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How to Care for Senior Mesothelioma Victims

A medical staff will determine the treatment regimen for a patient with mesothelioma cancer, but the primary caregiver will determine just how well that patient lives day to day. Do not underestimate the role or responsibility of the job. A knowledgeable caregiver is critical. That person is vital in...

Reminiscing Activities For Seniors

Reminiscing is an important activity for everyone. We all cherish our happy memories and enjoy talking about them. It’s a familiar activity; we all reminisce at one time or another – even a young child will sometimes say: ‘when I was a baby’. Sometimes busy people like to remember...

Behaviour & Sleep Problems Associated With Dementia

People that live with a form of dementia, often have certain issues when it gets dark at the end of the day and into the night. This is referred to as sundowning. As a caregiver to someone that is affected by sundowning, you may notice that in the late...

Reducing Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays
Reducing Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays

It is often felt that holidays should be happy times, with generations of traditions coming to the forefront.  We tend to celebrate the holidays, so doesn’t that mean happiness?  The reality, however, is that many people can feel isolated and lonely during this sometimes forced “season of good will”....

Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults
Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults

Did you know that 85% of older adults have done nothing to prepare their home for aging? And very few of today’s new builds have made a long term plan for aging either. As a society we need to remind ourselves that we will all be an Older Adult...

Top Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help

The Missed Medication: Missed doses and medication mistakes (overdosing and running out of pills before the next prescription can be refilled) can lead to very serious medical complications. Older people often take multiple prescriptions for various health conditions, which can be overwhelming without assistance and reminders. The Mysterious Dent:...

The Health Benefits For Senior Volunteers
The Health Benefits For Senior Volunteers

Seniors in Canada are making a big difference through volunteerism in their communities. A national study concluded that 47% of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service. For many of these seniors, helping others defines who they are in their retirement years. Not only are they changing their...

My Mother Won’t Shower or Change Her Clothes.  What should I do?
My Mother Won’t Shower or Change Her Clothes. What should I do?

The issue of elderly who were once reasonably clean adults refusing to take showers and wear fresh clothes is one that is far more common than one realizes. Sometimes the issue is depression. If we have a parent who no longer takes an interest in staying clean or wearing...

Aging In Place Of Choice – Part 2
Aging In Place Of Choice – Part 2

Given a choice…. In my last article, we explored the importance of being able to ‘Age in our Place of Choice,’ and how this serves us individually, contributes to our communities, and is more cost effective than residential care. Think of all the choices we make in the course...

Where do I want to live when I grow up? – Part 1
Where do I want to live when I grow up? – Part 1

Why do you live where you live? Have you given this much thought? Was your choice based on your lifestyle, access to amenities like grocery stores and public transportation, proximity to family and friends or because it is near schools, hospitals and your faith community? Some of us thrive...

Hearing Health & Brain Health
Hearing Health & Brain Health

Hearing health and brain health: is there a connection? A new study shows there is a higher risk of accelerated cognitive decline due to withdrawal from social activities for individuals with hearing loss who do not actively use hearing aids. It’s widely known that as we get older, most...

Visiting In A Personal Care Home
Visiting In A Personal Care Home

How Often Should You Visit a Family Member In A Personal Care Home? The answer depends on the physical and mental condition of both parties. Some caregivers are so worn out by the time placement occurs that they can only visit 1-2 times a week. The location of the...

What’s in a Smile?
What’s in a Smile?

Recently I was going through the check out in a local business, I was mulling over what a terrible day it had been. I am positive that I had an unhappy look on my face. I was caught by surprise when the teller smiled and me and asked in...

Sex in Retirement Homes
Sex in Retirement Homes

You see an older couple walking down the sidewalk, holding hands, staring into each other’s eyes and grinning. You think “that’s so cute”. Then they embrace and kiss. Yikes! Aren’t they kind of old for that? Our society has marginalized people over sixty when it comes to love and...

Lucky If We Get To Be Old
Lucky If We Get To Be Old

“I have a confession to make,” Bill Thomas announced at a conference on aging in Oregon. “I am an old man”. “No, you’re not!” an audience member called out. It was meant no doubt, as a compliment: Despite his gray-streaked beard and crow’s feet, the 56 year old geriatrician...

Caregivers Deserve Vacations Too

Taking care of an elderly parent can be draining. Whether you’re the day-to-day caregiver or the child with primary responsibility for emotional and practical support, it’s essential that you get some time off to refresh yourself and starve off burnout. Yet going away can seem impossible.   There are so...

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