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1 in 5 Canadian seniors entering long-term care too soon

January 12, 2020

Many Canadian seniors are entering residential care sooner than they need to, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). “What we found is that one in five seniors entering residential care actually have the same characteristics of those that are served in the community,” said Georgina McDonald, vice president of Western Canada and developmental initiatives of the CIHI. The report says that by expanding home care services, more seniors could stay in their homes longer. That’s something McDonald says could help alleviate pressure on provincial health systems as baby boomers age. “The 75+ population is doubling over the next twenty years, so as we’re looking forward it’s tremendously important that we’re optimizing all of the... Continue reading »

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Home Remedies for Burns

November 21, 2019

When can you treat a burn at home? Whether you burn your hand on a pan of cookies, spend too much time in the sun, or spill hot coffee on your lap, burns are certainly not pleasant. Unfortunately, burns are one of the most common household injuries. Burns are categorized by their severity. A first-degree burn is considered the least severe because it only affects the outer layer of skin. It usually only causes mild pain, redness, and swelling. Second-degree burns affect deeper layers of the skin and cause blisters and white, wet, and shiny skin. Third-degree burns involve damage to all layers of the skin, while fourth-degree burns may involve the joints and bones. Third- and fourth-degree burns are considered medical emergencies and should only be treated in a hospital. You can... Continue reading »

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s

October 9, 2019

The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, these two conditions aren’t the same. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. Dementia is a broader term for conditions with symptoms relating to memory loss such as forgetfulness and confusion. Dementia includes more specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and others, which can cause these symptoms. Causes, symptoms, and treatments can be different for these diseases. Alzheimer’s disease causes and risk factors Experts haven’t determined a single cause of Alzheimer’s disease but they have identified certain risk factors, including: Age. Most people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are 65 years of age or older. Family... Continue reading »

Fun in the Sun: The Best Summer Activities for Seniors

June 21, 2019

Enjoying time outdoors when the weather is at its finest isn’t just a pleasant experience; it offers some very real benefits to seniors. For starters, sunlight is one of the best sources of valuable vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which is essential for strong bones. Plus, vitamin D has also been proven to protect you from a variety of health issues like the flu and some cancers, improve brain health, strengthen your immune system and help you maintain your mobility. Being outdoors offers other benefits, too. Getting out into the fresh air can boost your mood and provide plenty of opportunities to help you stay socially and physically active, which are key elements in healthy aging. Senior Activities for the Summertime When the heat is on, it’s important... Continue reading »

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