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Month: June 2020

June 30th: This Day in History

When engaging in conversation with elderly loved ones, think about their past and the events or people (famous or otherwise) that they may recall or have spoken about often. By using our “This Day in History” poster, do a little research on the events or people presented. Maybe even watch their famous movies, listen to their music, or make a trivia game out of it!


3 Exercises to Improve Balance

Balance is crucial to maintaining your health as you age. It assists with preventing falls and subsequent injuries.

Here are 3 exercises you can try today to begin strengthening your balance.

Always speak to your doctor to make sure this activity is right for you!


 


Tightrope Walk

  • In a standing position, place one hand against a wall to maintain balance. Start walking forward slowly, with your feet moving heel to toe as if you’re on a tightrope. Look directly ahead as you walk in a straight line.

Side Step

  • Stand with your feet together, and keep your knees slightly bent. Place one hand against the wall to maintain balance.

  • Slowly step to the side with one foot, and then bring the other foot to join.

  • Continue sidestepping for ten to 15 steps in each direction.



Flamingo Stand

  • Stand facing a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart and both hands outstretched and touching the wall.

  • Slowly raise one leg, and hold for a count of ten. Repeat with the other leg. As you improve your balance with the exercise, try it without touching the wall. To increase the difficulty, close your eyes as you hold your raised leg.

Safety Precautions

As with any physical activity, safety is key. Be sure to wear comfortable and close-fitting clothing. Avoid pants that are too long or wide at the ankles, which may cause tripping.

With any balance activity, maintaining a point of contact (such as a wall or high-backed chair). This will help maintain your stance and keep you steady as you improve.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Canada Day Popsicles

With the weather heating up, what better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than a nice, cold, delicious popsicle! 

 


Canada Day popsicles

See the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • Popsicle moulds

  • 1 lbs (16 oz) strawberries, rinsed and remove the stem

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 500g container non-fat Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup OR honey

Directions

  1. Begin by blending the strawberries and the water until it forms a liquid consistency.

  2. In a medium-size bowl, combine Greek yogurt and maple syrup (or honey).

  3. Start by pouring the Greek yogurt mix into the popsicle mould followed by the strawberry mixture.

  4. Then with the popsicle stick, gently mix the strawberry mixture with the Greek yogurt.

  5. Freeze popsicle moulds for at least 5 hours.

  6. When ready to eat, run the mould under warm water and gently pull the popsicles out.

  7. Enjoy!!

Happy Canada Day!

Eye Care in Seniors


As we get older, we may start to notice a change in our vision. It may be that you start wearing glasses to read your favorite book or perhaps you’ve developed a sensitivity to light and glare. Whatever the changes may be, it’s good to know the effects on vision caused by aging, and how we can prevent or manage serious eye diseases.

Changes in Vision

Some changes to vision that you may experience as you age, are:

  • Difficulty reading small print;

  • Taking longer to adjust from light to dark;

  • More sensitivity to glare from sunlight or unshielded light bulbs;

  • Loss of depth perception, which makes it difficult to judge distances;

  • Difficulty in seeing contrasts and colour;

  • Dry eyes; and

  • Tearing or watery eyes.

  • These changes may seem minor and/or temporary, but getting regular vision and eye care exams will help to detect any problems and prevent further damage.

Symptoms of Vision Loss 

Some signs of vision loss or deterioration may include:



  • Squinting and/or a greater sensitivity to light;

  • Choosing bright over dull coloured objects or clothing;

  • Misjudging where items are/depth perception changes;

  • Difficulty threading a needle or buttoning a shirt;

  • Seeing flashes of light or rapid movement from the corners of your eyes;

  • Having difficulties with driving at night;

  • Experiencing uncontrolled eye movement; and

  • Falling because of a missed step or an unseen object on the floor.

Serious Eye Conditions

Beyond the signs and symptoms listed above, there are serious eye diseases and conditions that can also affect your vision.

