Long Term Care Guide

The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award

Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by Samuel Jeffery Kirwin, “The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes”:

The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes

Healthy spousal relationships are an important aspect of many people’s lives, and they act as a powerful means of emotional and physical fortification. Yet, in our society it is not uncommon for elderly spouses who enter long-term care homes to face barriers that restrict the symbiosis of their relationships. An unfortunate consequence is that it hinders the physical and emotional support that the spousal relationship still has to offer. For the sake of preserving and re-establishing this important type of relationship among the elderly, it is imperative that married and common law spouses be allowed to live together in long-term care homes. 

One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award

Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by Stacie Hurst, “One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of”:

​One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of

He’s doing it again.

I can see my grandfather’s face—a hardened rock behind a thin veil of calm defiance. His way of ensuring that everything in life conformed to what he wanted was to assume beneath his own opinions lay all the weight and importance of divine truth and to look with frustrated contempt upon anyone who disagreed with him. He needed this strategy. After all, his own reflection in the mirror would never support the real reason behind his stubbornness any more than another person would.

Fidget Quilts: a great gift to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients

Fidget Quilts

Have you heard of a fidget quilt? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, you certainly want to know it. It’s easy to make or purchase and both, you and the patient, can benefit from it.

Dementia and The Power of Music

Dementia and The Power of Music

In his book, Musicophilia [1], the Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the power of music in people with dementia. The response to music is, particularly, preserved, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. In the chapter Music and Identity: Dementia and Music Therapy, he says that, even when a person seems to be undergoing a “second childhood”, even in people with advanced dementia, the identity remains, it’s never completely lost, as long as a mental life exists.

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one may go through when a family member develops dementia, discussing how to better cope with such a sensitive situation: "I hope this helps some of our readers. I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...” Pat  is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts at SeniorsZen.com’s Ask the Expert section.

The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.

Summer is here, enjoy in moderation!

Summer is here, enjoy in moderation!

Recommendations for elders and caregivers to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses

We all know that hot weather can be dangerous. For older adults, the risk increases significantly for a variety of reasons, including: aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and even side effects of taking some medications.

Aging and Ageism - An interview with Thomas Sturge

Aging and Ageism

"Well, family is that way. I have a wonderful daughter, I love her like crazy, but when she comes to see me, she almost starts to treat me like if I am a kid. She's doing it from her heart, but she ends up trying making decisions, but when you start letting other people make your decisions you, lose control. And then I think your life deteriorates." - Thomas Sturge

BEST BEFORE 4 MAR 1970: A Take on Ageism, Independence and Choice in Retirement Communities

BEST BEFORE 4 MAR 1970

Old people do not think clearly, cannot learn new things, do not enjoy sex, contribute to my community, nor have responsible jobs. They cannot drive, are in poor health and need help in getting around freely.

Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario

Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario

Imagine that you are a patient in a hospital in Ontario - you have undergone acute care and are now ready to enter a Long-term Care (LTC) facility for additional care. Now imagine that you have entered a complex maze, like the Waterloo County Corn Maze, only much trickier. Why?

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