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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

Home Care at the End of Life

It’s not easy watching a loved one reach the end of life, even if their life has been a long and happy one. The end of life can bring many changes for not just the person dying, but for the family, too. The goal of care changes from cure to comfort, decisions and arrangements need … Continue reading Home Care at the End of Life

The Dangers of Poor Medication Management by Seniors

Drug abuse and misuse in the elderly is a worsening problem in Canada and other parts of the world. A big part of the problem is the number of medications that many seniors take. According to the IIRP Study published in 2017, approximately 66 percent of seniors are taking anywhere from 5 to 10 prescription … Continue reading The Dangers of Poor Medication Management by Seniors

Choosing the Right Home Care Provider

Home health care agencies are a dime a dozen. A quick search online will give you hundreds of options to choose from. But how do you know which home care agencies or independent Personal Support Wokers (PSW’s) are right for you and your family? When choosing a home care provider, there are some key things … Continue reading Choosing the Right Home Care Provider

My Dad Does Not Want to Give Up His Independence

After a lifetime spent being the “man of the house” and looking after himself and others, it’s not surprising that your father may be struggling with giving up his independence and accepting help. Chances are that he’s got the same misgivings about senior care that many have and is envisioning a complete loss of freedom … Continue reading My Dad Does Not Want to Give Up His Independence

An Inactive Lifestyle Takes 8 Years off Your Lifespan

While slowing down a little is a natural part of aging, it’s no excuse for being inactive. As a matter of fact, researchers continue to find evidence that an inactive lifestyle will actually make you age faster. A study published just last year that focused on elderly women found that those with a sedentary lifestyle … Continue reading An Inactive Lifestyle Takes 8 Years off Your Lifespan

Sundowning – How to Reduce Late-Day Confusion

If a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may have noticed that their agitation and disorientation seems to worsen as the day goes on. This late-day confusion is referred to as sundowning and is more common in mid-stage or advanced dementia. The symptoms of sundowning can be managed with a … Continue reading Sundowning – How to Reduce Late-Day Confusion

Senior Intimacy – Why You Need to Talk to Your Parents about Sex

Still cringe at the thought of your parents being intimate even though you’re well into adulthood? You’re not alone. Seeing our parents as virile beings can make even the most open-minded adult go “ick”, but getting over the ick factor is important when it comes time to consider senior care and the best options for … Continue reading Senior Intimacy – Why You Need to Talk to Your Parents about Sex

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