Dr. Amy Case Study: Engaging Long-Distance Siblings in Caregiving

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I asked Ginette about other family members that might be able to help her in providing support to her parents. She told me she had one sister, *Marta, who lives several hours away. Ginette said she and Marta had a good relationship, but she was getting increasingly frustrated that the whole responsibility of caring for their parents was falling to her.

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6 tips to help communicate with someone living with Alzheimer’s disease

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More than 550,000 Canadians and one in three people over 80 are living with dementia. By learning how Alzheimer’s disease affects a person’s language abilities, you can adopt effective strategies to maintain and improve communication with them at each stage of the disease. Reducing distractions, speaking warmly and calmly, using gestures, and tuning into the person’s feelings can help you communicate and connect with a family member or friend living with the disease.

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How to maintain a healthy weight as you age

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Older adults often gain weight with age because more food energy gets stored as fat, they lose muscle and are less active. Making small lifestyle adjustments by being more physically active and eating healthy, nutritious foods will help you lose weight and gain big health benefits. Being underweight brings health risks too, which you can offset by eating smaller meals more often or choosing foods that are easier to chew.

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6 tips for managing headaches in older adults

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Headaches affect 64% of women and 53% of men between 55 and 74, and 55% of women and 22% of men 75 and older. Older adults may experience headaches from secondary causes, such as medication overuse, with more frequently than younger adults. If headaches from secondary causes have been ruled out, lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep, not skipping meals, being physically active and reducing stress can ease headaches.

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Wish of a Lifetime Canada: Gardening Reunion with Granddaughter

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Martha Drexel of Chartwell Crescent Gardens in Surrey, B.C., and her granddaughter Kellie share a special bond. Spending time together brings them both great joy as they share a mutual love of gardening, helping others and enjoying Sunday lunches together. They developed a routine of seeing each other often and sharing their common interests well into Kellie’s young adult life.

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