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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...
The Question of Robot or Human Caregivers, and other Technology Woes

The Question of Robot or Human Caregivers, and other Technology Woes

Computers and other electronics are great, especially the ones that help us complete tasks efficiently. Online shopping is the way of the future. You can order your groceries, manage your finances, download e-books from the library, and shop for pretty much anything on the internet. Where do we draw the line? Think about the following: the quality of social interaction completing specific home health care tasks many people choose to live on a cash basis and don’t use credit cards we assume that every household has a computer and access to the internet. This is simply not the case. While we love how accessible the global market is via the internet, we’re still surprised that big companies like Walmart won’t take customer orders in-store. You can learn! If you didn’t grow up using a computer, or the concept of having a smart phone is daunting, we understand. Using a mousepad or external mouse can be a challenge for anyone who has arthritis or joint problems. However, many companies are making technology accessible to everyone by using intuitive software and touchscreens to allow users to point at what they want to do. With some effort, you can learn how to use a tablet or smart phone for hobbies or practical tasks. What do Robots have to do with health care? Have you seen the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner? It’s a self-contained cleaning unit that learns the spatial dimensions of your home to suck up all the debris. A robot is a programmable machine that performs an automated, repetitive function without the need for human interaction. Most of the robots in...
From Counting Beans to Counting Instagram Followers: how one senior became computer-literate

From Counting Beans to Counting Instagram Followers: how one senior became computer-literate

Our community in Halton is a modern, cosmopolitan society that embraces diversity, culture and a progressive attitude toward advances in technology that help our health care professionals treat whatever ails us. No matter how much progress we make, we always love hearing about how life was in the earlier part of the century and how our seniors are adapting to new ways of making life fun and efficient. We understand how difficult this can be for seniors who never had the occasion to use technology. We recently had the chance to sit with one of Milton’s seniors to talk about how she learned how to use an iPad, a digital camera and the Internet in her retirement. We thought that her story was pretty great, and hope you will find some inspiration from our friend Silvana.   Silvana’s story I grew up in the 1950s and 60s in a family of 9 children. Books were treasures that we couldn’t afford, and my education was limited. In fact, we used beans to do mathematics like addition and subtraction! Most of my life, I worked at jobs that required physical labour. We were always worried about paying the mortgage and didn’t have time to be excited about things like computers. But when our children needed one for school, we made a big sacrifice and spent $3700.00 on a new computer for them. Sometimes I would watch what they were doing and marvel at how a computer could do so many things, but as I grew older, it was harder to learn so I didn’t bother. When I became a cashier at...
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....
Retire-At-Home Announces New Fit Minds Program for Dementia Clients

Retire-At-Home Announces New Fit Minds Program for Dementia Clients

Retire-At-Home Halton is proud to offer Fit Minds, a cognitive stimulation therapy program for patients who have dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease). Your doctor has likely explained to you that as the disease progresses, you will experience changes in the five areas of cognition. What are areas of cognition? Cognition is how the brain works, and consists of a set of mental abilities that allow us to perform most of what we can do as humans. Areas of cognition are specific abilities that are needed so we can carry out tasks.  Learn more here. When you have a neurological disorder, these abilities need attention.  Our program can be tailored to your individual needs so that you maintain good levels of mental activity, which can help improve your quality of life. You may have noticed that you have trouble recalling events or the names of people, or perhaps you have reverted to using your mother tongue. The importance of cognitive therapy is to help maintain healthy brain activity so that you can continue to communicate with your friends and family, and feel like you have some control in your daily life. Learn more about how to recognize the signs of dementia here and here. How can home care help you? Retire-At-Home Halton will meet with you to discuss your current condition, and assess how best our team can help you. Some of the features of the Fit Minds program are: Fun and stimulating exercises that cover all five areas of cognition It builds overall brain health by stretching cognitive capacity Highly interactive sessions delivered through human interaction Embedded assessments to track progress and develop personalized session...
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