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Why are Caregiver Companions so Helpful for Seniors? – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

There is a lot to deal with when we reach old age. It becomes harder to maintain a good level of health, and then there is the process of accepting our own mortality. Seeing friends, family members, and even spouses pass away, makes it all the more real. It is not hard to see why so many seniors struggle with anxiety and depression. A companion caregiver can help provide older adults with someone to talk to. Someone that has their best interests and improved health in mind. Regular social interaction has more of an impact on overall health than a lot of people think. The thing is, overall health is based on mental, physical, as well as emotional wellbeing. None of these aspects should be ignored. Extensive research has been done to show how social activity can help reduce the risk of dementia and early death. How can Companion Caregivers help? Companion caregivers are available to be there for your loved one wherever they may be needed. This can be at home, the hospital, or a retirement community, depending on current circumstances. You may be wondering why anyone would need additional care in an assisted living community. The main reason is that most of these places are under-staffed and over-crowded, leaving most of the residents falling short of the amount of care and attention they need. Caregiver companions can assist seniors with: Increased social activity Accompaniment to appointments Keeping the mind active with stimulation games and activities Personalized support A good introduction to home care Increased Social Activity One of the major benefits of companion care is the boost...

Ways Seniors Can Feel More Energetic – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Changes in levels or energy tend to come along with the process of ageing and growing older. As we grow older, the many changes that our bodies and lives are going through can result in differences in how our bodies feel and function. For many seniors, it is difficult to navigate the changes that come to impact their energy levels. It can be discouraging to have your body seem to force you to slow down when you are still so ready and willing to get out and do things every day. While outside factors can never entirely override the need for rest and relaxation that the body requires to maintain a state of health and wellbeing, it is possible to make a few lifestyle choices that can help to allow seniors to feel more energetic so that they can continue to participate in all the things they love.  Boosting Energy Everyone’s body works differently, and the things that work well for one person will likely be a little bit different than the ones that work for someone else. Generally speaking, the following are some great things to try that can help seniors to feel more energetic and less sluggish and fatigued throughout the day: Sleep Well: Many seniors deal with sleep problems, and it can be hard to have energy during the day when it hasn’t been replenished throughout the night. Having a good nighttime routine and setting things up in a way that is more conducive to a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Routine and environment are one thing, but if sleep is a persistent...

Adjusting After the Loss of a Partner – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

The changes that come after the loss of a spouse or partner can impact seniors in numerous and varied ways. While in the midst of dealing with the grief that comes with such a loss, it can be hard for seniors to accurately assess their own needs and abilities, and it can be hard to imagine making such big changes at such a difficult time. In these difficult times of life, support and care from loved-ones can make all the difference as seniors work to learn and acknowledge what they need and how they should set up their lives moving forward.  Support Through Grieving Everyone grieves differently, and there is no way to predict how or when the impact of the loss will be felt. At this crucial time, loved-ones and family members can do the following to help support their senior loved-one through their grief: Let them know you are there to lend an ear and a shoulder should they need to talk through their feelings. Make sure they know you are willing to help in the practical everyday ways that they need to help keep their daily loves going. Encourage them to express and face their feelings however they need to, and ensure they know you will be there through it all. Be compassionate, patient, and understanding of the fact that they need to go through the process in their own way, and at their own pace. Acknowledge and tend to your own grief as a caregiver so that you can care for yourself and be better able and equipped to support others. Share time together to...

How Volunteering Can Enrich Seniors’ Lives – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Volunteering can provide seniors with purpose, sense of self, confidence, and the knowledge that they are helping and contributing to their communities. When we think of Volunteering, we think about dedicating our time and energy to helping to support others in our community. The act of Volunteering is itself motivated by kindness and dedication to doing all we can to help others, but it can also have impacts on our own lives that are beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing. Volunteering can be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to fill their time and to feel like they are making a meaningful contribution to causes or areas of their community that are important to them. With so many options available in places like animal shelters, children’s hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, community events, workshops, museums, churches, and so much more, seniors can find somewhere to Volunteer their time no matter what their interests, passions, or values are. The Benefits The following are some examples of the many ways in which Volunteering can benefit seniors. Physical Activity: In many Volunteer environments, there is some degree of movement involved that can help to keep seniors active and strong. Cognitive Health: A lot of Volunteering involves learning skills, following directions, thinking through things, and planning. All of these behaviours, among others, are great for exercising the brain and supporting cognitive function in seniors. Social Connection: Getting out of the house and into a Volunteer setting can help to combat senior isolation and create connections that are so important for wellbeing. Seniors can meet people with common interests and values, and can work together...

What to do with the Cold-Weather Blues? – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

The coming of the cold-weather months of autumn and winter can create new challenges for seniors to manage. Making sure that seniors remain safe and comfortable within their homes through the fall and winter seasons requires that attention be payed to some important factors. As cold weather and shorter days set in, we are forced to deal with the many things that come along with cold weather seasons. We ensure that we, and our loved ones, have appropriate clothing and comforts available to combat and manage the colder temperatures, both within the home and outside, and we make appropriate upkeep and safety arrangements to deal with rain, snow, and ice. It is important also, however, to make sure that we recognize and direct attention to the impacts that these colder and darker seasons can have upon mental health and wellbeing of our senior loved ones. Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as “SAD”, is a mood disorder that cycles with the seasons. It is a form of depression that is related strongly to seasonal changes in light, and affects most people in the late fall and winter when days are shorter and sunlight is limited. It is speculated that the shorter days disrupt our bodies’ circadian rhythms, as well as change levels of serotonin and melatonin. Symptoms of SAD can often begin to manifest in late autumn and carry right through to the end of winter. Basically, Seasonal Affective Disorder is, in more colloquial language, an intense case of the “winter blues”. Why Seniors? While instances of Seasonal Affective Disorder are not limited to a particular...

The Benefits of Gardening for Seniors – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Setting up and watching a garden grow can do great things for seniors. Gardening is an activity that allows for creativity, physical movement, interaction with nature, and a whole host of other positive features. Spending time outside working in the garden is a hobby that many seniors enjoy in the warm-weather months, but it can be more than just a fun way to pass the time. The fact that gardening requires planning, knowledge, time, care, and creativity means that it is an activity that incorporates many facets that exercise the mind and body. Benefits of Gardening: Gardens are beautiful places that are full of life and wonder. The act of gardening itself can be beneficial for seniors in multiple ways: Physical Activity: Gardening involves different levels of physical activity that can be beneficial for seniors’ physical wellbeing. Working outside and moving around to care for the garden can help seniors exercise their bodies and can help them get better sleep as a result of the combination of movement and fresh air. Self-Esteem and Mastery: Gardening can be an empowering activity in which seniors can plan and control the outcome of the task. Learning to nurture a garden provides a sense of purpose and can afford seniors a great sense of self-worth and mastery. Relaxation: The rhythm and work required for gardening has a slow and calm pace that makes it an ideal activity for relaxing and relieving stress. Some seniors even use gardening as a form of meditation. When things are overwhelming and a little stress relief is required, seniors can step out into the sun and just focus...