Social isolation in seniors is much more common than people probably realize, or care to think about. As the senior population in Canada continues to climb, the incidence of solitude and seclusion for older adults is only going to increase. A lack of social activity in itself can be debilitating, and exacerbate feelings of loneliness. Social isolation can also lead to an array of other health issues, like anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and poor physical condition.
The decision to transition an aging loved one into long term care can be a difficult and involved decision.
What is Long Term Care?
Long term care is fairly complex term that can involve a variety of care scenarios.
Moving is a stressful task for anyone, regardless of age. For people over 65 that may be struggling with mobility and health issues, the move can be overwhelming and even frightening.
Your senior loved one will need all your support to make the move as painless as possible, with the least amount of strain on both health and finances.
Providing distance care for an aging loved one can be challenging. Even just living an hour away can make it tough to offer the level of support you would like to.
For family members that live in another province or several hours away, it can be a difficult decision as to what to do. You want to be able to help as much as you can, but you also have your own life and responsibilities to consider.
While winter can be a time for lockdown for a lot of older adults, the summer is a perfect time to ramp up social activity and get out and have some fun.
During the winter in Canada, it can be difficult to find a good reason to go outside if you don’t have any obligations compelling you to do so. But once all the snow, ice, freezing temps, and hideous slush is gone, the outdoors seem much more appealing.
Summer is a perfect time to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and have some fun. Summer is an ideal time to reconnect with old hobbies, or maybe try out some new ones.
Outdoor activities are a great way to combine a little physical exercise with some social activity. Exercise is good for the body and social interaction is good for the mind and the soul.
Summer heat in southern Ontario is stretching into late September, and even early October in recent years, and is important for seniors to stay protected against the hazards of the harsh sun.
Aside from the hot weather extending into what used to be the fall, the sun itself has also become a lot more unforgiving, and can cause significant skin damage in a very short time.
Guilt is a far too common emotion for a lot of caregivers. Especially for family caregivers, guilt can be both a motivating factor and an immobilizing deterrent.
Guilt often occurs when there is a discrepancy between idealized ambitions and actual outcomes. Even more often, these feelings of guilt are irrational and unreasonable.
Effective and open communication is extremely important for patients, caregivers, and other health care professionals.
Good communication is necessary for any group or collaborative situation, but it is critical when it comes to health and wellbeing.
Pressure sores, also known as bed sores or pressure ulcers, are often painful and can potentially lead to more serious health conditions.
What are pressure sores?