Category Archives: Caregiving

Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not.

Most falls can be prevented—and you have the power to reduce your risk.

Exercising, managing your medications, having your vision checked, and making your living environment safer are all steps you can take to prevent a fall.

Every year on the first day of fall, we celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to bring attention to this growing public health issue. To promote greater awareness and understanding here are 10 common myths—and the reality—about older adult falls: Continue reading

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

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THA Group‘s comprehensive balance program, Step Forward™, is designed to identify and treat risk factors for falls and improve independence and safety at home. Program features include a mobility evaluation with a home safety assessment, patient education and a customized exercise program for balance improvement. For more information about Step Forward™, call 888-842-4663. Download the Step Forward™ Home Safety Checklist.

6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One From a Fall

Did you know that 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+.

Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.

The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall: Continue reading

MeMa’s Babies Mission: A Help for Those with Alzheimer’s

The daughters of a former Island Hospice patient, moved by how positively their mother responded to being given a baby doll, formed a nonprofit to collect money to purchase dolls for Alzheimer’s patients at Oxton Place, an assisted living facility in Savannah, Georgia. Two of our Island Hospice employees, Debbie Feliciano, RN, and Ken Sharpe, Spiritual Counselor, got involved as well. Together they raised over $2,000 for MeMa’s Babies Mission.

These actions caught the attention of the Spirit Newspaper of Pooler, Georgia. Continue reading

Island Hospice Is the Talk of the Town

 

Tina Haney Scarborough and Tebow, who is in training to become a pet therapy dog, appeared on WHHI-TV‘s Talk of the Town to talk about Island Hospice and our focus on quality of life.

Maggie Cares: Unleash Your Independence

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Unleash your independence!

Unleash your independence!

Let me tell you a secret: I HATE leashes. They’re so restrictive! There’s nothing like a long off-leash romp with my friends to make me feel free, happy and independent. Although you humans don’t wear leashes, I know that you like to feel free, happy and independent too. As you grow older, daily tasks can become challenges, which can lead to feelings of frustration and futility over the loss of independence.

One of my jobs as an experienced therapy dog is to help promote independence in aging humans. This provides a sense of purpose, achievement and self-worth; builds confidence and self-management; and lowers stress levels for caregivers. Here are a few of my tips for staying independent as you age: Continue reading

How to Help Elderly Loved Ones Fight Depression

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Older individuals suffering from depression often have severe feelings of sadness, but these feelings frequently are not acknowledged or openly shown. Sometimes, when an older person is asked if he or she is depressed, the answer is “no.” Some general clues that an older person is experiencing depression include persistent and vague complaints, help-seeking, moving in a slower manner, and demanding behavior.

How can a caregiver help a loved one who has depression? Continue reading

What Is It Like to Have Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

Every 4 seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

This video takes you through a day in the life of a person who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. From waking up in the morning and not knowing where you are, to possibly never recognizing anyone that is helping you, the confusion, stress, and anger that this disease can cause is real.

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Researchers Identify 8 Signs of Impending Death

Researchers say they have identified eight specific physical signs that strongly indicate that someone with advanced cancer is entering the last days of life. The hope is that this information will help family members and other caregivers better handle an impending death, as well as be more prepared for choices that may have to be made during end-of-life care. Read the full article.