Monthly Archives: May 2013

10th Annual Golf4Yuri Tournament

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On Saturday, May 11, Greg Bechard and Dan Gallagher, representing Home Instead Senior Care, participated in the 10th Annual Golf4Yuri tournament. The goal of this golf tournament is:
• To continue to provide support to ABI survivors
• To provide some respite for caregivers
• To promote community awareness and education about ABI (Acquired Brain Injury)

Golf4Yuri was created in the memory of Yuri Mutiger. It was established in order to in some small way help survivors of ABI and their families. Funds raised so far, have enabled several clients to attend the Boundless Adventure Camp http://www.charityintelligence.ca/images/toppicks/boundless%20adventures.pdf. As well as giving clients the opportunity to experience and participate in new and challenging tasks, meet new friends, it also provides a most needed respite for the care-givers. ABI does not just affect the person that has suffered the injury, it also has a deep impact on family and friends.

Hundred golfers teed off and two teams ended up tied at -6. They raised lots of money for BIAPH’s (Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton) Caregiver Refief Program. They met the goal of raising over $100,000 in support of ABI survivors and their families and loved ones.
For more stories and pics from this event, visit http://www.biaph.com.

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20th Annual ABI Conference

20th Annual ABI Conference

On Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th, the Hamilton Convention Centre hosted the 20th Annual Conference on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury.  The conference featured two days of informative and inspiring presentations for ABI rehabilitation professionals, psychologists, physicians, program planners and insurance & legal representatives and advocates.

The goal of the conference was enhance understanding of the complex issues that surround brain injury. These can include injuries related to forensics, addiction, behaviour, mental health and pain. The conference was a great opportunity to learn more about these varied facets of brain injury and how they impact recovery, community reintegration, social relationships, health and rehabilitation.

In addition to hearing from some of the leading experts in the field, it was a great opportunity to network, share experiences and cultivate partnerships. Home Instead Senior Care was proud to be one of these sponsors.

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“Ask Brenda”

“Ask Brenda”

“Ask Brenda” is written by Brenda Enright, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke. Home Instead is the leading home care provider for seniors, with over 1000 offices internationally. Their services allow seniors to remain in their homes, maintain their independence, and preserve their quality of life.

Brenda will draw from her experiences to provide answers to questions regarding care and available resources in the community. If you have a question for Brenda, please forward it to: askbrenda@homeinstead.com.

Dear Brenda: My mother is showing beginning signs of dementia. Currently, my dad is being treated for cancer and she is his primary caregiver. Neither my sister nor I live in the same city as my parents. My dad has asked us to try and get my mom in for evaluation with a doctor but my mom refuses to cooperate. How do you approach an issue with a parent that is showing signs of mental decline?

Brenda: Sorry to hear about your dad’s health. Between that, and your mom showing signs of cognitive impairment, this sounds like a stressful situation all around. This situation is going to require some planning and adjustments.

Do you or your sister plan to go home for a long weekend? If so, you can see firsthand how your mom is doing—over a few days—and talk face to face. Start by sharing what you have observed and asking what she thinks is going on. Offer specific observations, delivered calmly and in a loving tone. If your mom agrees that there is a problem, you can then ask her what she thinks needs to be done. If she doesn’t bring up the idea of going for a thorough assessment, you can speak to the advantages of being prepared and taking action early. This is in her best interests and your father’s. You might reassure her and say that it might be nothing, but better to be safe and know for sure.

If this doesn’t work, try speaking directly about your own feelings. I find that, very often, people will do something they don’t want to do out of love for the person making the request.

Don’t give up! Try a variety of approaches with your mom. I agree, an assessment sounds like a good idea, for her sake and for your dad’s. Good luck!

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Scams Targeting Seniors Are Growing In Canada

Scams Targeting Seniors Are Growing In Canada

It’s one of the ugliest forms of fraud and it’s on the rise in Canada.   It’s the word no family caregiver wants to hear when it comes to a senior loved one.  The growing incidence of senior scams is putting many older adults in harm’s way, threatening to strip them of their assets, their independence and their trust.

