Aging Parents

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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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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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
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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27
Jun

Returning Home From A Hospital Stay

Visiting the hospital for any length of time is generally an unpleasant or unwelcomed experience. It is usually as a result from traumatic experience. Most people are excited to be discharged and to finally return to the comforts of home. When recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, however, additional measures may be needed. Whatever the reason for your hospital stay,

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13
Jun

4 Activities to Maintain an Active Mind

Like the human body, the mind requires exercise to stay active and healthy. Over time, neurons begin to lose their inter-connectivity if not properly exercised. This deterioration in brain function is tied to memory loss and mental decline and linked to anxiety and depression in the elderly. As we age, it’s more important than ever to keep the brain engaged

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23
May

What Does Being a Family Caregiver Entail?

Aging is a part of life. However, it’s difficult to watch loved ones age as they transition from being our caregivers to needing care. As a loving adult child, you may want to explore the role of family caregiver. If you do wish to take on the role of family caregiver, you should know exactly what it entails. Becoming a

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