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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.

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...


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 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;...

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

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.

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?

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

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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