summer In-service for our Comfort Keepers

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In three different sessions, 150 Comfort Keepers from our Gainesville, Ocala, Leesburg and The Villages, FL offices recently attended our summer in-services. Our in-services are an excellent way... Read Article

Communicating With the Doctor and Other Healthcare Professionals

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Regardless whether you are a family or a professional caregiver, understanding the principles of clear communication will help you be a more effective caregiver and a better advocate for the person in your care... Read Article

Confidentiality – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you’re a senior or senior caregiver, you’ve most likely been exposed to some of the concepts of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) at some point in recent years. Perhaps you have been asked to sign a HIPAA form when you arrived at a doctor’s office or emergency room, or signed into a hospital as a patient... Read Article

Susan Ash Loves Being a Comfort Keeper

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

I feel so lucky to be a part of a top notch business, run by smart and capable women like yourselves. Everyday I am excited to go out-meet new clients and ‘represent’ Comfort Keepers with a smile... Read Article

Summer Safety for Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As the country continues to experience its recent history of long, hot summers, it is becoming vitally important that we understand symptoms of heat related illnesses, especially for our seniors... Read Article

Stress and Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For many seniors today, the “golden years” can be incredibly stressful times. What causes seniors so much stress? Change is a major trigger... Read Article

Steps to Effective Communication

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

To create a positive, productive relationship with healthcare providers, apply the following principles in a consistent, balanced way... Read Article

The Do’s and Dont’s of Senior Nutrition

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Nutrition is always important, but it becomes increasingly important as seniors age and become more prone to disease, illness, and damage from falls and other injuries... Read Article

Solutions for Organizing Medications

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Medication works only when it is taken. And it is most effective when taken according to a doctor’s prescription or, in the case of nonprescription medications, label directions... Read Article

Combat Senior Loneliness With a Pet

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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

Snowbirding or Vacationing: Making Airline Travel Work

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

There are things seniors can do, however, to make air travel easier and more attractive. Whether you are a seasoned snowbird, one who travels frequently, or an infrequent traveler planning to go on vacation... Read Article

Slowing the Progress of Age-related Macular Degeneration

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As we age, the fact that we may end up wearing glasses to help us read does not surprise us. Irritating as that may be, the need for reading glasses... Read Article

Sleep Problems for Seniors and Tips to Help Reduce Them

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As a person ages, their body goes through several different changes. Many of these changes are normal and even welcomed. While some changes like sleep patterns, are a bit more annoying and can lead Seniors to longing... Read Article

Skin Cancer and Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The danger of developing skin cancer is something people have become more aware of over the years. Gone are the days of soaking in baby oil and iodine... Read Article

Signs of Fraud Against Seniors

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

According to the FTC, nearly 25 million Americans are victims of consumer fraud each year. Seniors continue to be a rapidly increasing segment of the population targeted by con artists... Read Article

Senior Volunteers: A Way to Give Back

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everybody can benefit from doing volunteer work but especially seniors. From making new friends to making a difference in someone’s life, volunteering is a rewarding way to spend free time productively... Read Article

Communicate with Dementia Patients Through Music

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everybody has discovered joy in music at some point in time – even seniors. The day a baby is born and probably even prior to that while in womb, mothers start singing to them. You can probably even remember from your childhood songs like You Are My Sunshine and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well as other popular children’s songs... Read Article

Siblings Turned Caregivers – How To Handle Your New Role

Nov 6, 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 of caring for aging parents... Read Article

What Our Clients Have to Say About Us

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everyone was nice, polite, and very helpful and treated him with a lot of respect. I was grateful for that and most nights I was able to get some rest... Read Article

Cooking With Nutrition in Mind

Nov 6, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

No matter what your age, good nutrition is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. As a caregiver, managing the nutritional needs of your senior client or family member can be a challenge, but here are some practical diet tips that will help you to make planning and cooking nutritious meals a pleasurable experience for you both... Read Article

Cataracts: Helping Seniors Detect Cataracts and Get the Help They Need

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and affects the retina’s ability to properly interpret and transmit signals of light to the part of the brain that governs sight. When the brain receives a cloudy signal, vision then becomes cloudy or blurred. Although rare cases exist in which babies are born with congenital cataracts, cataracts most commonly affects older adults, especially those over the age of 80... Read Article

Central Florida Seniors! Can you spot a con artist?

