We’ve all seen those Hallmark cards depicting a sweet old lady sitting in her rocking chair, with her spouse gently feeding the birds. Unfortunately, life isn’t always a Hallmark card. If you find yourself caring for elderly parents, it can be very challenging! Reality hits you in the face when your elderly parents exhibit unusual behaviour. If you are involved in Alzheimer’s care in Toronto, unusual behaviour can actually be the norm. Let’s take a look at some of the more common “unusual behaviours” and how to handle them. Personal Hygiene Issues Many elderly people will resist bathing and putting on clean clothes everyday. If they had been scrupulous about cleanliness in their youth, this can be quite shocking for you. They may even become belligerent when you try to encourage them to take a shower. Seniors can lose their sense of smell, as well as knowing what day it…> Read More
Your mom suddenly gets lost driving back from her neighborhood grocery store. Your dad can’t figure out which tool to use to fix that squeaky door. You discover that your parents’ bills have not been paid for months. When you ask them about it, they act defensive, nervous, or even get angry. What is happening to them? We will share with you everything you need to know about dementia. Dementia Is Not A Disease Contrary to what many people believe, dementia is NOT a disease. Dementia encompasses a wide group of symptoms where the patient develops a progressive loss of cognitive functions, especially memory, which ultimately affects their daily activities. It also affects their behaviour, communication, and relationships. A patient can develop dementia slowly over time, so the symptoms are not always that noticeable. Dementia or mental decline is NOT a common result of aging. In fact, early onset dementia…> Read More
Life spins by at an accelerated pace. The older we get, it seems time moves faster. Ask anyone in their 40s or 50s if the last decade moved slowly or if it disappeared in the blink of an eye. Those involved in elder care recognize the importance of making a plan for the future. If you care for a parent or loved one, you realize planning ahead is the difference between always being in “crisis mode” or knowing exactly what comes next and how to deal with it. By the same token, you recognize that YOU need to make your own plans for the future. Whether you are an elder caregiver or not, here are 3 major reasons to plan for your future now. We Are Living Longer Most recognize this change in our culture but what are we actually doing about it? It is not unusual for today’s senior…> Read More
Another year has gone by – another year of caregiving. Maybe it is your first experience with this challenging job, and yes, it is a job. Just like parenting is a full-time job, whatever type of work you do is a full-time job, and now add caregiving to the mix. If this is your very first year providing senior care in Toronto or just another one of many, make some promises to yourself as the New Year begins. It’s the perfect time to take a step back and review your priorities, decide what you might do better, and how to cope with the endless challenges. Some folks may call them resolutions, but no matter what you call them, consider some of these ideas. Don’t Take Anything Personally Providing senior care in Toronto can be a non-stop whirlwind of activity. As you add more and more caregiving to your daily life,…> Read More
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