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Caregiver Rx: A helping hand

Myth-busting your way to getting the help caregivers need

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Smart and simple advice on how to navigate the aging process.

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A little help from my friends:

Encouraging social connections for seniors with dementia

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Simply Vital: 4 key take-aways on vital signs and the elderly

Like every element of our health, vital signs are just one piece of a bigger puzzle. Taken alone, they’re stats. Considered together, they paint a picture of how we’re doing overall. That goes double for seniors.

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Slow Travel: The Senior's Guide to Seeing Australia

Australia is a popular travel destination for many reasons. Not only does a trip to Australia let you escape to summer weather in the depths of winter, but as an English-speaking country, it's also an easy place for travellers from the US and Canada to get around.

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What (Not) to Say After Your Parent’s Dementia Diagnosis

Your loved one just heard three difficult words: “You have dementia.” Then your head starts swirling with a million questions.

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15 Reasons You Need to Try a Low Sodium Diet (and the Trick to Beating Those Salt Cravings)

Did you know that you have five different taste receptors? They are salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (savory). The first two are the ones that can cause health concerns. Salty and sweet cravings can be easily triggered.

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Coping with Each Stage of Dementia

Many people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can live at home for many years, especially in a household with support from family or private caregivers who can ensure their safety and take care of things like cooking and general household chores. Yet the behaviors that emerge when someone has dementia can frighten or offend people who have never been around someone with dementia or who are not adequately prepared beforehand.

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Are you feeling SAD? Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder!

Winter months can be rough on most however, this is particularly true for older adults. With a decrease in sunlight and an increase in extreme cold weather, older adults are more at risk for falls and are more likely to be socially isolated in the colder months. Due to snowy and icy conditions, leaving home becomes more difficult and strenuous.

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Juggling Your Loved One’s Independence and Safety — at the Same Time

Help your parents stay safe at home while maintaining their independence

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Dementia, Relationships and Intimacy

Learning to cope with the changes that a loved one experiences following the diagnosis of dementia can be a major stressor...

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Why is my Power of Attorney no Longer Valid?

In Quebec, once a bank or investment advisor is made aware of the incapacity of their client they stop honouring the Power of Attorney on file even if it has an incapacity clause. Read on to understand why and what to do about it.

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Smart insights into the world of aging and care.

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Alzheimer’s Facts You Might Not Know but Should

There are a lot of myths surrounding Alzheimer’s. Below are 10 facts about Alzheimer’s that aren’t as well known and will help you get educated about the disease.

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What is Late-Onset Alzheimer’s and How Can You Defend Against It?

Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in our elderly population today. And what we call “late-onset Alzheimer’s” is the most common form of the disease, generally affecting people over the age of 65. However, the consensus is that late-onset Alzheimer’s typically manifests itself in the brain for many years before symptoms appear. Let’s dive deeper into understanding what late-onset Alzheimer’s is and how we can help protect our brains from developing it.

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Immunity and Alzheimer's: Your Brain's Healing Process

These are compelling days in the study of neurological illness. The rate of the expansion of neurological research for brain health is astounding. This article is intended to inform you about some relatively new research that will give you a broader perspective on what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Let’s enhance our understanding and appreciation for what the scientific community is up to in developing useful treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sleep and Alzheimer’s: How Sleep Problems Can Contribute to Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Did you sleep well last night? If you did, well done! If you didn’t, and this is a common occurrence, you may want to consider having a conversation with your physician.

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New Research Suggests Alzheimer’s Starts Outside of the Brain

Learn how studies indicate that the whole body impacts a healthy brain and one’s susceptibility to Alzheimer’s

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How One Protein Could Erase All Damage Caused by Alzheimer’s

The latest Alzheimer’s research brings hope for future cure

Care Diaries

Heartfelt stories from Canadians about the reality of caring for an aging loved one.

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