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s not easy to spot a con artist, because they can be very smart, persuasive and aggressive. They can appear to be friendly and helpful to confuse the senior. Most people think they are too smart to fall for a scam, but there are many people who have lost large sums of money to someone they thought they could trust... Read Article

Central Florida Seniors! Prevent Identity Theft!

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Identity theft is a crime that involves someone pretending to be someone else in order to steal money or get other benefits. They acquire your personal information without your knowledge and use it to commit fraud... Read Article

Choosing A Senior In-Home Care Provider: Do You Really Know Your Referral Sources?

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As a professional responsible for recommending home care referrals to patients, clients, and their families, how well do you really know your referral sources? There are many choices of rates for services, and cheapest isn’t always best... Read Article

Client Testimonials

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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Closing the Communication Gap Between the Elderly and Younger

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As parents age, it seems harder to find common ground with them. And when it comes to your children and their grandparents, it can be even harder to find common ground. So, what can children and older people have in common? A lot actually... Read Article

Choosing the Right Foods

Nov 5, 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 than younger adults. However, as the quantity declines, the quality of calories consumed by seniors needs to rise to the occasion... Read Article

Can Male Stoicism be Bad for Health?

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Throughout history, fathers have played an important role in weaving the fabric of family life and their actions and attitudes have helped shape us into who we are today. Typically, the American father plays an integral part in our culture: breadwinner, advisor, playmate, savior and friend. While mothers are considered the backbone of emotional sustenance and physical upbringing, fathers are quite often the rock most family members lean on for support in different ways... Read Article

Can You Pass The Salt? But Those Are Pretzels! Hmmm, I can’t tell.

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Taste buds…who ever really gives them a thought? When you eat, you either like foods you are trying, or you do not. Even though you learned in grade school what taste buds are, once you passed that test, you quite possibly have not considered them again as the reason why certain foods taste good or bad, sweet or sour, spicy or mild... Read Article

Caring for Seniors: Good Nutrition for Healthy Body & Mind

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For some seniors, bringing good nutrition to the table takes planning, attention, and some imagination. A foundation for healthy eating can be found in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s www.myPyramid.gov. Making smart choices from each part of the pyramid is the best way to ensure one’s body gets the balanced nutrition it needs... Read Article

Caring for the Caregiver

Nov 5, 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

Caring for Your Aging Parents from Afar

Nov 5, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Now-a-days it’s not uncommon for adult children to live in another state than their parents. Thanks to technology and things like email, Skype and more it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with your parents on a regular basis. However, you’re probably beginning to realize as your parent’s age, that there is a greater need for them to have more help than they once did... Read Article

Bruising As You Age

Nov 4, 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 one that needs attention? As alarming as these purplish marks can be, they’re usually harmless... Read Article

Arthritis Symptoms

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Over time as we age, many people start to feel pain and stiffness in their bodies. Sometimes their hands, knees or shoulders get sore and are hard to move and may become swollen. They may experience inflammation, redness, heat, pain, and swelling of the tissue lining their joints... Read Article

Are You Sure You Or Your Loved Ones Are Safe In Their Home Alone?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many companies now offer seniors in The Villages basic Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) that, with a simple push of a button, enable seniors to instantly alert someone for help in the event of an at-home emergency. But once you look past the button, there’s a great difference in the quality and effectiveness of these systems. The difference can be found at the Central Monitoring Station (CMS)... Read Article

Bathing

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Baths and showers clean, stimulate, and increase circulation in the skin. They can also dry skin, and in some instances, cause chapping... Read Article

Building Bridges between the Young and Seniors

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As parents age, it may seem increasingly hard to find things in common with them. And finding that same common ground between your own children and their grandparents can be even tougher. What could children and older adults possibly have in common? Actually…quite a lot. No matter our age, we are human, and our need for attention, consideration and nurturing does not fade as we grow older... Read Article

Tips to Help Seniors if They Lose Taste and Sense of Smell

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Taste buds aren’t something that people often think about. You learn about them back in grade school. You learn that when you eat something, you either like it... Read Article

Tips to a Healthier Lifestyle for Seniors

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For many seniors change is hard, especially when it comes to eating habits and overall wellness. Introducing a new diet and exercise regimen can have positive physical and psychological impacts... Read Article

