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.
Is 2018 the year you’ll be considering moving into a smaller home? An apartment? A retirement residence? And is that thought potentially daunting, given the amount of belongings in your current home?
It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities and perhaps even time for a change. If, for example, you’re considering a move into a retirement residence, then the early part of the year is a surprisingly good time to do so. Here’s why:
The holidays can result in more time spent together as a family than typical at other times of the year. During these family gatherings, it’s not uncommon for adult children to notice changes with their parents.
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.
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.
No matter what your holiday celebration looks like, chances are music is an important part of the festivities. Singing in a choir, playing traditional favourites on the piano, listening to popular seasonal tunes on the radio, or dancing in the New Year to a big band orchestra are all great ways to enjoy the season.
‘Tis the giving season when many of us donate to our favourite charitable causes. We do it because we want to support our local and global communities, and because it makes us feel good—and did you know donations made before December 31st allow us an income tax credit, too?
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.
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.