4 Apr 2016

Financial Tips To Help With Senior Care

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If your senior loved one is looking for care services, you may have to take on that financial burden yourself. Even if your loved one has insurance and some money saved up, the cost of elder care in Canada can be quite high. Before you take out another mortgage on your house or dip into your children’s college fund, there are ways to help with senior care without going broke. Our tips will ensure your loved one gets the care they need at a price that works. Speak to your loved one and make a detailed plan of what they can afford and what you can afford before settling on care. Different people require different care and you may not need to hire a full-time caregiver for your loved one, or you may need to look into elder care facilities. Just because your loved one is getting older and isn’t…

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12 Feb 2016

3 Questions To Ask When Considering A Home Care Service For Elders

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Home care services for elders offer the personal, medical, and social care needed for loved ones. If you’re considering a home care service for a family member, there are some questions you should consider in order to determine if it’s the right solution for your needs. Understanding the benefits of home care services and knowing what questions to ask helps you choose the right service provider. You’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your loved one’s needs are being met and their health is in good hands. What are the Benefits of Home Care Service? Home care services can provide a great deal of comfort and ease to all members of the family. A home care service provider allows an individual to remain in the comfort of their own home for a longer period of time. Relocating to a healthcare facility can be difficult for many patients and cause…

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29 Jan 2016

Foods That Guard You From Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become brittle) can be caused by a variety of factors and becomes more likely the older one gets. Osteoporosis does not have to be inevitable, and eating the right foods can aid in preventing the occurrence of this disease. Broccoli Broccoli is extremely high in calcium, minerals, iron, magnesium, and potassium which all contribute to the health of the bones. Broccoli is best consumed in its raw state so as to get the best of its nutritional qualities. If you prefer to cook it, steam it for a few minutes with some salt. Sesame with Yogurt Sesame contains copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Leave a teaspoon of sesame seeds in some yogurt overnight and eat first thing in the morning. Sesame is ideal for people who lack calcium in their bodies. Bananas Banana is a powerful fruit that can supplement parts…

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21 Jan 2016

How To Deal With Hypertension In Seniors

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Hypertension is a common ailment among seniors, and there are special considerations that should be taken into account when treating hypertension in this demographic. According to American Family Physician, blood pressure measurement should be based on at least two readings. Measuring blood pressure in seniors can be difficult because of the changes in the cardiovascular system occur naturally with aging. There is also “pseudohypertension” in which the blood pressure reading is skewed by the blood pressure cuff. Patients with “resistant hypertension” are more prone to this in which case ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (a relatively new technique for measuring hypertension) is used. Lifestyle changes Any medication that is given for hypertension should be in tandem with lifestyle changes. Weight, diet, physical activity and alcohol consumption should be strictly monitored. Patients should strive to maintain a normal weight in accordance with their body-mass index. Diet should be mainly fruit, vegetables and…

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14 Jan 2016

Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder In Seniors

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While bipolar disorder is more common among young people, it can also surface in older adults. According to one study, 25 percent of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder were over the age of sixty. In a separate study, many older individuals who had bipolar disorder had experienced symptoms as early as the age of 40. It is not as easy to detect symptoms of bipolar disorder accurately in older adults due to the high probability that these symptoms can be signs of other illnesses common to older adults such as depression, dementia or stroke, but certain behaviours are usually exhibited. Depression and irritability Older individuals suffering from bipolar disorder will likely exhibit restless or irritable behaviour as well as depression. Some of the symptoms of depression include: Prolonged episodes of sadness Obsession with health A feeling of helplessness Lack of concentration Physical complaints that are unclear and without a clear…

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