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Confronting the Darkness – Elder Abuse

Sometimes we need to talk about the things in the dark we would rather ignore. As June recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), it is important to take the time to address a problem in our society that does not often receive the attention it deserves: elder abuse.

In Canada, one third of all people accused of violent crimes against people 65 and over was related to the victim.[1] The actual number is higher as victims will not always report the crime. Some seniors are not fully aware of the abuse taking place; others might not report for cultural reasons; others do not want their loved ones going to jail; finally, some seniors are just scared. Read More »

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Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

June is Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus awareness month. In June of each year, people in Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington and all across Ontario, are encouraged to learn more about these serious disabling conditions and to appreciate the challenges faced by people living with them. Read More »

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Senior Mental Health

Mental Health and Seniors

Don’t pay attention when Nana talks like that; she is just a little funny in the head; she is old”- Since time immemorial, this is how people would speak of those living with mental health issues. The lucky ones with loving families were treated with mild amusement and reluctant tolerance; the unlucky ones were ignored, marginalized, or institutionalized. Thankfully, society’s view of mental health has progressed by leaps and bounds, particularly in the last decade. Public awareness and education has made it easier for people to open about their condition and to seek help. But, work still needs to be done as many still suffer in silence. Read More »

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World Environment Day: Environmental Factors and Elder Health

In the last few decades, much more attention has been paid to our environment – how we treat it, how it’s changing, and how we can preserve it for generations to come. World Environment Day will be celebrated on June 5 this year and on this day, the United Nations encourages everyone to increase their awareness and their action to support our environment. Read More »

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Bon Voyage with Elderly Parents

The lure of soft sandy beaches… Or maybe you’ve been wanting to spend some time at a cottage. Does the open highway call you to take a road trip? But no. You can’t go anywhere. Mom or Dad needs your help. You can’t possibly go away. Read More »

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Elder Care Home Health

Foot Health! Why it Matters

How often do you change the tires on your car? Most mechanics will recommend that you change them after 6 years or 30,000 miles. Anything longer than that and it becomes a safety risk. How about your feet? By old age, the average person has walked over 100,000 miles with their feet. Obviously, you can’t change your feet like you can change your tires, but you can take better care of them. If you take care of your feet, they will take care of you and last a lifetime (unlike tires!) Here are a few foot-related issues that seniors should watch out for: Read More »

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The Sunshine Vitamin!

As we welcome our first days of warm weather here in the northern hemisphere, it causes me to reflect on just how vital sunshine is in our daily lives. Not only does it help our gardens to thrive and the grass to grow but it helps our bodies produce the essential Vitamin D that we need to support bone health, keep our immune system healthy and may help reduce the risk of developing chronic disease. Read More »

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Autism in Seniors – What You Need To Know

Your loved one may be part of a lost generation. Do they ever exhibit odd personal habits, especially in their encounters with other people? Have they always been thought of as “quirky” or “eccentric”? If so, there is a chance that your elderly relative may be on autism spectrum. Not to say that eccentricities is always equated with autism; there are plenty of quirky individuals who do not suffer from autism as there are plenty of those on the spectrum who display no symptoms at all. But, it is something to consider. Read More »

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Home Health Mississauga

Dealing with Constipation

Constipation can be inelegant to talk about and is certainly uncomfortable to experience.  But the reality is that as we age, constipation becomes more prevalent, especially in adults over the age of 60. Whether your loved one is receiving premier home care at their own home, living in retirement home or a nursing facility, there are steps you can take and remedies to try in order to avoid or solve constipation issues. Read More »

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Survival Tricks

Caregivers have to make a special effort to care for themselves. I once went four months without taking a break from caring for my mother. I had to leave town to ensure I took time off. Since I lived in the same building as my mother, it was only all too easy to pop in for visits several times a day. It wasn’t until I woke up on a Saturday morning and DIDN’T go directly to Mom’s that I felt the relief of holiday bliss. Oh, what a feeling! Read More »

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