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Promoting Senior Independence
Promoting Senior Independence
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on June 12, 2015

Whether your loved one is facing decreased mobility, cognitive decline, or is adjusting to life post-hospitalization, prioritizing your relative’s independence is important to maintaining his or her sense of control. The following tips can help both family caregivers and the hourly caregivers in Mississauga encourage ongoing senior independence. Encourage the Do-What-You-Can Attitude Giving your loved one some control in his or her daily routine can generate feelings of self-worth, happiness, and independence, so you or live-in caregivers in Mississauga may adopt a “do-what-you-can” attitude with your loved one. You may encourage your loved one to do small physical or cognitive tasks,…

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Parkinsons vs Lou Gehrigs
Parkinsons vs Lou Gehrigs
By Angie Kunnath, 7:50 pm on June 5, 2015

As Parkinson’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are both progressive neurodegenerative diseases, many people confuse the terms. Below, senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Mississauga provide information on the basic differences between Parkinson’s and ALS to help you better understand the two diseases. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS, sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, involves the degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord. These neurons normally transmit signals and impulses from the brain to the rest of the body, but as the condition progresses the neurons harden and eventually die. The loss of these neurons makes…

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Elderly-Woman-Confused-at-Home
Elderly-Woman-Confused-at-Home
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on May 29, 2015

Dementia is a complicated disease and the early warning signs often mimic those of other diseases of disorders. To help families identify dementia in a senior loved one as early as possible, Home Care Assistance of Mississauga wanted to share five of common warning signs of the condition. Memory Problems – Although some memory problems are common to aging and not a sign of dementia, when two types of memory impairment interfere with daily life, such as problems with language, reasoning, communication, and focus, dementia may be the cause. Subtle changes in short-term memory are often the first to appear….

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How to Encourage Senior Exercise
How to Encourage Senior Exercise
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on May 22, 2015

As multiple scientific studies have proven, the physical and emotional advantages that regular exercise offers to seniors is hard to overlook. Benefits include improved cardiovascular health, decreased rates of depression, and reduced risks for stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Because physical activity plays a protective role in brain function, exercise can ward off cognitive decline as well. Encourage your elderly loved one to exercise and take advantage of all these health benefits by utilizing the following tips from Mississauga Home Care Assistance. Take a Positive Approach A recent Cornell University study found that when it comes…

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Senior Stroke Warning Signs
Senior Stroke Warning Signs
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on May 15, 2015

Seniors are at an increased risk of stroke, which may strike quickly and have devastating physical and cognitive consequences. Immediate medication attention can not only save someone’s life but also reduce the damage of the stroke. For every minute that a stroke is untreated and blood flow to the brain is blocked, the person will lose around 1.9 million neurons. Family members and caregivers should be aware of the warning signs when a loved one is having a stroke so they can respond quickly. Sudden Numbness – While this symptom may be hard to recognize in someone else, you may…

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Benefits of Home Care
Benefits of Home Care
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on May 8, 2015

Today, many seniors are making the choice to live independently for as long as possible. Yet, there often comes a point where even the most independent senior may need assistance with their daily routine. For these reasons, in-home care services are rising in popularity due to the flexibility and cost-effective options that they provide for care. If your family is currently considering which type of care is most suitable for your loved one, this guide can help you understand what you can expect when hiring an in-home caregiver. Types of Services Available Home care in Mississauga typically focuses on providing…

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