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The Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

More than 400,000 Canadians act as long-distance caregivers to a parent

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Help Your Parents’ Move Be as Smooth as Possible

We all understand that the moving process can demand a lot of our time and

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Healthy Aging: How to Get More Restful Sleep

If you feel exhausted when you wake up in the morning, odds are that you’re

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7 Ways to Connect With Your Loved One

When a loved one has dementia, a simple interaction can be troublesome and

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Caring for a Loved One with Arthritis

Arthritis has become a common condition that affects one in six Canadians from

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5 Tips for Easier Mealtimes for Dementia Patients

A seemingly simple task such as eating can eventually turn into a challenging

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Giving Back to Mom and Dad

Your parents have cared for you when you were little: singing a lullaby to help

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4 Helpful Tools to Deal with Dementia-Related Forgetfulness

An estimated 564,000 people in Canada live with dementia. Seniors are the most

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the

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Why In-Home Care is Important

Whether recovering from surgery or a hospital stay or dealing with the symptoms

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5 Medication Reminders That Work

As many as 50% of medications prescribed are not taken as directed. Many people

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What to Expect When Caring for Someone with Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s

As with every disease, the effects Alzheimer’s disease has on a patient will

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Senior Health: Winter Safety Tips

As much as many of us would love to hibernate during the winter, we all must

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The Importance of Palliative Care

Dealing with the reality of end-of-life care is something that can be extremely

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Senior Health: Wintertime Fall Prevention

After Leonard Cohen’s death, the risk of falls has become a public health

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Approximately one in five seniors in Canada is diagnosed with diabetes. The

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Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

Flu and seniors can be a dangerous combination. The flu, for many of us, often

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Alzheimer’s Safety: 10 Tips to Prevent Wandering

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with Alzheimer’s

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Seniors Health: Managing Diabetes

There are an estimated 3.4 million Canadians living with diabetes, a number

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Smoking Cessation for Seniors

Do you have an elderly parent or loved one who smokes? Seniors can be one of

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The 7 Basic Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The thought of Alzheimer’s disease is frightful for many of us, but not many

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Protect Your Identity Before It’s Stolen

According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, seniors are among the highest

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Help at the Push of a Button

In a recent survey, nearly 90% of seniors said they preferred to live in their

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Music Therapy for Seniors

Have you ever been completely captivated by a song or an artist, so much so

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Congratulations, Holly!

Qualicare Ottawa is proud to announce that Holly McCausland, DSW, is the

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Grandchildren and Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is difficult to accept at any age. The idea can be

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All About Brain Workout+™

We all know how important physical activity is, especially for seniors, but

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Senior Health: Fun Activities to Do Outdoors This Summer

Summer is not just fun for kids, it’s a time when adults and seniors get

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Returning Home From A Hospital Stay

Visiting the hospital for any length of time is generally an unpleasant or

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4 Activities to Maintain an Active Mind

Like the human body, the mind requires exercise to stay active and healthy.

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What Does Being a Family Caregiver Entail?

Aging is a part of life. However, it’s difficult to watch loved ones age as

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The Truth Behind Common Myths about Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect 747,000 Canadians, including about

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Five Tips to Protect Your Elderly Loved One from Identity Theft

Seniors are at a higher risk for identity theft than the rest of the

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Communicating with Someone Who Has Dementia

There are few more dispiriting experiences than losing someone you love.

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Senior Health: Resistance Training

When we age, everything seems to progressively slow down, including the ability

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A Quick Guide to Staying Social

Loneliness is unfortunately a common part of life for many seniors. Providing

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Helping Your Loved One with Dietary Changes

As a caregiver, trying to get your loved one to change entrenched habits can be

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Approaching a Loved One Who Resists Care

Caring for your loved one is a noble task, but it can also be challenging even

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A Guide to Caregiver Self-Care

Caregivers often mistakenly believe that the majority of their effort,

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Memory Loss in a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: How to Respond

Watching a loved one endure the phases of Alzheimer’s Disease can be

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Winter Safety Tips For Seniors

It’s hard to believe it, but winter is already here. While it may be dazzling

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10 Great Gift Ideas for Seniors

When those holidays come rolling by, it’s always a challenge to get the

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7 Different Ways to Pay for Home Care

It can be quite a struggle trying to find ways to pay for long-term home

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Creating a Daily Plan for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease is physically and

