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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in the Elderly

Obsessive compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD, is a mental disorder that is symptomatic of having persistent and distressing thoughts and rituals. These upsetting compulsions are developed in order to manage the increasing anxiety that these thoughts and rituals create.  OCD can vary from moderate to severe and can impact daily functioning, routine, and relationships. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder may struggle with day-to-day tasks and with changes in their preferred schedule. People with OCD often have anxiety when they do not feel in control of their thoughts and routine. This...

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Caring for a Senior with Edema

While swelling, weight gain, or puffiness in certain areas may not always be a cause for concern, it can be a result of edema which may require necessary treatment. Edema is a medical term for swelling in the body and can be a symptom of chronic medical conditions, which can be especially serious for seniors. Edema can manifest in the body in a variety of ways and can be located in a generalized way or a localized spot and can range from minor to severe. Edema is often caused by...

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The Benefits of Playing Bingo for Seniors

Bingo is known to be a great party game for big groups and is well-loved by seniors and school age children alike, but did you know there are many health benefits to playing Bingo as well? In fact, Bingo can increase mental health, practice coordination and encourage opportunities for socializing for seniors. Bingo Rules Bingo is a game that is simple to learn and simple to adapt to different styles of play. Basic Bingo is a game in which you have a sheet with a table of blank squares where...

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The Challenges of Sandwich Generation Family Caregivers

The ‘sandwich generation’ references adults who are caring for their aging family members as well as raising young children or supporting grown offspring.  This is increasingly likely as almost half of middle-aged adults have a parent or family member who is a senior citizen. This means that senior caregivers are likely to be adults with full-time jobs and children. These family caregivers are having to juggle many responsibilities including financial burdens, time constraints, and emotional burnout. This can feel impossible to manage - especially since they are responsible for the...

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The Benefits of Pickleball for Seniors

Healthy aging requires a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise!  exercise to some may seem challenging or even boring as some people do not appreciate just working out for the sake of Health.  However, finding joy in your exercise routine is a way to build authentic motivation as well as increase your mental health. Physical exercise is a key aspect of both physical and mental wellness and so it is important to build a daily routine that includes some movement and exercise.  Due to your own body circumstances and preferences, you...

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The Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking for Seniors

While it may seem unique to us to watch a group of seniors walking down the street with poles, it is actually a well-known exercise activity called Nordic walking. Nordic walking is popular in Scandinavian and European countries and is becoming more popular in North America. Nordic walking is especially popular among seniors due to its health benefits and ease of access. Nordic walking is an activity that uses poles, similar to cross country skiing poles, and was developed in Finland. It was originally an off season program for body...

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Tips on How to Deal with an Elderly Narcissistic Parent

Narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder is the impairment of one's identity and self-direction in interpersonal functioning and pathological personality traits. The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition” or DSM-5 Mark's narcissistic behaviour as antagonism which follows the lack of empathy for others and attention-seeking behaviour that focuses on manipulation, deceit and callousness.   Most members of society have a very confused idea of what a narcissist looks like.  You may associate narcissism with selfishness but there are actually different types, and it presents itself in people in...

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Senior Care: Thyroid Diseases

The thyroid is a small gland that is situated at the bottom of the front of your neck. As an important gland, issues with the thyroid can cause major health issues. As we age, we become more at risk for medical conditions related to the thyroid. Seniors are especially susceptible to thyroid issues and should be made aware of what to do if they do begin suffering from symptoms. To visualize it, it is butterfly-shaped and is located at the base of your Adam’s apple. The thyroid controls how your...

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Senior Care: The Importance of Speech Therapy

The importance of speech therapy for seniors cannot be discounted as it can be necessary for those who may be recovering from a medical condition that is preventing them from communicating effectively. Communication is vital at any age but for seniors, it can be extremely important so that they can advocate for themselves and their needs. People who cannot communicate successfully may not get the care that they require in an emergency situation. Speech practice and improvement are very important, as the consequences of ignoring communication issues can have dire...

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Nutritional Drinks for Seniors

Being a caretaker to your elderly loved one can involve making many decisions regarding their health, including nutrition decisions. There are no easy decisions when it comes to someone’s health especially when you are making that decision about their nutrition. As people age it can become more difficult for them to eat solid food and have an adequate appetite.  Soft food can be the preferential style of food for those who have difficulty eating or who have inconsistent appetites. While nutritional drinks can be an effective solution, they can also...

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