If you’re entering your golden age, it may be hard to navigate your everyday life. Your mind may be sharp as a tack, but mobility loss is natural and happens to the best of us. Will you remember to take your pills? What if you fall down the stairs? Luckily, help is available in the form of home care services. The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) is available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents as long as they make their primary residence in Ontario. You may have and older, red and white version of the OHIP card (without a…> Read More
If you live in Ontario and are in need of home care, there are many resources available to you. Government assistance comes in many forms to help older people remain in their homes with proper care, although a majority of people in need of these services are simply unaware of what exactly is available to them. These are some of the services available in place by the provincial for senior home care: Vehicle and home modifications: If you have restricted mobility, you may be eligible for funding to help you get around better in your own home. This includes the…> Read More
Despite knowing it’s in their best interest, it can be hard to first begin the conversation about getting help for an elderly parent. Many older people fear they’ll lose their independence if they enter a full time care facility or have caregivers come to their house when in reality, home care and long term senior care centres allow people to keep their independence while receiving the help they need. Regardless of the benefits as you see them, it can still be challenging getting that message across to your aging family member. Try exploring these pieces of advice to help your…> Read More
Muscular dystrophy is category that includes a variety of inherited conditions. What they share in common is a progressive weakening of the body’s muscles. The different types of muscular dystrophy have their own unique symptoms that also overlap. Muscular dystrophy leads to significant loss of function and can be challenging for those people who have to go through the process of the disease. Muscular Dystrophy With muscular dystrophy, specific muscles can be affected. Children have been observed to have more severe forms of muscular dystrophy. Common symptoms include a loss of intellectual ability and muscle weakness. Children who fall frequently or have difficulty running can indicate the presence of the disease. As muscles become weaker, the development of motor skills can be inhibited along with a loss of muscle density. Types of Muscular Dystrophy Because Muscular Dystrophy has many different types, the symptoms of each can vary. Duchenne muscular dystrophy…> Read More
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that affects neurons in the central nervous system. It’s a debilitating disease that impairs bodily functions over time, leading to complete paralysis. ALS is a mysterious condition that has kept researchers guessing its possible causes. Although genetic components have been identified to be major factors in its development, there is still much to learn about the disease. What is ALS? In the course of ALS, motor nerve cells of the body slowly die. This prevents the brain from directing any muscle control, thereby paralyzing the body. ALS can be difficult for those it affects and their family members. As the disease progresses, increased loss of function must be dealt with to prolong the life of the person. Searching for the Cause Researchers have so far established no clear cause for the disease. The majority of cases show no contributing factor, even when a…> Read More
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