Articles related to senior care

Monday, March 16, 2020

Why we need social distancing, and ideas for what to do

One of the most at-risk demographics during the Corona pandemic are older adults, those with the previous diagnosis of diabetes, heart, or lung illnesses. For all of us, social distancing is the game plan for weeks to come, and so we'll need to look outside the regular channels for entertainment and activities.

Topics: wellnessage at homesenior careretirement activitiesretirementsocial isolation

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Monday, February 3, 2020

4 causes of loneliness, and 1 myth

Healthy wife, healthy life - having a partner is the strongest predictor for loneliness. That's one of the reasons seniors are amongst the loneliest demographic. Start taking action to take care of your own health and wellbeing by learning the most common causes of loneliness. When you know the causes of this feeling it can soon become easier to know what you need to do something about it.

Topics: lonelinesscommunitywellnessexpatslong-distance familysenior carefamily

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Monday, December 16, 2019

The elephant in our decorated living rooms

For the mere reason that change takes time, mental health is still a stigmatized subject to bring up, share and work through it together. For those of us affected by it, wether personally or through loved ones, I have a message: open up, don't fight it alone! Self-care and vulnerability is the ultimate act of courage.

Topics: lonelinessmental healthcommunitywellnesssenior carefamily

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Supporting the 10,000 adults retiring every day

There is currently an unprecedented volume of adults reaching retirement in most industrialised countries. In some places, people feel as much of a duty to look after their aging parents as they do to care for their own children. In other words, just as it isn't a parents problem to educate their kids, it's the State's job to look after their aging parents.

Topics: wellnesssenior careage at home

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Monday, December 2, 2019

4 ways to prevent falling as we age

Older adults need to be extra cautious about accidental falls as they take longer to heal as age progresses. Here are a few tips on how to prevent falls.

Topics: age at homewellnesssenior care

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Monday, November 11, 2019

5 questions to answer for your Living Will

Many worry that having conversations about end-of-life will bring about emotional distress. In reality, it can take a lot out of it. Whether it's for yourself or helping your loved ones prepare it is an important step in preparing for the inevitable end.

Topics: senior carefamilyage at homeexpatswellness

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Monday, October 21, 2019

How to skip this year's flu season

Flu season has arrived. How are you feeling? Most of us know how miserable it is to get stuck at home with the flu. As we age there are some additional risks associated with getting the flu and extra care should be given to avoiding it. Here are some tips for our community on how to stay happy and healthy this flu season.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Tossenior carewellnesssenior carefamilyage at home

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Why retired adults should volunteer more

Do you have an elderly neighbour that could use a little help? We believe in a future where our seniors are supported by the newly retired to volunteer or work on providing care for the more senior. Helping seniors in their daily chores such as buying groceries or getting transportation to appointments helps both thee elderly receiving the help and the volunteering older adult. Sharing a few hours per week with an elderly neighbor can do wonders for both of you; volunteering improves our sense of purpose as well as our sense of feeling connected. For the person receiving the help, you might just be making it possible for them to live independently at home for longer.

Topics: senior careage at homewellness

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Monday, October 7, 2019

5 Signs your loved one needs non-medical care

If you're a long-distance caregiver, it's particularly important to know whether your loved one needs extra non-medical care at home. When they are no longer able to handle their activities for daily living it's time to get more hands on. These are the signs you should be looking for.

Topics: senior carewellnessfamilyage at home

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Monday, September 30, 2019

6 Steps you can take today to Age In Place

Choosing to age in place requires thorough planning. If aging at home is your preferred choice, here are the steps that will ensure you can age confidently in the comfort of your own home.

Topics: wellnessage at homesenior care

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Monday, September 23, 2019

5 things you should know about Alzheimer's

Did you know we still prescribe the same drugs to Alzheimer's patients as we've done since the 1970's? To round up our series of articles for Alzheimer’s awareness month we've prepared a summary of facts on where we're at in terms of understanding the disease. This is where we've come from and where current research is heading.

Topics: Alzheimerslonelinessmental healthwellnesssenior care

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Monday, September 16, 2019

What my Grandma's Alzheimer's taught me

This is my Alzheimer's story. My yiayia (grandma in Greek) was diagnosed when I was 18 and we moved her with us to Norway to take care of us. It was something the whole family was involved in.

Topics: Alzheimersage at homeexpatswellnessmental healthfamilysenior care

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Monday, September 9, 2019

7 ways to take care of your brain as you age

The earlier Alzheimer's is diagnosed, the more its progress can be slowed with customised lifestyle changes. Most risk factors for Alzheimer's are associated with the way we live. Learn more about senior wellness from the Mon Tonton community.

Topics: Alzheimerssenior careage at homeexpatswellnessfamilylong-distance family

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Monday, September 2, 2019

6 early warning signs of Alzheimer's

These are some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. The sooner you find out, the more time you have to slow the progression of the illness and prepare for what's to come. Written for the Alzheimer's awareness month.

Topics: Alzheimerssenior careage at homeexpatswellness

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Monday, August 26, 2019

7 tips to care for loved ones as an expat

Most of us have either a parent or grandparent who needs help with daily chores. Most private caregivers these days are from the baby boomer generation. Some approaching 70 and caring for parents nearing 90. Here are some tips on how to provide long-distance care for loved ones.

Topics: senior carefamilyage at homeexpatslong-distance family

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Monday, August 5, 2019

How to age healthy with the Mediterranean diet

We’re all different and there is no one right way to eat. Still, there are healthy eating messages that should apply to everyone – such as eating more fiber and plant-based foods, and fewer processed foods. Read this week's blog post on how to master the Mediterranean diet. As we age, taking care of ourselves is important to maintain independence. How and what you eat determines more than know.

Topics: Mon Tonton's How-Tossenior carewellnessfamilyexpatsage at home

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Monday, July 29, 2019

4 steps for expats to optimise holidays at home

Tips on how get both quality family time & the relaxation you need. Yes, you can have both, just make sure to follow this advice. As an expat, it's hard to balance helping aging relatives with your own need for time off to recharge your own batteries during your time off.

Topics: long-distance familyexpatssenior careexpatsfamily

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Monday, June 24, 2019

This is the secret to a long and healthy life ;)

No matter how old you are or what your motivation is, staying in shape as you age is perhaps the single greatest favour you can do for your future self. We all know that exercise is good for us but for some reason, the older we get, the less we excercise. Contrary to popular belief, poor balance, muscle weakness, weaker bones, and declining mental health has a lot more to do with inactivity than age.

Topics: long-distance familysenior carefamilyexpatsretirement hobbies

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Monday, June 10, 2019

4 signs you are a long-distance caregiver

Many of us fail to plan ahead for how aging parents will become dependent on us, their adult children, as they age. While growing old within the comfort of your own home is many seniors' top priority; there are alternatives. This articles explores some of them, including tips on arranging in-home care.

Topics: long-distance familysenior carefamilyexpatsage at home

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Monday, June 3, 2019

6 reasons why the future of senior care is at home

The value of growing old within the comfort of your own home is the key to aging well and happily. Furtermore aging at home is the most affordable options to both individuals and governments. Aging in place should be the goal of policy makers and individuals.

Topics: senior careage at homewellness

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Monday, May 27, 2019

5 reasons Norwegian seniors are the World's happiest

The hallmark of a civilised society is how we treat our most vulnerable, including our elderly parents and grandparents. This is how Norway is making their seniors the happiest in the World. The goal is for all elderly people to receive help and support to master their daily lives. Living a full life, your whole life, by covering the basic requirements of daily living.

Topics: familywellnesssenior care

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