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Taking Care of Yourself When You’re a Caregiver

Being a caregiver is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it

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10 Signs Your Parents May Need Help at Home

There comes a time when the relationship between parent and child switches

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Overcoming Parent Objections for Care

There will come a time in your parent’s lives where home care and in-home

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How to Flourish While Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home

There are many things to consider when taking on the duty of caring for your

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Dos and Don’ts in Caring for a Family Member with Dementia

By Kelly Prevost, Director of Care, Qualicare Taking care of a loved one with

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5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of an elderly loved one is a noble cause. Being a caregiver is not

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5 Benefits of Social Activities As We Age

Think of the importance of social activities for children. Kids learn to

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Understanding Safety Concerns for Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease

In addition to the physical and mental effects of Alzheimer’s disease, the

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Best Home Improvements for Senior Safety

In order to continue an independent and happy lifestyle, many seniors have

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5 Tips for Senior Safety in Hot Summer

Summer means spending more time outdoors enjoying warmer weather. However, in

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A Senior’s Guide to Heart Health

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada, and this is

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Four Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Home Healthcare Service

Hiring a home healthcare service to care for your aging loved ones is a

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Aging and Maintaining Healthy Bones

Most people don’t usually think much about their bones or the health of their

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Alzheimer’s Caregiving As A Team

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can put a great

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Preparing To Be An Alzheimer’s Caregiver

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not currently fully understood and it is

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Helping Children Understand Alzheimer’s

Dealing with Alzheimer’s can be stressful for everyone involved but for a

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Retirement and Health Care Expenses – Are You Prepared?

When people consider retirement, they generally focus on the positive aspects,

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New Alzheimer’s Detection Discovery

The first steps toward the early detection of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

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Bed Bugs – What You Should Know

Bed bugs are insects that, as adults, have oval-shaped bodies with no wings.

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Make Gardening Easier for Seniors

Growing your own beautiful flowers and tasty fresh vegetables are a couple of

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Seniors Coping With Tinnitus

Are you hearing ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring sounds in one or both of

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Alzheimer’s and Wandering

Dementia can erase memories of familiar places and make it difficult to adjust

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight as a Senior

People are living longer and enjoying active lifestyles well into their 80s and

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Helping a Dementia Caregiver

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is a 24/7 job. Dementia

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Alzheimer’s and Home Safety

Keeping your home safe is important for everyone, especially seniors. But home

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Seniors and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD) is a kind of depression that

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Dementia and the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be difficult for people caring for loved ones with

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Senior Fitness: Exercise and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease which causes bones to become fragile and easy to

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Senior Memory Loss Tips

If you’re concerned about memory loss, you’re not alone. Don’t remember

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Safe Driving Tips For Seniors

Staying mobile is important to seniors. As we age, driving can become more

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Dealing with Caregiver Stress: Tips for taking care of you

Caregiving is providing help to another person in need. This can be an ailing

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Take Action for World Alzheimer’s Month 2013

Across the planet, 35 million people and their families are affected by

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Dementia and Memories

We look back at our lives as a series of memories of people and events. Our

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Alzheimer’s and Doctor’s Appointments

People with Alzheimer’s disease need regular medical care to address a range

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Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems

Sleep problems and dementia are usually a package deal. You can help everyone

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Doorways and Forgetting

Have you ever found yourself standing in a room wondering why you went there in

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Asking For Help With Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is a challenging task that is not a one

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End of Life Care: What to Expect

Caring for a loved one who is dying is not an easy experience. Though you know

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How To Deal With Resistance To Home Care

One of the biggest hurdles you can face when helping a loved one is resistance

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Helping People with ALS Communicate

Many ALS patients have stated that losing the ability to speak is the worst

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What is Long-Distance Caregiving

When a loved one needs care and you are far away, there are still many things

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June is ALS Awareness Month

In Canada, June is ALS month. Local groups and individuals take part in a wide

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Detecting and Preventing Malnutrition in Seniors

Malnutrition is a serious health problem for seniors, and is more common than

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Should You Be Concerned About Your Aging Parents? 7 Questions

Are you concerned about the health of your aging parents? As your parents age,

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When Should a Person with Dementia Stop Driving?