Tips for Trouble-Free Senior Travel

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

No trip or vacation is complete without a checklist. So here are some things to think in order to help seniors make their trips as healthful, safe and trouble-free as possible... Read Article

Tips for the Male Caregiver – Part One

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Caregiving is a role that is traditionally done by women. However, it’s becoming more common now-a-days for men to step into the role of caregiver for their wives or elderly parents... Read Article

Tips For Healthy Senior Summer Travel

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Taking simple steps can help make trips safe and healthy for seniors. Along with contacting a travel agent, seniors should consult their physician before taking a summer trip... Read Article

Thyroid Disease and Seniors

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

As seniors embrace the golden years, they have many things to look forward to – retirement, watching their children begin families of their own, playing with grandchildren... Read Article

Thriving During the Holidays: Making the Most of the Season

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Sometimes the holidays conjure up stress: trying to please everyone, the crowds, the overstimulation, even family squabbles. The reality is the holidays typically turn out good, or not, depending on our perspective... Read Article

The Villages Senior Lifestyle Tips : How To Sleep Well

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In The Villages, Florida, Seniors are active and healthy adults, but if you’re going to fully enjoy all that The Villages has to offer you must also get good rest... Read Article

The Villages Senior Care: When Caregiving Ends

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Family caregivers experience a range of emotions and stages in their lives when providing care for a loved one. Several different resources cite levels of caregiving... Read Article

Alzheimer’s Disease & Difficult Behavior: Hoarding and Clutter

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

In caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), some behaviors are more difficult to deal with than others. You must learn to cope with the behavior and to keep yourself from burnout. Your reaction depends on how you interpret the behavior. If you think of these behaviors as a way for the person with AD to communicate what she needs and feels... Read Article

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Activities: Relieving Boredom

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Alzheimer’s strikes brilliant minds and average minds. Although symptoms vary, those who are afflicted cannot control their behavior and exhibit personality changes. To date, Alzheimer’s cannot be cured, but drugs to reduce symptoms can be prescribed... Read Article

Alzheimer’s Disease: Communication Tips

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The most debilitative and indicative symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is the gradual loss of words and understanding that are crucial to even the most basic communication that most of us take for granted. Alzheimer’s patients realize there is a problem, even though they may not have the capacity to understand what is happening. This can cause instances of confusion, fright and frustration for the person with Alzheimer’s disease as well as for loved ones and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s... Read Article

Alzheimer’s Disease: Dealing with Difficult Behavior

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Alzheimer’s is perhaps one of the most unpleasant for all concerned. There is no cure but rather, a steady progression of debilitating symptoms which include erratic and difficult behavior that can be hard to manage for even the most seasoned professional. In order to learn how to deal with difficult behavior that presents in seniors suffering Alzheimer’s disease you must first know and understand the disease... Read Article

Appreciate your family caregiver- it’s National Family Caregivers Month!

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Becoming a family caregiver can happen abruptly or creep in slowly unnoticed until one day you realize you are caring more for someone else than you are for yourself – constantly juggling work and family life with doctor appointments, meal preparation and any number of daily care activities for a loved one. According to the National Family Caregiving Association (NFCA), over 50 million family members are currently providing caregiving services... Read Article

Are Mom & Dad Being Naughty or Nice?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Family caregivers give the greatest gift of all – their love, energy and time – often at the expense of their own families and in lieu of other things they might like to do. Unless you have walked in their shoes, you have no idea how rewarding their jobs are. Caregiving can be difficult, and caregivers can face challenges every hour of every day…especially when dealing with difficult behaviors exhibited by their loved ones... Read Article

Are The Unmet Daily Living Needs of Seniors Impacting Acute Care Admissions

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, entitled “Rates of Acute Care Admissions for Frail Older People Living with Met Versus Unmet Activity of Daily Living Needs,” reports that people who need and receive assistance with their activity of daily living needs (ADLs) are less likely than those who do not receive assistance to be admitted to a hospital for acute care... Read Article

Are You A Candidate for Coumadin?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Coumadin is a medication a physician prescribes to thin the blood and help prevent blood clots form forming. Physicians prescribe Coumadin for clients who have had a history of heart attack, stroke or blood clots in veins and arteries to help avoid recurrence... Read Article