Criminals, banking on an aging population of Baby Boomers with cash to spare, gather data on potential victims online, exploiting the fact that the older generations aren’t as tech savvy as their children.  In fact, Statistics Canada shows that con artists target 60-to-69-year olds the most.

Some of the scams in circulation are already well known. There’s the lottery ruse where “winners” can claim their prizes for a fee; calls from people impersonating police or Microsoft employees to extract personal information; and perhaps most reprehensible, fraudsters who pretend a loved one has gotten into trouble and needs money wired immediately.

For self-protection, police warn seniors against providing personal information to anyone they don’t know and being suspicious of anything that sounds too good to be true.  As 80 per cent of all mass-market scams are now committed on the Internet, caution is also advised when corresponding online.

If you have relatives who you fear may be vulnerable to fraud, remind them that it’s not just strangers who pose a threat.   And, if you are scammed, your chances of getting any of your money back are slim. Accordingly, the only real way to protect yourself is to not get defrauded in the first place.  Remember, “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is”! 

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What Your Elderly Mother Really Wants For Mother’s Day

What Your Elderly Mother Really Wants For Mother's Day

Sending flowers, candy and greeting cards are the norm for mom on Mother’s Day, but what your aging mother really wants on her special day is to feel nurtured.
As daughters and sons move into middle age, their parents get even older; relationships shift from caregiver to the one being cared for. As the elderly one in the equation, it is not easy to accept the fact that you may now depend on your own children for everyday tasks, and more. Pride conflicts with frailty.
Research shows that money, title or good health has less effect on life satisfaction than strong personal relationships can. So this Mother’s Day, make a commitment to do what you can to improve your relationship and give your mom and yourself positive memories. It is an especially important holiday to honor all that your parent has done, and the years that have passed.
What is the primary way to do so? It starts with love and empathy. As your mom ages, the gifts that she might have enjoyed decades ago are replaced with gifts with special value.
Here are just a few suggestions:
• Taking her for a scenic drive, or a tour of old neighborhoods. This prompts discussions of what life was like back then.
• Create a memorable scrapbook. Take old photographs of grandma as a young girl, as well as pictures of her as she started her family. It is a beautiful keepsake.
• Ask her to help you out. Your mother wants to feel like she is still needed. Depending on her physical abilities, you can work on planting flowers in outdoor pots, or bake bread together.
• The old-fashioned art of letter writing can help you develop a closer bond. Write her a letter about how grateful you feel to have her as your mother. Sharing these feelings increases good memories about the past and leads to greater personal satisfaction for both of you.
Any time you can show your mother attention and spend time together is beneficial. Elderly people are very afraid of being forgotten, or being a burden. You can show love by helping to dispel these fears. The golden years should not be tarnished as a result of poor care and feelings of helplessness and un-worth. Take your mother by the hand and walk beside her during this period. That is the greatest way to show your love, on Mother’s Day, and every other day of the year.

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The Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

The Health Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

“April showers bring May flowers” and this provides a great opportunity for CAREGivers to Take the Lead and plan activities centered around gardening. Besides being enjoyable, it provides numerous health benefits.  It is a great hobby for any age and is consistently listed among the most popular activities for seniors everywhere.

Studies suggest gardening can add zeal and increase energy levels for older adults.  There is strong evidence that gardening can be an effective way for older adults to increase life satisfaction while also increasing physical activity.  It is an excellent form of exercise for mobility, flexibility, use of motor skills while helping to improve strength and endurance. This type of physical activity also helps to prevent osteoporosis, reduces stress levels while promoting relaxation to help you rest better at night.

A few good words of advice for seniors who garden is to warm up by doing a few stretches before starting any gardening activities and working with your garden tools.  By doing this, you will reduce any muscle soreness you may experience later on.

Gardening provides participants with opportunities to reconnect with themselves through nature and a healthy activity to enhance their quality of life.  No matter how you cut it, gardening is a hobby that can not only hold the seniors’ interest far later in life than many other pastimes, but also keeps them active and productive.

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