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Christmas Ideas for Seniors

Christmas Ideas for Seniors

Christmas Ideas for Seniors A Personal Story by Nicole Troiano, Owner of Retire-At-Home Etobicoke Every year my sister and I ask my grandmother what she wants for Christmas and every year she says the same thing, nothing. We usually get her things like pyjama’s, perfume and jewelry. We know she loves her gifts but we found we always got her things that she really didn’t need. A year and half ago, we found out that Grandma got diagnosed with Arthritis. We felt really bad; Grandma was always there for us, looked after us throughout elementary and high school, she came to all our activities in and out of school. Grandma really played a big part in our lives. I started University 2 years ago and my sister works full time, so really we haven’t spend too much time with her. It seems like we got too caught up with our own lives and grandma isn’t a part of it. My sister and I wanted to do something really special for her this Christmas but couldn’t figure out what. So we did some research about arthritis to understand what it is. We found out that as some people age, the cartilage layer can become thin and frayed over time, your joints start to feeling stiff and moving can be uncomfortable. When the bones begin to rub against each other, it can cause pain. Then we learned that aside from medication; exercise can be a great way to help alleviate the pain by strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and reduce the swelling. So, last Christmas, my sister and I decided to get...

Normal Aging vs Dementia

Many people over the age of 65 experience some type of memory loss not related to Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are not a part of normal aging. . If you don’t have an underlying medical condition like dementia causing this memory loss, it is known as “Age-Associated Memory Impairment”. This is considered a normal part of the aging process and a form of dementia. Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are different. Age-associated memory impairment and dementia can be told apart in a number of ways. Dementia is a disease that must be diagnosed by a medical professional. It is important to consult a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.        Normal Aging      Dementia Not being able to remember details of a conversation or event that took place a year ago Not being able to recall details of recent events or conversations Not being able to remember the name of an acquaintance Not recognizing or knowing the names of family members Forgetting things and events occasionally Forgetting things or events more frequently Occasionally have difficulty finding words Frequent pauses and substitutions when finding words You are worried about your memory but your relatives are not Your relatives are worried about your memory, but you are not aware of any problems . If you are worried about your memory, talk to your family doctor. Your family Doctor or a Geriatrician would be able to test you. Is it Dementia or Normal Aging? See your doctor about memory concerns; it’s important to know that forgetting someone’s name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting...

Key Factors When Choosing an In-Home Care Provider for your Elderly Loved One

When you are responsible for caring for an elderly friend or relative, there may come a time where you might feel compelled to seek out the services of a qualified home caregiver. Whoever you choose as your in-home care provider for your loved one, it is important to go into this decision armed with as much information as possible, because it is an important one. You’re deciding who is qualified enough to be involved in your friend or relative’s final years of life, so you’re going to want to consider every detail of the providers that you are considering. The person that you end up hiring will play an essential role in yours and your loved one’s lives, so this is not a choice to make lightly or to rush along. How to Start your Search In Etobicoke, there are many choices on the market in terms of care providers who can assist you in providing the highest caliber of quality care to your loved one. It can feel downright overwhelming to sift through the options available, and that’s one thing that you don’t need to feel when trying to coordinate such a big and important decision. To ease some of the pressure, place a classified ad or enroll the services of a placement agency. You can even do both if you want to! When placing an ad, it is vital that you include things like salary and specific skills or knowledge required of candidates for the position. If you choose to enlist the help of a placement agency, they can take care of this step for you by...

Dementia

What is Dementia? Dementia is a progressive and generally irreversible condition of memory impairment. It is often associated with losing your mind and people find that very scary. There is a change in personality, lack of motivation and or loss of emotional control E.g.: disorientation of time, asking repeated questions, loosing things, forgetting, lying, and evading questions. Dementia works in reverse as it often affects the most recent memory and works its way back. The best way to describe Dementia is: imagine a pile of paper (metaphorically being your memory) sitting by an open window. As the wind blows, the top sheets of paper fly away as would the memory. As the disease progresses the pile of paper continues to shrink. How is Dementia and Alzheimer’s different or the same? Dementia is the onset of symptoms and Alzheimer’s is the diagnosis There are over 100 types of dementia and they are often associated with old age and we don’t want to mix natural aging with Dementia Alzheimer’s (the most common) unravelles the brain in reverse order as the brain in a child develops and effects approx 60% Vascular Dementia is caused by multiple mini stokes and effects 20-30% Dementia with Lewy Bodies is when trouble sets with initiating movement and effects approx 15-20% Early Onset Dementia effects under the age of 50 and is brought by diseases such Huntington disease or Korsakoff’s syndrome or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Different stages Early Stage need for supervision in their daily life and are aware of their situation Middle Stage need for daily care and the dementia is more profound...

How to Help Avoid Seniors Isolation

Feeling alone and isolated is very tough for anyone at any age. It is especially tougher for seniors. Seniors Isolation can have serious effects on their health, both mentally and physically. In Nicholas R. Nicholson studies from “A Review of Social Isolation”, he observed that “social isolation has been demonstrated to lead to numerous detrimental health effects in older adults, including increased risk for all-cause mortality, dementia, increase risk for re-hospitalization, and an increased number of falls.” There are many ways you can help your senior. Avoid the risks and complications associated with isolation. Here are a few suggestions that can help.   Avoid Seniors Isolation – Make transportation more accessible When seniors are no longer able to get around for themselves or no longer have access to either public or private transportation; this becomes the largest cause for Seniors Isolation. Seniors need a method of transportation to run errands, visit friends or family, or even attend a community event. They need to be able to just see people or spend some time with them. Ensure they have access to transportation, invest in a mobility assistance device, spend a day with them or figuring out a carpooling method with trusted neighbors or friends. By giving them mobility it will help them maintain social connections, and stay engaged with the world outside their home. Avoid Seniors Isolation – Give them something to take care of Experts have noted that feelings of Seniors Isolation can be avoided by the act of nurturing. Engaging in a hobby or adopting a pet from the local shelter. Pet therapy has been known to lower anxiety and blood pressure;...
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