Gray Matters Alliance Invited to Interview on Elder Talk AM1380 The Pulse

Vicki Spraul, President of Gray Matters Alliance, was recently invited to interview with Joe Cordell, host of Elder Talk, on am1380 The Pulse. This weekly series provides valuable information for seniors and their families. This discussion was focused on keeping our seniors safe on the roads and in the home. If anyone is interested in listening, it aired this past Saturday, May 20th. Here is the link: scroll down to Episode Achieve and click on May 20th. #eldertalk #radiointerview

She Refused Any and All Care. That is, until she met GrandCare

Sometimes people who need the care the most simply will not accept it. They resist it for many reasons. Perhaps it is denial that assistance is needed, or perhaps the thought is scary. Or maybe they don’t like the way it feels to need care. And, if human caregivers and family members can’t convince someone to accept help, is it a dead end? The answer is that there has to be something “in it” for the care recipient. There has to be value. GrandCare became that value for an elderly woman and her caregivers in Canada. She had been refusing to allow her caregivers to help her. This was frustrating and concerning for everyone involved. The woman obviously required support. The family didn’t know

Community Messages

Mary Smith, a resident in your senior housing community, has a package waiting at the front desk. How do you let her know? Already today many residents have called the front desk to see if the mail has arrived and there’s not a quick way to let them know when it actually does come. Today’s Bridge Club meeting has moved from 2PM to 3PM. How do you inform the members? There’s a safety issue in your building and everyone needs to meet in a common area. How do you get everyone’s attention? GrandCare’s new Community Messages. That’s how. With our new Congregate Message Center you can address all these concerns and more. You can send a message directly to one resident’s touchscreen, to a designate

Introducing one of GrandCare’s newest features, “Away Mode”

You asked for it, we’re making it happen. You already know that GrandCare is the ultimate in senior residence monitoring. It can alert professional and family caregivers if medications are not taken, if there’s no morning activity in the bathroom, or if health readings are out of the norm. But what happens to the alerts when your loved one is away from home on vacation? To help caregivers avoid a flurry of spurious alerts, we will soon release “Away Mode.” It’s a new way for caregivers to silence text, email and phone call alerts when your senior is away from home. Whether your loved one is on a brief weekend holiday or just gone for the day, your caregiving team will be free of false alarms

Going Home for Memorial Day Weekend? 3-Tips to Make Sure Mom is Still a Safe Driver

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, picnics and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. But did you know that historically, the stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the 100 deadliest days of the year on the nation’s roads? The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that Memorial Day weekend is the single most dangerous weekend on America’s roads. Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Coun

GrandCare Gets Its Kicks on Route 66

“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route Sixty-Six.” GrandCare is headed to western Illinois for this year’s Healthy Living Expo with GrandCare affiliate Gray Matters Alliance. This one-day event, held on May 19, is a great place to have fun, get facts on healthy living for seniors, and get free health screenings. And it’s a good place to learn more about GrandCare by stopping at Table 19. But wait, there’s more! The event is being held at Gateway Classic Cars which means that, in addition to this fun and informative expo, you can enjoy the classic car show. There will be hundreds of cars to look at and more than 100 vendors to