Senior Living Archives

Seven winter safety tips for seniors and their caregivers

January 27, 2022

During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for anyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses, especially for older people. While finding senior care to assist older adults on a regular basis can help keep them safe during any season, the following… [Read More]

Preparing your senior loved one for the autumn season

October 28, 2021

The autumnal equinox began on September 22, 2021. At the start of the fall season, the sun rises later and nightfall arrives sooner. Plenty of environmental changes occur, making it necessary to make adjustments and prepare a senior loved one for the cooler season. 1. Rake the leaves Crimson autumn leaves are a breathtaking sight…. [Read More]

A journey with Alzheimer’s

September 2, 2021

Recognizing the signs Wendy Smith was a caregiver for her father, Owen Grisham, during his six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She lived close to her parents and handled their finances and doctor’s visit. Leading up to his diagnosiss, there were many signs about his condition. Her father got lost driving, was forgetting things and his… [Read More]

Seven ways of finding joy in trying times

March 4, 2021

Throughout history, joy has made cameo appearances in hard times. While imprisoned in a concentration camp, Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl developed the joy and life-sustaining ideas in his influential book, Man’s Search for Meaning, that beauty, art and love need to co-exist amid devastation.* During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, there was a boom… [Read More]

How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely in your senior living community in 2020

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year. To keep COVID-19 transmission at bay, families will likely opt for smaller gatherings (and smaller turkeys) instead of the customary large get-togethers with relatives who’ve flown in from across the country. Unfortunately, this means that many seniors, who are at a heightened risk of developing… [Read More]

Celebrating 30 years of PACE

November 5, 2020

Cindy Cowie remembers how it all started. There was a small team of caregivers, a handful of seniors, and a conference room. The early days of Community Care’s PACE program felt like a one-room schoolhouse. There was a nurse, a social worker, and Cindy, a recreational therapist.Back then, job titles did not matter as much…. [Read More]

Raising awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s

October 15, 2020

In 2018, Wisconsin health officials set out to create a plan to improve dementia care throughout the state. After surveying a group that included individuals living with dementia, caregivers, and health professionals, the Department of Health Services identified several priorities including increasing public awareness and understanding of brain health and dementia. If you don’t know,… [Read More]

New AARP Wisconsin poll: 65-plus voters may tip the scales in 2020

September 17, 2020

Findings show Social Security, Medicare transcend party lines Tuesday, September 15, 2020, AARP Wisconsin released the full survey results that shows voters age 65-plus are a not a lock for either presidential candidate. Former Vice President Joe Biden (56 percent) leads President Donald Trump (39 percent) among voters 65 and older. The survey finds that… [Read More]

Help seniors avoid falling this autumn

September 3, 2020

You might say that a fall motivated Kelly Schroeder to pursue a career working with seniors. Schroeder, the director of clinical services for Community Care, a local nonprofit and expert in long term care, had a grandmother who fell and never truly recovered. As a result, her grandmother found herself dependent for the rest of… [Read More]

It’s time to talk about advance directives

August 13, 2020

Pamela was no stranger to planning for the end of life. She had already paid for her burial plot and funeral service. She had even started working on a will. Then in June 2018, she got the news that would change her life, she was diagnosed with COPD and severe emphysema. “That’s when I realized… [Read More]