Caregiving

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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27
Apr

Caring for a Loved One with Arthritis

Arthritis has become a common condition that affects one in six Canadians from the age of 15 and older, according to the Arthritis Society. In fact, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Canada. Arthritis is a disease that causes joint inflammation and symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue. This chronic pain affects daily life in so many

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18
Apr

5 Tips for Easier Mealtimes for Dementia Patients

A seemingly simple task such as eating can eventually turn into a challenging one for those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Eating healthy, fuelling meals is a challenge on its own for most seniors, but it becomes especially difficult when your loved one forgets to eat or a decline in motor skills makes it hard to use utensils. Patients

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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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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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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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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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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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