Toronto In-Home Care Blog

7 Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving with Elderly Relatives

Posted by Steve Jones

Thu, Oct 8, 2015


Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and it's a great time to get together with family members, young and old.  There are several aspects of this holiday that make it special, the crisp fall air, the colours of the leaves, and most of all, sharing time with our loved ones.  Whether you're visiting an elderly relative in a long-term care facility, having a big family gathering at your house, or just spending a quiet evening with a parent or grandparent, here are our tips for a perfect thanksgiving.

Caring for an aging parent on Thanksgiving

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Topics: Healthy Living

How seniors' diets change with age

Posted by Steve Jones

Sun, Sep 6, 2015

As our friends and family members age, it becomes more and more important for them to watch their diet.  Certain nutritional needs change as people get older and there are steps that we can take to help our older friends and relatives at mealtimes.  Following the Canadian Food Guide is a good first step to keeping a balanced diet.  Here are some things to watch for when you’re thinking about an aging relative’s nutrition. Cooking for seniors, in-home caregiving

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Topics: Healthy Living

Events and Activities for Seniors - August 2015

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Aug 1, 2015

We’re in the middle of a big heat wave in Toronto, but there’s plenty of summer activities to keep the heat off your mind.  Here are some great events to check out in the month of August:

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Topics: Events, Healthy Living

Senior Hoarding - What to Do About It

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Mar 10, 2015

Hoarding-clutter-2Getting rid of the clutter in a home can be a daunting task. The longer you live, the more it seems you collect over the years. But having lots of "stuff" and senior hoarding are two different beasts. There's nothing wrong with having lots of stuff, but for seniors who are experiencing difficulty staying in their own home, clutter is a real danger. Last week we talked about why seniors hoard; this week we'll discuss how to handle.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthy Living

Senior Hoarding - How Did it Get to be Such a Mess?

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Hoarding-clutter

When you enter your mom's house, you can't believe how cluttered it's become. Last time you were there there were piles of paper, but now you can barely walk through the living room. The pantry is stacked with 6 cans of every kind of vegetable, most of them long past their expiry date; the medicine chest holds prescriptions from 10 years ago. She says she bought the cans when they were on sale, and you can't get rid of the medicine - what if she gets sick again? You don't remember her being so attached to "stuff" when she was younger; what happened?

Just the daily inundation of junk mail, catalogues and bills can be overwhelming to seniors who are struggling to remain in their homes. Add that to a lifetime's accumulation of possessions, and many seniors don't know where to start, even if they wanted to. Experts say older adults tend to save useless items for a variety of reasons, including fear of loss or change, thinking they will need them someday, being depressed, saving memories, or even feeling they can't physically handle the clean-up.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Beat the Blues with Mid-Winter Activities for Seniors

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Feb 21, 2015

groundhogThe groundhog might not have been able to see his shadow in Toronto on February 2, but we’ve got at least 6 more weeks of winter anyway. This time of year, winter always seems to stretch out like a highway in Alberta, straight, flat, and unending.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Healthy Living

Make Heart Healthy Choices This February

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Jan 31, 2015

banner-testimonialsStarting tomorrow, February 1, Heart Month kicks off in Canada and the U.S. Heart Month began in Canada in 1958 when the Heart and Stroke Foundation created a modest door-to-door canvassing campaign to raise money for research. Thay raised $320,000 and have been going strong ever since. Today, 130,000 volunteers and two million donors play a role in fundraising for heart disease and stroke research.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Be Social! Ward off Loneliness and Stay Healthy

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Nov 29, 2014

Tech-savvy senior reading with his grandsonWe sometimes become preoccupied with the physical health of our aging loved ones while overlooking their emotional health. However, their emotional health can dramatically affect their quality of life, memory (or lack thereof) and in turn influence their physical health.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Safe Driving Tips for Senior Drivers

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Nov 8, 2014

classic-car-interiorDo senior drivers cause more accidents than younger people? There is a perception in society that older drivers are a menace on the roads, yet studies show that drivers over 65 have no more collisions than other age groups. In 2010 (the latest year we found data for), 3.9% of all licensed drivers of any age were involved in collisions. Only 2% of licensed drivers over 65 were involved in collisions. Seniors are more likely, however, to be seriously or fatally injured in a crash. Of all collision injuries in 2010, 8% were over 65; of collision fatalities in 2010, 23% were over 65.

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Topics: Healthy Living

High Blood Pressure - Hypertension

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Feb 4, 2014

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is often described as the “silent killer”. Usually undetected without any symptoms, high blood pressure has the potential to cause serious health issues including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness or worse. Many people think that high blood pressure is primarily associated with men but 1 in 5 Canadian women aged 45 and almost half of Canadian women over 65 are affected.

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Topics: Healthcare system, Healthy Living