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Nutrition for Health

By | 2020-09-17T19:36:45+00:00 September 17th, 2020|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Self Care|Tags: , |

When it comes to our overall health these days allopathic doctors are often quick to cure what ails us with a pill or antibiotic or some other form of unnatural band-aide for our condition. What has been long forgotten is what Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” There was nothing said about loading our systems with medication. This is not to say that we never need to take medication, but not everything that ails us needs to be sorted out with a pill. In fact, with good nutrition, we can often avoid the need [...]

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Palliative vs Hospice Care

By | 2020-08-25T18:14:32+00:00 August 25th, 2020|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care|Tags: , |

Many times palliative care and hospice are considered the same or are confused with each other, however, they are different and it is important to understand the difference between the two when you need to determine the best route of care for your loved one. The main difference between the two types of care lies around prognosis. To qualify for hospice, a patient must, in most cases, have a prognosis of fewer than six months to live whereas palliative care does not have that requirement. Palliative care however does require a serious illness that has been diagnosed by a physician. [...]

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By | 2020-06-30T20:14:59+00:00 June 30th, 2020|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Self Care, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

As we come closer to the end of a long time of physical distancing we are slowly working towards reconnecting with family, friends, and co-workers. This creates such a positive atmosphere after such a long time of having physical distancing measures in place. We have experienced a huge shift in the way we interact, and it seems it will still take time before we can completely return to normal. The recent events of COVID-19 have dramatically altered the emotional climate around the world and have likely caused a permanent change in the way we interact, express our emotions and our [...]

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Surviving the Crisis

By | 2020-03-27T20:09:19+00:00 March 27th, 2020|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care|Tags: , , , |

During this current time of crisis, it is important to understand how to manage many things in order to survive and thrive. Navigating the requirements of isolation, limiting your exposure to others, ascertaining necessities, and managing illness during this time can be stressful and confusing. While there does not seem to be an enormous number of cases in our area at this current time, BC’s Health Officer Bonnie Henry and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau have made it clear that all Canadians have a part in staying home as much they possibly can in order to “flatten the [...]

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Dying With Dignity?

By | 2020-01-24T21:12:27+00:00 January 24th, 2020|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What does “dying with dignity” mean, and what has it come to? According to the World Health Organization, "All people have a right to receive high-quality care during serious illness and to a dignified death, free of overwhelming pain and in line with their spiritual and religious beliefs." In 2015 the right to die via lethal injection was enacted by the Supreme Court of Canada. The newly introduced law meant that a patient with a medical condition causing severe suffering, by the patient’s definition, could opt to die via lethal injection and this decision could be arrived at whether or not [...]

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One Gift

By | 2019-12-19T21:55:27+00:00 December 19th, 2019|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Self Care, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

As Christmas quickly approaches it is clear to see by taking a drive past a mall or any store that people are desperately out shopping for those last-minute gifts. To be honest, one has to wonder where all this commercialism came from. Why the need to spend so much to shower people with gifts that will likely be forgotten or sit collecting dust in the months and years to come? People spend and spend until they have nothing left, and worse than that they often buy things on credit and then spend the next year paying it off. I think [...]

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Your Aging Parent

By | 2019-11-25T21:17:57+00:00 November 25th, 2019|Categories: Elder Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The cycle of life. We come into this world and are (hopefully) nurtured by our parent(s). We are loved, clothed, fed, and then sent off to make our own way in the world. Season after season goes by, then the table begins to turn. Those who loved and nurtured us for the first part of our lives begin to need our help to care for them. So, what does that look like? It can be very different for every family depending on whether you are an only child or have siblings to help with the change that has come along [...]

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Festive Fall Activities

By | 2019-08-28T17:06:37+00:00 August 28th, 2019|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Self Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As you will have likely been noticing the daylight hours are getting shorter, the temperatures are dipping lower during the night and early mornings, and there are even some leaves changing colours already and – yes falling.  All of this to signify the Fall season is just around the corner. Those lazy days of summer will meld into the advent of sweaters, long pants, and pumpkin spiced lattes that most of us love. For some,  this can mean a slight sadness. Those who find themselves with “cabin fever” during the long winter months may start to feel a pang of [...]

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Muscle Cramps

By | 2019-01-21T20:15:19+00:00 January 21st, 2019|Categories: Elder Care, Health Care, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

There are many names for this horrible experience: In Italy they are called “vecchia” which means old woman, in France “bequille” which means crutch, in the Netherlands “ijsbeen” which means ice leg, and in Portugal, “paralitica” or the paralyzer. Here in Canada “charley horse” is a common name for them, but whatever you call them muscle cramps can be immobilizing and excruciating! When you are suffering from them everyone is quick to jump on the bandwagon with what they believe to be the right remedy for them, but I think it is important to get the root cause of them [...]

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Caring for Our Elderly Parent(s)

By | 2017-11-23T18:58:58+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Elder Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

The question was raised recently, “how do I, as a daughter, get my elderly father to take an active roll in taking care of himself? Now that my mom is gone, he looks to me to solve all the problems she used to. When I visit I trim his eyebrows for him, take him to get his hair cut, clean his house, wash his clothes, remind him to change his clothes, wash his face, and have a shower. It’s been two years since my mother died, and I see no improvement. What can I do to get him to take [...]

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