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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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6 Summer Safety Tips for the Elderly

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Summer is my favorite time of year. I look forward to long scenic bike rides, pool parties and weekends at the cottage. While it’s great to get outside for long stretches of time and enjoy the warm air and bright sunshine, seniors must be careful of season’s heat and humidity.

Part of the reason why older people can’t handle the heat as well as those that are younger is because they don’t sweat as effectively and have poorer circulation. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions or are on medications that limit their ability to respond to changes or affect their cooling system, perspiration. Obesity, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions are examples of conditions that compound this risk.

In order to safeguard your senior loved one from heat-related illnesses, as extreme as stroke, there are steps we can take to minimize the risk and ensure that they are able to take advantage of the benefits of this wonderful season.

  1. Review weather forecasts and make sure they ride out the extreme heat in a place that is air conditioned. If not in their home, plan for activities in a community centers, museums, shopping malls, etc. where the temperature will be controlled. Perhaps, there is a neighbor of family member whose home they can spend some time at.
  2. While margaritas at a beach front patio restaurant may seem attractive for most, these types of beverages will dehydrate your senior loved one and make them prone to the elements. Encourage them to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages, especially water.
  3. Dress in loose-fitting, light-colored clothing made of light fabrics such as linen and cotton. Hats are purposeful and can be very fashionable, but make sure that they are loosely woven or ventilated so they don’t trap heat. The best are those that are broad-brimmed so they shade the entire face.
  4. Use Sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, on all exposed body parts including the face and ears
  5. Avoid overexerting with strenuous activity; have family members or caregivers assist with these types of activities or if really necessary do these tasks really early in the morning. Periodic naps might also be a good idea.
  6. If you must be outdoors, stay in shaded areas near trees and/or water.

In spite of the potential hazard to seniors, summer is a great season! Knowing about the potential implications of extreme heat and taking preventative measures will ensure that they enjoy summer as much today as they did years ago. It may be that a day at the beach is swapped for some time at a public pool and a fancy “mock-tail” substituted for that margarita but the memory of this summer will markedly be remembered by the quality of time you spend with your senior loved one.

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Lori, A Natural Born CAREGiver

LoriLori is a newer addition to our team of companions, but a natural born CAREGiver at heart. She takes the lead by keeping Home Instead Senior Care, as well as the facility her client resides in, informed of any relevant issues to ensure quality care is being given. Recently Lori even went out of her way, on her own time, to take a visiting family member of her clients around town to run some errands. She was concerned that they may get lost because they were not familiar with Hamilton and live overseas. The family was truly appreciative of this act of kindness and this is just one example of how Lori never passes up an opportunity to share her heart with others. Even the facility where her client resides has complemented her on her thoughtfulness and professionalism. Thank you Lori for going the extra mile! We appreciate you and all that you do!

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I’m Giving Up Green Tea for a Coffee Break

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My day just hasn’t started until I have a cup (or a few) of green tea, but this month I’m taking a break – a coffee break, that is in support of Alzheimer’s research.

Over 747 000 Canadians across Canada are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. That number is expected to grow to 1.4 million within a generation. Coffee Break is an annual nationwide fundraiser sponsored by the Alzheimer Society and this year’s official launch is on September 18th. Some organizations, like Bulk Barn, have a jump started the program as early as September 5; the program runs throughout the month and into October.

You can show your support by making a donation, at one of the many participating organizations. In exchange for your donation you will be provided with a coffee cup cut out, to write out your name in recognition of your support. In 2013, thanks to sponsorship and donations, the Alzheimer Society was able to raise $1, 100, 000. If you’re interested in sponsoring Coffee Break or are interested in making a personal donation, please contact your provincial Alzheimer Society.

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Costs of Senior Care in Canada

health careThere is a trend, according to a survey conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, that very few seniors and their families are aware of the real costs that are relevant to senior care in Mississauga. What this means, is that few families are prepared to take on the costs of senior care, because they don’t understand where coverage comes from and exactly how much money they will need.

 The survey indicated that only about 20% to 30% of Canadians admit with being familiar with the various senior care options, including long-term care seniors’ centers and in-home care. But even those who know that these options are available don’t necessarily have an in-depth understanding as to what it costs to sustain a senior with one of these care styles. Many families believe that the funding provided by the Canadian Pension Plan or Old Age Security will cover the costs of senior care, but in reality, both benefits combined will not even cover the costs of long-term care in Ontario which are around $1,600 for a basic room. Insurance and other benefit programs typically only cover about one hour of in-home care per day, which means that seniors need to come up with additional finances to meet their care needs.

Families need to make sure that they inform themselves about available care options in Canada and their associated costs. Without this knowledge, decisions will be made based on what seniors cannot have; not on what they should, and that is not something that should be sacrificed.

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