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Mental Health – Is it a real issue in Canada?

Mental Health – Is it a real issue in Canada?

It’s local, It’s federal, It’s around the world! Mental health is not defined as an exact medical issue or problem. There is no one size fits all solution. Mental health is a social issue. It is wrapped up in up family circumstance, income, education, employment, and housing. A positive state of mental health allows one to be able to relate…

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Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby   Fall is a time for change. A time to look forward, start new beginnings, and maybe ponder new goals as the New Year approaches. It is also time to observe the incredible change of season. The colours, scents, and textures…

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Hiring a Home Care Agency – What Questions to Ask?

Hiring a Home Care Agency – What Questions to Ask?

When you are a caregiver, you know that every day you will touch a life, or a life will touch yours.  When looking to bring a caregiver into your home or the home of your loved one, it’s critical to understand who is coming through that door. Finding a trusted agency with qualified referrals, professional management, bookkeeping services, trained and…

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Is your loved one exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s?

Is your loved one exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently and usually progresses slowly making it difficult to identify the condition in its early stages. The early symptoms are subtle, often overlapping, and difficult to predict or diagnose. The progression of Alzheimer’s disease and its severity have no logical pattern. Its evolution is entirely different from person to person, however, the disease does have…

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Where Living 100+ is Normal

Where Living 100+ is Normal

Heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease are pretty much non-existent amongst the Okinawa island’s population of the indigenous Ryukyuan people. A staggering, 34 persons of every 100,000 on the island are centenarians. Can North Americans learn from this extraordinary situation to live longer and healthier well into our senior years? For decades, scientists have been studying the lifestyles of…

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When you get older, what becomes important to you?

When you get older, what becomes important to you?

There is definitely a mindset shift that occurs with age. Aging is an inevitable reality. However, it does not have to be accepted as fate but more as a beautiful and natural human phenomenon. Recent research studies from all over the globe show that aging brings to light the realization that our time will expire – and when that happens,…

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How common is it for the elderly  to stop showering?

How common is it for the elderly to stop showering?

Perhaps, more than you may think. Imagine if you have a fall in the shower and you break your hip, no longer able to stand at all? You are placed in a retirement home because you have demonstrated that you are no longer capable of taking care of yourself. Or, imagine you feel you have no reason to get up…

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Talking to dad about senior care

Talking to dad about senior care

Over the next 20 years, our life expectancies are going to increase, and, living well into our 90’s and older will be common. As Dad or the main man in your life enters his golden years, think about how you can help to prepare him for the best elder age living outcome – living at home. Here are some key…

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Your Spring self-care checklist

Your Spring self-care checklist

If you are overwhelmed and neglecting yourself… take a deep-breath. Start a list from scratch prioritizing what needs to be completed first and follow up with the less important items. Then, think about what it is you can get done today, even if it’s just one thing. If you need a little help building your self-care cleanup list, here are…

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