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15
Aug

4 Reasons Proper Meal Preparation Matters

  For many seniors, being able to stay in the comfort of their home is important as they age. But for those who wish to age in place, it’s imperative that they receive a healthy, well-balanced diet while they’re at home. Many seniors also have unique nutritional requirements due to conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which makes

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24
Jul

Combatting Senior Malnutrition

  Malnutrition and inadequate nutritional care is sadly common for Canadian seniors, affecting more than 33% of the senior population. Since proper nutrition is the basis to overall health, many seniors are experiencing health risks such as infection, muscle tears, and poor wound healing, among other serious conditions. Caused by a combination of social, physical, and psychological issues, addressing senior

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10
Jul

5 Warning Signs of Caregiver Stress

  Caregiving for a loved one who needs assistance throughout their everyday activities can be a rewarding experience. But it can quickly become stressful and difficult and eventually lead to caregiver burn out. Feelings of guilt, exhaustion, anger, and even rage are all signs that alerts you it’s time to ask for help. Thankfully with excellent caregiving services that are

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19
Jun

The Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

More than 400,000 Canadians act as long-distance caregivers to a parent suffering from a chronic health problem or physical limitation. Long-distance caregivers, defined as those living at least one hour away by car, report having higher care-related expenses and levels of emotional distress than caregivers who live with or within a short drive of the care recipient. North American caregivers

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5
Jun

Help Your Parents’ Move Be as Smooth as Possible

We all understand that the moving process can demand a lot of our time and energy. When it’s time for your aging parents to downsize from their current home, they need all the help and support they can get in dealing with the transition. The emotional toll is particularly heavy if your parents are moving from the family home they

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29
May

Healthy Aging: How to Get More Restful Sleep

If you feel exhausted when you wake up in the morning, odds are that you’re not getting the good night’s sleep you need. As you get older, sleep can become more challenging, especially if you have a condition such as sleep apnea or Alzheimer’s disease. Restless sleep can also be a side effect of some medications. Regardless of the causes

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15
May

7 Ways to Connect With Your Loved One

When a loved one has dementia, a simple interaction can be troublesome and difficult. Since connecting with others is at the core of human nature, it can be devastating when we feel as though we can no longer share or maintain that bond with a loved one.  Even though circumstances are changing, there will always be ways that you can

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28
Mar

Giving Back to Mom and Dad

Your parents have cared for you when you were little: singing a lullaby to help you sleep, protecting you from danger, cooking and feeding, helping you get over sicknesses, and countless other ways. As your parents age, a time may come when it’s necessary to return their kindness and reverse those roles. When everyday tasks become a challenge for your

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14
Mar

4 Helpful Tools to Deal with Dementia-Related Forgetfulness

An estimated 564,000 people in Canada live with dementia. Seniors are the most at-risk group, with more than 97% of cases affecting Canadians over the age of 65. As a cognitive disorder, one of the most common symptoms of dementia is memory loss. Dementia is progressive, meaning memory loss and other symptoms gradually worsen over time. What starts as forgetfulness

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8
Mar

Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the women’s rights movement and commemoration of the accomplishments of women around the world. As part of the celebrations here in Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson hosted a breakfast with special guest speakers Maryam Monsef, Minister of the Status of Women, and Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. Qualicare Family

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