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    Caregiver Rx: 15-minutes to a better, calmer you

    We get it: self-care sounds like one more thing to get done. But for anyone balancing caregiving with social distancing, working from home, schooling little ones and other responsibilities – self-care’s not just a nice to have. It’s essential.

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

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    Big picture view: 3 Fitness finds for feeling well

    Exercise makes us happier. And let’s face it, everyone could use a little more happiness right about now.

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    Keep calm and clean on.

    Spring cleaning has new meaning this year - especially if you’re helping a high-risk senior stay safe at home.

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    Happiness isn’t cancelled

    Want some good news? You can help a senior travel the world, explore their passion or find a little joy even as they self-isolate to stay safe at home – all at the click of a mouse.

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    Housebound? Tech ideas for seniors

    COVID-19 has changed everything overnight – especially for seniors, who are disproportionately at risk. Even as we work hard to collectively flatten the curve, Québec’s gone one step further asking anyone over 70 to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

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    5 steps to using tech well

    Seeing the upside of technology is one thing. Helping someone effectively embrace it is another. More and more, we’re seeing the ways that technology can help seniors maintain their independence and live at home longer.

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    Caregiver Rx: Top tips for taking care of your ticker after 65

    Heart-shaped chocolate boxes. Fresh bouquets delivered right to your door. And… heart disease? With all eyes on Valentine’s Day this month, we tend to forget it’s also heart health month – and a wonderful time to show your cardiovascular system some love.

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    Big picture view: It’s February. So, we wrote a love letter to aging.

    It’s the month of love. Where we profess our feelings for one another through cards, flowers and chocolates. But wouldn’t it be great if we talked about self-love, too – especially loving and being kind to ourselves as we age?

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    Raising the red flag on Alzheimer’s disease

    Not all memory loss is created equal. Everyone forgets little things from time to time. But when those little things start to become consistent or pervasive, they might be a sign of something bigger.

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    Caregiver Rx: Taking doctor’s visits from good to great

    Knowledge is power, but that doesn’t make a conversation about Alzheimer’s disease any easier.

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    Big picture view: Three tips for emotional wellness this winter

    Snow. Ice. Freezing rain. Winter brings a fresh wave of anxiety for caregivers worried about how the seniors in their lives will cope.

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    Caregiver Rx: 6 steps to a safer winter

    Aging isn’t always easy. Same goes for caregiving. Layer in the added complexity of dementia or mental illness, and small obstacles can become much bigger. What’s more, both of these health issues are increasingly common among Canadian seniors.

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    Caregiver Rx: Six ways to nurture brain health and mental wellness

    A dementia diagnosis can transform many things. What doesn’t have to change is someone’s ability to live a meaningful life. Finding the right activities to weave into the daily or weekly routine of a senior with dementia is important.

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    Big picture view: 3 tips for differentiating between dementia and mental illness

    Aging isn’t always easy. Same goes for caregiving. Layer in the added complexity of dementia or mental illness, and small obstacles can become much bigger. What’s more, both of these health issues are increasingly common among Canadian seniors.

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    Caregiver Rx: More than a question

    Asking your way to the right caregiving model

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    Bridging the gap: Which red flags should your family be watching for?

    It takes a village to raise a child. But having a strong support network is meaningful at every stage of life – including the senior years.

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    Caregiver Rx: A helping hand

    Myth-busting your way to getting the help caregivers need

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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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    How to Reduce Falls and Injuries Among Seniors

    Believe it or not, falls and fall-related injuries among the elderly are considered a global health concern.

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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

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