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10
Nov

Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

Flu and seniors can be a dangerous combination. The flu, for many of us, often presents itself as a simple, run-of-the-mill ailment that will run its course after a few restful days, combined with some hot soup and medication. But for seniors, and many others with vulnerable immune systems, complications from the flu can be severe. According to CDC statistics,

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3
Nov

Alzheimer’s Safety: 10 Tips to Prevent Wandering

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia will wander. Wandering is more common as the disease progresses to its later stages, although it can occur at any stage. Wandering happens for a number of reasons. Your loved one may be disoriented and confused, agitated, hungry, too hot, too cold, in pain, or simply

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20
Oct

Seniors Health: Managing Diabetes

There are an estimated 3.4 million Canadians living with diabetes, a number that is expected to grow to 5 million by 2025. Diabetes affects seniors more than any other age group, with nearly one million Canadians 65 years and over being diabetic. Living with diabetes can be daunting, especially since there is no cure. But taking certain actions to manage

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6
Oct

Smoking Cessation for Seniors

Do you have an elderly parent or loved one who smokes? Seniors can be one of the toughest demographics to convince to quit smoking since it has become such an entrenched habit. In Canada, nearly 11% of men and more than 8% of women 65 and older smoke cigarettes daily. Even though it’s late in life, there are many convincing

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22
Sep

The 7 Basic Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The thought of Alzheimer’s disease is frightful for many of us, but not many people know exactly what the basic stages of this disease are until they watch a love one progress. This neurological disorder is gradual, and most prevalent in senior populations. Despite the burdens it places on both the patient and family, it’s a disease that is not

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20
Sep

Protect Your Identity Before It’s Stolen

According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, seniors are among the highest groups at risk for identity theft. Unfortunately, one of Qualicare Ottawa’s client was a recent victim. Even the best identity theft protection service can’t stop ID theft from occurring. Rather, investing in a quality provider offers education and proper preparation in the event that suspicious activity occurs. As

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14
Sep

Help at the Push of a Button

In a recent survey, nearly 90% of seniors said they preferred to live in their own homes. Although loved ones want to respect these wishes, there are true risks involved with living independently. According to the National Council of Aging, one in three adults over the 65 will experience a fall each year. September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month, and

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6
Sep

Music Therapy for Seniors

Have you ever been completely captivated by a song or an artist, so much so that simply hearing them brings you back to a different time in your life and brings pause to your busy day and a smile to your face? This type of music therapy is excellent at making people happy and creating a sense of nostalgia; these

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2
Sep

Congratulations, Holly!

Qualicare Ottawa is proud to announce that Holly McCausland, DSW, is the recipient of the 2016 Healthcare Professional of the Year Award from Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario (SCIO). This was recently presented to Holly by Andrea Andrecyk at the Annual Mobility Vehicle Exhibition and BBQ Event right here in Ottawa. Holly was recognized for her competent and compassionate care

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23
Aug

Grandchildren and Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is difficult to accept at any age. The idea can be especially difficult for young children to understand and deal with. If a grandparent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to take a gentle approach with explanation. Think from a child’s point of view Suddenly a grandparent, someone whom you look up and listen to and admire,

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