What is Respite Care?

According to CARP, more than 8 million Canadians provided unpaid care to family member or friend. More than 1 million caregivers are older than 65. The Center for Disease Control reports that over half (53%) of caregivers indicated that a decline in their health compromises their ability to provide care. The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) … Read More

Knowing the Limits Caring for others is often driven by motivations of love and understanding. It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to initially feel that their capacity for helping those they love is nearly limitless. From taking care of finances and managing medications to preparing meals and cleaning, there’s certainly a sense of fulfillment that … Read More

Spotting depression in Canada’s seniors and elders: according to the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC), of those who are treated for depression, approximately 80% show improvement in symptoms 4-6 weeks after treatment.

At least 1 in 8 Canadians seniors suffer from urinary incontinence according to a Stats Canada report. Bladder incontinence is a highly prevalent disease that not only affects a senior’s health, but impacts their daily lives emotionally, socially, and economically.

Respite care can benefit the health of both Canada’s seniors and their family caregivers. In a study, 60% of family caregivers, ages 19-64, reported “fair or poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers.

Problems associated with aging can affect a person’s ability to move around, or mobility. Muscle weakness, joint problems, pain, disease, and neurological difficulties can all contribute to mobility problems. They can also make the difference between living at home or in a facility.

What you can expect when your senior loved one returns home after a heart attack depends on its severity and the actual damage to the heart. Seniors over 65 may need eight weeks or more to fully recover, and are more prone to complications than younger patients. If your elder loved one has had a heart attack, it’s essential to understand the changes necessary for a successful recovery.

When should you take the car keys away from your senior or elder loved ones? A Caring.com and National Safety Council survey showed that 40 percent of adult children say they’re not comfortable talking to their parents about driving, and would rather discuss funeral arrangements or selling their home.

When the temperature drops, seniors and elders run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather. It’s important that they, and those who care for them, take certain precautions at this time of year. Here are some health hazards for seniors to avoid in winter.

Canadian Census data showed that about one-quarter (24.6%) of the population aged 65 and over now live alone. Loneliness in seniors can cause early death as often as alcoholism, obesity, and heavy smoking. This article outlines tips for caregivers to identify and assist with senior depression in their elder loved ones.

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