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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...

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;...

7 Ways Music Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

A famous European orchestra conductor once said, “Music comes from heaven. You just have to pull it down.” If you’re a senior living at home alone, and you have access to a radio, tape player, television, DVD player or even an old record player, you can pull some down! Then, you’ll discover many benefits of music therapy for seniors. Locked in the memory of every person is a connection to rhythm and melody. Music has a way of easing mental strain and can alter a person’s mood. Rhythm and melody are at the core of music’s beneficial magic. How Music Therapy is Beneficial to Seniors? Music therapy can promote better physical and mental health in a variety of ways by: Relieving boredom Motivating movement Rekindling positive memories Shifting negative thinking patterns Calming nervousness Encouraging happy thoughts Promoting social interaction 1)  Relieving Boredom As seniors become less physically active, they can become lost in the silence of their minds from day to day. For some, impaired hearing can contribute to a sense of social disconnection, loneliness and boredom. For seniors with a hearing loss, the music volume may need to be louder. In some cases, headphones may be the appropriate method to make it possible for them to enjoy the benefits of music. Adjusting bass and treble sounds can make a difference in what they are able to hear. Listening to music will add variety to the day. 2)  Motivating Movement It has been found that even such minimal movement as tapping a foot or clapping hands is enough activity to release pent-up mental and physical stress, and bring a little...

Seniors Foot Care results in Happy Feet

Seniors Foot Care is essential for maintaining happy feet! Many of our feet problems are caused by poor foot care, injury caused by shoes, socks/stockings that don’t fit well, illness such as diabetes or poor circulation, and aging. The average person walks more than 10,000 steps every day, which equals to several hundred tons of accumulated force on your feet. Women have about four times as many feet problems as men; high-heeled or narrow shoes are often the reason and genetics can be blamed. Here are some Tips on how to maintain proper Foot Care: Check your feet every day examine your feet/toes every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, bruises and swelling if you have diabetes, consult with your health care team Wash your feet every day wash your feet in warm water daily dry your feet well especially between the toes Keep the skin soft and smooth apply thin coat of moisturizer to top & bottom (not between your toes) Wear shoes and socks at all times avoid walking barefoot wear comfortable shoes that fit well wear soft cotton or wool socks Keep the blood flow to your feet put your feet up when sitting avoid crossing your legs  Get started today; take good of your feet If you are over the age of 65, use the services of a qualified foot care nurse Be good to your feet and they will be good to you. . Contact us today for a Free Nurse Consultation to discuss how our Home Care Services and Seniors Foot Care Services can help you in the comfort of...

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.    ...
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