Are You Caring for Your Muscles, Joints and Bones Properly?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

It’s no secret that The Villages, Florida is one of the most active adult community in Central Florida. But the question remains. What are you doing to ensure that you stay healthy and physically fit so that you can enjoy all that The Villages community has to offer to active adults... Read Article

Are You Talking To Mom & Dad About The Future?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Talking with your adult parents about preparing for their senior years can be difficult. But the truth is aging happens, and there is no getting around it. So despite the fact that these conversations can be difficult to have, having them sooner than later can help you and your adult parents make decisions about long-term senior care and finances, health care, end-of-life decisions, driving, or safety around the house that truly meets the wishes of everyone involved... Read Article

A Seniors Appearance May Affect Their Emotions

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

For seniors, maintaining good personal appearance often goes hand in hand with maintaining a sense of purpose in life. When we have places to go, things to do and people to see, we naturally take greater interest in how we look... Read Article

The Villages Senior Care: The Power of Touch and What It Means for the Elderly

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Touch is perhaps the most powerful sense of all. From the moment we are born, before our eyes are open, a gentle touch calms us and lets us know someone cares. In the beginning stages of life... Read Article

The Villages Senior Care: Five Steps to Fighting Holiday Weight Gain

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The average person gains less than five pounds over the holidays, but the problem with any holiday weight gain is that people who take on extra pounds during this time rarely lose them... Read Article

The Smallest Room in the House May Be the Most Dangerous for Seniors

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The key to seniors maintaining independent lifestyles depends on many factors and most importantly their safety in doing so... Read Article

The Relationship Between Diet and Fatigue

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The old adage “you are what you eat” is well known, but have you ever really thought about what it means? We all know a heavy pasta meal might make us tired in a few hours. Read Article

The Reason Why We LOVE Being Comfort Keepers

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At Comfort Keepers we’ve made it our mission to make your family our family. Read Article

There’s Personal Power in Powers of Attorney

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

By making a well-documented decision now—when you still can—you can avoid having a court name a decision-maker for you in the event an illness or accident were to keep you from speaking for yourself... Read Article

The Plan of Care: Observing, Listening & Reporting

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A Plan of Care is a daily record of the care and treatment a person needs after a hospital stay. The Plan helps you and anyone who assists you with caregiving tasks.... Read Article

Attention Senior Caregivers: Could You Be Suffering From Caregiver Depression?

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

More than 65 million people, 29 percent of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. Thirty six percent of family caregivers care for a parent and 7 out of 10 caregivers are caring for loved ones over 50 years old... Read Article

Assisted Living, Active Adult Communities, Group Homes, and In-Home Care: What do those terms really

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

With so many options for senior care it can be difficult to know what is what. Most people probably don’t know the difference between assisted living and residential facilities…and believe or not there is one. Well, feel confused no more! Below you will find a fairly comprehensive glossary of senior housing and care terms... Read Article

Become A Comfort Keeper!

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you have a caring, loving spirit and like to take an active role in helping others, you possess two characteristics that are essential to being a Comfort Keeper... Read Article

Balance Problems

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. Disturbances of the inner ear are the main cause. Vertigo, the feeling that things around you are spinning, is also a common symptom. Experts believe that more than 40 percent of Americans will experience dizziness that is serious enough to go to a doctor... Read Article

Being A Patient Advocate Can Make A Big Difference For Seniors

Nov 4, 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... Read Article

Being A Patient Advocate Can Make A Big Difference For Seniors

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

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

Body Mechanics—It’s All About YOU!

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Your automobile and other important equipment work based on mechanical principles. Each part is made to work a certain way and to work with specific other parts. Your body is much the same. Certain parts are for certain activities and perform best when they are used the way they were intended. You have some control over making your individual parts work better and stronger. You also have control over whether or not you use them wisely. The proper use of your body is call Read Article

Cancer Care

Nov 4, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Advances in cancer treatment and a changing health care system mean shorter hospital stays and sicker people being cared for at home. Family caregivers find themselves taking on roles that, just a short time ago, were carried out only by trained health professionals... Read Article

Travel with Mobility Challenges

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Traveling with someone who has mobility challenges or a chronic health condition requires careful planning before leaving on a trip. To prevent problems during travel... Read Article

