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Natural Treatments for Parkinson's
Natural Treatments for Parkinson's
By Angie Kunnath, 9:00 am on July 24, 2015

If your senior loved one has developed Parkinson’s, you and your family has probably heard about a number of treatment options. While there are many medical treatments available for seniors with Parkinson’s, natural treatments may also be a good option. To help you understand some alternative treatments, the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance in Mississauga discuss several natural ways to reduce Parkinson’s symptoms. 1. Stretching Seniors with Parkinson’s frequently experience stiff and uncomfortable muscles. To help reduce some muscle tension, have your loved one reach his or her arms out and lay his or her hands flat on…

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A Safer Home for the Elderly
A Safer Home for the Elderly
By Angie Kunnath, 9:00 am on July 17, 2015

If your elderly loved one can no longer climb stairs to use a bedroom or bathroom on a second floor or descend stairs into basement laundry areas, living at home could be challenging. However, there are ways to adapt your senior loved one’s house for better use. Read on for 4 ways to make your loved one’s home easier to navigate, presented by a leading provider of home care Mississauga. 1. Try a One-Story Conversion Many multi-floor homes can be adapted for one-floor living if there is a full bathroom on the main floor. While making this sort of alteration…

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Maintaining Senior Eye Health
Maintaining Senior Eye Health
By Angie Kunnath, 8:00 am on July 10, 2015

As seniors age, their eyesight tends to get weaker and the eyes have a harder time focusing, seeing colors, and adjusting to light. However, there are several easy things you can do to promote your senior loved one’s eye health. Check out these tips that can help maintain senior eye health, presented by a leading provider of senior home care in Mississauga. 1. Focus on Nutrition Maintaining a healthy diet is the first step seniors can take to help maintain good eye health. Alcohol and foods that are high in saturated fats can harm senior eyes, leading to a risk for…

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Ways of Helping Seniors With Depression
Ways of Helping Seniors With Depression
By Angie Kunnath, 9:00 am on June 26, 2015

Depression is one of the most common problems of aging, with more than 7 million elderly people diagnosed and treated for depression each year. At Mississauga Home Care Assistance, we know that seeing a loved one experience depression is upsetting. Here are four simple ways to help your loved one. 1. Encourage Activity Exercise is an effective means of combating depression, so find simple ways to get your loved one moving. Taking a brief walk together can improve mood, relieve stress, and stimulate the release of feel-good brain chemicals. Engaging in mental activity helps fight depression too, so drawing your loved…

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Music as Dementia Treatment
Music as Dementia Treatment
By Angie Kunnath, 9:00 am on June 19, 2015

At Mississauga Home Care Assistance, we understand working through the changes that often accompany dementia-related memory loss can be a tough adjustment for you and your loved one. Music therapy for elderly people with dementia can address some of these challenges by helping to stimulate memories, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. Benefits of Music Therapy The memory loss associated with dementia can be overwhelming for your loved one, however, music can be a powerful means of easing some of dementia’s negative effects. Listening to music triggers activity throughout the brain, activating areas used for speech, memory, and movement. It also stimulates…

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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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