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11 Oct 2017

7 Helpful Apps For The Elderly

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“The times they are a-changin’.” This pertains to most everything in our world today, but none more so than how seniors communicate. A digital-savvy senior now uses email, Facebook, and a cellphone when they used to use a landline and get all their news from the newspaper. Senior home care in Toronto today finds our elderly using all kinds of “newfangled” apps for information, entertainment, and organization. If your loved one wants to stay in touch, recommend some of these 7 helpful apps for the elderly. Maybe they already have them, and they can teach you about some new ones. Pandora This free app will keep anyone entertained, but your senior chooses the kind of music they want. They can pick a genre, time period or artist and create their own playlist. Dark Sky This is another free app on Android phones that is useful for everyone. Your senior doesn’t…

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4 Oct 2017

The Benefits Of Art Therapy For Seniors

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There is power in art. It is everywhere around us providing a sense of well-being and enjoyment, including for seniors. It does not matter if a senior lives with chronic pain, has memory issues, or is just a bit depressed due to inactivity. There are multiple benefits of art therapy for seniors. If you are involved in senior care in Toronto and are caring for a senior who is still at home, or if you have a professional home care service assisting you, art therapy should be added to your senior’s routine. Kinds Of Art Therapy Choose from painting, drawing, sketching, music, dancing, knitting, weaving, and creating collages. There are endless possibilities to engage a senior who is lonely, depressed, has memory loss, or is in pain. You can find something that will help them become less stressed and gain a sense of well-being. General Benefits Of Art Therapy For…

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28 Sep 2017

6 Ways To Remove The Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

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Stigma is defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.” You could also say stigma is a negative stereotype or attitude. Many people feel that way about those with a mental health condition. Unfortunately, for all of us this attitude or “judgement” about something or someone is quite common. This belief usually comes from lack of information. What Are Some Common Mental Health Disorders? The most common mental health disorders include: Major depression Obsessive compulsive disorder Generalized anxiety disorder Bipolar disorder Schizophrenia Dementia due to substance abuse, inhalants, drugs, and alcohol abuse is also considered a mental health disorder. It’s safe to say many of us know someone with at least one of these mental health problems. So why is there so much stigma still attached to them and their condition? The most damaging result of this stigma is that those who suffer from…

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18 Sep 2017

Why Family Support Is Important When Caring For The Elderly

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One of the most emotionally draining times in a person’s life is when their loved one needs special care, especially one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Once a family realizes that their older loved one needs care and cannot be independent any longer or live alone, it usually falls on one person in the family to be the major caregiver. Unless that primary person gets support from other members of the family, the consequences for all can become unfortunate. The Family Dynamic Every family knows who the “leader” is; it could be the oldest or just the most responsible. When a loved one becomes ill and cannot care for themselves any longer, someone in the family steps up to be the primary caregiver. In some cases, it is just because of geography and or because that person is closest to the older loved one. It has become common for caregivers to…

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14 Sep 2017

Looking At The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer’s Disease

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The terms dementia and Alzheimer’s are used interchangeably by many, but they do not mean the same thing. It’s confusing because the symptoms of both many times overlap. It is important to understand the differences between the two in order to manage this special area of senior care and treat both effectively. The most important difference is that dementia is a syndrome or a set of symptoms, whereas Alzheimer’s is a disease. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Let’s take a look at what these two senior care conditions are and how they are different. Dementia Dementia is actually a syndrome or a set of symptoms. These symptoms can be caused by other issues or some specific disease. There are in fact 10 different types of dementia, a common one being vascular dementia. In this particular type of dementia changes in the brain are caused by a…

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