Seniors can develop balance problems, causing them to feel dizzy and unsteady on their feet. Everyone needs good balance to get around, to maintain independence and to perform daily activities. Mobility is an essential requirement to live an independent life, and it is especially so for seniors. According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year, making it the leading cause of injury related deaths. Fall related injuries like hip fractures can seriously affect the daily life of seniors. If you are involved in elder care in Toronto, be aware of the causes of balance problems in seniors. Certain medications, low blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and poor vision can all contribute to balance issues. Losing strength in the muscles, hips and legs can also create balance problems. If you have noticed a senior having difficulty getting up from a chair or…> Read More
Today’s seniors are active and want to remain as youthful as possible for as long as possible. According to the Pew Research Center, over 55% of senior adults aged 65 and older have a home computer. How much that computer is used is up for debate. If you care for a senior and your goal is to help them stay active, socialize better, and become more involved in the community, increasing their online and tech skills is a good way to start. Understanding and utilizing technology will help seniors stay connected to the world and their families, and encourage them to be more productive. Computer based activities for seniors are both mentally stimulating and fun. Simple Computer Based Activities Facebook If your senior has any computer skills at all, signing up for Facebook is easy. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook. 62% of online adults 65…> Read More
Family caregivers will tell you that caring for their parent with Alzheimer’s is like a time capsule in reverse. Suddenly their mom or dad is the child, and they are the parent, in more ways than one. Alzheimer’s patients have cognitive issues from moderate to severe. Memory for them can be non-existent. They may not remember how to tie their shoes, be able to figure out how to make coffee, or even know their name on any given day. So why would asking them to tell you a story be beneficial? Let’s start with the fact that like a child, they may have few memories, but still have a powerful imagination. No Pressure Storytelling Asking an Alzheimer’s patient to remember almost anything can be extremely stressful and cause them to shut down. Communication is difficult already, so as a family caregiver, you want to improve communication, not hinder it. Having…> Read More
We all experience some anxiety throughout our lifetime, but seniors are particularly at risk. What percentage of anxiety is productive vs. debilitating depends on a person’s ability to cope with it. If you are caring for your elderly parent(s), most likely you recognize that they have fears and anxieties. Some of these fears may seem rational and some might seem irrational. Regardless of your perception, they are very real to your senior, and you need to treat them as such. So how exactly do your help seniors cope with anxiety? Here are some tips. Identify the Cause of the Anxiety If you want to make your loved one less fearful, start by discovering what exactly is making them feel insecure and anxious. It is perfectly natural that your aging loved one has some anxiety. They might have dealt with a loss, like that of a spouse, or maybe numerous friends…> Read More
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