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Is Dementia Preventable?

Is Dementia Preventable?

We are constantly inundated with media telling us what to eat, how to exercise and which vitamins to take in order to prevent a plethora of diseases. Prevention (including regular exercise, avoiding smoking, eating healthy foods and controlling your blood pressure) is certainly a key factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Read more about our thoughts on prevention here. However, there are some diseases that remain a mystery, and we must try to manage as best as we can. One of these diseases is dementia. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed as having dementia, we know that it can be scary to face an uncertain future. Learn more about dementia from the Alzheimer Society Canada   New challenges will force you to adapt to your new reality. Speaking may become difficult, and you may not be able to participate in life as you have become accustomed to doing. Resources for dealing with Dementia We know that scientists have been researching the cause of dementia, and hopefully a cure. There is no conclusive treatment for the disease, but we can educate ourselves. We can learn how to take care of our bodies and adapt to changing needs. In the meantime, we’ve compiled some resources for you and your family to use. They may be helpful to you, and of course we always offer them as suggestions (not as substitutes for your healthcare professional’s opinion.)   Cognitive exercises Train your brain: exercises to help your cognitive abilities There are so many puzzles and games you can use to help keep your brain sharp. Retire-At-Home also offers Fit Minds...
Living with Your Parents: how to manage costs and your sanity

Living with Your Parents: how to manage costs and your sanity

Do you live in with your senior parents? There are so many reasons for which having your parents or in-laws in the same home can be advantageous and enrich your lives. Family meals are livelier, you may have a need for daycare and they can be home for your children, and of course it’s just nice to have them close. There are also challenges that come with living in such close quarters with parents. Limited privacy, more responsibility and a busier lifestyle. Tips to help you find balance Do you find yourself functioning at high stress levels because you have a “to do” list that’s longer than your arm? How do you decompress, or do you even make time for yourself anymore? Or is it just a matter of changing your mindset and including the entire household in activities? Prioritize urgent matters Sit down as a family and plan the week so everyone has input Assert yourself at family meetings so everyone knows where your mindset is Encourage open communication Set down family rules so everyone knows what’s expected of them Make appointments during times that don’t make you feel rushed Take ten minutes each day to breathe and empty your mind of everything you think you should be worrying about Go outside more often. You’ll be surprised at how much it helps you clear your head in just a few minutes. Difficult choices The challenges of being an adult living with senior parents are varied. If they have a disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can significantly impact their ability to maintain their independence. Personality conflicts can...
Incredible Assistance Dogs – Retire-At-Home Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Incredible Assistance Dogs – Retire-At-Home Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Today, August 4th, marks Assistance Dog Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the noble and hardworking efforts of service dogs who help and support people all over the world with varying needs and life circumstances. Assistance dogs are dedicated, hardworking, skilled, and attuned to meeting the needs of their human partners, to whom they provide an incredible service that helps to improve quality of life, comfort, and safety. Assistance dogs fill the roles of helper, aide, companion, friend, and are also considered by many to be a loved and respected family member. Days like Assistance Dog Day have been set aside to create an opportunity to raise awareness regarding the incredible work that Assistance Dogs do every day, and also to acknowledge the hard work and devotion of those who raise and train the Assistance Dogs that provide such an honourable and deeply appreciated service to people facing a whole host of different unique circumstances. Assistance Dogs can be valuable companions and helpers for seniors who are facing the diverse challenges that can come with growing older. Just the companionship and connectedness that an animal offers can be deeply valuable for seniors’ mental health, but Assistance Dogs can also help some seniors to perform tasks and can also work to keep them safer and more at ease at home and out in the world. In exploring the many different roles that Assistance Dogs can fill in seniors’ lives on top of just being a friend and companion, we can see that Assistance Dogs have a lot to offer seniors as they continue to grow older. Types of Assistance Dogs...
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...
How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life

How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life

Do you have a family member who needs constant attention and care? Some examples of conditions that require round-the-clock care are Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Are you struggling to get enough rest so you can function at work and at home?  Retire-At-Home Services Halton understands that you may feel guilty about needing time for yourself, and that it may seem like you’re neglecting your loved one.  The reality is that you just need some time to recharge so you can give your family the best of yourself. No one can keep the oil burning all the time; it’s not a sustainable plan! What is respite care? Respite care is not a commonly used term unless you are in need of it, or you work in the health care industry.  It’s pronounced ress-pie-t in Canada, and ress-pit in the U.S. It’s a service that offers temporary care to a dependent elderly or disabled person in the home giving their usual caregivers a break. This means that when you have someone providing you with respite care, you can get a good nights’ sleep because you can have peace of mind knowing that a caregiver who is prepared to take over. Retire-At-Home Services Halton will match you with a caregiver who has been pre-screened, and is a good fit for your family. Some ways a caregiver can help while you rest: alert you and the paramedics in the event of an emergency making sure they don’t wander out the door in the middle of the night accompany your parent or family member to the bathroom safely change diapers when needed observe that...
Get the Support Your Senior Needs

Get the Support Your Senior Needs

Are you and your family having trouble making a decision about senior home care?  As we get older, and our parents age, we find ourselves in situations that require us to make choices that we never thought we would have to make.  Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton understands that independence is something many people value, and having the freedom to stay in your own home in the later stages of your life is desirable, but not always possible. In-home health care Deteriorating health and limited finances may lead some families to consider alternative home nursing care options for seniors.  In Ontario, we benefit from the provincial medical system for many treatments and doctor visits.  There are some services, such as physiotherapy, that are only covered by private benefit plans. Many cultures believe that keeping their elders in the family home is a natural thing to do, but more families are embracing this idea because of the variety of affordable in-home services are being offered. Some things to consider when your parent is moving in with you: What does your parent want? Does your mother or father have mobility issues? Can you modify parts or all of your home to accommodate them? Is there a medical condition that prevents your parent from being at home alone? Can you work from home or arrange for someone to be home at alternate times? Compare the cost of assisted living versus caregiver support in your home What are your parents’ health care needs, and can they be addressed at home? Consider your family budget and research service fees Assisted living for seniors Making...
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