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ICYMI: Why Nutrition Matters

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 making...

ICYMI: Why taking care of your mouth will make you smile

We often cast aside good oral hygiene habits when we’re too tired to brush our teeth before bedtime, or think that skipping our dentist appointment won’t make much of a difference. Getting stuck in this mindset can affect your ability to eat well, and can determine whether you’re able to live independently as you age. April is National Oral Health Month! The Canadian Dental Association offers some wonderful resources to help you understand why oral health is so important. Learn more. How to make dental care work for you We need our teeth to eat solid foods.  This statement may not be a revelation, but many of us take for granted our ability to chew tough foods like meat or crunchy vegetables.  Without our natural teeth, or properly fitted dentures, we must eat purée foods and supplement our nutrition with vitamins. Dental care is not one of the health services that Ontario’s health insurance (OHIP) covers unless the surgery is done in a hospital. Understandably, if you’re a senior on a fixed income, you may not have adequate private insurance to pay for routine visits to the dentist that can cost anywhere from $150.00 to $400.00, depending on the services you need. Learn about how you can claim medical expenses on your tax return. Which dental services can you claim on your Canadian tax return? Prevention is the key Did you know that dentures require as much care as your own teeth?  Have you considered how your brushing habits affect the bacteria levels in your mouth? There are some low-cost strategies for maintaining good oral hygiene, and taking a...

ICYMI: fraud prevention for seniors

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 Avoid 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...
The Cost of Ageing: open communication and planning

The Cost of Ageing: open communication and planning

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. 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. 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 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 and/or supplies...
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