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Types of Dementia

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Types of dementia

Alzheimer’s may be the most common type of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60 – 80 percent of all cases, but it is not the only one. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “dementia” is a general term for a group of conditions that affects a person’s mental capabilities severely enough to interfere with everyday life; memory loss is just one example of many possible symptoms. Although types of dementia may overlap, they are associated with distinct symptoms, patterns and distinguishing microscopic brain abnormalities.

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Parkinson’s Canada’s Exercises for People with Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Seniors Exercising

Exercise. I know, I know, some of you just groaned at the sight of the word. Far too often we put it off and make excuses as to why we can’t exercise today. “Too busy!”, “Too tired.”, “I’ll do it tomorrow.”, “What’s the point?”…
Many of us just need that extra, little push to get ourselves into a daily routine. Aren’t a fan of the gym? No problem. There are a ton of things that could be done at home; some activities you wouldn’t even realize are putting your muscles to work. Thankfully, caring.com has a slew of suggestions for those that are looking to enhance their flexibility, endurance, mood, and so much more.

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Alzheimer’s Friendly Business Program Addresses Isolation Among Family Caregivers

HAMILTON – The Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Hamilton is helping to launch a new campaign designed to make the community more Alzheimer’s friendly. Through the Alzheimer’s Friendly BusinessSM program, the Home Instead Senior Care office will provide free training to local businesses to help equip their employees with information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has revealed that these family caregivers might be reluctant to frequent public places because of the behaviours that could be associated with the disease.

In a recent survey of Alzheimer’s caregivers, 74 per cent reported that they and their loved ones have become more isolated from the community as a result of the disease. Furthermore, 85 per cent reported that they feel a reduced quality of life due to isolation.*

“It’s time to stop hiding behind closed doors…and find ways to maintain a normal lifestyle for alzheimer’s patients and caregivers” said Jeremy Grant, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Hamilton.

According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to grow to a staggering 75.6 million by 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050.

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The Role of Home Care in Preventing Hospital Readmissions

Most people shudder at the thought of a hospital visit and would do their best to avoid one.    Unfortunately, Canadian seniors account for 14 per cent of the population but represent 85 per cent of the hospital bed occupancy; the number will be on the incline with the baby boomer demographic. 

A study led by Robert Wilson, a professor of neurological and behavioral sciences, referenced a rate of cognitive decline that double after a hospital stay.  he number is staggering and intimates that the best way to keep our seniors well is to avoid hospitalizations whenever possible.

Owners, health care professionals and Home Instead Senior Care clients discuss the important role that Home Instead has played in the lives of patients coming home from the hospital. A patient needs someone to make sure they take their medicines, get to the doctors and eat correctly, and assistance with those things will make a difference in the patient being successful at home or returning to the hospital.

To learn more, read our enhanced transitional care model, or call us at 905-521-5500