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Flu Season – Prevention Tips for Seniors and Caregivers

As we move through October and into November, we are entering the cold and flu season in Ontario. The temperatures drop and the amount of vitamin D we are receiving decreases as our daily sunlight minimizes incrementally. These factors, compounded with the cold and flu season, hinder our body’s natural defenses and compromises our immune system. Seniors are especially vulnerable to the cold and flu season as their immune system becomes weaker with age. As well, those who are caregivers for seniors are affected by their vulnerability to the cold...

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Dealing with Loss of Appetite in the Elderly

As we age our natural physiological and behavioral changes affect our health habits. It is not uncommon for health-based habits such as diet, exercise and sleep to suffer as a result of ageing and age-related health issues. Appetite can suffer because of the slower pace of retirement and a decrease in metabolism and biological functions that drive hunger. This can be natural or common, but the culprit can also be a more serious medical condition requiring treatment. It is important to consult a doctor if there are major changes to...

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Tai Chi as part of Home Care Services

The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that dates back over 2,500 years. It has been practiced for generations and has been adapted for an assortment of purposes. It descended from qigong which is a praxis that connects the mind, breath and motion to create a peaceful balance. You may have seen a group of slow-moving people doing a synchronized routine in the park or at your local gym space. They are practicing their deliberate, repetitive and low impact movements in a meditative state which fosters coordination and relaxation....

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Home Care Services and Pet Therapy

Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

The presence of a beloved pet or animal companion can bring joy and comfort to people of all ages, especially seniors. Whilst not all situations are the same, if you have a senior in your life that is an animal lover, introducing an animal companion system can be hugely beneficial to their mental and physical health. Spending time with an animal companion, similarly to spending time with a loved one, can assist with isolation-related loneliness, social enrichment and physical engagement. Even if a senior is unable to care full time...

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How to Talk to Your Elderly Loved One about Incontinence

If your elderly loved one suffers from incontinence, then it may be impossible to ignore. The odor, the mess and the cleanup can all be glaringly obvious signs that something is wrong. Ironically, the subject seems to be one that is often ignored in households. Many children of elderly parents do not want to bring up the subject because they do not want to embarrass their parents. Talking to an elderly loved one about their incontinence issues could be embarrassing for them and for you. It is also an awkward...

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Resistance Training For Seniors

As people grow older, their muscles and joints begin to break down. Add to that the fact that seniors have more brittle bones than their younger relatives, and it seems as though you are making a recipe for disaster. Seniors are at an increased risk for falling and becoming injured due to their brittle bones, muscles and joints. However, there is one thing that can help decrease a senior’s risk of falling and keep them healthy. Resistance training is a type of exercise that allows your elderly loved ones to...

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Caring for a Senior with Multiple Sclerosis

Being a caregiver for any senior may prove to be difficult and incredibly stressful. However, if your elderly loved one suffers from a neurodegenerative disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS) then the challenges you face on a daily basis may be heightened. Caring for seniors who suffer from MS can be hard for both your loved one and you. MS is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by the loss of muscle control and function. Depending on how severe your loved one case is, they may have issues with mobility,...

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Tips on How to Buy the Right Adult Diaper

Many people may find themselves checking the adult diaper section of the drug store as they get older. Whether they are buying them for themselves, or making a trip for an elderly loved one, buying adult diapers can be confusing. Incontinence problems can happen to anyone of any age. However, incontinence is more common among the elderly population. If you are suddenly faced with the need of buying a bag of adult diapers for yourself or your elderly loved one, then you may need to do a bit of research...

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Common Health Scams Targeting Seniors

It seems like everywhere you look there is a new scam that could target seniors. Most of the scams that affect seniors in today’s society deal with health problems. Magazines, television ads, and newspaper ads all tout miracle drugs that claim to do everything from cure arthritis to cancer. “Smart Drugs” are advertised across every media outlet that claim to cure painful ailments and keep people healthy. These drugs are unregulated, and could actually cause more harm than good. Health scams and the marketing of unproven cures have been around...

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Bath Water Temperature Safety for the Elderly

Often, when you think of dangers that lurk in homes for seniors, you do not think about bath water temperatures. However, too hot or too cold bath water temperatures can really pose a serious risk for the health of your elderly loved ones. If your elderly loved one has impaired senses or is slow to initiate movement, then finding the ideal bath water temperature for them is crucial to keeping them healthy and happy. If the water is too hot or cold, they may not realize, or they may not...

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