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What Does Being a Family Caregiver Entail?

Posted on May 23, 2016 by admin

Aging is a part of life. However, it’s difficult to watch loved ones age as they transition from being our caregivers to needing care. As a loving adult child, you may want to explore the role of family caregiver. If you do wish to take on the role of family caregiver, you should know exactly

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The Truth Behind Common Myths about Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on May 9, 2016 by admin

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect 747,000 Canadians, including about 15% of those 65 and older. Despite the prevalence of both diseases, misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are unfortunately quite common. Understanding the facts about Alzheimer’s disease will help family caregivers identify signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in their elderly loved ones. Knowing the

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Five Tips to Protect Your Elderly Loved One from Identity Theft

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 by admin

Seniors are at a higher risk for identity theft than the rest of the population. Malicious people profit by targeting the trusting nature of seniors and taking advantage of their lack of expertise with modern technology. The issue is further complicated if your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, where confusion and other

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Communicating with Someone Who Has Dementia

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 by admin

There are few more dispiriting experiences than losing someone you love. Relationship with family and friends makes up one of the great universal emotional refuges. Seeking this refuge through communicating with someone who has dementia can be agonizing. Our loved ones experience a communication gap when they have difficulty expressing themselves, makes inappropriate comments, gets

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Senior Health: Resistance Training

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 by admin

When we age, everything seems to progressively slow down, including the ability to move with agility and carry out basic everyday tasks. Whether it’s the ability to stand firmly on two feet or the inability to rise from the seat without letting out that accompanying groan, it could be time to incorporate some resistant training

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A Quick Guide to Staying Social

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 by admin

Loneliness is unfortunately a common part of life for many seniors. Providing opportunities for seniors to engage with other people and develop new friendships is vital for both emotional and physical well-beings of seniors. So whether it’s for you or an elderly loved one, here is a quick guide to staying social. Senior Social Meetup

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Helping Your Loved One with Dietary Changes

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 by admin

As a caregiver, trying to get your loved one to change entrenched habits can be a challenge. Even if you both know that these changes come from a place of love, respect, and wanting them to lead happier and healthier lives, upsetting routine is not always easy. When it comes to dietary changes, things become

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Approaching a Loved One Who Resists Care

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 by admin

Caring for your loved one is a noble task, but it can also be challenging even on the best of days. When your elderly love is resistant to care, this job is only complicated further. Resistance to care may be caused by a number of factors, ranging from unwavering stubbornness to declining cognition. Let’s take

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A Guide to Caregiver Self-Care

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 by admin

Caregivers often mistakenly believe that the majority of their effort, attention, focus, and love must be directed exclusively to the loved one in their care. While this is an admirable approach, consider the expression “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Caregivers must place a priority on caring for and nurturing themselves in mind, body,

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Memory Loss in a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: How to Respond

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 by admin

Watching a loved one endure the phases of Alzheimer’s Disease can be heartbreaking. It is difficult to know how to respond or react, and the last thing a caregiver wants to do is upset their loved one. This uncertainty, stress, and confusion is completely normal. It takes practice, patience, insight, and support to understand how

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10 Signs Your Parents May Need Help at Home

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 by admin

There comes a time when the relationship between parent and child switches places. While once your parent offered unconditional emotional and financial support and guidance, over time the roles switch and suddenly the child becomes the caregiver and protector. Though parents and children alike may resist this transition, there are many signs that indicate the

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Overcoming Parent Objections for Care

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 by admin

There will come a time in your parent’s lives where home care and in-home nursing care is the best option for them to be happy and comfortable. While you know that it is best, your parent may object even when it’s difficult for them to continue living independently. If you’re confident that the time has

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How to Flourish While Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 by admin

There are many things to consider when taking on the duty of caring for your aging parents at home. To flourish in this important life transition, it’s important to have the support of each member of the family. Making sure that everyone is on board with the duties necessary to make your parents comfortable will

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5 Tips for Senior Safety in Hot Summer

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 by admin

Summer means spending more time outdoors enjoying warmer weather. However, in the heat of the sun, dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related emergencies can occur if adequate prevention measures are not taken. To prevent a heat-related emergency from happening, these five safety tips should be followed: 1. Staying Hydrated Drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day

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Should You Be Concerned About Your Aging Parents? 7 Questions

Posted on May 17, 2013 by admin

Are you concerned about the health of your aging parents? As your parents age, how can you know if they’re taking care of themselves when you’re not around? Ask yourself the following questions after your next visit home. 1. Are they taking good care of themselves? Take stock of their appearance. Are they keeping up

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Aging and Maintaining Healthy Bones

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 by admin

Most people don’t usually think much about their bones or the health of their bones as they go through their daily routines unless something unfortunate happens. Yet having and maintaining healthy bones is essential to virtually every aspect of our daily lives. They are the framework upon which we are built. They protect our organs,

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Retirement and Health Care Expenses – Are You Prepared?

