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Stay Sharp FitMinds Program

Retire at Home York/South Simcoe is so excited as three Stay Sharp programs have launched in the area and are attended well.  The understanding that the brain has plasticity and is enhanced by novel and complex thinking is catching on.  The fear of dementia, or any memory disease, has people paying attention to their daily exercises.  The five areas that are critical to your overall health, brain health in particular, are as follows:  Nutrition, Socialization, Mental Stimulation, Spirituality and Physical Activity.  These five areas can be focused on every day or take one per day. Today let’s talk about “Spirituality”.  Many think this is about religion and it is not.  Spirituality is our everyday experiences of depth and deeper meaning and the connection that they carry.  Spirituality is present wherever we undergo or observe deeply.  Spirituality is the essence of you, the person.  That which makes you, you!  Are you caring for your own spirituality and realizing its importance in your life?  For more information contact us today.  We can help!  Spirituality is the root of your very being!      ...

Education Focus: Loneliness

There are five critical areas of brain health: Socialization is one of these areas. As a person ages often isolation and socialization take a back seat. It is so easy just to kick back and watch some tv or pretend to be social on “social” media. Checking FaceBook is not socializing! “Research teaches us that humans who isolate or segregate have a higher risk of dementia than those who remain integrated in society.” Dr. Paul Naussbaum, PhD. states this as an opening statement in chapter5 of his book “Save Your Brain”. As we teach and facilitate the new program “Stay Sharp”, working with people who seek to have fun and integrate with others who are interested in congregating to play games, we are excited to find positive atmosphere and a willingness to share time with people who begin as strangers. Just yesterday at the class one woman exclaimed at the end of the class, “I didn’t feel like coming today and had to make myself and I am so glad I came. I feel so much better.” I “feel” … the interaction of playing mind games, chatting and laughing created a new feeling. Get active … in any way makes a difference. Read this article on loneliness from CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/loneliness-public-health-psychologist-1.4249637...

Education Focus: Protein

Food for thought! Education Focus: What to eat? So many aging adults eat way too much and much of the wrong things. Make it part of your aging practice to study and find out how foods affect you! Our Canada Food Guide is under a great change in appearance and the foods it recommends. Here is the link: https://passport2017.ca/articles/new-food-guide-canada In the meantime have a read about protein. One of three fuel sources for the body. Teaches you how much protein you need and how a 2lb. steak is not necessary or advised! Should you have questions about your diet or food intake please feel free to ask! We can help! Protein: For Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  ...
Education Focus: Helping, Enabling or Hindering

Education Focus: Helping, Enabling or Hindering

Do you have an aging adult in your life that has been diagnosed with a compromised memory? I do not mean idle forgetfulness such as I had today when I could not remember a phone number! I mean serious memory impairment where consistent short term thoughts are lost. As an example, I forgot a phone number today. As soon as I looked at it and made the call, the number came back to me and 10 minutes later I could tell you the number. The difference being a client and I went out for a walk and was caught in the rain. We became pretty wet and upon arriving home the client changed all clothes into dry ones. The morning progressed with some activities. Half hour or so later the client picked up the hat they had been wearing and in a puzzled voice said, “how did this get wet?” I explained we were caught in the rain and there was no recollection of the walk or being wet from the rain. This is evidence of dementia. Those who love this client want to help. They put in place protective measures and ensure the safety of their loved one. They also begin to be the memory of the person and consistently say, “don’t you remember …. ” and tell the person what it is they have forgotten. This is not helpful to anyone. As a person struggles with memory loss there are a few ways in which family can help. #1 Be patient. When you ask them something, give them lots of time to ponder and then answer you....

Education Focus – Scams and people!

We hear in the news where aging adults are the target of unscrupulous people attempting to part the elder from their money.  Personally this writer has watched as a woman’s family and her bank begged her not to send money to a scammer with no success.  She is her own power of attorney and all they could do was advise, beg and plead while the ultimate decision lay in her hands and she was convinced the scammer was for real.  The daughter was sick over it as she watched her mom withdraw and transfer to this scammer thousands of dollars. How do you know someone is legitimate?  You ask lots of questions, better yet NEVER give any information over the phone.  Ask who they are and where they are calling from and then promptly hang up and call back to the place they say they are from.  Most often you will discover it is not a true representative.  The biggest concern is how the caller will bully and push you, making you feel threatened and fearful if you do not comply!  Any honest and rightful caller will commend you for your astuteness before they bully or threaten you. Find a trusted friend or family member to help you with these kinds of situations.  Frighteningly, anything you say on the phone can be recorded without your permission so the best advice is simply to hang up after saying nothing.  Reports have been true to say callers ask, “Is this YOUR NAME?” and when you say “YES” they record you saying “YES” and then use it to say you agreed to...

Education Focus – Dehydration

Dementia is a word we are hearing more and more everyday as the aging adult population grows with the pending swell of people who are born between 1944 -1964. In discussion with a colleague yesterday it was pointed out the leading adults of this swell are currently 73 years old. Our aging adult care system has not begun to see the “baby boomers” yet. So many changes will happen when we do. Dementia is more prevalent today for multiple reasons and there is no one reason for this rise in numbers. Dementia is being discovered in people as young as 39 so it is not an “old person’s” disease. Dementia can rob personhood. I work with many people who are continent, fit and appear perfectly healthy, and yet, you simply need only spend a few minutes with them to discover they struggle and suffer with dementia. Dementia is radical and wide spread causing all kinds of different behaviours in people. No two cases are the same. Retire at Home strives to provide care for your loved one who may suffer from early stages or who may be very challenged in day to day living. We can provide one on one attention, while also giving a caregiver a needed breakaway, providing memory work to help in any way to allow a person struggling with dementia to possibly grow their brain capacity. The brain has plastic like qualities meaning it can be molded and can grow new pathways and roadways. Please remember, dementia is an overall description for many different cognitive impairments! Our connection to the FitMinds program allows us to...
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