If you’re caring for a senior parent(s), they may need additional care. It’s also natural to be overwhelmed by the amount of information on how to properly take care of them. You want them to have the best care, but how do you know what’s best? We’ve put together five senior care tips to improve the care you provide and make your lives easier. There will always be more to learnThere are entire sections of bookstores filled with literature on senior care. There is also a myriad of options available for senior care, including, but not limited to: independent living, nursing, Alzheimer’s care, assisted living, retirement communities, and in-home care. Senior care doesn’t refer exclusively to assisted-living facilities, although for some it may be the only option. You should also acknowledge that every person has a unique situation, which means there won’t be one concrete solution. Educate yourselfIf you aren’t…> Read More
If you have a senior family member who is determined to maintain their independence by remaining in their home, it would be wise to consider making some minor changes in order to make day-to-day living easier and safer. Just like new parents need to make homes “toddler proof” when there are little ones in the home, it’s just as important to make homes “senior safe.” Many accidents like falls, burns, and poisoning occur in the home. Which is why there should be no delay in properly inspecting each and every room to eliminate any problematic areas, and conducting a home safety audit. Many doctors recommend this practice be done once a year. Home should be a place where we are all safe. General Safety Checklist Move electrical cords from traffic areas anywhere in the home. Tape them to the wall or baseboard if helpful. Remove scatter rugs, especially those without…> Read More
When we are young, we are blessed with many friends and acquaintances. We are never at a loss for things to do or for opportunities to socialize. That changes as we age. Seniors slowly lose their friends, their spouse, and family members with the passing of time. This phenomenon is a serious problem, and can affect a senior’s risk of illness. Anyone can feel isolated or alone at any age, but it presents a particular threat to the elderly. In fact, isolation and loneliness have consequences that can shorten the lifespan of a senior. The Mental Consequences When a senior is alone and socially isolated, they become anxious, stressed, and afraid. Cognitive abilities suffer as depression sets in, causing a lonely senior to isolate themselves further. They shy away from social interaction, and it can devolve into a downward spiral. Doctors have known about this effect for some time, and…> Read More
As our parents get older most likely they are not eating the same foods they once enjoyed. Tastes change, certain foods become difficult to digest, or chew. Dad may still crave a juicy cheeseburger, but it’s impossible for him to properly digest it. In some cases seniors lose their ability to enjoy food because their sense of taste or smell is diminished. So they enjoy it less and therefore eat less. In this case they may not be getting the nutrients needed for their health. Maybe you are now their cook and prepare all their meals. The dilemma becomes what to buy and how to find foods and prepare meals they will enjoy. Senior care in Toronto calls for making some changes to their daily diet. Here are some tips to create a senior-friendly grocery list. Look For Colorful Fruits And Veggies Certain fruits and veggies are chock full of…> Read More
‘No man is an island’ holds true for everyone, young and old, but especially for our senior population. We all need consistent social interaction to enhance our life experiences. Seniors need social interaction for healthy physical aging. This is especially true for Alzheimer patients in Toronto. Let’s take a look at 3 benefits social interaction provides seniors. Improves A Senior’s Purpose And Feeling Of Belonging Having friends, making new friends, and companionship in general all contribute to a sense of community. This sense of belonging keeps seniors feeling that they are part of the world around them. Seniors should strive to maintain friendships as long as possible, and those involved in Alzheimer’s care in Toronto should facilitate this social interaction. Even if a senior is confined to a limited setting, it’s important to find ways to give them an opportunity to interact and help others. Listening to another senior, reading…> Read More
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