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Exercising the Ageing Brain

A regular cognitive workout can improve your concentration, comprehension and recall in everyday life such as remembering people’s names or driving across town. The more you challenge your brain, the more brain cells and nerve connection pathways you form. Instead of gray matter simply dying as you age, challenging your brain can activate new cell growth throughout your lifetime.

Healthy Food Shopping for Elders

Serving size. Calories. Trans fat. Understanding food nutrition labels can be challenging, and many consumers just figure why bother? But for older adults, simply ignoring nutritional information can significantly compromise their health. Instead, elders are encouraged to remember that every bite counts toward a balanced diet and adopting good nutrition often starts at the grocery store. The following can help family caregivers ensure elderly loved ones shop for nutrient-rich foods.


Cold Weather Safety for Seniors

Stay warm indoors. A comfortable thermostat setting in winter is 68° to 70° F. Seniors who feel chilled indoors might consider wearing thicker socks, fleece slippers and a thin, thermal undershirt and leggings.

Caring for Parkinson's Disease Patients

Parkinson’s disease gradually attacks nerve cells in the brain’s mid-portion, decreasing the production of dopamine, a biochemical that helps carry electrical signals to control body motion and emotional responses. Initial symptoms often present with muscle weakness, stiffness, or a slight shaking in a hand or foot. As Parkinson’s advances, a person may experience muscle rigidity, tremors, postural imbalance, gait changes and decreased facial expression.

Fight Food-Borne Illness

Those molds and invisible germs in the refrigerator can actually kill you, particularly if you are over age 65. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that globally every year one in 10 people are sickened from eating contaminated food – 420,000 die, many of them children and the elderly.

Technologies for Ageing in Place

Motion sensors or a robotic medical exam may save your life someday.  Today’s upsurge in remote health-monitoring technology is redefining the landscape of “ageing in place,” the decision to continue living in one’s home of choice as independently and safely as possible.  Canadian RBC reports that 83 percent of elderly want to stay in their own homes as they age.

Seasonal Weather Travel Tips

Come rain or shine, or hail or snow, older adults are learning the keys to travelling in seasonal weather

When Elder’s Needs Are Changing

Father sometimes leaves the garage door up all night with his keys in the car.  Mother stays in the same outfit for days and limits her bathing.  At first, these behaviors seemed a bit out of the ordinary, but now you are beginning to wonder if something is shifting in your older loved ones’ health and daily care needs.

When Elder’s Needs Are Changing

Father sometimes leaves the garage door up all night with his keys in the car.  Mother stays in the same outfit for days and limits her bathing.  At first, these behaviors seemed a bit out of the ordinary, but now you are beginning to wonder if something is shifting in your older loved ones’ health and daily care needs.

Getting Along With Family after a Parent Dies

What happened to those blissful family reunions brimming with laughter or listening to your brother’s quirky stories during the holidays?  The loss of one or both parents can complicate everything from settling wills to simply talking on the phone.  Sometimes the death of a parent reveals relationship tension that can widen into frustration, blame, distancing or rage.

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