Parkwood Home Care Blog

Caring for Aging Skin

Caring for Aging Skin

Our skin is the main thing other people see and is the first thing that most people are concerned about displaying signs of aging. As our skin ages, it becomes thinner, which can add to the appearance of wrinkles. We lose fat, elasticity, and moisture. Scratches and...

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Hallucinations in the Elderly

Hallucinations in the Elderly

A hallucination is defined as an abnormal sensory perception – typically auditory or visual - that occurs when a person is awake and conscious. Basically, a person experiencing a hallucination sees or hears something that is not there. A hallucination can also involve...

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Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

While we often think of age discrimination in the context of employment, it is so much more insidious as our loved ones age. No matter how alert or competent they are, they may be increasingly seen as unable to make decisions for themselves, handle routine physical...

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The Newfoundland Ladies

The Newfoundland Ladies

The caring nature of the people of Newfoundland was beautifully portrayed in the hit Broadway musical, “Come From Away” which tells the true story of locals housing and feeding stranded airline passengers following the 9/11 attacks. The truth is, Newfoundlanders have...

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Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

Keeping Seniors Safe on the Road

December 2 to 6 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Given 18% of all traffic fatalities are people who are 65 years of age or older, it is important to learn about senior safety on the road Changes Influencing Seniors on the Road Given how experienced most of them...

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LONELINESS AND ITS EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

LONELINESS AND ITS EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH

“But there are other words for privacy andindependence. They are isolation and loneliness.”– Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia Being alone does not necessarily herald loneliness,and living with someone may not stave it off. However, beingalone can lend itself...

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Staying connected online

Staying connected online

The Next Best Thing to Being There What many of us most want to do right now is give our loved ones a big hug and sit down for some intimate heart-to-heart conversation. Unfortunately, that’s just not as possible these days, even if we live nearby. So, how should we...

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Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

Protect our loved ones by knowing the signs and what to do if you see them. Around 1 in 10 senior Americans experience some form of elder abuse. Some estimates show as many as 5 million seniors are abused each year. One study estimates that only 1 in 14 of these are...

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Eye Conditions

Eye Conditions

As we age, vision impairment is one of the most common physical losses. Many eye conditions that cause sight loss and blindness are insidious and aren’t diagnosed until extreme measures are necessary.Vigilance about your senior’s eyesight is important to catch...

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Health Advocacy

Health Advocacy

How to Help Seniors Get The Care and Advocacy They Need We all know how difficult it can be to keep track of doctor recommendations, medications, advice, insurance, and costs when we’re dealing with our own medical care. Compound that with the confusion of dementia or...

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Loss and Grief

Loss and Grief

Helping Seniors Cope with the Loss of a Loved One During this time of their lives, a lot of your senior’s experience may be punctuated by loss: loss of health, independence, mobility, routine, and more. The most acute loss is that of family and friends. Here are some...

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What is the Difference Between 24 Hour care and Live-In Care?

What is the Difference Between 24 Hour care and Live-In Care?

When the time comes where you are looking for around the clock care for you or a loved one, there are two different options that you can choose from to ensure a caregiver will be present all throughout the day and night. Those two options are 24 hour care and live-in...

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Rehabilitation Therapy

Rehabilitation Therapy

What is Rehabilitation Therapy? Therapies for your Senior At some point in your senior’s medical treatment, you will likely hear the term “Rehabilitation Therapy.” This refers to the trio of Physical, Occupational and Speech/Language Therapy. These can be some of the...

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Home Care Assessments

Home Care Assessments

Once the decision has been made to receive home care, there is one more step before the care can begin. This next step is to narrow down your home care options and arrange for someone from the company to come in and conduct a home care assessment. What is a Home Care...

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Home Care Services

Home Care Services

Whether it be caring for yourself, or caring for a loved one, everyone could benefit from getting a little help sometimes. If you believe you could use some help around the house, or assistance in caring for a family member or friend then home care services may be...

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Conversation Starters

Conversation Starters

Tips for Communicating with Seniors Seniors crave social connection as much as the rest of us. Unfortunately, sometimes they are less able to verbalize their feelings as well as they used to or are self-conscious about slower speech or reduced memory. Some extra...

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Seniors & Pet Therapy

Seniors & Pet Therapy

What is Pet Therapy? Pet therapy is an interaction between a person and a trained animal, alongside the animal’s handler, with the goal of helping that person cope with or recover from a health issue or mental challenge. Pet therapy is a broad term that encompasses...

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Cholesterol Reducing Recipes

Cholesterol Reducing Recipes

Delicious Recipes to Help Reduce Cholesterol for Your Aging Adult Seniors with high cholesterol should avoid certain ingredients to protect their heart health. Try these delicious cholesterol-reducing recipes instead. High cholesterol levels put seniors at greater...

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