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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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27
Feb

Why In-Home Care is Important

Whether recovering from surgery or a hospital stay or dealing with the symptoms of a chronic condition such as dementia or MS, a top priority of great in-home care is to provide personalized and compassionate care. What are the advantages of in-home care? Personalized Care in the Comfort of Home The environment where one recovers has a large influence on

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13
Feb

5 Medication Reminders That Work

As many as 50% of medications prescribed are not taken as directed. Many people simply forget to take their medications. Remembering what medication, you took and when you took it can be a challenge, especially if you have several prescriptions that must be taken on different schedules. This situation is exacerbated by conditions which cause cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s

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6
Feb

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 differ from person to person, particularly in the early to middle stages. From forgetfulness and a decline in cognitive skills to out-of-character displays of emotions and behaviour, these are all common symptoms of dementia. The timetable for these symptoms can vary from person to person. One stage

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30
Jan

Senior Health: Winter Safety Tips

As much as many of us would love to hibernate during the winter, we all must face that snow, ice, and cold at some point. For seniors, wintertime in Ottawa can provide additional risks when it comes to getting around on slippery streets and even at home. Follow these quick tips to steer clear of common risks that can pose

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23
Jan

The Importance of Palliative Care

Dealing with the reality of end-of-life care is something that can be extremely hard to face. But when a loved one has reached that phase, we know that you want nothing but the best care, compassion, and comfort for your loved one as they transition to palliative care. Palliative care is certainly about providing quality of life through comfort and

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16
Jan

Senior Health: Wintertime Fall Prevention

After Leonard Cohen’s death, the risk of falls has become a public health concern. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s report on Seniors’ Fall in Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations for Canadian seniors, and more than one in four seniors fall each year. While falls can happen anywhere inside or outside, wintery conditions increase

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24
Nov

Living With Type 2 Diabetes

Approximately one in five seniors in Canada is diagnosed with diabetes. The vast majority of these are Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, where the body is unable to use insulin the right way. For seniors, Type-2 Diabetes is a disease that can emerge, along with an increase of other issues that can pose some serious complications to

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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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