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                                       December 2017


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iCare Home Health is pleased to bring you the December 2017 issue of our Newsletter, a great source of news and updates about healthy aging, community events and family caregiving. Please share this with your friends and family. For past issues, visit our site www.icarehomehealth.ca


Be the Light for a Senior this Holiday Season…

As we enter the month leading up to Christmas I am reminded that there are so many people, not just seniors who are without family or a support group. Christmas for many is a time of loneliness and even depression for some.
There is the pressure to be happy, the expense of buying gifts and extra food, the sadness from the loss of loved ones or even the loss of one’s health, and memories of days gone by. We can do our part in brightening the life of someone experiencing this darkness during a time when there is so much light. Learn More


Recreation Therapy For Seniors

If you are looking for senior home care in your local community, chances are you’ve researched the type of support available to assist seniors with their daily medical and physical needs. Ensuring that immediate needs are taken care of is very important, but after all the medical requirements are met, it is equally important to find recreational activities for seniors to participate in, regardless of their health conditions. Recreation therapy is a proven and effective way to support health, recovery and well-being. Learn More

 

Keep Watch for the Common Infections

A few factors make seniors more prone to infectious diseases. Our immune system naturally weakens as we age. Colds and flus that we would have shaken off when we were younger can leave us bedridden for days in our senior years. Seniors spend more time in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and medical centres where they are exposed to more people carrying bacteria and infections. Infections can be misdiagnosed or completely missed with seniors.
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How To Reduce The Risk Of Pancreatic Cancer As You Age

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, almost 90% of Canadians who develop cancer are over the age of 50. More specifically, the average age upon receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is 71. Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, but it is the fourth leading cause of cancer related death.[1]
Although some of the statistics may be unsettling to hear, there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk of seniors developing pancreatic cancer. 
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A Caring Primer:


The Gift of Time

I’ve made some new friends this Fall. There’s Amy, who is 98, still driving and who lives in her own condo. Then, there is Margaret, 83, who has had five strokes yet who retains a hefty helping of charm and poise. Brett, 87, is a former police chief. He is a real talker and although I can’t say that we have conversations, per se, Brett does like to have an audience every now and then. And I’m happy to listen.
I have no specific training in elder care. But visiting seniors has helped ease the huge hole my mother’s death made in my life.   
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Spotlight on Technology
       

Comparing 11 top telehealth platforms: Company execs tout quality, safety, EHR integrations.

Telemedicine is on the rise, just ask the companies behind the technology.
“We’ve had more telehealth visits during the last year than in the nine previous years combined,” said Katie Ruigh, senior vice president of product at telemedicine technology vendor American Well. “In terms of clients, we have about 70 health systems using our platform, and we had half that at the end of 2015.”
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In Our Community


Alzheimer Society Peel 
Taste of Peel 

The first Alzheimer Society Peel, Taste of Peel fundraiser was a great success. Attendees had a wonderful time enjoying different cuisines, beer and wine. iCare’s new app., Health Espresso, sponsored the coffee bar provided by the award winning, Hailed Coffee. The “iCare Home Health” private tabled cup sleeve was the cherry on top 😉 Missed the evening? 

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                             iCare Home Health is a proud Sponsor


NEW:
iCARE Expressive Art Program (iCEAP)

Expressive art making enriches our lives. Painting, drawing, and sculpture can be used to communicate ideas, stimulate the senses and touch our emotions. Have some fun by exploring the use of different art materials.

Expressive art making can have a positive effect on your health. The iCare Expressive Art Program (iCEAP) is a support service facilitated by our Artist in Residence. She is a practicing professional artist with graduate level training in counseling and art therapy.Learn More


















iCare Home Health and iCare Navigator endeavour to provide our clients the tools to help meet their varied health care needs. The services on the resources page are offered by community (private or non-profit), provincial or national agencies and could be accessed separately or in different combinations based on patient and family needs. 

However we also know that every situations is different, and you may require iCare Navigator services to assess your personal situation! Nominal service fees maybe applicable for iCare Navigator support services. For more information, please complete and submit the “Contact an Advocate” form on this page. 


                                                                
                     
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