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  • Alzheimer’s and Home Safety

    Keeping your home safe is important for everyone, especially seniors. But home safety is especially important when there is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia living there. Assess the situation . Think about the abilities, health and behaviour of the person with dementia. Do they wander at night? ...
  • Seniors and Exercise

    As people age, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy. As we grow older our body’s metabolism naturally slows down, making it increasingly difficult for seniors to maintain a healthy weight. The answer is exercise. Exercise helps speed up the body’s metabolism and builds muscle ...
  • Brain Exercises For Seniors

    Exercises for Improving Memory, Focus, and Strength When an adult ages, mental deterioration is often the hardest thing for their children and grandchildren to cope with – even when the physical changes in the parent are more challenging. Arthritis, diabetes, loss of mobility – these are parts of ...
  • Fantastic Fitness Strategies for Seniors

    Shedding pounds and keeping them off gets tougher as we age. We vow in January to make big changes, but by Valentine’s Day our motivation has vanished. Maybe it’s time for a new strategy. Here are a few easy-to-implement, small steps you can take to start down your path to personal fitness. Weigh ...
  • Medication Risks for Seniors Discharged from Hospital

    A recent study of almost 400,000 Ontario hospital patients showed that there was a significant risk that patients would unintentionally discontinue taking vital prescription medications after discharge. This study tracked elderly patients who were on at least 1 of 5 medications for chronic disease ...
  • Making Home Senior Friendly

    As we grow older, our sense of balance diminishes and the stability of our stature is often weaker. It is well known that seniors are more prone to falling, and that injuries sustained from falls can be quite devastating. In Canada, falls account for 85% of injury related hospitalizations in those ...
  • Canadian Seniors Have a High Incidence of Malnutrition

    A study conducted by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force showed a disturbingly high percentage of seniors in Canada, who are admitted to hospitals for other conditions, are suffering from some degree of malnutrition. 39% of admitted patients 65 or older were classified as moderately malnourished, ...
  • Proper Nutrition For Seniors At Home

    Proper nutrition is an issue for everyone. So many health problems could be fixed or completely prevented if we would all just eat the right amounts of the right foods. But, as we’re seeing high instances of malnutrition in the elderly, we need to make sure the seniors in our lives are eating well. ...
  • Helping Seniors with Standing, Sitting and Reclining

    Many seniors find that they begin to have trouble changing positions (from standing to sitting to reclining) as they age. Difficulties with rising up to a standing position or lowering into a seated or reclined position are quite common, but it doesn’t have to be a strain. Some seniors with these ...
  • Hospital Discharge Planning For Ottawa Seniors

    Preparing for a senior’s discharge from hospital is complicated. There are things to arrange and decisions to make. Connecting with the hospital’s social worker is an important first step, as they are your in-hospital advocates. When the senior’s hospital discharge is being discussed or seems ...
  • Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths

    When we were kids, our parents always told us to eat our vegetables because they were good for us. When your parents start getting older, it’s time to give them the same advice. Adding a lot of vegetables to meals is a great idea because they are full of nutrients, low in calories and they add a lot ...
  • Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

    The symptoms of a stroke can be difficult to identify. Unfortunately, that lack of awareness can spell disaster. A stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage while people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Experts say anyone can help recognize a stroke by asking four simple ...
  • Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths – Part Two

    In a previous post we discussed the importance of ensuring that seniors are getting enough vegetables, and pointed out some of the most popular myths about vegetables. Here are a few more myths and a few facts … The more colourful a vegetable is, the more nutritious it is White cabbage is one of the ...
  • Dos and Don’ts in Caring for a Family Member with Dementia

    By Kelly Prevost, Director of Care, Qualicare Taking care of a loved one with dementia is equally challenging and heartbreaking. During the later stages of dementia, challenges like behaviour problems start to become an issue for the caregiver. The good news is there is always a way to make the job ...
  • Winter Tips for Seniors

    Here in Ottawa, winter is our harshest season, and it brings with it a series of its own unique concerns. Ice, sleet, and snow can all become a source of ongoing anxiety. This discomfort can be avoided by preparing for the seasonal shift before it happens. Here are some tips on how to get the gear ...