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Halloween Safety Tips for those with Alzheimer's

  Halloween can be a very frightening time for those with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.   Here are a few things you can do, or be aware of, as a caregiver, during this spooky season:   1. Limit the amount of Halloween decorations or changes to the hom...

Bad Behavior - Paranoia and Hallucination in Elderly

  Paranoia and hallucinations in the elderly can take many forms, from accusing family members of stealing, seeing people who aren't there or believing someone is trying to murder them.   (Image) Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash What to do if your loved on...

Bad Behavior - Swearing, Offensive Language & Inappropriate Comments

  When a normally loving father or mother is suddenly using the worst profanities, using offensive language or saying inappropriate things, family members are baffled as to why…and what to do about it. We've heard stories about parents who used to be mild-mannered, prop...

Bad Behavior - Refusing to Shower

  The issue of elders who were once reasonably clean refusing to take showers, wear fresh clothes and take care of personal hygiene is one that is far more common than most people think - and it's very frustrating for caregivers.       (Image) Phot...

Bad Behavior - Is Your Elderly Parent Turning on You?

Sometimes, elderly parents turn on the child that is trying so hard to take care of them and the result is abuse of the caregiver. Stories of mental, emotional, even physical abuse to the adult child are all-to-common.    (Image) Photo by CloudVisual on Unsplash   ...

What's Causing Bad Behavior in Seniors in the form of Rage, Anger, and Yelling?

Age and illness can intensify longstanding personality traits in some unpleasant ways: An irritable person may become enraged, an impatient person demanding and impossible to please. Unfortunately, the person taking care of the elderly parent is often the target.     (Im...

Mourning A Parent or Spouse's Death

When your spouse dies, your world changes. You are in mourning—feeling grief and sorrow at the loss. You may feel numb, shocked, and fearful. You may feel guilty for being the one who is still alive. If your spouse died in a nursing home, you may wish that you had been able to care for him ...

Advocating for Seniors: Seniors Transportation

  On May 10th, 2018 between 10:30 - 11:30 am, B.C. Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, will release the Report on Seniors Transportation: Affordable, Accessible and Appropriate.   If you are interested in attending, please RVSP to Yvette Marquis at yvette.marquis@gov.bc.ca.&...

When Elders Don't Accept Outside Caregivers in the Home

When my Aunt had in home care, she liked a couple of the caregivers, she thought one was okay, and barely tolerated two others. I wasn't always there to witness her behavior, but I'd say that the caregivers were not particularly thrilled with her, either. Yet they did their job. (I...

Tax Implications for Caregivers or Loved Ones of Someone with a Disability

  So many changes have come into place over the last tax year that we wanted to pull out some information that will affect our audience. If you have a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or a disability and you also provide care for this person, there are some things you n...

NEW YEARS BLESSING

    May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises. May evening find you gracious and fulfilled. May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected. May your soul calm, console, and renew you. ...

What is Old?

  I came across this very interesting video from last year by the AARP showing the perception that some Millenials had about older people.          How does this make you feel? What do you consider old? Isn't it time to redefine what ...

International Day for Older Persons 2017

The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  The first was Oct 1, 1991 this is the 26th year.       (Image)     By designating a special day in recognition of seniors, the UN...

Risk Factors for Dementia That You Might Not Know About

  If we can arm ourselves with information and being aware of potential risk factors for developing dementia, we might be able to reduce the onset of this disease.       (Image)   In a recent piece on the Global News it was shared that there are 9...

Knowledge is Power - A Case for Cognition-Based Screening

(Image) Knowledge is power, and obtaining knowledge early can make it all the more powerful. In the case of dementia, early detection can mean early intervention and early protection, which is why researchers are now looking at cognition-based screening as a preemptive tool for staving off the ef...

Recipes To Keep Your Loved Ones Hydrated With Fruits & Vegetable

Strawberries and Coconut Water(Image) Ingredients   To make 2 Strawberry Mock tails combine: • 1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water • 1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced • 3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar   Directions 1. To mak...

How to Keep Loved Ones from Dehydration

For many, the long-awaited summer months suggest family picnics, cool drinks on the porch, and lazy afternoons at the beach. But, as temperatures soar, warm weather activities can increase the risk for another staple of summer: dehydration. Not getting enough fluids, or electrolytes especially wh...

Interviewed by Vicki Starfire Spectacular Seniors

I enjoyed being interviewed by Vicki Starfire on her Spectacular Seniors show.   Please listen in to my interview below.   ...

Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh

  I wanted to share this, a little bit of my heritage coming out and I hope the words resonate with you.   (Image)    
 

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