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…> Read More
Alzheimer’s disease is well-known, not only as being incredibly common in seniors and a leading cause of death, but also as being devastating and emotionally difficult. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s experience symptoms such as: Short-term memory loss. Disorientation. Mood swings. Behavioural issues. Alzheimer’s doesn’t only affect those who have it, but also the family and friends who help to plan and organize care, and who deal with the emotional effects of memory loss and changes in mood and behaviour. It’s important to remember, when dealing with Alzheimer’s patients, that they are still human beings with emotions, and that we must put our own feelings aside sometimes in order to improve their lives. Here are some ways to let those with Alzheimer’s know they are loved and cared for: Patience and Compassion Memory loss is one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and can be difficult to deal with. Spending…> Read More
Women, especially those with a genetic history, age, and poor health, are more susceptible to strokes than men. Though this can be discouraging, it’s important to remember that there are many things we can do, at any age, to prevent strokes. The following tips will help you do all you can to keep yourself healthy! Exercise For those with busy lives, exercise often gets swept to the side. At any stage in life, exercise is important to maintaining cardiovascular health, as well as mobility, and general happiness. Depending on your age and level of mobility, options for exercise are endless. Many people grow up exercising, which makes it easier to maintain as you age. But, what about those of us who aren’t used to exercising, who perhaps have limited mobility, are weakened by an illness or injury, or are overweight? Those who avoid exercise for whatever reason, increase their risk…> Read More
It’s never too early in life to think about heart health. We’ve made great strides in treating cardiovascular disease and strokes over the last sixty years, lowering the mortality rate from 35 percent down to 5 percent. While treatments have greatly improved, it’s still important to think of how heart disease and strokes can be prevented. There are many ways to improve your cardiovascular health, such as increasing healthy habits like exercise, and cutting out unhealthy ones like smoking. Nutrition, however, is a huge part when it comes to maintaining heart health and preventing heart disease and stroke. Here are a few nutritional measures you can take, to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system. Get Your PotassiumPotassium, a mineral, helps to lower blood pressure, and prevent strokes. Boost your heart health with these potassium-rich foods: Beans and legumes Yoghurt Milk (1% or fat free) Vegetable juice Bananas Potatoes Get to know…> Read More
Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative condition, which mainly affects the motor system and can make simple physical tasks difficult over time. Since Parkinson’s is degenerative, symptoms advance and change over time. Symptoms of Parkinson’s include: Tremors Slow movement Rigidity Impaired balance Affected posture Dementia Mood alterations (depression, or anxiety being common) Parkinson’s is a challenging disease both for those who suffer from it, and for their family members. When diagnosed early, there are many things you can do to minimize symptoms, including exercises, some of which we’ll list here. Walking Parkinson’s affects your gait, often causing you to take smaller steps, as well as impeding balance. This combined with stiffness can cause falls. In order to combat these difficulties, try to walk regularly. While walking, aim to: Swing your arms. Take long steps. Pay attention to the way your foot lifts and lands as you step. Walking is also…> Read More
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