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2018 is the Year of Positive Thinking

2018 is the Year of Positive Thinking

We’re into the second week of 2018, and some of us are struggling to maintain our resolutions. It’s easy to say that we’ll eat better, or exercise more, or be kind to others. Putting all of this into practice can be, to put it lightly, tiring. If you are a caregiver for your aging parent, or a disabled dependent, you may be putting your own needs aside to focus on others. While it’s important to temper optimism with practical or frugal thinking, we know that being in a constant state of worry or difficulty can result in depression and anxiety. Being selfish about your own health is one way to make 2018 better for yourself and the people you love. Tips for approaching situations with a positive attitude There are so many things we can do for ourselves to help our mental well-being. Here are some of the ways our team has resolved to put some positivity into our lives. It’s time to shake off feeling guilty for not having time for everything. Be aware of stressors like not having enough time to accomplish your to-do list, or trying to cram too much into one day. Get an agenda or app for your phone to help you visualize your time management. Eat less processed or fast food. It’s so tempting to indulge in tasty treats, especially when it means you don’t have to plan or prep your meals. Eating good food can really affect how your brain processes emotions and your overall well-being. Colourful, fresh food is as tasty as it is pleasant to look at! We love keeping...
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...
Appreciating Our Grandmothers: This Sunday is Gorgeous Grandma Day! – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Appreciating Our Grandmothers: This Sunday is Gorgeous Grandma Day! – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have our Grandmothers in our lives as we’ve grown up and become the people we are now, know that there is so much that our Grandmothers do to contribute to our lives. Whether it be lessons learned, tears dried, recipes taught, comforting words spoken, or just being able to know that someone cares for you in a way no one else can, the things we get from our Grandmothers help shape us into the people we are and add so many meaningful things to our lives. Our Grandmothers also teach us something about where we come from, whether we had the opportunity to spend much time with them or even to meet them at all, we know that we wouldn’t be where or who we are without them, because they helped to shape our parents who, in turn, used those lessons to impact our lives. Our Grandmothers are, in essence, deeply important figures for many of us and for our families as a whole. While the respect and appreciation that we feel for our Grandmothers may be great, many of us don’t express how important they are to us as often as we should. How often do we really take the time to express those sentiments and tell our Grandmothers how much they mean to us and how special they are? This Sunday, July 23rd, is Gorgeous Grandma Day, a day dedicated to showing our Grandmothers how beautiful and special they are to us. Our Grandmothers have our love, respect, and admiration every day, but Gorgeous Grandma Day presents the...
Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Addressing and Managing Chronic Pain for Seniors – Oakville, Burlington, Halton

Chronic Pain is a concern that a great many seniors must contend with on a daily basis. Having to deal with persistent and sometimes debilitating pain can lead seniors to withdraw from activities and relationships, and to cease participation in elements of life that are enriching and important to them. A lot of seniors just accept pain as a part of growing older and don’t pursue support and treatment that could help them to address the issues they are facing, so it is important that caregivers and loved-ones remain attentive to changes in behavior so that they can encourage seniors to care for their health and incorporate treatment strategies that can help them to uphold better physical and mental health as they manage chronic pain. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic Pain, in contrast to acute pain, is pain that lasts for a prolonged period of time. This form of persistent pain is often rooted in a larger chronic condition in the body, but there are some circumstances in which no direct cause of pain can be identified. In these cases, the chronic pain is described as an illness in itself. Chronic pain can be overwhelming and can feel as though it is taking over seniors’ lives, but there are behaviours and treatments that can be incorporated to help provide some relief from pain and break the existing patterns of discomfort. Signs of Chronic Pain Many seniors tend to simply accept pain as a part of their aging process, and might try to just deal with it rather than seeking help. It is, however, important that seniors talk to a...
Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

Having End-Of-Life Conversations with Seniors

When it comes to our aging loved-ones, most of us don’t ever want to think about the fact that the seniors in our lives are at a stage where they are nearing the end of their lives. It often feels easier and more manageable on an emotional level to avoid conversations related to end-of-life arrangements in favour of just focusing on enjoying the present moment and the time that we do have left to spend in the company of our loved ones. While the desire to keep putting off end-of-life conversations is understandable, the reality is that having these conversations is absolutely critical for ensuring that the wishes and desires of our senior loved ones are carried out and honoured as they near the end of their lives. While opening a dialogue and having conversations related to end-of-life will undoubtedly be difficult and emotionally taxing for both parties, discussing choices, wishes, and preferences related to end-of-life is the only way to make decisions and arrangements in advance so that, when the time comes, everything is already clear and important choices have already been made that respect wishes, desires, and preferences. The results of various studies have indicated that seniors who engage in purposeful dialogue with their families and healthcare professionals are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the care they receive in the ending stages of their lives. Having all of the arrangement made in advance with seniors’ wishes at the forefront has also been shown to reduce the instances of depression experienced by their loved ones and caregivers. Rather than spending a great deal of time and...

ICYMI: Planning for Senior Care as a Family

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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