Category: caring for elderly
Comfort Life News Round-Up: The Sandwich GenerationJul 08, 2011
Considering that July is officially the "Sandwich Generation" Month, we noticed a lot of buzz in the news about them . What is the Sandwich Generation you ask? They are the generation of people who are caring for young children and teens while providing some kind of assistance for elderly parents.
Comfort Life News Round-Up: When Should Seniors Stop Driving?Jul 15, 2011
With an increasing number of elderly drivers we've noticed a lot of news and discussion around seniors and senior driving. Here's what caught our eye this week:
Its More Than Just Physical CareJul 27, 2011
Whether you've been a caregiver for a month or several years, you've no doubt figured out that your loved one requires more than just physical assistance with the daily activities of living. Just like you, a loved one who can observe, listen, or participate in activities enjoys them just because it makes him or her happy. Its more than just physical care.
Comfort Life News Round-Up: "Till Mid-Life Do Us Part"Aug 05, 2011
While the overall divorce rate on a steady the decline with the Generation-X er's, the divorce rate amongst young seniors and the newly retired is steadily climbing! There has been a lot of speculation and discussion as to the reasons why the "I do" ends with "I don't".
Comfort Life News Round-Up: Seniors And DatingAug 12, 2011
Its no surprise that in light of the increasing divorce rate amongst new retirees and the younger seniors, (see last weeks news-round-up), that there is also an increase in the amount of seniors hitting the dating scene again. With that flood gate open, we've seen a lot of new services and resources available to help seniors prepare for date night!
Your TimeAug 17, 2011
It is important to take time each day to spend for and on yourself. It may seem you don’t have the time, it is selfish, or there are more important things to do. In fact, in the scheme of things and as a caregiver, one of the most important things you can do each day is to spend at least ten to fifteen minutes on yourself. By doing so, you help yourself as well as those around you. Those ten to fifteen minutes spent on yourself can help you relax, ease tension, and refresh yourself. That time can help you return to your caregiver tasks with renewed energy and a new perspective.
Comfort Life News Round-Up: Seniors and SleepAug 26, 2011
"Why can't I sleep?... Where are those damn sleeping pills..." Believe it or not is a very common statement mumbled by thousands to seniors ever single night. Is it a health problem? Indigestion from dinner? perhaps too much fresh air? Should you be concerned? Sleeping disorders are very common and can be caused by a variety of reasons.
Men and Depression: Seven Things You Need to Know…NowSep 06, 2011
Traditionally, men have been reluctant to acknowledge that they’re feeling depressed, and even more unwilling to seek medical help. However, say Todd Patkin and Dr. Howard J. Rankin, depression is not a sign of weakness—it’s a medical condition that men need to know about and watch for. It’s a matter of health!
7 Tech-Friendly Recommendations for Baby BoomersSep 07, 2011
As a Baby Boomer dealing with hearing loss, memory loss, and unbending knees, they appreciate every bit of senior assistance. That gratitude extends to manufacturers developing products tailored for those with reduced capacity or not familiar with our rapidly changing tech world.
Comfort Life News Round-up: Senior JobsSep 09, 2011
For many of those entering the twilight of their careers, retirement isn't about "throwing in the towel", its about new beginnings. With Boomers living longer and healthier lives than the generation before them, many are using their retirement to do something entrepreneurial they've always wanted... The birth of the Encore Career
Government and Community Programs Can Help with Senior Home RepairsAug 24, 2012
If you need help affording senior home repairs then it is a good idea to investigate government programs designed to offer assistance.
Caring For Someone With Alzheimer's During The Holidays: Seven TipsDec 23, 2011
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your instinct might be to cling to beloved traditions this holiday season. But you—and your loved one—might experience the most holiday joy by adapting your plans and expectations
Dr. Amy: Maintaining a sense of control during illnessDec 28, 2011
Probably one of the most difficult parts of being ill is losing a sense of control of life. As caregivers, we can help our loved ones and ourselves continue to feel some control. Even though we may both feel powerless against the illness itself, we have many choices that we can make along t
Finding the best Alzheimer's home: Nine tipsMar 09, 2012
Choosing the right Alzheimer's home for your loved one can be a frightening experience but sound information makes it easier. When choosing the Alzheimer's right home, the philosophy and appropriate level of care, preferred location and budget all need to be considered. Here are nine tips to help you find the best Alzheimer's home for your loved one.
Continuing care: What is it? Who is it for?Aug 16, 2012
Continuing care, also known as long-term care, offers a perfect setting for a vulnerable senior in your life.
How to protect your home from mortgage and real estate title fraudApr 06, 2012
Real estate title and mortgage fraud are on the rise and seniors are usually the victims. Here's how boomers and seniors can protect themselves and their homes.
Caring for aging parents: Reduce stress by saying 'no'Apr 10, 2012
When you are caring for an aging parent you may feel overwhelmed. Here's how to say no to tasks that are not a priority.
Long-term care insurance: Should you buy it?Apr 11, 2012
Your health may change during retirement and you could need nursing services and/or long term care. Here's how long-term care insurance can help.
Five ways to reduce Alzheimer's risk and keep memory strongApr 24, 2012
What five ingredients reduce our risk for getting this disease and keep our memory strong? One ingredient is learning how to manage stress.
Getting your elderly parents the rehab care they needApr 27, 2012
When your elderly parent is in rehab they need to stay long enough to get proper care. Here is how you can help ensure they do.
Caring for Aging Parents: Five ways to Find the HumourApr 30, 2012
Fed up dealing with your aging parents? When was the last time you laughed? Try this to ditch the stress and get the funny back.
Sunrise Men's Club: A night out with 'the boys'!May 02, 2012
The Men's Club is a social program just for men at Sunrise Senior Living in Oakville. Check out their adventures in the new column by Mark Giordani!
Seniors and Depression: Fight It Naturally With Social EngagementMay 09, 2012
Many seniors experience depression because of lost loved ones, loneliness or physical limitations. But depression is not inevitable if you are social.
Seniors Fight Depression Naturally With Exercise and SleepMay 18, 2012
Seniors can help themselves to alleviate depression with regular exercise. It improves mood, strength and balance and sleep.
How to communicate with a parent who has Alzheimer'sMay 25, 2012
If your parent has Alzheimer's, they can become very frustrated trying to make their wishes known. Here's how one family turned things around.
My midlife crisis with a geriatric twistMay 29, 2012
NEW Column: Caring for my elderly mum has had more downs than ups this past year but there have been laughs too. Here's what I've learned.
Helping your aging parent when they have to give up drivingMay 31, 2012
Giving up the independence of driving is one of the most difficult aspects of aging. This expert advice will help you to help your parent.
Make Caregiving a Choice and Reduce Your StressJun 20, 2012
Most people are caregivers by default which causes a lot of stress. If you view caregiving as a choice, you can change all that for the better.
How to move on when your parents pass awayJul 12, 2012
When your parents are nearing the end of their lives, you need to take some practical steps, plan your post-caregiving life and prepare your heart.
Seven Ways Families Benefit from Long-term Care HomesJul 26, 2012
Long-term care retirement homes provide care for seniors who require frequent assistance but the benefits extend to the family as well.
Lost in the Continent of Incontinence: maximum protection for those fits of laughterAug 14, 2012
There comes a time when roles are reversed and it's your turn to care for your parents. In this post, Nicole McKechnie shares one such moment where laughter made the issue much easier to "absorb". 'Read more': Read more...
VIDEO: Relocating Your ParentsAug 29, 2012
Anne Hopcott knows how important it is to adapt to change, that's why she chose not to wait for the decision to move into a retirement community to be made for her.