Vitamin D Deficiency and its Effects

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aging brings about symptoms one may never have experienced in his or her younger years: fatigue, general muscle pain and weakness, joint pain... Read Article

Ways to Help Seniors Beat the Loneliness Blahs

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Everyone experiences loneliness at some time or another and usually, these feelings don’t last for long. However, loneliness occasionally turns up... Read Article

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

While one sign does not necessarily mean that an elderly person is being abused, some tell-tale indicators might indicate there might be an issue... Read Article

Warm Up, Stretching and Exercise Tips for Seniors

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Research shows that physical activity slows the aging process and increases seniors’ life span. The positive effects of exercise go deep, down to the cellular level... Read Article

Vaccines for Healthy Aging

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aging is a fact of life. Aging well, however, is a choice for many. From eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet to daily exercise to maintaining an active social calendar... Read Article

Understanding Dementia by Placing Yourself in the Other Person’s Shoes

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

With age a person may experience changes in behavior—such as changes in personality, ability to communicate, judgment, and memory loss. It can be frustrating for the senior dealing with... Read Article

Top 10 Risk Factors for Hypertension and Stroke

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Did you know that strokes rank as the fourth leading cause of death in America and are also considered one of the main causes of long-term disability? Learning more about strokes... Read Article

Top 10 Foods for a Healthy Heart

Nov 3, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The concept that particular foods promote healthier hearts is not new. It is a fact that a well-balanced nutritional diet contributes to good health throughout a lifetime. For many people, the risk of diseases... Read Article

What Does “Retirement” Mean To You?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

The Families and Work Institute says that 75% of working people aged 50 and older plan to continue working in their retirement years... Read Article

Why An Efficient, Nutrient-Rich Diet Is Essential To Senior Health

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

A nutritious diet is especially important for seniors’ health. That is because a variety of factors puts older adults at greater risk of malnutrition... Read Article

Would You Like To Be A Comfort Keeper?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

If you have a caring, loving spirit and like to take an active role in helping others, you possess two characteristics that are essential to being a Comfort Keeper... Read Article

Why Pet’s Are Truly A Senior’s Best Friend?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Aside from the warm and fuzzy feelings pets provide, it is becoming widely known that owning a pet can be beneficial to a person’s health and overall well-being... Read Article

Why Pet Ownership Is Rewarding For The Elderly

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Who doesn’t appreciate the joyous greeting your dog displays whenever you return home for the day, tail wagging furiously – that sparkle in his eyes just for you personally... Read Article

Why It’s Good To Be A Comfort Keeper

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

At Comfort Keepers, we practice a philosophy that involves caring for a “whole” person. Our Interactive Caregiving approach is a perfect example of this. But at Comfort Keepers of Gainesville... Read Article

Why Do Some Seniors Not Take Nutrition Seriously?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Malnutrition in seniors is often caused by a combination of physical, social and psychological issues. Many seniors experience lack of appetite due to the effects of illnesses or medications... Read Article

When Writing a Will…Consult An Attorney – Part II

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When planning your estate it is best to choose the counsel of a lawyer—rather than do-it-yourself software and kits—to help guide you through the complexities of property and tax laws... Read Article

When Trash Becomes Treasure: Seniors and Hoarding

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Hoarding can become a way of life for people of all ages, but this article is meant to help determine if a senior in your life is suffering from the condition... Read Article

When Caregiving Ends

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Family caregivers experience a range of emotions and stages in their lives when providing care for a loved one. Several different resources cite levels of caregiving... Read Article

What to Look for in an In-Home Care Provider

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

When choosing an in-home care company, it is important to know what questions to ask before making any decision... Read Article

What’s the Link Between Gum Disease and Heart Health?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Healthy gums, healthy heart? Some experts agree that the key to overall good health starts in your mouth, and they are not referring simply to your pearly whites... Read Article

What is influenza and why is it more dangerous for seniors?

Nov 2, 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

What is Elder Abuse and Neglect?

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Each year, many older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves... Read Article

We Need YOUR Help to Fight the Battle Against Senior Hunger

Nov 2, 2014 by Florida Comfort Keeper

Did you know that one out of every nine seniors in the US is at risk for going hungry? The main reason for this shocking statistic... Read Article

Weight Struggles Common for Senior Adults

Nov 2, 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 we hear is aimed at younger adults... Read Article

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