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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...

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;...

Signs of a Heart Attack

Thousands of Canadians die of a heart attack each year, but you can protect yourself by understanding what to look signs and symptoms to look out for! Learn to…… Recognize the signs Act quickly Your life could be saved Signs may vary from person to person. Here are some signs that may help you to know when to call 911. Chest Discomfort It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or sharp pain. Sweating Suddenly breaking out into a cold sweat and shivers Nausea The feeling to vomit Light headed Feeling dizzy Losing your balance with the room rotating around you. Upper Body Discomfort Symptoms may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach. Call 911 for assistance and explain that you may be having a heart attack. Stay on the line with a 911 agent Chew and swallow Aspirin, one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg tablets Stay calm while waiting for help arrives Keep a list of medications and medical conditions with Doctor’s name and contact posted on your fridge and one in your wallet. This way the paramedics will have easy access to the information when they arrive.    ...

Kidney Disease – Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidney disease is the silent killer, which will largely affect your quality of life. When thinking of preventative health measures, your kidneys should come to mind. In protecting your kidneys tend may not be on your mind. However, kidneys play an important role in filtering the toxins and waste out of your blood, regulating blood pressure, and maintaining the right balance of water in your body. With infections, medications and illnesses it can take a gradual toll on the kidneys, and some decline in function with age. Kidney damage tends to be symptomless until about 90% of kidney function is impaired, often irreversibly. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to prevent common causes of kidney damage, and keep your kidneys working well through your lifetime. Maintain a Healthy Diet While keeping a well-balanced diet is a very important part in having a healthy lifestyle at any age, to prevent obesity. Obesity is a high risk factor for many diseases, including kidney disease. Canada’s Food Guide provides an evidence-based approach to nutrition, based on the most recent science around optimal nutrient intake and disease prevention. A low in sodium diet is especially important to maintain kidney health, particularly if you have high blood pressure. It is best to avoid packaged, take-out and convenience food that tends to be high in sodium, fat and sugar. Choose whole grains with fresh fruit and vegetables, and moderate amounts of lean protein. It is always a good idea to drink enough water during the day, but drinking more than the typical four to six glasses a day probably won’t help your kidneys...
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