‘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
As we age our muscles deteriorate. It’s just a fact of life. Unless we exercise, keep fit, and eat a balanced diet, we can lose almost all our muscle. The same applies to our brains. We must continue to challenge and sharpen our brains as we get older. Those involved in elder care in Toronto are wise to facilitate certain activities for seniors to help sharpen their thinking, memory and reasoning skills. We have gathered 5 mind-stimulating activities for elders you can incorporate into their lives. Change Up Daily Tasks Simple activities can be altered to challenge a senior. Have them close their eyes while buttoning their shirt or tying their shoes. If they still drive, one day ask them to take a different route home with you in the car. Ask them to do something like brushing their teeth with their other hand. These all seem like simple tasks…> Read More
Most of us remember the first time we got our licence to drive a car. What a glorious independent feeling it gave us! That is an almost universal emotion, and consequently it is quite a blow to a senior when it’s time to take away their keys. Each case concerning seniors and driving is different, but making the decision is an essential responsibility for anyone involved in senior home care in Toronto. Keeping your senior as well as the general public safe is of utmost importance. The “designated driver” of a group of senior friends may well be the person who should be in the back seat. Just because someone is older doesn’t mean they are a bad driver, so tread carefully. Be Aware Of Vision And Hearing Issues You may be continually monitoring your senior’s mental ability, how easily they remember directions, or their ability to pay attention. These…> Read More
“The times they are a-changin’.” This pertains to most everything in our world today, but none more so than how seniors communicate. A digital-savvy senior now uses email, Facebook, and a cellphone when they used to use a landline and get all their news from the newspaper. Senior home care in Toronto today finds our elderly using all kinds of “newfangled” apps for information, entertainment, and organization. If your loved one wants to stay in touch, recommend some of these 7 helpful apps for the elderly. Maybe they already have them, and they can teach you about some new ones. Pandora This free app will keep anyone entertained, but your senior chooses the kind of music they want. They can pick a genre, time period or artist and create their own playlist. Dark Sky This is another free app on Android phones that is useful for everyone. Your senior doesn’t…> Read More
There is power in art. It is everywhere around us providing a sense of well-being and enjoyment, including for seniors. It does not matter if a senior lives with chronic pain, has memory issues, or is just a bit depressed due to inactivity. There are multiple benefits of art therapy for seniors. If you are involved in senior care in Toronto and are caring for a senior who is still at home, or if you have a professional home care service assisting you, art therapy should be added to your senior’s routine. Kinds Of Art Therapy Choose from painting, drawing, sketching, music, dancing, knitting, weaving, and creating collages. There are endless possibilities to engage a senior who is lonely, depressed, has memory loss, or is in pain. You can find something that will help them become less stressed and gain a sense of well-being. General Benefits Of Art Therapy For…> Read More
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