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
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…> Read More
Alzheimer’s and dementia result in significant impacts on the quality of life of patients and their families. They create challenges related to personal care, relationships, and safety. Although there is no cure for these conditions, there are many health factors that can reduce the risk of developing these and other cognitive issues. Nutrition is a major factor in Alzheimer’s home care and in protecting you and your loved ones from cognitive health problems that may develop as you age. The following are 9 foods that help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. Green Leafy Vegetables These foods include spinach, mustard greens, and kale, among others. They can improve cognitive function by providing high levels of vitamin B9 and folate. Kale has anti-inflammatory flavonoids that support brain health. Dementia home care should include a healthy amount of these vegetables in order to support cognitive wellness. Legumes Like leafy greens, legumes and beans are…> Read More
The average person with Alzheimer’s is a person in his or her late seventies whose symptoms arise slowly, over time. However, of the 747,000 people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia in Canada, up to five per cent of those people have younger-onset Alzheimer’s, which is also commonly misdiagnosed. Here are some early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. You may be surprised to learn that many early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease have nothing to do with memory problems. Behavioural Changes (Stealing and Law Breaking) Early signs of Alzheimer’s include behavioural changes that involve people making poor moral decisions that they wouldn’t normally make. This could include stealing and other law-breaking behaviour. In some cases, the ability to make decisions between right and wrong becomes hindered due to the executive function of the brain (that is, decision-making skills) not working as well. Frequent Falling If you or someone you know…> Read More
It is important to recognize that sleep problems are very common in those with dementia. This is not abnormal. Unfortunately, however, sleep problems in those with dementia can further aggravate their mental state, which in turn, burdens their caregivers. While it may take some effort to alter the sleep patterns of those with dementia, the good news is that it is possible. What Causes Sleep Problems In Those with Dementia? The contributing factors of sleep problems in those with dementia are considered “multifactorial,” meaning that there may be several underlying causes. In the case of dementia, this could include brain deterioration, which causes individuals to experience less deep sleep and spend more time awake. Those with dementia can also experience problems when it comes to their body regulating their circadian rhythm; some types of dementia are also associated with REM sleep behaviour disorder. Moreover, those with dementia are also more…> Read More
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