Cataracts – Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the natural lens of the eye, preventing light from reaching the retina. This condition may prevent you from being able to read or drive. Surgery may be required to remove the cataract and are highly successful.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma develops when the pressure within the eye starts to destroy the nerve fibres within the retina. If not treated early, glaucoma can cause vision loss and blindness. Treatment may include eye drops, medication, or surgery.

Diabetic Retinopathy

This condition appears directly linked to diabetes. Changes to the blood vessels caused by diabetes can starve the retina of oxygen. This condition can go through many stages and can result in blindness. Symptoms include cloudy vision and seeing spots. If you have diabetes, be sure to have regular eye examinations and tell your eye specialist that you are diabetic. Treatment can slow down vision loss. Laser treatment in the early stages is often successful.

Prevention



According to Health Canada, the following are some ways that you can help to prevent eye damage and improve eye health.

If you are over the age of 45, have your eyes examined on a regular basis.

Don’t smoke. Smoking tobacco is a major risk factor in the early onset of age-related macular degeneration.

  • If you suffer from dry eyes (gritty, itchy, or burning), a home humidifier and eye drops may help. In a few serious cases, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.

  • If your eyes water, it may be that you are more sensitive to light, wind, or temperature change. Simply shielding your eyes or wearing sunglasses may solve the problem. However, this condition may be the result of an eye infection, eye irritation, or a blocked tear duct, all of which can be treated. See your doctor to find out the exact cause and treatment.

  • Turn on the lights. Seeing better can sometimes be as easy as changing a light bulb to one with a higher wattage. Putting 100 or 150 watt bulbs in your lamps can reduce eye strain. Just make sure the fixture is designed for that wattage. Bright light is important in stairways to help prevent falls.

  • Eat your carrots. A daily dose of the vitamins and minerals found in melons, citrus fruit, carrots, spinach, and kale may help slow the progress of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

  • Don’t drive at night if you have problems with depth perception, glare, or other vision difficulties.

June 29: This Day in History

From the discovery of our Maritime Province to popular music hitting the charts, it all happened on this day!

Share these moments in history with your elderly loved ones today.


 


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Canada Day Activities!


On July 1st, we celebrate Canada’s 153rd Birthday! This beautiful land of ours has inspired many generations of people to love happily, freely, and peacefully within its natural beauty and in kindness and unity.

To celebrate the day with your elderly loved ones, consider the following activities that are sure to delight and excite for the day!

Hand-Print Flag 


This simple art activity uses paint, card-stock or white printer paper, and a hand-print!

What you need:

  • Red paint

  • White card-stock or printer paper

  • Paint brush, thick/wide

  • Drying rack or leveled surface

  • Option: plastic straw or Popsicle stick as holder to wave flag

What to do:

  1. Using the red paint, paint two red sections on opposite sides of the paper/card-stock.

  2. With the paintbrush, gently brush red paint on the palm of your hand, or the hand of your loved one, and gently press hand down on the center of the painted paper to create the “maple leaf” symbol on the flag.

  3. Let dry on leveled surface before hanging on wall or waving as a flag by gluing straw or craft stick to one edge.

** Depending on the preference of your loved one, or those in your care, dipping or brushing paint on their hand may not be permitted and could cause discomfort. If this is the case, use the following Canadian Flag template to simply colour or paint, instead. Click on template below.

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Canada Day Windsocks 


Windsocks can be found throughout the countryside for determining the direction and speed of the wind. In this activity, you and your loved one will work together to create a windsock celebrating Canada Day. When completed, hang from a tree branch or a simple hook indoors, for decoration.

What you need:

  • Cardboard roll from toilet paper (or cut paper towel roll in half)

  • Red and White Paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Choice of : red and white streamers, red and white tissue paper cut in long strips, or red and white ribbons…or use all three options!

  • Craft glue

  • String for hanging

What to do:

  1. Paint Canadian images, such as a maple leaf, Canada flag, or the word “CANADA” along the outside of the cardboard roll, using the paint colours of your choice.

  2. Using the streamers, tissue paper strips, and/or ribbon, glue one end of the decoration onto the inside of the cardboard roll at one end. Repeat until entire edge of cardboard roll is covered in the decorations.

