Elder abuse is a growing concern across our country as our aging population grows. Understanding the definitions surrounding this topic will help educate and shed light on its presence and help empower those experience abuse or those witnessing abuse to come forward and seek assistance. It is not a comfortable topic for anyone but it is a necessary one. There is help and resources available and being willing to step forward is key. The following excerpt is from "Addressing Elder Abuse in Alberta
I recently received a very interesting article published in the Globe and Mail about how to communicate with someone who has dementia and thought the tips would be helpful to those living with or working with people who suffer from dementia.
Never argue: Drop your need to be right. If Dad says he wants to call Aunt Eileen, who died 50 years ago, just pick up the phone and dial. Be creative; leave a message somewhere. Trying to convince Dad that his aunt passed away a long time ago will be confus
Seniors still need to remain careful being outside in the smoky air for any length of time. The air quality remains extremely poor and the fine ash particles get into the lungs very easily making breathing difficult. Anyone with respiratory illnesses need to take special care. While you cannot always smell it, the danger is still very present and all people are being warned to stay indoors with windows closed. Harvest has also begun adding its usual dust to the poor air quality. While the sun an
Summer's hot weather can be a welcome relief from the cold winter months, but it can also pose a threat to older people. As people age, their ability to regulate heat becomes compromised, making them more prone to injury and illness from hot weather.
A number of factors can increase susceptibility to an abnormally high body temperature (hyperthermia) that can lead to heat stroke. Among these are decreased perspiration, dehydration, alcohol use, medications, poor blood circulation in the skin, an