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COVID-19: Help for Seniors

Apr 07, 2020

Amidst the Coronavirus crisis, during a period of time when staying at home and socially distanced is essential, it’s important to keep seniors safe, reassured, active and cared for.

• One-to-one relationships are important right now. Our caregivers are trained in infection control and senior care, and work in a one-on-one relationship with seniors, reducing the risk of community-wide exposure to COVID-19.

• Seniors are safest at home, away from the risk of infection. Comfort Keepers focuses on care and supportive services centered around serving seniors in their home, where they are best protected.

• Our caregivers can pick up prescriptions, grocery shop or provide transportation to medical appointments.

• Our offices can help with online orders of supplies, meals and other necessities.

• Our caregivers can provide housekeeping and make sure that surfaces are disinfected to
keep seniors clean and prepare meals to make sure they are nourished.

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A neuroscientist's tips for helping the brain age well

Jan 15, 2020

A really great article on CBC's The Radio.
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-jan-13-2020-1.5424683/a-neuroscientist-s-tips-for-helping-the-brain-age-well-1.5425549
Photo: (Nerthuz/Shutterstock)

Daniel Levitin's new book exmaines how to maintain your cognitive health at age 20 or 80

Levitin says it's more important to think about 'health span — the length of time a person is healthy for — than lifespan.

As a neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin found himself stumped by something: why is it that some people in their 90s maintain all their mental sharpness, while others find their cognitive abilities start to dull in their 50s and 60s?

"That's a puzzle — you know, why are some people doing better than others?" Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind, told The Current's host Matt Galloway.

His own parents, still working and thriving in their late 80s, also wanted to know what they could do to keep their mental capacities strong....

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Pets, Service Animals or Emotional Support Animals for Seniors: What’s the Difference?

Jun 19, 2019

It’s commonly understood that animals have a positive effect on our health — particularly our mental health. Their companionship, affection, and unconditional love can make even the worst day a little brighter. For many seniors, animals can offer much more. Service animals and Emotional Support Animals for seniors are becoming ever more common.

How do you know which is right for you or your ageing parents? What’s the difference between a pet and a service animal? What is an Emotional Support Animal? We’ll endeavour to clarify the differences and narrow down which would be the best for your situation.

Pets

When it comes to animal companions, the most obvious choices are pets. Particularly if someone has always had a furry (or feathered/scaled/etc.) friend, pets can bring a sense of unconditional love and comfort to seniors. The options for pets are nearly endless and can accommodate a wide range of living situations, allergies, and levels of commitment. For...

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WHO Releases New Guidelines For Reducing Dementia Risk

May 20, 2019

Nick Kirmse , CTVNews.ca
Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:00AM

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/who-releases-new-guidelines-for-reducing-dementia-risk-1.4421261

The World Health Organization has unveiled new guidelines on reducing the risk of dementia, which include advising people to exercise and quit smoking.

Dementia is a rapidly growing public health concern, with more than 50 million people around the world suffering from the disease and almost 10 million new cases yearly.

In the guidelines, the WHO stresses that dementia is not a natural and inevitable part of aging, but rather the development of the disease has been associated with several modifiable risk factors.

The organization came up with a number of interventions, rated as either strong or conditional, that might be recommended to a patient to try and prevent the development of dementia.

Some of the strongest recommendations in the new guidelines include increased physical activity, citing five studies which found that...

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5 Proven Tips To Thrive Not Just Survive When Caring For A Spouse

Nov 06, 2018

Are you surrounded by friends and loved ones who are caring for their spouses?

I am.

My friends and loved ones are all at different levels of care, some just starting the care journey as their partner has recently been diagnosed with dementia or another friend who's partner just had life-altering surgery.

The stories I am hearing, had me stop and ponder about the times I have had to care for my spouse and the range of emotions that went through this journey of caring.

What I came up with was: Caring for a loved one, especially a spouse can stir up lots of emotions.

Below are my five powerful tips to help you the caregiver, feel a deep sense of connection and fulfillment in your role or at least not want to throw a pot in your spouse's direction.

Tip 1:
Schedule daily 15-minutes of self-care

Many of you are asking, where do I have 15 minutes per day for myself? What would Harry or (insert spouse's name) do without me? I am going to venture to say that Harry will be just fine...

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How To Improve Memory Loss With A Deck Of Cards

Nov 06, 2018

How To Improve Memory Loss With A Deck Of Cards

Memory loss can be a scary concept for those who are aging and beginning to experience bouts of forgetfulness.

It’s often a source of grief, embarrassment, and confusion, but there are tactics to help avoid or postpone this painful transition and improve memory over time.

If you’re looking to improve or strengthen your memory or the memory of a loved one, there are a number of brain games you can play to exercise this vital muscle.

Puzzles such as Sudoku and crosswords are common go-to’s for seniors and forty-somethings alike, but there is another game out there that is making headlines among an aging demographic: bridge.

As we age, the risk of cognitive decline gradually increases and speeds up as we enter our golden years.

Memory loss is often the first sign of a deteriorating mind and can start to occur as early as thirty years of age.

The onset of dementia and other age-related diseases is a very real issue that...

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Will I Develop Alzheimer’s Disease Too?

Nov 06, 2018

Will I Develop Alzheimer’s Disease Too?

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be emotionally, physically and mentally draining. It is also very common for caregivers and family members to worry about whether they will develop the disease themselves in the future.

The good news is that there is strong population-based evidence that certain lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of developing dementia by up to a half.

These ‘modifiable risk factors’ are currently the best known defense against future cognitive decline. As such, good self-care is especially critical for those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

The science around Alzheimer’s disease is rapidly evolving, as scientists gain a clearer understanding of the processes and risk factors involved in the development of the disease.

This growing body of knowledge is paving the path to prevention, earlier detection, and new treatments....

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6 Top Caregiver Tips for Managing Dementia Related Behaviours

Nov 06, 2018

6 Tips for Managing Dementia-Related Behaviours

While many of us think of memory loss as being the most distinctive characteristic of dementia, many other mental processes can be affected. Changes in behaviour and personality can be especially distressing to caregivers of loved ones with dementia, who may struggle to understand, manage, and come to terms with difficult new behaviours.

1. Monitoring Changes

Keep your loved one’s health care provider informed of changes in behaviour, as in some cases, there may be an underlying medical cause, or a specific treatment that can alleviate symptoms.

Keep a record of new behaviours with information such as the time of day, and circumstances under which the behaviour occurred. This may help you identify patterns and triggers that you can learn to work around together.

2. Go With the Flow

Be mindful that changes in behaviour and personality due to dementia are due to changes in the brain that are not within your loved one’s...

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The Dying Process - 5 Reasons Why You Need An End Of Life Practitioner

Nov 06, 2018

The crux of the dying phase of life is that death is foreign to all of us, and it scares us to death...pun intended!

Enter the End of Life Practitioner

This person is someone who is trained to enter your world at this critical time to help you navigate the process of death.

Just as a birthing Doula helps with the hellos to the world, an End of Life Practitioner helps prepare you and your loved ones with the goodbye that you want to send to the world. In-between saying hello and saying goodbye to the world is the curve of life which we generally navigate reasonably well.

The entry and the exit are the struggles.

An End of Life Practitioner will assist you in providing the platform for Your Voice, Your Choice.

An End of Life Practitioner works with the dying person and their loved ones to ensure that the process of death is with dignity and respect.

Most importantly, the expressed wishes of the dying person are met and understood by all those that surround and assist during this...

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