Help for our aging parents: Welcome to Ability4Life.
“Illness and aging are dynamic and ever-changing – as are people.” Nira Rittenberg, Occupational Therapist Baycrest Centre for GeriatricsThe lives of family caregivers and those we care for are complex. Fresh issues always present themselves, each with their impact – emotional and practical. Often we don’t even know the questions to ask to get the answers we need. My intention is to help bring clarity and hope, possibilities and practicalities to the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
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Facebook,YouTube and Twitter: not just for kids
There’s lots to be said about Facebook’s older users – many’s the grandmother I’ve met who keeps up to date via her grandchildren’s Facebook. YouTube’s another source of entertainment – my daughters regularly send videos that their grandfather watches on his iPad.
My social media tool of preference is twitter [...]
What does Retirement mean to you and your parents?
For many of our parents, leading a disciplined productive life was an expectation, and was necessary to keep body and soul together. But now, with so many living so much longer, retirement can loom like a life sentence. The emptiness of days unfilled can be depressing and [...]
Thanks to Guest Blogger and consultant, Carol Saba-Consultant and Educator, Certified in Montessori Methods for Dementia™
Is it possible for people living with dementia to read, sing, play a musical instrument, enjoy activities and contribute to their home and community again? Absolutely! That is exactly what has happened when Montessori Methods for Dementia™ (MMD) was [...]
Many thanks to Guest Blogger, Melanie Bowen – Awareness Advocate for Natural health
The Guided Care Model: Nurses Assist Cancer Patients
Researchers have studied a new concept in nursing for cancer patients and have reported positive findings on the The Guided Care Model a nursing concept that involves patients and their families. According to a scientific [...]
Crowdsourcing according to the man who coined the term – Jeff Howe contributing editor of WIRED magazine – involves anyone who wants to be involved, with barriers removed through the digital world.
Crowdsourcing is the process by which the power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the province of [...]
Two health and aging events, two different perspectives
The Speaking of Aging Tour is the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Institute of Aging cross-country ‘town hall’ events that support CIHR’s mission: to promote, encourage and find research that supports active and satisfying aging. As one of the 25% n the room not an academic, [...]
We’re supposed to be – and encouraged to be – enlightened, take-charge, take responsibility kind of people. This applies even more so when taking care of someone else (who presumably is more vulnerable, less able to take charge). But what about the reluctance to go against, to question, to outright disagree with the very healthcare [...]
Almost 3 in 4 individuals aged 65 years and older have multiple chronic conditions
Journal of American Medical Association
My father-in law is one of them: he has ‘multiple chronic conditions’. High blood pressure, heart failure, high cholesterol, glaucoma – all of which are treated with prescription meds,. He also suffers (and I do mean suffers) from [...]
In 1986 Bart Mindszenthy gave his first speech about planning for a corporate crisis. He compared it to preparing for a death in family. “It’s the same range of reactions: Denial, avoidance, arrogance, innocence:
It’s not going to happen to us
We’ll wing it
A good plan costs a lot of money
Listening to him, it’s [...]
Our mouth – so important for so many reasons – seems overlooked, dismissed, ignored in its role in overall health and well-being. Consider the work we expect from our mouth: in addition to the vital task of eating (and all that’s required from lips, tongue, teeth, cheeks) there’s the impact of talking, coughing, sneezing [...]
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