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Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Everyone has to eat, and food is one of the things that get people to come together in social and professional settings. Whether you’re a foodie who likes to try new restaurants as a treat, or if you like to cook at home, the subject of food is relevant to everyone because what we choose to eat can affect our health. The food industry If you have a Netflix subscription or stream from another service, you know that there is a plethora of documentaries about the food industry.  Even if you haven’t spent any time watching these films that expose the dark side of how corporations influence how food is cultivated, you may have heard a news program or seen an article about various topics like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or diet plans. What are GMOs?  Click here. If you’re interested in learning more about the food industry in Canada, follow the links below: Dietitians of Canada (so many good resources here!) Canada’s Food Guide (find out what the recommended daily intakes of food are) Good in Every Grain (learn about GMOs in Ontario and other facts) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   Nutrition Many of us have become label-conscious consumers, and now we also have more information about calorie counts when we eat at restaurants in Ontario. There are so many diet plans out there, and sometimes it feels like information overload. At Retire-At-Home Services Halton, we recommend: talking to your doctor before you change your diet ask about setting up a visit with a nutritionist to learn how you can feed your body in a tasty way while...
Tips on How to Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Tips on How to Help Prevent Sports Injuries

It’s officially Spring! (even though you may be wondering why there’s snow in the photo above, read on to find out.) March is giving us some mixed signals, and there’s really just one thought we’ve had consistently: we’re closer to Spring than we are to Winter! We want to talk about sports injuries because they can happen to anyone, and changing weather conditions can create some hazards in addition to the risks already present. We hope you all enjoyed the great Canadian outdoors this past season. Let’s talk about how much fun Canadians have during the winter. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a nature enthusiast (or both!) there’s no shortage of choices for anyone who loves being outside.  You’ll notice that the list below includes sports that present risk for injury, and you may have already sustained one recently. hockey hiking skiing snowboarding snowmobiling snowshoeing tobogganing ice fishing dog sledding ice skating Common injuries and risks You can often resolve minor injuries like scrapes or small bruises by getting immediate first aid treatment.  When you’re more gravely injured, you’ll likely need to go to a hospital or urgent care center.  Some wounds or trauma are serious enough to warrant hospitalization. Groin strains Knees: torn or strained ACL tendon Shoulder: using your arms to break a fall can cause injury to your rotator cuff and/or tendons Concussion Frostbite Hypothermia Tips to help prevent injuries Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton leads an active lifestyle because we know that getting regular exercise not only makes us healthier, it can also reduce depression. Any physical activity poses varying levels of risk, so it’s...
Disabilities and How to Be Considerate in Social Interactions

Disabilities and How to Be Considerate in Social Interactions

Our community in Halton is becoming more diverse every time a new development brings people to our towns. We often groan when we see new construction sites pop up because it means slower traffic and inconvenience. It is, however, a sign of economic growth. We love that growth allows us to live in a diverse community, and we welcome people with disabilities as well as those from different cultural backgrounds. Social interaction with people who face challenges every day can prove to be awkward or uncomfortable for those of us who don’t have first-hand experience with those challenges. Have empathy for your neighbour and approach each person with a positive and inclusive attitude, whether they’re visibly disabled, or are living with a mental illness or a disease that limits cognitive functions. Be a good listener Our team at Retire-At-Home Services Halton knows that people are not defined by their inabilities. Our beloved clients are full of life and have so many stories to share. When we meet someone for the first time, we notice that they’re quietly making up their minds about us. Trusting us with your health care is a big deal, and we understand that the initial meeting can make a lasting impression. We try to be considerate of everyone, and we find that being a good listener can make communication easier. When making an acquaintance, it’s important to behave as normally as possible to avoid awkward tension.  The potential for an uncomfortable encounter is real, but it’s up to us to make an effort to counteract that possibility. We can do this by paying attention to...
Accidents Can Happen at Any Age

Accidents Can Happen at Any Age

Have you been in a motor vehicle accident? Have you suffered a sports injury? You don’t have to be a senior to benefit from our services at Retire-At-Home Halton. If you’re reading this blog and are thinking: yes! Maybe someone gets it…please keep reading! Anyone can experience an event that will make the things that used to be effortless seem impossible. That feeling of helplessness can be frustrating, humbling and, at times, so overwhelming that you want to give up. We understand that having to think about rehabilitation and paying for additional medical expenses can be extremely stressful. Our goal is to provide you with the services you need at a reasonable cost.   Health Insurance and the cost of getting better Getting the health care you need can often involve several insurance plans, especially if your home province has limitations on the services its infrastructure can provide. Prescription medication is usually dispensed at your own cost, no matter where you live. Each province and territory has its own publicly-funded health care plan that offers certain services at no additional cost to you, if you qualify for them. Most private health care insurance options require you to have valid provincial plan coverage as well because they complement one another. You can choose from various levels of coverage. If you have a car, auto insurance is mandatory. Depending on your coverage level, services like attendant care is an option for contributors who have suffered an injury from an accident. Ontario auto insurance resources Find out more about motor vehicle accident benefit claims policies in Ontario by visiting the Financial Services...
How Seniors Can Benefit from Therapy Animals

How Seniors Can Benefit from Therapy Animals

While some of us prefer solitude, studies have shown that socialization leads to healthier living. If you’re a senior who chooses to stay in your own home as you grow older, we encourage you to plan for activities outside the home or include social visits as part of your routine because of the many benefits socialization can bring to your emotional and physical well-being. Some of the benefits a social life can bring: seniors are less likely to develop depression there is a lower risk of falling better, healthier eating habits active living can decrease joint issues that develop from leading a sedentary lifestyle happier, more positive outlook on life In addition to human contact, why not consider having a pet? Pet ownership can be a very satisfying experience and can increase longevity by ensuring that you take your pet out for daily walks, which helps you be active. It’s also nice to be needed, isn’t it? What is Animal Therapy? Animal therapy is one way for people to experience unconditional love. It also helps people gain confidence in their ability to interact socially. You can talk to the dog or cat, feel their soft fur and cuddle them, and also continue your daily routine in their presence. Anyone can benefit from animal therapy, including seniors and people with mental illness. Therapy animals are trained to be gentle around people, and are familiarized with hospital equipment so they are careful not to be overexcited when they’re introduced to new environments. The people who volunteer their services as therapy dog handlers know how to manage their dog in health care...
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