Why Women Live Longer Than Men

According to the most recent information from Statistics Canada, women are living 4 years longer on average than men. Researchers have found reasons why women may live longer than men. While genetics may play a small role in women’s longevity, lifestyle has a lot to do with it.

Oh How Things Have Changed!

An American study published in 1976 listed several reasons why men had a 60 percent higher mortality rate than women. Men were more likely to die from heart disease, emphysema, and lung cancer because they were smoking more than women. They also had higher death rates of accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver, which the researchers attributed to men engaging in behaviours that were encouraged or accepted more in men than women in society, such as being adventurous, acting unafraid, drinking alcohol, and using guns.

Well, times have changed. But while women may be more “adventurous” or “unafraid” than they were 40+ years ago, they are still outliving men in Canada and most of the world. Why? Because women take better care of themselves:

  • They eat better
  • They get more exercise
  • They socialize more
  • They see the doctor more often
  • They’re more sensitive to bodily discomforts
  • They’re more willing to report health issues

All of these are preventative behaviours that result in better physical and emotional health.

How Home Health Care Services Can Help You Live Healthier and Longer

Regardless of your sex, enlisting home care services can help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle in every way. Our senior care givers can ensure that you eat nutritious and delicious meals with meal planning and preparation. They’re also able to accompany you to doctor’s appointments and even social engagements. Our friendly senior care givers are also available for joyful companionship, which means having someone to socialize with even when you’re far away from family and friends or unable to get out much due to illness. Never underestimate the benefits of social engagement when it comes to your health!

All of those preventative behaviours that are helping women live longer than men are things that a qualified home care professional can help you with—and all in the comfort of your home.

David Porter, CPCA
Director

Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care

 

Article Resources:
https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2014012/article/14127-eng.htm
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0097840X.1976.9936063

Making Mother’s Day 2018 a Day to Remember

Any mother will tell you that the best Mother’s Day present you can give is simply being present.

Mother’s Day, or any day really, can be difficult for adult children whose roles have shifted as the result of aging or illness. Taking on the role of caregiver for the woman who always cared for you isn’t easy and even less so when you’re feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility or just saddened by the challenges that come with aging. This day can also be difficult for those who don’t have children to celebrate with or those who are unable to spend the day with their children because of distance or other challenges.

Making Mother’s Day Special: How a Caregiver Can Help

Though not a son or daughter by blood, professional caregivers often take on the role of a son or daughter. It’s not surprising given the amount of time that a home health care provider spends with the care recipient. The role often entails more than just providing home health care; many provide companionship as well. All of these things lead to a meaningful bond built on compassion, trust, and respect.

Whether it’s attending a Mother’s Day brunch at a favourite restaurant or just spending time together playing cards and enjoying a cup of tea; a caregiver can be there to help make the day special in the absence of a son or daughter to celebrate with.

For children who have taken on the role of their mother’s caregiver, finding the time or energy to make the day special can be hard, especially if there are mobility issues or illness involved. Home health care workers offer respite care and other services that provide the family caregiver with the help they need to celebrate the day free of stress. From help with getting your mother to and from a restaurant or other outing, to help preparing a special meal, a caregiver can help you give your mother the best present of all this Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day from Living Assistance Services.

David Porter, CPCA
Director

Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care

The Growing Burden of Unpaid Senior Care in Canada

Seniors now outnumber children in Canada and with the baby boomer population booming, there are more seniors than ever requiring care. While Canada certainly offers some options for senior care, more and more family members and friends are taking on the responsibilities of caregiving, often whether they’re financially or emotionally able to or not.

Family Caregivers in Ontario – The Surprising Stats

There’s nothing most people wouldn’t do for their loved ones and many are happy to step up to the plate to look after their aging parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, few realize the financial and emotional burden of providing elderly care for a family member.

The following are some eye-opening statistics from the most recent General Social Survey by Statistics Canada:

  • Approximately 3.3 million Ontarians are family caregivers.
  • 5 million caregivers are juggling caregiving and paid employment
  • 29 percent of those balancing work and caregiving have missed an average of 6 days and 30 percent have been late or had to leave work early because of caregiving duties.
  • 15 percent of family caregivers had to cut down work hours to accommodate the caregiving needs of a loved one.
  • Almost 3 in 10 family caregivers perform medical treatments, such as injections, tube feedings, and wound care.
  • 1 percent (33, 000) left their jobs voluntarily or involuntarily because of caregiving duties.

For many, providing elderly care for loved ones means having to deal with significant additional stress, change their jobs, turndown promotions, or even forget about pursuing other opportunities because of caregiving. Sadly, one million of those surveyed admitted that they felt they had no choice in taking on the role of caregiver. So, along with the obvious financial implications comes the emotional toll and inevitable resentment of being in this position. It’s not in any way a reflection of how they feel about their loved ones, of course; is simply not an easy position to be in no matter how much you love someone.

For the person receiving care, feeling as if you’re burdening your child or grandchild isn’t easy either. This is why enlisting home care assistance is so important for you and for them.

Some of Our Clients Get Personal

The following are examples of the burden of family caregiving at play provided by some of our clients.

Muffy R. (Daughter)

“Even as a single father, dad made sure I always had everything I needed growing up, even working two jobs to pay for university and teacher’s college.  His heart attack in my second year teaching really slowed him down. I took time off to help him recover from surgery, but he hasn’t been the same. Three years of trying to juggle teaching and caring for dad resulted in having to turn down a promotion to Vice Principle at my school and eventually stress leave for me. My dad didn’t want to go to any of the living assisted facilities near me and I didn’t think his pension and my pay would be enough to cover private home care. I’m so glad I called Living Assistance Services on a whim after an especially stressful day! Being able to pick only the home care services he actually needs and occasional respite care for me to attend work functions has given me my life back. I’m so grateful.”

Todd S. (Grandson)

“My Papa helped raise me when my dad left and when he got older and sick I had to take turns with my mom and sister taking care of him. I don’t mind doing it most of the time because I love him so much and I don’t complain because he always took care of me, but this year it’s been hard. Hockey is my life and I was supposed to go away to All Star hockey camp for March Break and was so excited, but when we were trying to plan it all out, my mom told me there was no way I could go because she couldn’t take more time off work to take care of Papa and my sister couldn’t do it all alone. I know it’s not his fault but I was so upset with him for a while. Now that mom has your caregiver coming to help it’s been so much easier for us. We’re already planning how she can help next year so I can go to hockey camp and even Papa seems happier. Thank you so much from my mom, sister, Papa and me.”

Give us a call to learn more about the home care services we offer. Home health care services and respite care for the caregiver can ease the burden of family home care.

David Porter, CPCA
Director

Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care

 

Article Resources:
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-652-x/89-652-x2013001-eng.htm#a17