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Encouraging Mental Well Being with Seniors in Halton

Encouraging Mental Well Being with Seniors in Halton

Seniors in the Halton area make up a significant part of our vibrant community, and with a large part of the population in the 45-54 years of age range, Retire-At-Home Halton encourages our neighbours to promote positive thinking and mental health awareness as we grow older together. We love to interact with you at the local events we attend regularly and like to promote services and businesses offered within the community as much as possible. Come out and chat with us about topics like foot care for diabetic patients, caregiver services and mental health care. Why is mental health so important? Busy lifestyles and managing family life, a career and other pursuits can often lead to neglecting your own health, including your mental health. Have you ever heard anyone say “I need a mental health day!”? Your physical health and mental health are interdependent. While we like to joke about that person just wanting to go for a long walk, sleep in a bit or binge-watch a TV series they love on Netflix instead of being an adult and going to work, there are very real psychological benefits when you take a day off from the routine. Fast forward to when you’re older and have a number of physical ailments that limit your mobility, and you no longer can go for that long walk without help from a caregiver or a walking aid. Chronic pain, diseases like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can also take a toll on your emotional and mental well-being. How can Retire-At-Home Halton help you? You are the most influential person in your life....
Managing Glycemic Index for Seniors

Managing Glycemic Index for Seniors

If you have Type 2 diabetes, are obese or suffer from chronic heart disease, you may have heard your doctor and/or nutritionist remind you during your appointments that you need to manage your blood sugar levels to keep you in the safe zone. They may have also tossed the phrase “Glycemic Index” into the conversation, and they likely explained what it is, but if you don’t remember, read on! What is the Glycemic Index? According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Glycemic Index (we’ll call it the GI from now on) is a scale that ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by how much they raise blood glucose (sugar) levels compared to a standard food. The standard food is glucose or white bread. The Glycemic Index sounds like a complicated system, doesn’t it? It really doesn’t have to be complicated, as long as you learn which foods make your blood sugar spike, or have no nutritional value so they aren’t worth the dizzy spell or heart attack in the long term. In many cases, getting proper nutrition can ward off the effects of chronic disease and can improve your quality of life. Note: our medical team is in the best position to advise you on nutrition, medication and exercise that are appropriate for you. Please make sure you consult them before changing any routine you may already follow! If a Retire-At-Home Halton nurse is working with you to oversee your care, we will ensure that we coordinate with your doctor. Why does the GI matter? Foods that have a high GI index (the scale is 0-100, so the closer the index is...
It’s Time to Fall for a New Season!

It’s Time to Fall for a New Season!

It’s officially autumn, and there are so many reasons to celebrate the new season. The weather is less restrictive if you suffer from asthma or heart disease, so going for a walk is pleasant, your grandchildren are bringing you their crafts made from fallen leaves and twigs, and best of all, some of the summertime harvest is being canned so you can enjoy berry and peach preserves for a little longer (there are so many options for diabetics as well!) The team at Retire-At-Home Halton believes in supporting local businesses and farms, so we’re going to get out and enjoy everything our region has to offer. Hope to see you and your families out there! Farmers feed cities Halton Region and Burlington are lucky to be part of a farming community that produces amazing, local fruits and vegetables, and offers family entertainment like animal learning areas, pony and wagon rides, corn roasts, picnic areas and a big breath of the outdoors. All the hard work that farmers put into their fields and orchards is now paying off, showing their trophies in the form of sweet corn, crispy apples and enough squash to stock your cellar. Don’t forget that Thanksgiving is also around the corner, so now is a great time to get out and visit our local farms to stock up on produce and homemade treats. Many farms also offer recipe ideas for you and your family to try. Most farms are wheelchair accessible, and some (like Chudleigh’s) offer accessible restrooms too! Call ahead to check if motorized scooters are safe to operate. Each farm has something unique to...
Get Social with Retire-At-Home

Get Social with Retire-At-Home

Get social with the Retire-At-Home team at local events in the Halton Region! September and October 2016 are going to be busy as we make our way to local fairs and shows. Mark your calendars! These events are designed to offer services and products to seniors, in an environment where you can interact with local businesses to find what you need. It’s always nice to be able to put a face (or two!) to the name of a company, so why not attend?   What can Retire-At-Home do for you? Retire-At-Home Halton advocates a healthy, socially active lifestyle for seniors, and can work with you to build a custom care plan for your home health care. Our caregivers can also make a difference in the quality of life of seniors because they are passionate about their work and they love people! Our team can help you find a way to meet your needs while working within your budget and respecting your preferences. We offer services such as: Alzheimer’s or Dementia care housekeeping foot care physiotherapy other nursing services (even if you’re not a senior and need some help after a motor vehicle accident or surgery) Why come to the shows? Our experienced staff will be on site to explain home nursing care package options and can set up a complimentary, in-home assessment when it’s convenient for you. We’ll be there to answer any questions you may have about home care and the mobile services we offer. Plan your visits To help you plan your show visits, click on the links below. You’ll find some great information and directions for each...
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