Driving is a powerful symbol of independence and adulthood. We all know that

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How To Communicate With a Person With Dementia

Trying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease can be

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Alzheimer’s and Day-to-Day Activities

Alzheimer’s disease can make ordinary, day-to-day activities challenging.

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Compassionate Palliative Care and Personal Support

Palliative care doesn’t only involve the patient, and palliative support does

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Home Care For ALS Patients in Ottawa

ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s

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Parkinson’s Home Care

Parkinson’s disease is a complex, progressive neurological disease that

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Stages of Palliative Care at Home

Palliative care is specialized care that aims to relieve suffering and improve

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Visit us at Carlingwood Mall

Come see us at our kiosk at Carlingwood Mall (2121 Carling Avenue) this

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms

The symptoms of dementia involve difficulty with most areas of mental function.

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The 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function Forgetting things more often

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Home Sweet Home and Peace of Mind

People needing home care often reach out to Qualicare Ottawa to help manage

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Visit us at Carlingwood Shopping Centre

Come see us at our kiosk at Carlingwood Shopping Centre (2121 Carling Avenue)

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Assisted Living Does Not Mean You Have to Leave Your Home

Moving to a retirement or seniors-only residence is not your only option for

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Dementia Vs. Normal Aging

Dementia Forgetting new information and being unable to recall it later

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What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the compassionate care of a dying person, minimizing their

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Alzheimer’s and the Risks of Hospital Admissions

A hospital stay can be unsettling and challenging for anyone, but it can be

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Winter Safety Guide for Seniors

Before reviewing these tips, please consider the following: If you don’t yet

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10 Tips to Help Seniors Have a Happy Holiday Season

The holiday season is a happy and joyous time for most of us, but many seniors

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Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Ottawa

Ottawa is one of the finest cities in Canada to spend your winter break.

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Seniors Dealing with Holiday Stress

The holidays are jam-packed with family get-togethers, parties, and culinary

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How Caregivers can Spot Stress Early

Every day, a caregiver is faced with anxiety-inducing events. Living in

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Winter Tips for Seniors

Here in Ottawa, winter is our harshest season, and it brings with it a series

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Alzheimer’s: Facts and Fiction

Alzheimer’s is an extremely prevalent affliction -affecting roughly 1/8 of

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Preparing Seniors for Tomorrow, Today

As we age, new challenges emerge in the places you’d least expect. If your

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Alzheimer’s: Dealing with Mood Swings

As the effects of Alzheimer’s intensify, emotional distress may become an

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What Is The Difference Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia?

There is often confusion about the term “dementia” and Alzheimer’s

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Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths – Part Two

In a previous post we discussed the importance of ensuring that seniors are

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Recognizing the Signs of a Stroke

The symptoms of a stroke can be difficult to identify. Unfortunately, that lack

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Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month The Lewy Body Dementia Awareness

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Nutrition For Seniors – Vegetable Myths

When we were kids, our parents always told us to eat our vegetables because

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10 Tips For Coping With The Stress Of Caregiving

We all deal with stress differently. Being a full-time caregiver can be very

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Hospital Discharge Planning For Ottawa Seniors

Preparing for a senior’s discharge from hospital is complicated. There are

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World Alzheimer’s Month

September 2012 is the first global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international

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Dementia and the Importance of Music

We all have songs that evoke vivid and distinct memories of events or parts of

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Dementia at Meal Time

Meal times, and day-to-day eating and drinking can become very challenging as

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Helping Seniors with Standing, Sitting and Reclining

Many seniors find that they begin to have trouble changing positions (from

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Proper Nutrition For Seniors At Home

Proper nutrition is an issue for everyone. So many health problems could be

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Canadian Seniors Have a High Incidence of Malnutrition

A study conducted by the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force showed a disturbingly

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Making Home Senior Friendly

As we grow older, our sense of balance diminishes and the stability of our

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Medication Risks for Seniors Discharged from Hospital

A recent study of almost 400,000 Ontario hospital patients showed that there

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Seniors and Exercise

As people age, exercise is the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy. As

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Brain Exercises For Seniors

When a parent ages, mental deterioration is often the hardest thing for their

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Fantastic Fitness Strategies for Seniors

Shedding pounds and keeping them off gets tougher as we age. We vow in January

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Music As Therapy For Seniors

At some point in our lives, most of us have picked up an instrument and played

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ALS Awareness Month 2012

In Canada, June is ALS Awareness Month. ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral

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