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Companionship for the Lonely

“The days are fine, it’s the nights alone I don’t like!”  Says Bill, who lost his wife 6 months ago.  “I miss Gladys, because we would watch Wheel of Fortune and play cards after supper.  Now the evenings are so quiet!” Many of our clients have family living in the same city, but they have […]

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Christmas Holidays & Caregiving

Caregiving is challenging at the best of times.  But special family holiday times, such as Christmas, can easily become dread-letter days instead of red-letter days. All because there are more shopping trips. More meals to prepare. More lights. More noise. More faces. More concerts. More confusion.  And all of these factors increase the difficulties you […]

5 Tips to Enhance a Senior’s Holiday Experience

During the holiday season, Seniors may feel lonely or burdensome if they cannot contribute to or fully participate in the festivities like they used to. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to make their holidays brighter, no matter what they celebrate! Sit with them while opening their holiday cards. Although the sentiment […]

An Apple A Day

When I was a kid, I wondered what this saying meant “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – Why?   Then one day not so long ago, I came upon  this saying on a site, and thought it’s time to take a look at this. First the history – always interesting.  The history behind […]

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Sundowning or Seasonal Depression

Sundowning is a term used to describe a time of day that seniors with Dementia may experience mood changes.  This is more prevalent with a time change.  With the shorter days, and the fading light, symptoms may prevail.  During the longer days in Spring and Summer managing symptoms of sundowning and working with a senior […]

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Functional Fitness – Assisting Seniors at Home

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) is a term that health professionals use to describe an individual’s daily self-care activities. They use it as a measure of your functional status to assess how fit you are to stay in your home. There are six ADLs including bathing or showering, dressing, self-feeding, personal hygiene and grooming, toileting, […]

Coping with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common problem among older adults that can severely affect people’s quality of life. Many people coping with the pain and discomfort of Arthritis find it to be overwhelming. However, there are ways to effectively manage chronic arthritis pain. Becoming active and engaging in a regular exercise program is important for maintaining healthy […]

10 Reasons to Stay Fit For Life

“I’m too old to exercise and weight train” says my friend Adam.  At 78, he has all the more reason to engage in an exercise program.  Even if it is simply to maintain the function he currently has.  Current Canadian statistics are recording gradual increases in life expectancy with 80 years of age for males […]

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Aging in Place – Option or Challenge

More and more seniors are opting to age in place – stay in the home they know and love for many reasons.  Aging in place is by no means a new phenomenon.  Only a few generations ago, many families lived and died at home; families made way for grand dad to sit by the fire […]