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We Love Our Centenarians! Meet Mr. Potts

We Love Our Centenarians! Meet Mr. Potts

We’re grateful for each day that we’re healthy and happy. Life isn’t always perfect, but taking pleasure in the big and small happy moments helps the grey days seem a little brighter. This month, we took some time to celebrate and reflect upon a lifetime of achievements and experiences when one of our clients, Mr. Lyman Potts, who has been making the World wonderful for 100 years, had a birthday party. Happy Birthday, Mr. Potts! Born in 1916 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mr. Potts has made an indelible impact on broadcast journalism. In fact, he is considered to be the Godfather of Canadian recording! In 1962, he created the Canadian Talent Library, a trust that inspired and fostered generations of artists to be the voice of a culture that was largely silent in the broadcasting industry until that time. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton is over the moon because we have the privilege of caring for Mr. Potts in his later years.  You can see him here with one of our Retire-At-Home Halton staff members, having a ball at his birthday party. He’s witty and friendly, has a sharp sense of humour, and carries with him the stories of so many people who have already left us.  In 1978, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to radio and the Canadian Talent Library.   We value our seniors Do you know anyone who has served their country during a time of war?  What about someone who has dedicated their life to teaching your children or grandchildren? There are so many ways the elders of our communities in...
Financial Planning for Seniors

Financial Planning for Seniors

  Money can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but it’s necessary to address it early when planning for your parents’ care as they age. Many of us take for granted that our parents are going to be on their own for a long time, likely because we see them as the providers that they have always been for us. Retirement is a phase of life that requires planning. You have your own financial worries; a mortgage or car payments, tuition for the kids and general expenses. This means that having an honest conversation about a budget that works for everyone can prepare you for the cost of caring for your elderly loved ones.  Tips to help you talk with your family Gather your financial information including expenses, savings, goals and income Ask your parents to do the same Set up an evening to meet so everyone can attend Make a list of concerns and positive points Be prepared to discuss illnesses and physical limitations Be ready for resistance on topics like living arrangements or medical care Try not to force your ideas on your parents Treat everyone with dignity and respect   Work together to make a plan Creating a plan that helps you balance your obligations and caring for your aging parents can reduce stress and outline reasonable objectives. Costs of nursing care The expenses involved in caring for the elderly can be overwhelming, but there are ways to manage within a budget if you commit to a plan that works for your parents’ needs. Think about their health and any medical condition that requires supervision, treatment...
Fall Prevention Month

Fall Prevention Month

  November is Fall Prevention Month! We’re so glad to see that an entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about an issue we feel is a daily challenge for many people in our community. According to the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre, adults over the age of 65 are injured more frequently by falling, and often sustain head trauma as part of the injury.  This can make recovery more difficult, and can lead to long-term impairment. It’s important to be aware of how to prevent injuries that can arise from falls. Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton makes preventing falls a top priority when providing care to our community’s seniors and anyone who is recovering from surgery, an injury or is returning home after hospitalization. How can you prevent falls? Accidents can happen, and obviously, are not planned events! Falls can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.  There are, however, steps you can take to prevent creating the conditions for accidental trips and falls. Buy shoes that fit properly and give you the support you need Give your feet the care they need Lead an active lifestyle If you need help with physical exercise, consider mobile physiotherapy Don’t rush your daily tasks, and do one thing at a time Talk to your doctor about how your medications make you feel (dizziness can make you lose your balance, and certain medications can slow your reaction time to trips) Practice daily balance-improving exercises (once you’ve talked to your doctor) Keep hallways and stairs tidy so you don’t trip over anything Have your eyes checked to make sure you can...
How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Being Scammed

How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Being Scammed

Fraud is a crime, and it can happen to anyone. Every time we hear a story on the news about a senior citizen who was scammed, it’s upsetting and disappointing. It happens in our community.  Read about it here, here and here.  If someone you love is a senior who is vulnerable to fraud, sitting down with them to talk about preventing this crime is important. As a community, we must strive to prevent fraud because it affects our businesses and the people we care about. What is a scam? A scam is an event or action that involves dishonesty and deceit, and is also called fraud. The person committing the fraud often studies their target to learn how they can be believable.  If they can gain the target’s trust, they are more likely to succeed in getting what they want. Criminals are also aware that most seniors live on a fixed income, and may be tempted to take what seems like a good deal to help pay the bills. The most common scams that target seniors Identity theft False door-to-door sales calls The grandparent/relative scam Email fraud Telephone and bank scams Funeral and cemetery scams Prevent being a target! Remember that potential victims are chosen based on how easy it appears to be to defraud them, as well as how much can be gained. There are some characteristics/circumstances that make seniors especially vulnerable to fraud, so it’s important to minimize your exposure to these situations. Talk to your family and trusted friends; they can help you be safe. Having a plan when faced with any one of the...
Managing Medication for Seniors

Managing Medication for Seniors

If you’re having a hard time making sure your beloved seniors take their prescribed medication the way their doctors intended, it may be time to work on a new plan. If your parents live with you, it can be easier to manage their medication. If they live in a different home, not to worry!  There are some great ways to plan for this routine, yet important, part of the day. Be involved: tips to get organized Gather all of their medication and read the instructions on the labels Ask your parents if you can sit in on their next medical visit so you can discuss their medication Talk to your pharmacist about pre-packaged dosages (7-day blister packs can take the guesswork out of when to take your prescriptions) Discuss any adverse reactions to medication and write notes in a book you can take to the doctor’s office Make a calendar for each day of the week, listing the medications for each time slot throughout the day with special instructions Learn as much as you can You may have already heard the expression: “knowledge is power,” but it’s a truth that is relevant to managing medication for seniors.  While your schedule is likely already packed with work, appointments or helping your kids with their homework, it’s worth setting aside some time to do some research into the medications your parents are taking, and learning more about their medical condition. Get your library card! The public library is a wonderful resource for online reading.  The Halton Hills Public Library offers a variety of resources such as the Canadian Reference Centre and...
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