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Celebrating the Holidays with Seniors- Barrie

The traditions and memories of the holidays can continue to bring joy and light to our lives, no matter how old we are. A great deal of preparation and planning go into the holidays as a whole, but celebrating with ageing family members and loved ones requires some special attention. Thought needs to be directed towards determining how best to structure and navigate holiday gatherings, traditions, and activities that seniors will attend. The emotional and physical needs of seniors that need to be monitored and tended to don’t simply disappear when holiday cheer comes knocking, so some purposeful thought about all pertinent factors needs to take place in the process of planning holidays that will be spent with seniors. Keep Health in Mind There are some fundamental elements relating to the physical health and well-being of seniors that need to be consulted and considered when planning holiday gatherings and events. Essential practices and aspects of care that seniors receive in their day-to-day lives should be incorporated into holiday celebrations, in order to ensure that health is not compromised or forgotten in the excitement of the festivities. Logistically speaking, try making arrangements in advance that will help to create and foster comfortable environments and transitions for seniors attending holiday celebrations. This will prevent them from feeling isolated, or as though they are a burden. Create a comfortable space, arrange transportation, respect physical limitations, and create options for places to seek rest or quiet if things get too overwhelming. A little planning ahead can make all the difference. Navigating the food-oriented nature of many holiday gatherings can be challenging for many...

Sun Protection for Seniors – Barrie

Sun damage can be harmful to health, so protecting seniors from the sun is important. The spring and summer bring about warmer weather and longer days all aided by the wonderful sun which graces the skies with its bright presence. Taking advantage of the sun whilst it is out is great for seniors, especially those who find darker drearier days more difficult to deal with from an emotional standpoint. There are so many wonderful activities that can get seniors out being active, social, engaged, and happy when the sun is out all of which can be incredible for both physical and mental health. The flip side of the wonderful impacts of the sun is that there is a little extra planning that needs to take place to make sure seniors are properly protected and don’t end up harmed by things like burns and sunstroke when they are out enjoying the sun. Protection from the Sun Sun protection is incredibly important for everyone, but when it comes to seniors there is often an extra vulnerability at play as a result of advanced age and some of the health problems that seniors may be experiencing. Senior skin is more vulnerable to damage, and a sunburn can have a more severe impact on seniors than it might have on younger skin.  The following are some simple things to keep in mind that can help seniors avoid any damage or problems as a result of exposure to the sun. Be Aware of Risk Factors: Aspects of genetics, lifestyle, medications, and other health problems can all culminate to create a higher level of risk...

Dealing with Seasonal Allergies in Spring and Summer– Barrie

Seasonal Allergies in the spring and summer can be a real nuisance. While the warm weather brings with it a fresh season of beauty, warmth, and sunshine, things like pollen and other common allergens also pop up during this time of year.  Seasonal Allergy symptoms don’t discriminate based on age, so seniors are just as likely as their younger counterparts to have to face the symptoms of Seasonal Allergies. When coupled with existing health conditions and symptoms from other health problems, Allergies can often feel especially difficult to deal with for seniors, but there are some ways to try and reduce exposure to allergens and keep Allergy symptoms to a minimum. Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Everyone who suffers from Seasonal Allergies experiences their own combination of symptoms, and the things they experience can vary from year to year or even from day to day. The following are some common symptoms of Seasonal Allergies that seniors can look out for to signal that they need to start taking steps to address the things that might be causing a problem. Sneezing Coughing Itchy Eyes Aches and Pains Runny or Stuffy Nose Itchy Nose Itchy Throat Watery Eyes Fatigue Trouble Sleeping Facing Seasonal Allergies Seasonal Allergies impact many people in spring and summer, but seniors don’t just have to accept the uncomfortable symptoms. There are steps that can be taken to either reduce exposure to allergens or deal with the problem in a way that will be most effective so that seniors can carry on and not be stifled by Seasonal Allergy symptoms. Talk to a Doctor: When it comes to Seasonal Allergies,...

Considering Seniors’ Nutrition in The Winter – Barrie

In the winter, the foods that are easily available are often different than in the warm weather months. When the winter weather hits and cold weather is in full force, seniors may find it more daunting to think about venturing out to the grocery store on a regular basis to get fresh produce, and might find themselves resorting to more prepared and packaged convenience foods. On top of this, there is a tendency for people to find themselves wanting just to eat comfort food when the weather is cold, which is absolutely fine as long as there is some balance and seniors are making sure that, along with those comforting foods that maybe aren’t the healthiest, they are also getting in ample fruits, vegetables, and nutrients. Keeping Things Healthy and Balanced Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables seems easier in the summer months, when produce is plentiful, so many fresh things are in season, and things just seem more available. Fruits and veggies are, however, just as important in the winter as they are when the weather is warm, there might just need to be a different approach that makes healthy food remain accessible to seniors when it is cold out. Stock Up: If one of the issues at play is that seniors are finding it more challenging to make their way to the store to buy fresh foods to eat with their pantry staples, make veggies easier to stock up on. Try buying frozen fruits and vegetables or produce that will last a long time in the fridge so that seniors can do one shop that will...

What to do with the Cold-Weather Blues? – Barrie

Managing all of the factors that come with the colder weather can be challenging for all of us, but can be especially difficult for seniors. Making sure that seniors remain safe and comfortable within their homes through the fall and winter seasons requires that attention be payed to some important factors. As cold weather and shorter days set in, we are forced to deal with the many things that come along with cold weather seasons. We ensure that we, and our loved ones, have appropriate clothing and comforts available to combat and manage the colder temperatures, both within the home and outside, and we make appropriate upkeep and safety arrangements to deal with rain, snow, and ice. It is important also, however, to make sure that we recognize and direct attention to the impacts that these colder and darker seasons can have upon mental health and wellbeing of our senior loved ones. Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as “SAD”, is a mood disorder that cycles with the seasons. It is a form of depression that is related strongly to seasonal changes in light, and affects most people in the late fall and winter when days are shorter and sunlight is limited. It is speculated that the shorter days disrupt our bodies’ circadian rhythms, as well as change levels of serotonin and melatonin. Symptoms of SAD can often begin to manifest in late autumn and carry right through to the end of winter. Basically, Seasonal Affective Disorder is, in more colloquial language, an intense case of the “winter blues”. Why Seniors? While instances of Seasonal Affective...