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Talking to Seniors About Personal Hygiene– Edmonton

Opening a dialogue about seniors’ ability to manage their own hygiene and personal care is important for ensuring that overall wellbeing and health are properly cared for. It is normal for a decline to occur in the personal hygiene that seniors are able to maintain on their own as they move further into older age, and there are a whole bunch of possible contributors to these changes. The Importance of Hygiene Issues with personal hygiene can impact much more than just seniors’ outward cleanliness. When seniors’ personal hygiene has declined to the point that it becomes detectable or prominent, seniors may notice that friends and visitors might become more reluctant to spend time with them, and this can result in amplified feelings of isolation. Hygiene is also connected to health in a whole host of different ways. Whether poor hygiene itself causes a health issue, or a seniors’ lack of ability or willingness to perform everyday tasks associated with maintaining good hygiene is indicative of a larger overarching health problem, keeping an eye on the state of seniors’ personal hygiene is important for many reasons. Decline in Personal Hygiene A whole bunch of different factors can come into play when it comes to a decline in seniors’ personal hygiene. Physical Challenges: When mobility changes with age or health problems, some personal care tasks become more frequently avoided. Cleaning and tending to some parts of the body can become difficult or uncomfortable, taking a shower may start to become a stressful experience when the risk of a fall increases, and even reaching or bending to grab products and items for...

Foot Care for Seniors

Our feet work hard to carry us through our daily lives, and keeping them healthy is essential for continued mobility and the sense of independence that accompanies it. Having feet that are in a state of ill-health can come to impact seniors’ lives in hugely meaningful ways. Caring for one’s own feet can become more challenging for seniors, and it can become easy to neglect podiatric health, but it is important to implement support systems, relevant forms of care, and other strategies that direct attention towards caring for seniors feet in appropriate ways in order to avoid the various concerns, conditions, and diseases that can afflict them. Feet and Overall Health It has been said that our feet can act as indicators of the overall state of health of our bodies. It is even true that some health conditions that have pervasive effects on the body, such as arthritis, circulatory problems, and diabetes, are first detected when signs and symptoms are noticed in the feet. For this reason, it is important to monitor seniors’ feet and seek consultation with a healthcare professional whenever changes occur or new difficulties arise. Some things to look out for that may indicate greater health concerns include: Numbness Tingling Constant Feelings of Cold Discolouration Dry Skin Weak Nails Seniors and Their Feet Seniors have been walking around on their feet for a great many years by the time they reach old age, and the accumulation of all the wear and tear, along with natural changes that come with aging, that has occurred over those years makes seniors’ feet more fragile and vulnerable to developing...