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Preserving and Sharing Memories – Edmonton

While they may previously have been caretaker, breadwinner, disciplinarian, co-worker, partner, or a whole host of other things, many seniors in older age now find themselves filling the role of guide, storyteller, or purveyor of wisdom. With a long life behind and many stories and experiences to share, grandparents, older friends, and elderly relations have a great deal to tell us about how they lived their lives and about how we might live ours as we go forward.

Keeping Busy in the Winter – Edmonton

There are so many things to do outside when the weather is warm, and seniors often find themselves more motivated to participate in activities out of the house when they don’t have to bundle up in layers of clothing just to get in the car. That being said, there are actually a whole host of reasons to enjoy the wintertime, despite the challenges it may present.

Chronic Pain in Seniors – Edmonton

Many of seniors just accept pain as a part of growing older and don’t seek out support and treatment that could help them tend to the issues they are encountering, so it is important that caregivers and loved-ones remain attentive to changes in behavior so that they can encourage seniors to take good care of their health and integrate treatment strategies that can help them to keep up better physical and mental health as they deal with the challenges that accompany Chronic Pain.

Seniors and Urinary Incontinence – Edmonton

In older age, some seniors begin to deal with a more overactive bladder and they find themselves less able to control urination. Whether it be as a result of a small, everyday issue or as a symptom of a larger health concern, addressing problems related to Urinary Incontinence is important for seniors’ overall health and wellbeing.

Seniors and Sexual Health – Edmonton

In this day and age, there is greater openness and willingness to have important conversations regarding sexuality, sexual expression, and sexual health than there was even just a decade ago, and a great deal of attention has been placed upon shaping understandings and discussions of sexuality to better promote safe, healthy, and fulfilling sexual relationships. The reality is, however, that these efforts are most often directed towards those in adolescence and adulthood, and very little emphasis has been placed upon working to promote a willingness to talk about the sexualities of older members of the population. Popular discourse tends to support the notion that seniors and older adults lack any form of sexual drive or desire. The common understanding, influenced in large part by the taboo that still accompanies discussions of seniors’ sexualities, is that older individuals no longer take part in sexual activity or have the same degree of sexual desire as younger members of the population. Contrary to these beliefs, however, sexual intimacy continues to be an enriching and important aspect of life for many seniors.

End-Of-Life-Conversations – Edmonton

The results of multiple studies have shown that seniors who take part in important end-of-life conversations with their families and healthcare professionals are significantly more likely to be satisfied with the care they receive in the ending stages of their lives. Putting all of the arrangements in place in advance with seniors’ wishes at the forefront has also been shown to lessen the instances of depression experienced by their loved ones and caregivers. Rather than spending a lot of time and energy being concerned about whether they made the right choices on behalf of their loved ones should they be unable to make them for themselves, family members and caregivers can feel confident that the decisions that have been made were chosen by the person in question, respecting all their wishes and desires for the end of their lives. In these pertinent ways, advanced planning for end-of-life works to put in place arrangements that can help both seniors and those who care for them to have as positive an experience as possible when it comes to the end-of-life.

Hoarding and Diogenes Syndrome in the Elderly – Edmonton

Holding on to things that bring us joy can be important, but taking the habit of collecting and keeping items to an extreme can become a problem for some seniors. Diogenes Syndrome, also referred to as Senile Squalor Syndrome, is a behavioural disorder faced by some seniors that manifests in hoarding and other behaviours related to lifestyle and cleanliness that can be harmful to seniors’ safety and wellbeing as well as their physical and mental health. Why Seniors? The intersections that can exist between varying biological, environmental, and situational elements of older age mean that seniors are more disposed to engaging in hoarding and other behaviours connected to Diogenes Syndrome. Physiologically speaking, some health conditions, such as dementia and impairment of the brain’s frontal lobe, can contribute to hoarding behaviours, as can certain genetic predispositions. On the other hand, diverse factors such as traumatic events, feelings of isolation, lack of stimulation, and aspects related to elements of day-to-day life, can generate or intensify these behaviours and the ways in which they come to impact seniors’ lives. Behaviours Connected to Diogenes Syndrome Diogenes Syndrome can come in the form of numerous behaviours in varying degrees and levels of intensity depending on the personal circumstances of the senior in question. Some of the harmful behaviours that can be connected to Diogenes Syndrome may include: Unwillingness to Accept Help Social Withdrawal Neglect of Self-Care Lethargy Laziness Lack of Shame Domestic Uncleanliness Distrust of Others Distorted Sense of Reality Detachment Compulsive Hoarding of Items/Objects Apathy Tidying Up and Clearing Out For seniors who have chosen to continue living in their own homes, a...

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