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Malnutrition in Seniors

Malnutrition in Seniors

Various factors can contribute to marked weight loss in the elderly. A lot of seniors tend to completely lose interest in cooking and preparing meals, especially if they are cooking only for themselves. It can be difficult to find the motivation to make a nutritious and tasty meal if there is no one to appreciate and share it with. Budget may also be a factor in what foods are affordable and how much can be spent on food each week. That can minimize options for trying out new meal ideas. Lastly, dietary guidelines can restrict what kinds of food seniors can eat. Take all of these elements into consideration, and it is easy to see why some seniors struggle with weight loss. Symptoms There are numerous indicators that can alert you to the possibility your loved on is suffering from malnutrition. Here are a few to consider: Loss of appetite No interest in cooking or food in general Mood swings Fatigue Weight loss Effects The effects of malnutrition in seniors can take different courses. In some cases, effects are minimal resulting in loss of energy and causing fatigue. In other cases, consequences can be more severe. Seniors may find it more difficult to recover from illnesses and other conditions. They may become less responsive to treatment, and can even end up in the hospital. Treatments Methods for treating malnutrition will depend on how serious the case is. If malnutrition is quite pronounced and advanced, a special diet may be required at first to provide high calories in order to restore appetite and build strength. Prevention Prevention is the best...
Eyesight Issues for Seniors

Eyesight Issues for Seniors

Eyesight is possibly the most heavily relied upon of all our senses. You really don’t appreciate just how much you depend on your eyesight until you don’t have it anymore. Aside form the obvious practical functions, like navigating around the house or going to the store, eyesight is vital on a much deeper level. Think of how easy it is to communicate an entire feeling or idea with just a simple glance. Most experts would agree that the majority of communication is actually non-verbal. Body language plays a big role. If you are not able to pick up on these non-verbal cues because of diminished eyesight, communication can become more difficult. Glaucoma Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve placing increasing pressure on the eyeball. It is a condition that worsens over time and can gradually lead to loss of sight. Causes Glaucoma is caused by high pressure from excess fluid in the eye. This occurs when the liquid in the eye, called aqueous humor, is not circulating properly. Under normal conditions, the fluid is able to flow out of the eye through a mesh-like channel. If this passageway becomes blocked, it causes a fluid build-up resulting in glaucoma. Here are some possible causes: Genetics Blunt force eye damage Chemical damage – exposure to harmful substances Eye infections Blocked blood vessels Inflammation Symptoms Like with almost any disease or ailment, early diagnosis is crucial. What are some of the early warning signs? Loss of peripheral vision Red eyes Seeing halos or floaters around bright lights Eye pain Headaches Blurred vision Treatments If caught early enough,...
Does Your Elderly Loved One Have a Gambling Problem?

Does Your Elderly Loved One Have a Gambling Problem?

  Gambling is a massive industry in Canada, and it is a very popular pastime for many seniors. After retirement, many seniors have all kinds of extra time on their hands and are not sure how to fill their days. As the classic stereotype suggests, yes, seniors do love bingo. But, seniors are also becoming heavily involved in racetrack betting and casino gambling. Casinos for Seniors It is not just by chance that casino trips have become so popular among seniors. Casinos direct huge advertising campaigns towards seniors. Casinos love the patronage of seniors because they provide substantial business to the casino during its off-peak hours. They target seniors directly by offering coupons for free shuttle service to and from the casino, discounted early-bird meals, and live entertainment catered toward the tastes of seniors. This provides a fun and entertaining day out for most seniors. It allows them to get out and socialize, enjoy a discounted meal, and enjoy some live entertainment. However, for some it can cause a very serious problem. How Can You Recognize a Gambling Addiction? A gambling addiction is defined as an obsessive and uncontrollable urge to gamble. For gambling addicts, going to the casino is no longer about having fun and placing a few bets. It becomes an emotional barometer, dictating the addict’s mood. If they win, they are in a great mood and happy with the world. However, if they lose, they can become dark and withdrawn. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for, to spot a gambling problem: Financial issues – bills not being paid, dwindling bank balance Borrowing...
Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key

