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Home Instead Senior Care’s Prevent Wandering Program

Prevent Wandering Program

My dad used to work for a bank. Just this past week I found him trying to get into my car, at six in the morning! My fear is that he will find the keys and seriously hurt himself or someone else…”

“I’m always worried that mom will get out of her room and wander into the kitchen while I’m asleep. Most nights I don’t go to bed until dawn…”

“When my uncle wandered off we found him in a corn field. He was OK, but he kept doing it again and again. We don’t know what to do….”

Wandering is one of the most challenging behavioural tendencies of seniors living with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia. It can also be quite frightening. The truly unfortunate stories we hear make our hearts drop every time. We understand the feeling of knowing that your loved one can’t remember that they’re retired, or that they actually are at home, is indescribable. Every day is a challenge for the family members, friends, neighbours, and especially the seniors. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia will wander – however, all those with dementia are at risk, no matter what stage they are dealing with.

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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Dementia

Senior and Caregiver outdoors while raining

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s (…yet), there are a variety of ways you can change your day-to-day life to help reduce your risk of developing dementia. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is known as a progressive disease. There are multiple treatments that can be done to slow the pace of a person’s decline, but ultimately there is no way to reverse the disease. Your loved one might be able to function fairly well in the early stage, however, that could change very quickly. The speed at which an individual’s dementia progresses is as unique as their personality.

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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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September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

The theme for World Alzheimer's Month is Remember Me. September 2016

This September is the fifth global World Alzheimer’s Month! It is an international campaign, started in 2012 by the Alzheimer’s Disease International, that is aiming to raise awareness of the disease and to challenge the stigma surrounding dementia. It’s meant to unite opinion leaders, people living with dementia, caregivers and families, medical professionals, researchers, and the media from all over the world.

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Transitioning Smoothly

Senior transitioning from hospital to home accompanied by family

Imagine this; you’ve finally made it home after a long day at work. After unpacking your things, you start tidying up the kitchen in order to prepare dinner for tonight. Your daughter should be home from soccer practice soon and you know she’ll be hungry. You start to cut up some vegetables when the phone rings. It’s the hospital. They’ve called to tell you that dad is ready to be released from the hospital, in an hour from now – but… you thought this wasn’t happening for another two weeks? A tidal wave of mixed emotions starts crashing through your mind: joy, panic, relief, worry. You’re so glad he’s better, but how are you going to deal with helping dad on top of all the other things going on in your life?

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Apps for Seniors: Our Top Picks for Your Loved Ones

Savvy senior using an app in her tablet

Apps. Even if you don’t know what they are or how they work, we’re sure you’ve heard the word. “App” is an abbreviation for ‘application software’, which can actually refer to any type of software on a computer (like Microsoft Word or the Google Search Engine in your internet browser, for example). However, for the most part, when your son, daughter or friend is using the term ‘app’, they’re referring to the programs that are specifically designed to use on their mobile devices, like their cell phones or tablets. There are thousands of apps available today and new ones are being developed as you read this. There for apps to cover pretty much anything and everything; from help with managing your finances to crushing candies for points.

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Maintaining Independence and Dignity

Happy independent senior

You might be stuck wondering what to do. Mom and Dad’s health is starting to slowly decline. Maybe you’re noticing little differences in the way they handle day-to-day tasks. You walk in for a visit and notice the oven is still on, or the laundry hamper is overflowing. Wasn’t Mom in that outfit two days ago – how long has she been wearing that? You are thinking that it’s time for them to have help, but you know they would hate the idea of living in a retirement residence. Weighing the options of staying at home or not often leaves you feeling helpless. It’s like hitting a brick wall; most seniors would rather stay in their own home – but they also want to stay independent by taking care of themselves. So, again they’re left with the question, “What do we do?”

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Intergenerational Activities for Summer

senior, accompanied of daughter and grandkids playing family games

If you’re a family caregiver, summertime can often be overwhelming. You spend a lot of time looking after your parents and now your own children are home as well. Planning activities for everyone to do together can reduce a lot of stress and will benefit the whole family. Intergenerational Activities, otherwise known as Multigenerational Activities, can improve the quality of life for older adults and can teach younger generations a stronger appreciation for aging and the elderly. The social and mental stimulation created by these activities is truly beneficial for aging minds, however, it’s the sheer enjoyment of being with family that we’re hoping will brighten their mood and yours. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

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The Importance of Medication Reminders for Seniors

Jeremy Grant, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Hamilton, was recently featured on Canada’s talk show “daytime”. Watch below as he discusses the importance of medication reminders and managing a senior’s medication intake. It’s estimated that roughly 57% of seniors are taking more than 3 medications each day, and if they have Alzheimer’s or other conditions, remembering can be quite challenging.

If you’re thinking your loved one needs help with medication reminders, call Home Instead at 905.521.5500!

June is Ontario’s Seniors Month!​​​

Senior Marking a Difference

This week marks the beginning of the 32nd annual Seniors Month in Ontario. To recognize the important role seniors have in communities all over Ontario, the government has declared this year’s theme, “Seniors Making a Difference”. They’ve also started promoting the hashtag #VibrantSeniors on social media. For example, if you’re posting something about your loved one on Twitter, don’t forget to squeeze it in!

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