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 by admin

When people consider retirement, they generally focus on the positive aspects, like the freedom to do the things you’ve been looking forward to. A vacation home, traveling, social events, hobbies and sporting activities come to mind when planning how and where to spend your time and money. Considering or budgeting for age related expenses is

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Winter Safety Tips For Seniors

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 by admin

It’s hard to believe it, but winter is already here. While it may be dazzling to watch the frost form against your window, there are numerous dangers that come with the icy cold, and so it’s best to be prepared no matter what troubles you might face. Seniors are especially at risk of accidents and

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Seniors

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 by admin

When those holidays come rolling by, it’s always a challenge to get the perfect gifts for your friends, family, and loved ones. There’s no way of knowing for sure whether your recipients will like what you got them, so often we find ourselves scrambling to navigate those aisles in search of the ideal present. The

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7 Different Ways to Pay for Home Care

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 by admin

It can be quite a struggle trying to find ways to pay for long-term home healthcare for someone that you love, especially if this wasn’t “in the plan” when you were organizing and building your finances for your later years. With the “sandwich generation” squeeze, this is becoming even more difficult for Canadian adults supporting

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Taking Care of Yourself When You’re a Caregiver

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 by admin

Being a caregiver is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming and difficult. It is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year commitment, and this can result in you needing just as much care as the person you are looking after. Here are some ways that

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Helping People with ALS Communicate

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 by admin

Many ALS patients have stated that losing the ability to speak is the worst part of the disease. The power of speech is something most of us take for granted, even though it is a crucially important tool that keeps us connected with others. In the early stages of ALS, some patients may begin to

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June is ALS Awareness Month

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 by admin

In Canada, June is ALS month. Local groups and individuals take part in a wide range of activities aimed at raising awareness of ALS in their communities. One of the most popular events is Walk for ALS. WALK for ALS is a fun, family friendly event that occurs across the country each year in more

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Home Care For ALS Patients in Ottawa

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 by admin

ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord affecting muscle function. ALS is characterized by progressive weakness, respiratory compromise and muscle atrophy. An ALS diagnosis can be overwhelming for both the patient and their family. Qualicare Ottawa

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ALS Awareness Month 2012

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 by admin

In Canada, June is ALS Awareness Month. ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord affecting muscle function. ALS is characterized by progressive weakness, respiratory compromise and muscle atrophy. An ALS diagnosis can be overwhelming for both

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Creating a Daily Plan for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 by admin

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease is physically and emotionally taxing for the caregiver. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most debilitating and heartbreaking diseases to see right up close and personal. The people living with Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the only one that have a tough time – caregivers responsible for people

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5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by admin

Taking care of an elderly loved one is a noble cause. Being a caregiver is not an easy task, however. It can leave a person exhausted and stressed out in only a matter of weeks, and after that comes caregiver burnout. If a caregiver to an elderly loved one exhibits any of the following signs

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Alzheimer’s Caregiving As A Team

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 by admin

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can put a great deal of stress on a family that might otherwise get along very well. The emotional impact of seeing a person you care for suffering the effects of such a devastating illness, coupled with confusion over how and who should provide care

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Preparing To Be An Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 by admin

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not currently fully understood and it is believed that different factors including genetic predisposition, brain injury, lifestyle or depression can be involved. Just as it can not be predicted who will be afflicted by Alzheimer’s, no one can know whether they will end up caring for a loved one

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Helping Children Understand Alzheimer’s

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 by admin

Dealing with Alzheimer’s can be stressful for everyone involved but for a child the effects can be especially difficult to understand. The unusual behavior exhibited by a familiar adult can be confusing and frightening to a child so it is important to help them process what’s happening. It may be a parent’s instinct to protect

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New Alzheimer’s Detection Discovery

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 by admin

The first steps toward the early detection of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases with a simple skin test have been made. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are treatments, therapies and lifestyle changes that may help slow down its progression and help deal with some of the symptoms, so it is crucial

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Alzheimer’s and Wandering

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 by admin

Dementia can erase memories of familiar places and make it difficult to adjust to new surroundings. Because of this, people with Alzheimer’s may wander away from home and get lost, leaving them frightened and disoriented. Learning to curb or prevent this wandering is important for keeping a person with dementia safe. What causes wandering? Often,

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Alzheimer’s and Home Safety

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 by admin

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? Are they capable of using the stairs on their own?

