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Assistive Devices for Seniors

As we get older, we must meet new challenges with wisdom and ingenuity. These challenges are unique to every situation but with empathy and communication you can find creative solutions so you can live your life to the fullest. According to Statistics Canada, one in five of the adult population has a physical disability, and that increases to approximately 50% in those 75 years and older. It may be uncomfortable and frustrating to navigate your feelings about your physical ability level, but if you realize you are finding your daily...

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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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Types of Mechanical Lifts for Homes

Unfortunately, one of the many consequences of growing older is the fact that many seniors lose their mobility. While they may not end up completely in a wheelchair, or bed-bound, many seniors do struggle with walking and getting up and down stairs properly. To combat these mobility issues, mechanical lifts can be installed in homes in order to make uninhabitable areas of their homes more habitable and cozy. With mechanical lifts, seniors can regain fulsome of their mobility and improve their quality of life. If your loved one is having...

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How to Help an Elderly Loved One Downsize

Downsizing is never fun, and helping your elderly loved one downsize may even become more stressful than downsizing yourself. If your elderly loved one is looking to downsize in order to save money, save energy, or simply to declutter then they will probably need your help. Talking about downsizing and actually downsizing are two totally different situations. If your loved one has spoken about downsizing for years but has not done much to back up their words, then here are a few tips to help them declutter their homes and...

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The Difference between Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Paraplegia and quadriplegia are two completely different issues that result from a myriad of spinal cord injuries. They both refer to a type of paralysis that can occur in someone of any age as a result of an injury to the spinal cord. Paralysis is a general term that is used to describe the general loss of movement or sensation following damage to the nervous system. The human nervous system is comprised of millions of nerves and neural cells that send chemical signals throughout the body. These chemical signals result...

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Caregiver Tips: Preventing Back Injuries While Lifting Someone

As a family caregiver, you might often have to lift and support your elderly loved one, especially as they get weaker in their old age. Without the proper techniques and strength, lifting your loved one can make your back ache and injured. To reduce the risk of back injuries and back pain for yourself, proper lifting techniques and methods must be learned. In addition to proper body techniques, family caregivers must also assess certain risks and control those risks while lifting and supporting their elderly loved ones. Keep reading for...

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Tips on How to Get an Elderly Parent to Bathe or Shower

As people age, they often begin to become reluctant about bathing for many reasons. Some elderly people fear falling in the shower due to poor balance, some are very modest and do not want to have help, some feel discomfort with extreme temperature changes, and some elderly people may even have pain whenever they change positions often. Bathing can be taxing, and if your elderly parent has begun to refuse to bathe for any of the above reasons, or for reasons of their own, then you may be growing a...

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Taking a Cruise with an Elderly Loved One

Every year, millions of people get on a cruise ship and float through the ocean to a fun-filled vacation in tropical paradise. Cruises are becoming more and more popular as the weather warms up and people are keen on taking vacations once again. As the ice from winter thaws, and summer vacation is right around the corner, many families are gearing up to take a vacation. If your family is included in this bunch, and you are thinking of taking your elderly relatives, then you may need to do a...

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Choosing the Right Walking Stick or Cane for the Elderly

As you age, you may notice that your stability is beginning to waver. If you have had a few balance scares while walking, then it may be time to get a walking stick or a cane. While they are not always the most aesthetically pleasing accessories, they can help keep you safe and healthy as you walk. Walking Sticks or Canes are one easy way to support yourself while you walk. You may need to use them on rough terrain or on an everyday basis. If you are starting to...

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Safety Tips for Seniors who Use Public Transportation

Public transportation is an easy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly way to travel. No matter if you are at home or on a fun vacation, public transportation can really help you save money. Plus, it is environmentally friendly for the planet, because it reduces the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. If you have never ridden public transportation, then the thought of doing so might be a little daunting, however, public transportation is super simple, usually fairly safe, and should not be feared. If you are a senior and are...

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