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Diet & Activity to Prevent Cognitive Decline in Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

Two very good lifestyle practices to make a part of your daily routine are a balanced, nutritious diet and mentally stimulating activity. This probably comes as no surprise, as these are fairly standard practices for health and wellbeing. The problem is that the majority of seniors could be doing more in both of these areas. Diet Studies show that a diet based in whole foods, and rich in nutrients, can help lower the risk of dementia. One good example of this is how the Mediterranean diet has been shown to help preserve memory and prevent cognitive decline. Brain Games Games that help keep the mind active and sharp are another good approach to help preserve cognitive function. Studies have also supported ‘brain training games’, to keep the brain healthy and nimble. Mediterranean Diet Linked to Brain Health A diet consisting of plant-based foods, as well as quality fish and poultry, has been shown to have positive effects on overall health. A nutritious diet of this nature has been associated with reduced risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive impairment. What is the Mediterranean Diet? The name makes it sound like a specific diet that is prevalently eaten in southern Europe. However, the original Mediterranean diet spans across southern Europe, west Asia, and north Africa, and there are a range of foods that are common in these regions. The Mediterranean diet is more of a lifestyle, that has been adopted by many people all over the earth. What does the Mediterranean Diet include? There is a loose guideline that can be followed for people looking to implement the Mediterranean diet,...

Activities of Daily Living for Seniors – Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge

What is an ADL? An ADL, Activity of Daily Living, is a phrase that is predominantly used in health care. It is applied to essential tasks and activities one must take care of on a daily basis. These tasks are routine for people in peak physical health, but may be more burdensome for seniors with health issues. Some examples of activities of daily living, are: Functional mobility – the ability to get out of bed in the morning and get to the bathroom, and navigate around the house Toileting Personal hygiene Bathing or showering Oral care Skin care Grooming Hair care Dressing – choosing suitable attire and the ability to put on clothes, with the ability to operate zippers and buttons Nourishment – independent eating You can think of an ADL as an activity that is typically included in the process of getting ready for a regular day. With age, ADLs may begin to become more challenging and time-consuming, and in some cases impossible. Caregivers from a professional home care agency, like Retire-At-Home, can assist your loved one with any help they need carrying out typical ADLs. On top of straightforward activities like ADLs, there is also another level of tasks called IADLs. What is an IADL? IADL stands for Instrumental Activities for Daily Living. An IADL is much like an ADL, except it is generally a bit more complex in nature. IADLs are often not essential for survival, but are required for independent living. These tasks frequently require higher levels of functioning like organizational skills, problem solving and judgement, as well as a certain degree of physical strength...

Digital Life Skills for Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver, West Vancouver

                      A common assumption many people have is that seniors are afraid of, or uncomfortable with, technology. That is no longer the case for a growing number of older adults. Seniors in general have really begun to embrace technology in the last few years and all of the benefits that go with it. Benefits of Digital Literacy for Seniors There are many advantages for seniors that want to become a little more tech savvy. Some of the biggest benefits of improving computer skills, might be: Health Entertainment Transport and Travel Finances Education Staying Connected Health Health is obviously a major concern for a lot of older adults, and technology can help with a variety of health issues. The first major advantage is all the health information available on the internet. Of course, you will want to make sure you are getting your information from a credible source, but the option is there to find out everything about various health conditions, symptoms, causes, and treatments. Aside from a wealth of information, there are also a range of technological devices that can be used to monitor health and help prevent injury and illness. There are wearable sensor systems to monitor posture to treat back issues and reduce the risk of back injury. There are sensors being developed to help predict and prevent falls in the home. Medical alert systems are available to send immediate alerts in case of a fall or injury. There are also general health monitors that can track blood pressure and other vital signs throughout the day. Entertainment...

Travel Tips for Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver and West Vancouver

                      For a lot of people, the senior years are when they plan to get out and see the world and do some traveling. Many people have families and careers that prevent them from visiting the places they would like to see because there is just not enough time. So, when retirement age rolls around, and the kids have all moved out of the house, aspirations for travel can finally be explored. The downside to this plan is growing health concerns for people as they age. This can cause problems for seniors, especially if problems arise while out of country. However, there are many precautions older adults can take before traveling to decreased worry and stress. Helpful Traveling Suggestions for Seniors Good preparation is key for any trip abroad, and many seniors could benefit from a little extra careful planning. Here are a few recommendations for seniors wishing to travel: Book your trip far in advance Do your research Discuss plans with your doctor or health care professional Make arrangements with the airline Make a packing list Don’t forget insurance Stay connected Advanced Booking Booking your trip well in advance makes sense for several reasons. It helps ensure you get the itinerary and accommodations you are looking for. It removes the stress of scrambling last minute. It will also likely result in much less expensive trip. Many hotels, B&Bs, and resorts offer exclusive bargains for seniors. This might include things like discounted rooms, complimentary meals, additional perks, and special activities. Senior travelers can benefit from going through a travel...

Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors – North Shore – North Vancouver and West Vancouver

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and planning some fun activities for your mom to help celebrate it can really brighten her day. If your mother is in her senior years, then options may be limited based on health and mobility. However, there is always something enjoyable you can do for your mom to make her mother’s day a fun one. Different options are available for various personality types, interests and health levels. What are some fun mother’s day activities I can do with my elderly mom? Let’s take at look at different possibilities based on your mom’s interests, with some alternative options for poor weather. Outdoor activities Indoor activities Outdoor Activities If it is a nice day, and your mom enjoys getting out of the house for a little fresh air, here are some suggestions that can be fun for all to enjoy. Walk in the park Botanical garden tour Gardening Outdoor concerts or events Outdoor yoga Day trip Walk in the Park This is a very easy, low impact activity that your mom might enjoy on Mother’s Day. It provides a little physical activity and it’s a good way to get some sunshine if it is a nice day. You could even pack some nutritious and delicious food and have a little picnic at the park. Botanical Garden Tour Take a walk through the park to the next level, and take you mom to a botanical garden for the day. Another great possibility for getting some exercise while looking at some beautiful foliage. There are plenty of options in the Vancouver area to enjoy some stunning vegetation. Gardening...

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...