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Dementia and the Holiday Season

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 by admin

The holiday season can be difficult for people caring for loved ones with dementia. Memories of past holidays can remind you how much has changed. The family may feel they should try and live up to the expectations of family traditions, but that may not be realistic. But, adjusting your expectations and making some changes

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Take Action for World Alzheimer’s Month 2013

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 by admin

Across the planet, 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia. 200,000 people are affected by dementia here in Ontario. One in ten people in Ontario over the age of 65 have dementia. Join the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario in their bid to raise both awareness and critical research funding.

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Helping a Dementia Caregiver

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 by admin

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is a 24/7 job. Dementia Caregivers need help and support. If someone in your life is caring for a parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s, here are some ways you can be there for them. Look for signs of caregiver stress Many people who have taken on a

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Dementia and Memories

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 by admin

We look back at our lives as a series of memories of people and events. Our memories remind us of what we’ve done, where we’ve been and who we are. Dementia takes away these memories. If you are caring for a person with dementia, you can help them revisit their memories by creating a “place”

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Alzheimer’s and Doctor’s Appointments

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 by admin

People with Alzheimer’s disease need regular medical care to address a range of issues. If you’re accompanying a loved one with Alzheimer’s on doctor’s visits, you probably have many questions — and a very short time available with the doctor. Here are some tips for making these appointments as productive as possible. Be Prepared Write

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Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 by admin

Sleep problems and dementia are usually a package deal. You can help everyone get a good night’s sleep by understanding what contributes to sleep problems for people with Alzheimer’s. Why is sleeping difficult? Seniors often have problems sleeping, but people with Alzheimer’s usually have an even tougher time. Dementia can reverse the sleep/wake cycle, causing

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Asking For Help With Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 by admin

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is a challenging task that is not a one person job. No one is capable of caring for someone 24/7, alone. If you are caring for a loved one who has dementia, you will need to learn to ask for help. In the early stages of dementia, you may

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When Should a Person with Dementia Stop Driving?

Posted on May 3, 2013 by admin

Driving is a powerful symbol of independence and adulthood. We all know that the concentration and quick reaction times required for safe driving can gradually decline with age. For people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, this decline is sped up dramatically. If you are caring for a parent or loved one who

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How To Communicate With a Person With Dementia

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 by admin

Trying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Communication skills are gradually eroded by dementia, so their behavior and words can become difficult to understand. They will also have difficulty understanding youractions and your words. This combination creates misunderstandings and can cause tempers to rise on both sides. Knowing what

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 by admin

The symptoms of dementia involve difficulty with most areas of mental function. They affect language, memory, all cognitive skills (judgement, calculation, abstract thought), perception, emotions, behavior and personality. The earliest sign of dementia is usually forgetfulness. Early Symptoms & Signs of Dementia 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn the early warning signs and associated

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The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 by admin

1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function Forgetting things more often and not remembering them later, especially things that have happened more recently. 2. Difficulty with familiar tasks Unable to complete familiar tasks such as preparing a simple meal or playing a favourite game. 3. Problems with speech. Forgetting simple words or substituting words, making

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Dementia Vs. Normal Aging

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 by admin

Dementia Forgetting new information and being unable to recall it later Consistently poor judgement and decision making Loss of the ability to manage money and pay bills Forgetting where you are, how you got there and how to get home Misplacing things and being unable to find them or putting things in unusual places Gradually

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Alzheimer’s and the Risks of Hospital Admissions

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 by admin

A hospital stay can be unsettling and challenging for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for people with dementia who have trouble coping with new and unfamiliar surroundings. These challenges may be compounded by the fact that many people with Alzheimer’s can no longer communicate effectively. A person with Alzheimer’s may not be able

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Alzheimer’s: Facts and Fiction

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 by admin

Alzheimer’s is an extremely prevalent affliction -affecting roughly 1/8 of the senior’s population. For such a widespread condition, the average person knows relatively little about this disease – and may be prone to rumours concerning Alzheimer’s. Let’s disperse some of those myths, discuss the condition, and look at several new treatments that are on the

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Alzheimer’s: Dealing with Mood Swings

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 by admin

As the effects of Alzheimer’s intensify, emotional distress may become an ongoing consideration in your day-to-day routine. Frustration, fear, and a lack of independence can create considerable strain between the Alzheimer’s patient and their homecare provider. Empathy will be your best ally in your quest to disarm these potentially heated situations. Below, we’ll walk through some

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What Is The Difference Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia?

