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By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on May 17, 2018

Toronto Home Care Assistance believes very strongly about protecting seniors, whether it is preventing mental or physical abuse or offering family caregivers tips on helping their aging loved ones avoid financial abuse. Elder abuse is a prominent issue that needs to be addressed in Canada, and this infographic details some of the key statistics related to this type of abuse.

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6 Ways to Prevent Hypertension in Seniors in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on May 10, 2018
6 Ways to Prevent Hypertension in Seniors in Toronto, ON

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease. While hypertension can develop at any age, aging adults are more susceptible to this health issue. There are several risk factors associated with hypertension in seniors, but simple lifestyle changes can lower the risk. Here are six ways to prevent hypertension in aging adults. 1. Monitor Medications Certain medications can …

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How to Spend Time Off from Caring for Your Parent in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on April 19, 2018
How to Spend Time Off from Caring for Your Parent in Toronto, ON

Being a caregiver can be an overwhelming duty, and the pain of seeing your mother or father become less able may be difficult to manage, which is why it’s important to take time for yourself. Here are some of the things you can do when taking a break from caregiving. Put Together a Support System Taking time off from your caregiving duties is important for …

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5 Tips on Providing Home Care to Your Elderly Spouse in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on April 5, 2018
5 Tips on Providing Home Care to Your Elderly Spouse in Toronto, ON

When your spouse is no longer able to take care of him or herself, you may want to step in as the primary caregiver. Taking care of an aging loved one can become even more difficult when he or she is your spouse. Use the following tips to make your job as a spousal caregiver a little easier for both you and your partner. 1. …

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How to Balance Work with Your Caregiving Duties in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on March 22, 2018
How to Balance Work with Your Caregiving Duties in Toronto, ON

Becoming a family caregiver doesn’t mean you have to give up your current job. It is important to maintain as much of your normal routine as possible because it can help you prevent depression, isolation, resentment, and caregiver burnout. Here are some of the ways you can balance work with your caregiving duties.  Be Proactive  Being proactive can prevent panic attacks, high blood pressure, and …

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5 Practical Ways to Ease Dementia-Related Agitation in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on March 8, 2018
5 Practical Ways to Ease Dementia-Related Agitation in Toronto, ON

Agitation is a common behavioral symptom of dementia, and there are many things that can trigger this type of behavior, such as a change in routine or environment. Caregivers should consider the following effective ways to mitigate dementia-related agitation.  1. Look for a Trigger When your senior loved one becomes agitated, look for the source of discomfort. He or she might be reacting to a …

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Safety Kitchen Tips for Seniors in Toronto Canada
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on February 15, 2018
Safety Kitchen Tips for Seniors in Toronto Canada

Though kitchens are particularly dangerous for seniors with dementia and limited mobility, they can even pose safety concerns for healthy seniors. Use the following tips to make the kitchen safer for your aging loved one. 1. Change the Way You Store Things  Many kitchen accidents happen while a senior is trying to reach something placed on a high or low shelf. If possible, add pull-down …

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Communicating with a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer's in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on February 1, 2018
Communicating with a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer's in Toronto, ON

One of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is how it impairs communication skills. Seniors with Alzheimer’s may lose the language skills, memory, and cognitive function required for conversations, yet they get stressed and upset when they cannot understand others or communicate their needs. Caregivers may need to modify their communication methods to better discuss things with their senior loved one. The following tips …

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5 Most Beneficial Hobbies for Seniors in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on January 18, 2018
5 Most Beneficial Hobbies for Seniors in Toronto, ON

Older adults who discover a fun and enjoyable hobby can build their confidence, and they often find the hobby they choose is quite rewarding. Participating in a hobby can also reduce stress and rejuvenate the mind. Here are five hobbies that can greatly benefit seniors. 1. Growing Plants  Whether a senior is planting vegetables or a flower bed, gardening offers therapeutic benefits such as increased …

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Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease to Watch for in Toronto, ON
By Steve Darley, 9:00 am on January 4, 2018
Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease to Watch for in Toronto, ON

As adults get older, they may experience a variety of age-related challenges. However, some changes may signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. By recognizing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease early, you can help your senior loved one slow cognitive decline and enjoy a high quality of life.  1. Loss of Memory Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and it …

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