There are a lot of families, and individuals within those families, that believe providing consistency is the most critical aspect to the success of home care. That makes sense, right? But what does it mean to provide consistency, and how can it be accomplished?   What Does Consistency mean for Homecare? Consistency can be achieved by having a regular caregiver that follows routines and schedules while providing needed care. This regular caregiver can come in the form of a family member, a friend, or a professional caregiver. Whoever the caregiver may be, it is important to keep it consistent. If you require the assistance of a professional caregiver, our caregivers at Retire-At-Home Toronto are available to cater to your exact needs. Whether you require daily, weekly, or monthly visits, we are here to accommodate your schedule.   Why is Consistency Effective? Applying consistency to whatever home care assistance method you have implemented, is helpful for many reasons. Here are a few of the benefits: Avoiding confusion – with set routines and schedules there are no surprises Establishing trust Building a social relationship Establishing familiarity Knowing what is required and expected Both caregiver and patient will have certain expectations regarding home care. Managing these expectations through a consistent approach is crucial to home care success. Finding a Good Match It is understandable that you will want a caregiver that is compatible with your loved one, in order to provide the most effective care. What type of care is needed, frequency of care, and any existing ailments or conditions will all be taken into consideration. It is important to find a...
Atrial Fibrillation in Seniors

Atrial Fibrillation in Seniors

What is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial Fibrillation(AF) is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by a rapid and irregular beating pattern. When AF strikes, the heart begins to beat incredibly quickly, typically between 300 and 600 beats a minute. To give you an idea of just how substantial this spike in heart beat is, a normal resting heart beats at roughly 60 to 70 times per minute. AF is most common in people over the age of 50. After you have reached 50 years of age, the chances of being affected by AF doubles every subsequent decade. What does it mean to experience Atrial Fibrillation? Usually if you experience AF, it is an indication of a larger issue. AF is typically a symptom of another ailment such as: Hypertension (high blood pressure) Depression Dementia Diabetes Hyperthyroidism (excess of thyroid hormone) Thromboembolisms (blood vessels being blocked by blood clots) As you can see, the conditions that AF might be a symptom of are serious. That is why it is crucial to make an appointment with your doctor or a health care professional immediately after an AF attack. Getting diagnosed early can make a world of difference. For example, thromboembolisms can possibly lead to a stroke or even death if not dealt with in a timely fashion. Conversely, AF can be caused by less serious factors like dehydration or an imbalance in the body’s electrolytes. Whatever the cause may be, it is still critical to get an official diagnosis. Treatment Treatments for AF varies based on the cause of it. For example, if your AF has been caused by high blood pressure, typical...
Common Concerns About Retirement Homes

Common Concerns About Retirement Homes

One difficult decision you may have to make for your aging loved one at some point is whether a retirement community is a good option for them. With the large improvements made in the home care industry in recent years, remaining at home is now a realistic option for many seniors. Here are a few typical complaints regarding retirement homes. Expense Living full-time in a retirement community can be very costly. Considerably more expensive than having home care visits or even assisted living. If your loved one needs some extra assistance but does not require constant attention you may want to consider looking into a personal home care plan. With Retire-At-Home Toronto, we offer custom designed services to meet your individual needs. Less Space The accommodations offered at a retirement community will be considerably less spacious than your loved one is likely used to. Rooms are usually quite small, only providing the bare necessities. Granted, there will be large spaces of common area shared by all the residents. However, private quarters will be limited to one room. If your senior family member is accustomed to operating in a fairly open space, this can be a difficult adjustment. Adapting to Others While it can be a positive experience to live amongst other residents that are in a similar situation, it can also be a hard thing to get used to. If an individual is used to having their own space and privacy, suddenly having to share space with a group of strangers can be overwhelming. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, but when...
Indicators It May Be Time for Homecare for Your Loved One

Indicators It May Be Time for Homecare for Your Loved One

It is not always easy to determine if some degree of homecare is needed for your aging loved one. Here are a few signs that suggest it may be time to look into homecare. Memory Loss One telling indicator of a need for home care assistance is a decline in memory. This can be marked by failure to show up for appointments or other obligations. Missed appointments is often how it starts, but it can then progress to more serious matters like forgetting to take medications or turn off the stove. Wandering out of the house and getting lost is also a fairly strong sign that memory is becoming an issue and extra care may be needed. Memory loss can lead to confusion for your loved one, which often results in frustration or anger. Getting help early on can prevent a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Loss of memory can also lead to financial issues if bills are left unpaid and other finances are neglected.   Physical Decline Diminishing physical capabilities is an inevitable part of aging. When it comes to the point where your loved one is struggling to handle routine physical tasks, it can be very beneficial to have caregiver assistance. If you notice your loved one is having difficulty getting out of their favorite chair without assistance, this can become a serious problem. Most likely, they will be too proud to ask for help, but if no one is there to help them they could be stuck for hours in one spot they are unable to get out of. Physical troubles may begin to present...
March is Kidney Health Month