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 by admin

There is often confusion about the term “dementia” and Alzheimer’s disease. While Alzheimer’s disease is a kind of dementia, they are not interchangeable words. The simple answer to “what is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?” is this: Dementia is not a disease. Alzheimer’s is a disease. Dementia is a symptom of that disease. Dementia

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Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 by admin

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month The Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Movement is a grass roots effort to increase LBD awareness amongst the general public and the medical community. They are making October “A Month to Remember”. Lewy Body Dementia shares characteristics with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and is often misdiagnosed. Lewy Body

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World Alzheimer’s Month

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 by admin

September 2012 is the first global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to educate and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. September 21st, is World Alzheimer’s Day, as assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1994. Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that has become a global health issue. The theme of this year’s World Alzheimer’s

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Dementia and the Importance of Music

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 by admin

We all have songs that evoke vivid and distinct memories of events or parts of our lives. They stir up old emotions of joy or sadness, and their impact is undeniable. We’re now beginning to understand why music affects us so profoundly. Using brain imaging techniques like MRIs, scientists have been able to look at

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Dementia at Meal Time

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 by admin

Meal times, and day-to-day eating and drinking can become very challenging as dementia progresses. In the early stages, a person with dementia who lives alone may begin to experience difficulty with preparing food, acquiring food, or remembering to eat. Meal delivery services like Meals on Wheels may not be helpful as they may not remember

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Dealing with Caregiver Stress: Tips for taking care of you

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 by admin

Caregiving is providing help to another person in need. This can be an ailing spouse, an aging parent or a disabled child. More and more people who are not health care professionals are taking on the role of caregiver. If you are a caregiver, you know that being there for your loved one who needs

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What is Long-Distance Caregiving

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 by admin

When a loved one needs care and you are far away, there are still many things you can do to help with their care from a distance. Coordinate services – arranging for in-home care and household help Manage finances, medical bills and records Provide support to a primary caregiver To be effective as a long-distance

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Alzheimer’s and Day-to-Day Activities

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 by admin

Alzheimer’s disease can make ordinary, day-to-day activities challenging. Here are some tips to make daily tasks easier for the patient, the caregivers and the family. Dressing Dementia can make getting dressed a very frustrating experience. Make it part of a routine. Help the person with Alzheimer’s to get dressed at the same time every morning.

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10 Tips to Help Seniors Have a Happy Holiday Season

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 by admin

The holiday season is a happy and joyous time for most of us, but many seniors find this time of year to be hectic, confusing and even depressing, depending on their mental and physical conditions. The good news is that everyone can help contribute to a happier season for the seniors in our lives by

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Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Ottawa

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by admin

Ottawa is one of the finest cities in Canada to spend your winter break. Overflowing with world renowned recreational events such as Winterlude, the area also hosts a wealth of other celebrations which lend diversity and fun to this seasonal wonderland. Grab yourself a scarf and some gloves, call up the family, and make plans

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Seniors Dealing with Holiday Stress

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 by admin

The holidays are jam-packed with family get-togethers, parties, and culinary adventures. Amidst all these activities, seniors occasionally find themselves feeling unexpectedly depressed. The holidays can be a time when some of us are dealing with the loss of a loved one, while others might be going through a major life change. Luckily, there’s a few

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How Caregivers can Spot Stress Early

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 by admin

Every day, a caregiver is faced with anxiety-inducing events. Living in proximity to such unpredictable and dire emergencies can take both a physical and mental toll. It is absolutely essential that caregivers familiarize themselves with their own personal limits, lest they may place their own health in jeopardy. Luckily, there’s a series of easily identifiable

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Preparing Seniors for Tomorrow, Today

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 by admin

As we age, new challenges emerge in the places you’d least expect. If your finances, personal affairs, and identification information are protected early on, you’re much less likely to face a plethora of bookkeeping complications a few years down the line. From planning a move, to arranging for a live-in caregiver – it’ll only take

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10 Tips For Coping With The Stress Of Caregiving

