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Heart Disease 101: Get Heart Smart This February

Posted by ComForCare on Feb 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Heart disease is one of the most common health concerns in Canada, affecting 1 in 12 Canadian adults. It’s also the second leading cause of death in Canada. February is Heart Month - a time to learn about the importance of cardiovascular health. 

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Topics: Healthy Living

Show Yourself Some Love With Self-Care

Posted by ComForCare on Feb 7, 2019 1:00:00 PM

On Valentine’s Day people send tokens of love to special people in their lives, but some people tend to forget to show themselves some love. This is especially true for family caregivers. 

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

How to Keep a Good Habit

Posted by ComForCare on Jan 3, 2019 11:50:00 AM

New Year’s Day is over, but New Year’s resolutions are just getting started. Surprisingly, only 31 percent of Canadians will make a New Year's resolution, and 73 percent will ultimately break them, according to a poll

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Topics: Healthy Living, Holidays

Help Seniors Eat Healthier Through Local Produce

Posted by ComForCare on Oct 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan author of “Food Rules”

Most of us know we should be following Michael Pollan’s deceptively simple rules for eating well. These rules become even more important as we age. Yet, older adults face nutritional challenges for reasons that go beyond food trends and confusing food advice.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Healthy Living, Activities and Lifestyle

Good Nutrition Can Help You Live Your Best Life Possible

Posted by ComForCare on Sep 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Having good physical function is important in maintaining independence for older adults. Physical function includes everyday tasks such as the ability to walk around, get up from a chair without assistance or bathe and dress oneself.

Nutrition is a key factor in maintaining good physical function among older adults. A Brigham and Women’s Hospital study that compared diet quality and physical function in over 50,000 women found those who had a healthy diet over the years were less likely to develop problems with physical function as they grew older.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

Five Ways to Incorporate Lifelong Learning Into Your Routine

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 9, 2018 9:52:00 AM

You don’t stop learning when you grow old; you grow old when you stop learning. Simon Fraser University used this motto for decades for their continuing education program. Results of a study done by the University of Manitoba suggest that participation in educational activities has “positive effects on successful aging” and can contribute to physical and psychological well-being.

Moreover, learning a new skill can boost self-confidence and slow the cognitive decline associated with aging, according to the Harvard Health Blog.

Here are a few options, with varying degrees of commitment, to incorporate lifelong learning into your routine.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living, Finances

7 Ways to Prevent Hospital Delirium in Adults With Dementia

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Increased age combined with dementia and hospitalization can lead to increased risk for delirium, a serious medical condition. Delirium comes on suddenly and causes fluctuating changes in thinking and behaviour. Other factors that can contribute to delirium are infections, injury, surgery, malnutrition, dehydration, medication effects and poor sleep.

Here are seven ways you can help your loved one with dementia during a hospital stay:

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Topics: Healthy Living, Aging

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