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Widows – When To Date?

Widows – When To Date?

How many times have you thought to yourself: I don’t want to “work” at a new relationship, I want it to be the fun part of my life. And how many times has a nagging voice in your head chimed in, well, just live alone then, because there’s no such thing as a toil free relationship.

You will still argue and still have moments of total frustration. Whether it’s a friend or another partner, relationships do require effort. ...

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Memory and Aging

Memory and Aging

An interesting article forwarded by Marion Bishop from Thornbrook Home Care Inc..

10 Ways You Get Smarter as You Get Older
By Annie Murphy Paul
From the May 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

It’s true that as you get older, your brain’s processing speed begins to slow, and your memory may occasionally short out, says Margaret Gatz, PhD, professor of psychology, gerontology, and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. But researchers have recently made some surprising discoveries ...

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10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

Courtesy of Scott Johnson from HomeInstead Senior Care.

You probably instinctively know that your elderly loved one is facing obstacles when it comes to enjoying healthy meals. There may be more than you think. Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network reveals 10 mealtime challenges that could impact senior health.

The following percentages refer to the number of seniors who believe these are challenges for older people who live alone. After each are tips for how to make the ...

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Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Stress

Courtesy of Lucie and David Shaw from Nurse Next Door.

If you’re a caregiver to one or more parents, you’ve got a tough job. Not saying that you’d give it up for anything, because most caregivers say that although caregiving is the hardest job they’ve had, it’s also the most rewarding. Still, when you’re experiencing caregiver stress, it’s easy to forget yourself in the equation.

Signs of caregiver stress can include anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep problems, and social withdrawal. ...

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Effects of Medication Problems

Effects of Medication Problems

Courtesy of Scott Johnson from HomeInstead Senior Care.

Seniors and family caregivers should look for warning signs that can indicate a problem with a medication. “When there is a change in medication, you should watch for changes in behaviour,” said Pronica Janikowski, Professional Development Coordinator of the Canadian Society of Consultant Pharmacists. “The person may be confused or dizzy and this can lead to a fall. Sometimes changes in medication can also make them drowsy, so if they are suddenly ...

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Getting Parents to Accept Help: 10 Tips

Getting Parents to Accept Help: 10 Tips

Courtesy of Lucie and David Shaw from Nurse Next Door.

Tips to getting parents to accept help…

#1 Seek the advice of a trusted professional
A Physician can be your best ally in getting your parents to accept help. Alternatively, we often find that by just bringing in Nurse Next Door for a free consultation and having an outside “expert” opinion can go a long way.

#2 Hire a caregiver to manage some household chores and NOT actual “hands-on care” or ...

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What a Senior Needs to Ask a Doctor About a Prescription

What a Senior Needs to Ask a Doctor About a Prescription

Courtesy of Scott Johnson from Home Instead Senior Care.

Seniors who are seeing multiple doctors are at increased risk of medication problems. Try to ensure that older adults have one doctor overseeing all of their medications. Also, look for an independent pharmacy or a specialist in geriatrics, geriatric pharmacotherapy and the unique medication-related needs of the geriatric population.

Home Instead Senior Care® has put together the following list of questions that seniors and family caregivers should ask a doctor about ...

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Alzheimer’s – How much do you know?

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading form of dementia among older people, 1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 currently has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired. Symptoms can include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood, behaviour and communication abilities.  While there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s and current treatments cannot stop the progression, treatments have ...

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Becoming Heart Healthy…

Keep Your Heart Healthy Through Fitness

Exercise is one of the best ways to lower the risk of developing heart disease. Before making changes to a diet or adding exercise, always talk to your doctor first. Be sure to ask about medications, the ability to lift heavy objects and what exercises are safe for you.  Partner up and get active with a friend or family member, couple your new exercise regime with heart healthy eating.  You can find great tips and ...

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January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

Courtesy of Alzheimer Society of Canada

An online survey of baby boomers across Canada conducted by the Alzheimer Society reveals a worrying lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

Survey results show that an astonishing 23 per cent of boomers can’t name any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, even though their risk doubles every five years after age 65.

Of those surveyed, 50 per cent identified memory loss as a key symptom, but failed to mention other critical signs.

“Boomers are their own ...

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