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 by admin

We all deal with stress differently. Being a full-time caregiver can be very taxing. It’s important to know when you should take steps to reduce stress before it negatively affects your quality of life and your effectiveness as a caregiver. 1. Learn as much as you can: Illnesses are complex. As they progress they pose

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Music As Therapy For Seniors

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 by admin

At some point in our lives, most of us have picked up an instrument and played a few songs or managed to learn how to sing a few vocal arrangements. We’re just now discovering that music carries several important therapeutic qualities, which have now been observed to assist in the treatment of some substantial medical

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5 Benefits of Social Activities As We Age

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 by admin

Think of the importance of social activities for children. Kids learn to interact with others, build friendships, and keep their brains and bodies healthy as they grow. For adults, social activities help to counterbalance the stress of work, and lead to happy and fulfilling lives. The recipe is the same as we age. Social activities

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Understanding Safety Concerns for Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 by admin

In addition to the physical and mental effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the neurological condition can have a significant health on the safety of those who suffer with the condition. This is especially true as the disease progresses. Here are some of the main safety concerns for parents with Alzheimer’s disease and what preventative measures can

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Best Home Improvements for Senior Safety

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 by admin

In order to continue an independent and happy lifestyle, many seniors have decided to remain in their homes as they age. However, accessibility and safety issues can arise at home as age increases. Here are some great home improvement ideas to make a senior’s home safer and more accessible. Staircases For seniors with mobility issues,

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A Senior’s Guide to Heart Health

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 by admin

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, and this is especially true for seniors. Age is one of the risk factors for heart disease which cannot be controlled, along with family history. However, there are still many things to be done to reduce the risk of developing heart disease: Regular

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Four Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home Healthcare Service

Posted on May 25, 2015 by admin

Hiring a home healthcare service to care for your aging loved ones is a fantastic decision. Home healthcare services will provide loved ones with companionship and care, all while easing stress on the family, especially for the primary family caregiver, often a daughter, son, or a close relative. For families who need assistance choosing the

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Bed Bugs – What You Should Know

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by admin

Bed bugs are insects that, as adults, have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Prior to feeding, they are about 1/4 inch long and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Eggs are whitish, pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead. Clusters of 10-50 eggs can be found in cracks

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Make Gardening Easier for Seniors

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 by admin

Growing your own beautiful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables are a couple of good reasons to spend time working in the garden. But gardening can also save you money, boost your mood and improve your health. There are generations of people in North America who have never spent time with their hands in the soil

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Seniors Coping With Tinnitus

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by admin

Are you hearing ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring sounds in one or both of your ears? What you’re experiencing is called Tinnitus. This ringing in the ears is most common in seniors, and though it can be extremely annoying, it is usually not a sign of a serious problem. Tinnitus can be caused by a

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight as a Senior

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 by admin

People are living longer and enjoying active lifestyles well into their 80s and 90s. Research continues to confirm that eating well and being physically active can have a dramatic impact on quality of life for older adults. You are never too old to reap the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. In fact, as

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Seniors and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 by admin

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) is a kind of depression that happens at the same time every year. For most people, the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder start in the late fall and carry on into the winter months. Most of us experience some kind of seasonal changes in energy, eating patterns, sleep

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Senior Fitness: Exercise and Osteoporosis

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 by admin

Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to become fragile and easy to fracture. It is a major cause of disability for older women. A fractured hip or spine impacts personal mobility and independence for a lengthy period of time. People with osteoporosis may believe they should shy away from exercise to be safe and

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Senior Memory Loss Tips

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 by admin

If you’re concerned about memory loss, you’re not alone. Don’t remember where you parked? Forgot what you needed to pick up at the store? Can’t find your cellphone? Everyone struggles with forgetting things now and then. But memory loss shouldn’t be ignored. There are no proven ways to prevent memory loss or dementia, but some

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Safe Driving Tips For Seniors

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 by admin

Staying mobile is important to seniors. As we age, driving can become more challenging. Being safe on the roads requires more than just obeying the laws and reading road signs. Some of the physical changes that come with getting older can make previously simple actions (like craning your neck to check for oncoming traffic) difficult.

