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2021: Here We Come!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021. The changing of the calendar year creates a sense of rebirth and renewal. While functionally, our responsibilities remain the same day to day, however emotionally, a new year can manifest a restoration of hope. This hope is a new flame that will burn bright in our hearts as we move forward with determination. This hope needs to be supported not only through feeling but actions. Consider building compassion into your new year’s resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions Safety First - Let us continue to support...

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Hindsight is 2020: 20 Hopeful Moments this Year

As 2020 draws to a close, and many people breathe a sigh of relief, we may take this time to be reflective. This year has presented many challenges that have been difficult to overcome. However, it has also proved that as a global community we can band together to accomplish great things! Let’s look back on 20 of the best moments humanity had to offer in 2020. A COVID-19 Vaccine - Through tireless effort and international cooperation, scientists all over the world have, at unprecedented speed, created and started manufacturing...

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Caring for an elderly loved one requires hard work, dedication as well as the ability to adapt to new and ever-changing circumstances both internal as well as external. Being a caregiver is a demanding role during the best of circumstances, however, the Coronavirus has presented even more unique challenges. There are new ‘best practices’, health and safety guidelines, and procedures to consider when keeping your elderly loved one safe. First and foremost, to protect your vulnerable senior, you must first protect yourself. Ensure that you follow the appropriate procedures to...

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How to take care of elderly loved ones during self-isolation

Caring for elderly loved ones over a long distance is a duty for many caregivers and family members. However, with ever-changing guidelines and restrictions in elder care facilities affecting the lives of their wards, it has become increasingly complicated to care for your elderly loved one. In addition, the updates from the government and World Health Organization for best practice for independent senior citizens is constant and in flux, with evidence based on global and community threat assessment. It can be difficult and stressful to parse through the news and...

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Exercise for Elders: Accessible Fitness During Quarantine

Quarantine is the safest option to take in order to protect yourself and your families from the Coronavirus, however, there is an unfortunate irony to our homestead strategy; the physical strain of sedentary behavior. Excessive sitting and minimal daily movement can have dire consequences to the health and wellness of senior citizens. This can be especially difficult for elders who live alone, or in retirement care facilities who may not have as many reasons or reminders to include movement into their schedule. Therefore, it is important to create a daily...

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Coronavirus for seniors, what you need to know

When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first began to spread in China last December, many believed it would be contained quickly and easily. Few imagined it would become an epidemic that has claim as many lives as it has so far and crippled many industries. Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee and confirmed what many already suspected: coronavirus is far more dangerous than the common flu – 10 times “more lethal” to be exact....

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Alternatives Options to Nursing Homes

As people get older, one of the things that many elderly individuals can agree on is that they do not want to go into a nursing home. Nursing homes can be scary places for your elderly loved one. Suddenly, your loved one has their entire life ripped apart and they must move into a new home. Unless they are not in their right mind they may not necessarily need a nursing home, and placing them in one may be more harmful than good. For various reasons, your elderly loved ones...

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Ontario’s New Driver’s Licence Renewal Program for Seniors

We are happy to publish a guest post written by Lisa Thompson. Lisa is a Senior Marketing Planner at the Road Safety Marketing Office in Ontario's Ministry of Transportation. Seniors are a rapidly growing segment of our Ontario driver population.  That is why it is so important that we, as drivers, maintain our safe driving skills for the duration of our driving lives.  The Ontario government realizes that for many seniors, maintaining their drivers licence allows them to stay mobile and independent longer. With aging, however, comes change.  As we...

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Types of Hallucinations in the Elderly

Hallucinations are sensations, thoughts or perceptions that feel completely real, yet are created entirely by your own mind. Hallucinations can be very scary, and very hard to diagnose. Unfortunately, they are very common in the elderly population, which often leads to the elderly feeling confused. Hallucinations can affect any of your five senses, one at a time, or all at once. For this reason, they can be very disorienting. However, if an elderly person lives alone and is having hallucinations, then it may take months or even years to catch....

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Common Nutritional Concerns for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. This disorder mainly affects the elderly, and is caused by a physiological decrease of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine generating cells begin to die off at alarming rates in people who have Parkinson’s disease. The reduction in the neurotransmitter dopamine results in many movement disabilities such as shaking, poverty of movement, and rigidity of muscles. In more advanced stages of the disease, dementia can occur and patients can undergo numerous psychological issues. Although there is no cure...

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