Plenty of seniors have untidy or cluttered homes, but true hoarding is a serious personality disorder that can be very dangerous. Hoarding can result in accidents, injuries, and unsafe living environments, which is why it’s important for family caregivers to identify hoarding behaviors and stop them before they become a real problem. Here are a few signs your elderly loved one’s habits may have crossed the line into hoarding behavior. 1 Entire Rooms Are Off-Limits Everyone wants privacy, but you might need to be concerned if your loved one is suddenly very cautious about letting people see certain rooms. These rooms may be completely unusable because they’re filled with hoarded items. Hoarders frequently try to hide the items they’ve collected…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on September 9, 2020

  Plenty of seniors have untidy or cluttered homes, but true hoarding is a serious personality disorder that can be very dangerous. Hoarding can result in accidents, injuries, and unsafe living environments, which is why it’s important for family caregivers to identify hoarding behaviors and stop them before they become…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on August 19, 2020

Among the factors that contribute to heart disease are vascular damage, high blood pressure, insufficient sleep, stress, and diabetes. However, the effects of these factors can be minimized, reversed, or even prevented with meditation. Generally, meditation involves fixing the mind on a single object, such as a calming word or…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 22, 2020

Statistics Canada references research suggesting it’s best for adults 65 and older to aim for 7–8 hours of sleep per night. The key term when it comes to sleep for seniors is “high-quality sleep,” which means uninterrupted sleep that’s truly beneficial for mind-body health. But older adults sometimes have difficulty…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on July 8, 2020

Families find bringing in professional caregivers for their senior loved ones has many benefits. Having someone help you with your loved one’s care gives you more opportunities to enjoy spending time together as a family. You may also prefer to have a home caregiver help with tasks you can’t get…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on June 17, 2020

Nearly 750,000 Canadians are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. However, there’s still no cure for this progressive condition that can affect all aspects of daily life. On a positive note, there are efforts underway to test and explore new treatment and prevention options for Alzheimer’s…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on June 3, 2020

Caring for someone with dementia is very different from general senior care. Your elderly loved one may have marked periods of confusion, memory loss, and behavioral changes. The symptoms of dementia also tend to increase with time. These five best practices can help you build a good foundation for helping…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 20, 2020

Having an older family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be traumatic for everyone involved. The initial shock may seem overwhelming. However, there are several things families must do after receiving the news. 1. Learn about the Disease Family members should get as much information as possible about Alzheimer’s disease,…

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 6, 2020

Seniors can live healthier, longer lives by staying connected, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. It’s not always easy for seniors to meet other seniors if they’re no longer working or close to their immediate or extended family members, but it’s not an impossible task. Here are seven…

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