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Standoffish? Or Just Hard of Hearing?

What most people don’t know is that hearing impaired people are often mistaken for being stand offish or rude.  What they don’t understand is that these folks often depend on face to face communication or lip reading to be able to hold a conversation. Recently a friend of mine was mistaken for being stand offish.  […]

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How to Fall-Proof Your Home

Home support services for seniors are frequently required as a result of a fall at home resulting in fracture or injury necessitating the need for care.  As a result of declining eye sight, poor balance, arthritic joints, back pain and immobility issues, we must be more careful in performing Activities of Daily Living.  Here are […]

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Aging in Place: What is it?

What is ‘Aging in Place’ exactly?  The senior who Ages in Place lives at home until they die.   Various types of support services are implemented to ensure that all the needs of the senior are met.  Home Support Workers, Registered Care Aides and a variety of Nursing staff will help the senior live at home […]

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How to Get Up From a Fall

Falls become a risk as we age due to loose carpet, clutter or balance issues.  The fact that you may have fallen once means you have a high risk of falling again. If you fall – don’t panic.  All your energy and adrenaline will be required to assist your brain and neuromuscular system to respond […]

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Arthritis: Tips for Dealing With the Pain

Many seniors coping with the pain and discomfort of Arthritis find the pain to be overwhelming.  One way to reduce your pain is to build your life around wellness, not pain or sickness such as: Thinking positive thoughts Maintaining a sense of humor Eating a balanced diet Exercising regularly Surrounding yourself with positive people Focusing […]

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Activities of Daily Living

Did you know that there are many extra benefits when a senior involves in an exercise? As a person ages, the ability to perform ‘instrumental activities of daily living’ (ADLs) diminish.  These activities are important for independent living. They include using the telephone, preparing meals, shopping and handling finances. There are six basic ADLs which […]

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7 Keys to Identifying Dementia

Sometimes family members or those very close to a senior may not recognize mental decline as it’s often very gradual.  In identifying areas of concern, it’s important to recognize signs of Alzheimers or dementia so that you can help your senior arrange the help they need in their home to avoid further decline. Here are […]

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Parkinson’s Disease and Medical Exercise

Parkinson’s Disease is a slowly progressive neurological disorder that effects voluntary movement.  Degeneration in the brain leads to tremor, muscle rigidity, difficulty moving and postural instability.  Normally, you’ll see Parkinson’s in older people – commonly the 50-75 age group. Much less common is early onset. There’s a link between Parkinson’s and dementia – with approximately 15-20% of individuals with Parkinson’s […]

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6 Tips for Effective Visitation with Seniors

Visiting parents or family members with advanced cognitive decline may be somewhat disconcerting at best and requires some advance planning.  Often family members leave a visit feeling lost and confused because they weren’t able to effectively communicate to their loved one.  Verbal communication is not necessarily the only means to effective visitation practices.  Conducting an […]

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On Death and Dying

Leave it to a three year old to put perspective into ‘why people die’.  On a spring morning when my grandson, Luke, was visiting, we walked through Ross Bay Cemetery.  Tears came to my eyes reading the epitaphs of one loved one after another…  One epitaph was a tribute to a loving wife of more than […]