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Top 5 Seniors’ New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, seniors’ New Year’s resolutions exist! Of course they do! Many people feel New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time, and are better left ignored. This may be true for those that have no intention of fulfilling and sticking with their goals, but this seems like a poor attitude to adopt. Why make a New Year’s resolution if you have no plan to carry it out? A resolution can be an extremely useful tool with the right dedication and planning. It is human nature to get into regular routines to make daily life organized and manageable. But, it is very easy to become complacent and stagnant if you do not change things up once in a while. The new year is the perfect time to do it. Think of it as a new beginning, without having to forfeit your past accomplishments and efforts. A one-year increment seems to be an ideal period of time to take stock of your current situation, and look for ways to improve on it. Try to keep your resolutions sensible and attainable to avoid disappointment or frustration. Some practical, useful, and reasonable seniors’ New Year’s resolutions are: Exercise Engage in mentally stimulating activity once a day Work on improving one social relationship Do one thing to improve your diet Volunteer Seniors’ New Year’s Resolutions : Exercise It’s true, way too many New Year’s resolutions are based on getting in shape. That doesn’t mean it’s not a beneficial or achievable goal. Too many people set overly lofty expectations, and find it very difficult to keep up. The key is to start small. Begin by...

Foot Care Services in Toronto and North York

There are many foot care services in Toronto and North York. Some are in-home, and others are chiropodists, or drop-in foot care clinics. In-home foot care services are often chosen by elderly seniors who can no longer get out as they used to.   We supply registered practical nurses to your own home to help you keep your feet happy. The focus of care for seniors is typically directed towards joint pain, disease, and mental health. The feet are often overlooked as a potentially problematic area for seniors. This can be quite surprising, considering how much stress and strain are placed on the feet on a daily basis. It is estimated that the average person walks somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 steps a day. That is a lot of weight and physical force that one’s feet must endure daily. Calculate those numbers over a lifetime, and it is a wonder everyone over 50 doesn’t have serious foot issues. This is a bit of a two-edged sword, because we are told that exercise is extremely important, and that walking is good form of exercise. While this is true, no healthcare professional would recommend exercising at the expense of the health of your feet. Symptoms of Foot Problems If it hurts to walk, that is a fairly obvious sign that you may have something wrong with one or both of your feet. However, there are also some less intrusive signs that a foot issue may be developing. Keep on the lookout for: Swelling Bruising Redness Dry skin Numbness Tingling Brief, shooting pain Causes of Foot Pain The foot is such a complex...

Benefits of Aging Research for Seniors

Aging research includes genomics, and genomics refers to the study of genomes or genes. A genome is the complete set of an individual’s DNA. When using genomes to study and explain the aging process, we can get a better idea of what to expect as we get older. Aging research allows us to examine the age-old debate of Nature vs. Nurture. How much of what we are and what we do is genetic? Aging research and longevity Although research into genomics and how it affects aging is a relatively new area of study, useful information can be gleaned from this research to help with successful aging practices. For example, let’s take a brief look at longevity. Many people want to live as long as possible, as long as they are fairly healthy and pain-free. How influential is genetics on life expectancy? Early studies have shown that longevity is thought to be about 20-30% influenced by genetics. Does this mean that if you are not genetically predetermined for longevity, that you have no chance of living a long and healthy life? The short answer is no. There are many things you can do to improve your longevity, regardless of your genetics. Some steps you can take to increase longevity are: Nutrition Exercise, 150 minutes a week is the guideline Social activity, providing mental stimulation and a feeling of belonging Sense of purpose, can be gained from volunteering or caregiving Genotypes and phenotypes in aging research A genotype refers to the actual set of genes that make up our DNA. Each gene, or set of genes, is responsible for a specific...

Live-in Care Services

Live-in care services is chosen by families who want the peace of mind of having a caregiver with their loved one around the clock. If you are concerned for your love one when they are left alone, and their care needs are complex, live-in care services may be for you. Live-in care services is a popular services for those who have complex care needs, but want to stay in their own home. Having multiple health challenges that affect mobility and independence often comes with the need to have personal support.  Decreased mobility and problems getting around the house may hinder your ability to make meals, do housework, and laundry. Diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s, and being at risk for falls will also necessitate having a personal support worker (PSW) attending to you. When heavy care is needed, combined with around the clock supervision, there are three main options: Residential care in a long term care home An assisted living floor in a retirement community Live-in care services at home through home care Long term care homes, nursing homes Residential care for people with heavy care needs usually involves seniors moving to a long term care home (also called a nursing home).  While it is true that long term care homes in Ontario supply around the clock supervision, there is possibly only an hour of care delivered to each resident every day. This care may be delivered in three 20 minute segments (morning, afternoon, and night).  Medications will be delivered by staff nurses, and PSWs will deliver the 20-minute segments of personal care (bathing dressing). Therefore, although your loved one would have the safety...

The facts and Fictions of Aging

The are all kinds of facts and fictions of aging that are thought to be inevitable aspects of getting older. Most of these stereotypes tend to lean more towards fiction than fact. Let’s take a look at a few examples of senior stereotypes: Seniors can’t learn new technology Dementia is a natural part of aging Seniors are lonely and isolated Seniors shouldn’t have control over life decisions Seniors can’t live an active lifestyle Seniors and Technology In today’s society, technology plays a big role in our daily lives. Many people believe seniors either have no interest, or are not capable of learning to use new technology. This is simply not true. Sure, a portion of the senior population may feel overwhelmed by the rapidly evolving world of technology, but many learn how to use technology to improve their daily routines. Here is one example of a Canadian woman over a hundred years old, that has incorporated technology into her life. Technology can have serious perks for seniors such as: Social media and email – an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with friends and family Information highway – using the internet to search for new recipes, exercise routines, or any subject imaginable Nostalgia – access to favorite old songs, tv shows, and movies Online banking – taking care of finances from the comfort of home Developing Dementia (one of the biggest facts and fictions of aging) In a lot of cases, people believe Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to be an unavoidable part of aging. While aging can come with a certain degree of cognitive decline, dementia is by...
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