Recent research studies have shown that seniors reap significant health benefits from volunteering. Volunteering provides the social interaction and companionship that many seniors crave. Volunteering also gives seniors the peace of mind that they helping others and contributing to a greater cause.

Influenza and the flu are nothing to play around with and should be taken very seriously by seniors and elders. The Center for Disease Control reports that each year more than 200,000 people across North America will be hospitalized due to seasonal flu and its complications such as pneumonia—and 36,000 of them will die. Seniors make up the majority of these numbers.

Over the course of our lives—starting in our 20s—we lose brain cells, a few at a time, causing a normal decline in the brain’s ability to remember. You may have reason for concern if you forget directions to a place you have been to many times or how to do things you have done often. This could signal the beginning of Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia.

According to Stats Canada, seniors are the fastest growing group of users of the Internet. Email was the most common use of the Internet by seniors with 9 in 10 Internet users taking advantage of it. However, for those not yet at ease with going online, alternative technologies simplify computer functions to just the basics needed to exchange messages with loved ones.

Time management tips for seniors and elders: An in-home care companion can help a senior free up some time, assisting with daily chores, meal preparation, errands, grooming, and other tasks. Seniors can further reduce the stress that comes from demands on their time by practicing time management.

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