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Senior Health Archives - Home Care Etobicoke
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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...

The Importance of Art Therapy for Seniors

How Art Therapy Can Have a Lasting Impact with Seniors’ living in Etobicoke Art therapy has always been a very strong and powerful tool for self-expression, but for seniors in particular, it can be vital to address a number of physical and mental health ailments. Art therapy has been a positive benefit for seniors that suffer from illness or trauma. Caregivers at Retire At Home Etobicoke have increased the use of this program for seniors and applied it to their daily living activity to help them cope with the large range of challenges that comes with aging. What are some of the benefits of art therapy? With a Variety of Mental Health Benefits Art therapy provides each senior the opportunity to work through anxiety and negative feelings. The calming nature of creating something with your own hands helps take their minds off of stress, and builds confidence and self-esteem – this can improve a senior’s quality of life. Art therapy is very common treatment used for seniors’ with dementia and Alzheimer’s, with focusing on reducing anxiety and increasing attention. For many seniors, the unseen or unknown is dangerous to them for fear of isolation. When the communication has become difficult for seniors with dementia, the feeling of isolation can only increase as it progresses. Art therapy can be a powerful method for seniors to communicate and express themselves – and can diminish the feelings of depression and anxiety which isolation can cause. Pain Relief With the relaxing nature that art therapy offers it helps seniors take their mind off of chronic pain. It has also been known that with...

Benefits of Aqua Fitness for Seniors

What is Aquafitness? Aquafitness refers to aerobic exercises, which are performed in water.  Aquafitness can be defined as physical exercise that increases the heart rate and increases the body’s intake of oxygen long enough to benefit the condition of the human body. There are many benefits associated with Aquafitness. With the buoyancy and resistance of the water it allows you to use every muscle and every joint in the body all at the same time to get a workout, which helps improve overall body tone. There are so many other health benefits associated with Aquafitness, with weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure and so much more. It can also improve your cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, coordination, along with muscular strength and endurance. With the massaging effect water has on the body it makes Aquafitness exercising very soothing and therapeutic, the cool temperature of the water prevents you from sweating while you workout. Most community pools and fitness centers will offer general or senior-specific Aquafitness classes to suit your needs. During a typical class, an instructor guides participants in performing a number of movements that increase your heart rate and work your muscles. How is Aquafitness so ideal for seniors? With exercise physical activity increases your flexibility and balance, it helps to improve mobility, prevents injury and disease. With a good work out it helps you get a good night’s sleep. It also provides a number of emotional benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. Exercise is the key to a healthy and happy retirement. Aquafitness is an excellent form of exercise for seniors, for the simple...

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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