Exercise Your Brain and Improve Your Memory

Exercise Your Brain and Improve Your Memory

by Kathy Green  •  December 11, 2012
Retirement years are a time to relax and enjoy the rewards of a lifetime of work and challenges, but seniors need to continue to challenge their minds to keep their memories sharp. Research has shown that seniors who were cognitively active were 2.6 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia than those who were not - a very motivating statistic. These suggestions are simple ways to stay mentally active. Enrol in a class or college course Whether you have an interest in ...
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Does your Senior Have Sundowners?

by Kathy Green  •  November 30, 2012
Sundowners is a state where your senior or elder experiences confusion and distress at “sundown” or when daylight fades. It shows itself in different ways depending upon the individual. Some older adults begin to follow their caretaker around the home or facility while others may become obsessed about leaving where they are, making them more likely to wander. In extreme cases, people experiencing Sundowners can become paranoid and begin hiding things. Violence toward a caretaker is also no...
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The Toll of Caregiving

by Kathy Green  •  September 26, 2012
What we would like to do for our seniors and what we are able to do on a long term basis are often two very different realities. What is very important is knowing when to ask for help and to do so without guilt. It is not a sign of weakness! The burden of caring for a loved one can be enormous. Financial sacrifices can include the following: Less leisure time and holidays Less saving for the future Depletion of accumulated savings Decreased spending on clothing, groceries and transpo...
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Tough Decision- Significant Consequences!

by Kathy Green  •  September 06, 2012
The quest to find just the right caregiver for your elder: it is a tough decision and can have a wide range of outcomes. Good outcomes can be the result of due diligence and hard work on the part of the family, and some are just good luck. So where do you start and how, ultimately, do you make the final decision from all your candidates? The launch of your search is probably the easiest step as there are informative and supportive sites such as eldercare.com that provide you with contacts a...
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Angels Among Us

by Kathy Green  •  August 30, 2012
For many of us, and there are a lot of us, who have needed help caring for the elders in our lives, we long to meet that special person who will support us with empathy and genuine affection for our senior.
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The Sandwich Generation--Trite but True!

by Kathy Green  •  August 23, 2012
An expressive but rather unsavoury metaphor to describe those in the unenviable position of having the complex job of raising children still at home and caring for elderly parents who, in many cases if not failing mentally and/or physically, are becoming increasingly demanding. Finding yourself in this situation is tough on many levels. Having been through it myself, I felt this drive to "fix" it all. I wanted to be there for my parents naturally as they had been incredibly nurturing and s...
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 Caregivers of the Elderly Beware!

Caregivers of the Elderly Beware!

by Kathy Green  •  August 15, 2012
It is a complicated and sometimes worrisome responsibility to be the provider of care for your senior. Besides the obvious need to provide safe accommodation, good nutrition and reliable medical support for them, you need to realize that there are many predators in the community who regularly target the elderly. These criminals are creative and sly, realizing that they are preying on people who may be diminished both intellectually and emotionally. This means that the logical thinking of y...
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Grandma Knows Best

by Kathy Green  •  August 08, 2012
In our rapidly changing world, where knowledge doubles every 7 years, we are often reluctant to look back to solutions from the past, thinking them outdated and archaic. This certainly true in the world of cleaning products, where we have gone from incredibly fragrant and chemical laden products to the current obsession with "green" and healthy products. But these come at a price! With our budgets tighter than ever in a world with a fragile economy, maybe it is time to return to homemade, to...
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