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Stroke – Effects, Limitations, and After-Care

More than 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year and approximately 405,000 people in the country are living with the effects of stroke, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. A stroke happens when blood flow to any part of the brain is stopped. Strokes can range in size and the effects depend … Continue reading Stroke – Effects, Limitations, and After-Care

Caregivers do no harm – Debunking Common Myths

It’s understandable to have some reservations about hiring an in home care provider given that you are inviting a virtual stranger into your home or a loved one’s home. If you or your aging loved one are ill and in an especially vulnerable place, the idea of entrusting a stranger with your/their care can be … Continue reading Caregivers do no harm – Debunking Common Myths

Co-housing for older adults

Regardless of your age or situation when Golden Girls hit the airwaves, chances are that you, like so many others, thought that their living arrangement seemed like a good deal. Certainly better than Shady Pines, like Sophia often joked about! Co-housing for older adults, also often called “home sharing for seniors”, is when two or … Continue reading Co-housing for older adults

Back Pain – Causes, Limitations, and More

According to Statistics Canada, back problems are one of the most common chronic conditions in Canada—low back pain especially. Back pain can range in severity from mild to severe and can be a dull ache or a shooting or stabbing pain. When bad enough, it can impact your ability to perform even simple daily tasks. … Continue reading Back Pain – Causes, Limitations, and More

Social workers and their role in senior care in Ontario

Those of us lucky enough to live in Ontario have access to amazing social workers and other support personnel to help when crisis strikes. Whether for a broken hip or a serious medical condition, all of the professionals working within the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) work together to help seniors return home after a … Continue reading Social workers and their role in senior care in Ontario

Safety For Seniors at Home – Making Your Loved One’s Home Safe

What may not constitute an obstacle to you may be to your elder loved one. There are actually areas of the home that should be addressed to better suit the mobility and agility limitations we can all expect to experience as we age. Take a Walk Through The House Keep all areas of the home, … Continue reading Safety For Seniors at Home – Making Your Loved One’s Home Safe

Smart Technology for seniors – Can it replace the Human Touch?

With our senior population growing faster than ever, so are smart technologies geared at improving the lives of seniors. Smart technology—or gerantechnology—devices include things like telecare and telehealth, robotics, and various information and communication devices, from smartphones to health trackers. With all of these products available to do anything from control lighting and appliances with … Continue reading Smart Technology for seniors – Can it replace the Human Touch?

More Women Are Living Longer and Making It Work – You Can Too

You’ve likely noticed that when it comes to older people, more women seem to live alone than older men. The Canadian government has noticed this, too. According to Statistics Canada, women over 65 are almost twice more likely to live alone than senior men and this includes 31 percent of women over the age of … Continue reading More Women Are Living Longer and Making It Work – You Can Too

Senior Loneliness and Isolation – A Growing Health Crisis

According to Statistics Canada, approximately 1.4 elderly people in Canada report feeling lonely. Loneliness and isolation among Canadian seniors is growing and some are calling this a public health crisis. Loneliness and isolation are caused by a number of factors. As we age, our social network gets smaller as friends and spouses die and adult … Continue reading Senior Loneliness and Isolation – A Growing Health Crisis

Ways to Finance Home Care

The cost of home care services varies based on the degree of assistance needed. Many people are under the impression that receiving professional care at home is too costly and rely on family caregivers instead. Often times, family caregivers and the recipient come to realize that providing senior care, even very basic care, requires a … Continue reading Ways to Finance Home Care

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