Newsletter February 2009

by Audrey Miller on June 8, 2009

in Caregiving, Elder Care, Geriatric Care Management, Home Care, Newsletter

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Elder Care Advice From The Managing Director

February is Heart Month:
Our hearts keep us alive and many say that they also keep us in love. We hear different ways to keep our hearts and bodies healthy. Our doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals have lots of suggestions, things that many of us know we should be doing but sometimes don’t. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario has asked health and nutrition experts to share their own healthy practices which they say are feasible for many people. Ultimately the key is finding a routine of your own and keeping in mind that it is always advisable to consult your doctor before engaging in a new activity or changes to your diet. These tips respect our physical heart. Click here for full story

Hearts also symbolize love. February is the month associated with relationships, budding romance and love. Keeping the romance alive is perhaps more important as couples get older. And for many of us, along with romance comes sex. A relationship can become more intimate and loving after sharing much of your lives together and this includes the sexual connection. We now know that remaining sexually active well into our senior years is not only desirable but also associated with many health benefits.
So why aren’t more of us, still doing it?

Walter M. Bortz II, MD, author of We Love Too Short and Die Too Long, shares some advice and insight on the subject. Click here for full story
There are lots of ways to show somone you care. A smile can go a long way. A few kind words or even sharing silence can be what links you with someone else. For caregivers who look after care recipients with dementia, sometimes the thank you’s are few and far between.

For many older individuals who live alone or do not have family nearby, physical contact is often reduced. A gentle touch, lotion massaged on a hand, or brushing someone’s hair, are interactions that are often very well received. Remember- if you like others to be kind to you, chances are they like it when you are kind to them as well! Have a great day.
I hope you have been enjoying these newsletters and I invite you to share them with a friend, colleague and family member. If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please send me your ideas. Thank you!

Phone: 416-658-8887 Toll Free:866-473-8887 Email:info@eldercaring.ca www.eldercaring.ca

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