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End of Life Care: What to Expect

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 by admin

Caring for a loved one who is dying is not an easy experience. Though you know the end of life is approaching for them, you will probably never feel ready. Knowing what to expect, and what you can do to assist, can be helpful. There are many options available for end of life care. Palliative

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How To Deal With Resistance To Home Care

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 by admin

One of the biggest hurdles you can face when helping a loved one is resistance to care. How can you help someone who doesn’t want help? By keeping them involved in decisions and explaining the benefits of home care, you may be able to help your loved one feel more comfortable about accepting the help

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Detecting and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors

Posted on May 31, 2013 by admin

Malnutrition is a serious health problem for seniors, and is more common than you’d think. Learn the signs and causes of malnutrition and take steps to ensure the seniors in your life are eating a balanced, healthy diet. Problems caused by malnutrition Malnutrition in seniors can cause serious health problems, such as: A weakened immune

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Compassionate Palliative Care and Personal Support

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by admin

Palliative care doesn’t only involve the patient, and palliative support does not stop when the patient dies. Compassionate palliative care services provide ongoing bereavement support to family members and loved ones during the process. Family members are encouraged to have an open, continuous dialogue with one another, and with the patient. Family members also need

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Parkinson’s Home Care

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 by admin

Parkinson’s disease is a complex, progressive neurological disease that impairs motor skills, movement, speech, and other functions. The three primary symptoms are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement. Other symptoms include difficulty in speaking or swallowing, tiredness, depression and dementia. Because it is a progressive disease, these symptoms may increase in frequency and severity

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Stages of Palliative Care at Home

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 by admin

Palliative care is specialized care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for people with terminal illness, while supporting their families and loved ones. A palliative care team helps patients and their families by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support through the dying person’s final months, weeks and days. This care,

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Visit us at Carlingwood Mall

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 by admin

Come see us at our kiosk at Carlingwood Mall (2121 Carling Avenue) this Thursday and Friday! (March 21 – 22). We’ll be checking blood pressure for anyone who stops by from from 9-2.

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Home Sweet Home and Peace of Mind

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 by admin

People needing home care often reach out to Qualicare Ottawa to help manage health crises. Yet, it’s always best to make plans before a situation becomes irreversible. An Ottawa client writes about her Qualicare experience: “My Dad was hospitalized last October due to pneumonia. His doctor advised moving to a retirement facility with my Mom

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Visit us at Carlingwood Shopping Centre

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 by admin

Come see us at our kiosk at Carlingwood Shopping Centre (2121 Carling Avenue) this weekend! (Friday February 22 – Sunday Feb 24). We will be next to the Be A Donor booth.

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Assisted Living Does Not Mean You Have to Leave Your Home

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 by admin

Moving to a retirement or seniors-only residence is not your only option for Assisted Living or Respite Care. There are more home care options available than ever before. Chronic illnesses or medical issues do not necessarily mean leaving the comfort and independence of living at home in order to receive proper care. You or your

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What Is Palliative Care?

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 by admin

Palliative care is the compassionate care of a dying person, minimizing their suffering as they progress towards the end of life. Medically, this is achieved by helping dull the patient’s pain with pain and symptom management methods. A person receiving palliative care (also known as hospice care) will have an active, progressive and far-advanced disease,

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Winter Tips for Seniors

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 by admin

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

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Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths – Part Two

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 by admin

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

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Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 by admin

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 questions. If you think someone may

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Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 by admin

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month The Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Movement is a grass roots effort to increase LBD awareness amongst the general public and the medical community. They are making October “A Month to Remember”. Lewy Body Dementia shares characteristics with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and is often misdiagnosed. Lewy Body

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Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 by admin

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

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Hospital Discharge Planning For Ottawa Seniors

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by admin

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 eminent, it’s vital to request a discharge planning conference so

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Helping Seniors with Standing, Sitting and Reclining

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 by admin

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 challenges opt to use

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Proper Nutrition For Seniors At Home

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 by admin

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. The

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Canadian Seniors Have a High Incidence of Malnutrition

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 by admin

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, and 12.5% were severely malnourished. These numbers are significantly higher

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Making Home Senior Friendly

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 by admin

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 over 65. Almost 50%

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Medication Risks for Seniors Discharged from Hospital

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 by admin

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 (statins, thyroid medications, anti-coagulants, inhalers for respiratory diseases and gastric acid

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Seniors and Exercise

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 by admin

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 mass, so engaging in physical activity regularly

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Brain Exercises For Seniors

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 by admin

When a parent 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 aging. You can use medicine or equipment to deal with them. If the parents

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Fantastic Fitness Strategies for Seniors

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 by admin

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 yourself everyday

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Dos and Don’ts in Caring for a Family Member with Dementia

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 by admin

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 of the caregiver easier

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