March is Kidney Health Month

For the month of March, we are spreading awareness, information and facts about kidney disease. Experts estimate that over 2 million Canadians are currently suffering from kidney disease and are completely unaware of it. That is why March is dedicated to enlightening people about the possible dangers of kidney disease and how it can be treated. Getting Checked Out One of the biggest problems in dealing with kidney disease, is that for the most part it goes unnoticed. As is the case with most ailments, getting diagnosed early is crucial for effective treatment. Due to the fact that the majority of kidney disease sufferers are unaware of their condition, it is becoming one of the more serious health challenges in Canada. Symptoms Kidney disease can go undetected for long periods of time because of how long it takes for symptoms to become severe. Here are some early warning symptoms that may indicate kidney disease: Frequent urination Reduced amount of urine Swelling of legs, ankles, and feet due to water retention Fatigue Shortness of breath Loss of appetite Muscle cramping Trouble sleeping Nausea These symptoms are often associated with other ailments as well, that is why it is so important to get an official diagnosis from your doctor or a healthcare professional as soon as you notice any of these symptoms. Causes Kidney disease develops when the kidneys become damaged and they are no longer able to perform regular functions. Kidneys are responsible for balancing body fluids, removing waste from the blood, forming urine, and assisting with other critical bodily functions. This damage can come from a number of sources....
Tips for Seniors to Maintain a Healthy Diet

Tips for Seniors to Maintain a Healthy Diet

Choosing to eat healthy, and then maintaining a nutritious diet is one of the best decisions a senior can make. As we get older, it becomes more difficult to fight off illness and avoid various ailments. Eating well can boost your immune system and help fight off sickness. A senior’s diet should be rich in nutritional value, improving overall health and general sense of well-being. Here are some ideas to make it happen. Keep it Simple The keys to making an effective diet, as well as being able to maintain it for an extended period of time, are simplicity and balance. Include a good balance of protein, fruits and vegetables, and carbs. Also, make sure your regular meals are something you can easily prepare, but yet you still enjoy. Selecting a diet of food that you can eat on a repeat basis and that doesn’t take too much time or effort is critical to ensuring the diet is followed for the intended period of time. Cut Back on Fats and Sugar Eating a lot of food that is high in fat and/or sugar can lead to several health problems such as: • Heart disease • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Stroke • Liver disease Replacing foods that are high in fat or sugar with healthy foods like fish, chicken, eggs, fruits and vegetables is a definite step in the right direction. Fruit and Veg These two food groups are the most important for a healthy diet. Especially green, leafy vegetables, eat as many as you can! Fruit and veg also provide you with much needed...
Perks of Living at Home for Seniors

Perks of Living at Home for Seniors

The number of people over 60 living in Canada these days is growing at a rapid rate. With such an influx of senior citizens populating society, there is a growing need for seniors to get the assistance and support they require. Many seniors are choosing to remain in their own homes after retirement. Aging in Place The term “aging in place” is being widely used nowadays to describe seniors that opt to continue living in the homes they been living in for the past several years. Aging certainly comes with its challenges, particularly the decline of mental and physical capacities. But seniors still have the option to live in their own homes, provided they have some assistance. What are some of the benefits of aging in place? Eliminating the Stress of Major Change Most seniors will have to adjust to a change in lifestyle as they get older. However, staying at home will remove the stress moving to a new accommodation can bring with it. For one, moving is a big job. Getting everything packed up, deciding what items to keep and what to let go, and then physically moving is exhausting at any age. Aging in place takes this stressful and burdensome prospect out of the equation. Retaining Independence The majority of seniors deem it of great importance to able to preserve their independence to some extent. Continuing to live at home means being able to proceed with normal daily routines and activities. It can be very overwhelming to become a part of a new community with scheduled meals and activities, not to mention being introduced to a...
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