  3. Allow to dry completely before hanging, using a string stapled or glued to opposite end of roll.

  4. Streamers will hang down and sway in the breeze.

Check out more of our Canada Day activities in our free booklet! Click here.

Happy Canada Day!

Tai Chi for Seniors

What is Tai Chi? 



Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts practiced worldwide by people of all ages and abilities. It is a slow and gentle exercise perfect for older adults. This low impact activity is a series of breathing techniques and movements that help with flexibility, stability, and muscle strengthening without adding pressure to your bones and joints.

How it Works

Often lead by an instructor, Tai Chi focuses on purposeful movements built for functionality and balance in everyday activities. Other benefits also include reduction of stress and anxiety, improvement in immune function, and increases strength and function for people with chronic or serious illnesses.

How to Get Started



If you or your loved one can benefit from Tai Chi, check out your local recreation centre or community centre that may offer classes. If those options are not available, there are many videos online or DVDs that you can watch and practice from the comfort of your own home.

We recommend starting with the basic movements of Tai Chi from an instructor, to ensure proper posture and safe techniques. Check out these videos from the YMCA to get started (we recommend starting with the Crane Walk exercises before beginning your practice).

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

A classic dish perfect for warm summer days! This salad is sure to please as a light lunch or a filling dinner when paired with proteins, such as chicken or pork kebabs. Try our Mediterranean pasta salad filled with healthy Greek inspired herbs, vegetables and zesty dressing.


 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked Pasta (try it with your favourite pasta, such as Fusilli, Farfalle or Penne)

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 English cucumber, lightly peeled and cubed

  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

  • 1/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1/4 cup diced red onion

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Juice of 1 Lemon, squeezed

  • 2 tsp dried Oregano, or opt for fresh basil, thinly sliced

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions until al dente or fully cooked to your preference. Drain. Let cool in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add in vegetables, feta, and olives.

  3. Mix dressing ingredients and pour over salad before serving, allowing the flavours to soak in.

  4. Serve on its own or as a side dish to your favourite protein, such as grilled chicken breast, or pork kebab skewers.

Optional Ingredients, such as sundried tomatoes, sliced sweet green peppers, or grilled zucchini can also be added to your salad! Make it your way, with your favourites!

Fun Facts: Dogs

Today is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! Traditionally celebrated on the Friday after Father’s Day!

We have assembled some fascinating facts about our furry little best friends!


 


 Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

COPD and the Elderly


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to group two long-term diseases in which individuals find it hard to get air in and out of their lungs. COPD can include a combination of both emphysema and chronic bronchitis and is typically diagnosed after the age of 45 years old.

COPD is a progressive disease, meaning it worsens over time and can have a high impact on quality of life and mortality.

Emphysema

When you breathe in, air flows in through your trachea (windpipe) into smaller branches of airways, and finally into the alveoli. Alveoli are tiny air sacs in the lungs where the oxygen you inhale gets carried into the bloodstream. For those who suffer from Emphysema, the alveoli begin to collapse, which traps air in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe out. The main symptom of this disease is shortness of breath, progressively occurring even during tasks that used to be easier to complete.

Chronic Bronchitis

This term refers to long-term irritation and inflammation of the airways that carry oxygen into your lungs and remove carbon dioxide. When the airways are irritated, they produce excessive mucus. This extra mucus can build up in the airways, blocking the flow of air. Typically, symptoms include a cough that brings up mucus and lasts at least 3 months. This cough may go away then come back again.

Causes of COPD

Smoking has become the number one leading cause of COPD with almost 80% of COPD patients have been or are currently smokers. Other risk factors for the disease include exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemicals, or industrial dust. Asthma and frequent use of cooking gas or fires without proper ventilation are also risk factors that can cause COPD.



Treatment

There is no cure for COPD, but putting systems in place to improve your health and lifestyle can assist in managing symptoms. Quitting smoking, medications, oxygen therapeutic devices, and surgery are some of the ways to treat and manage COPD. Consult your physician for the best options for you.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.

We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.