Lifetime Precautions after a Hip Replacement | Caring Senior Service

Surgeons perform over 450,000 hip replacements each year in the United States. These surgeries can help seniors reduce pain and improve mobility by removing damaged portions of the hip joint and replacing them with implants. However, hip replacements can also leave seniors with some lifetime precautions. Seniors who undergo a hip replacement may need to avoid certain activities and take measures to care for their joint implant and help avoid dislocation. Let’s learn more about lifetime precautions after a hip replacement.    Lifetime of a Hip Implant   There are several different types of hip implants available. They can be made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. And the shape of the ...

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Let's Celebrate: August 21st is Senior Citizens Day in the U.S.

In the U.S., National Senior Citizens Day is celebrated each year on August 21st. America’s seniors have been recognized on this date since 1988, when Ronald Reagan selected it for the occasion.  On Senior Citizens Day, we acknowledge and appreciate the elderly members of our society and the contributions they’ve made to both our communities at large and our individual lives. In honor of senior citizens across the country, today’s blog post outlines some of the more common issues faced by American seniors today, discusses ways we can all show kindness toward and appreciation for the seniors in our communities, and offers some suggestions around how you might choose to celebrate the ...

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How Caregivers Can Help with Physical Therapy Exercises

Physical therapy is designed to help individuals maintain or restore their physical health. It can be used to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and reduce pain. Elderly persons who have had an accident, stroke, or surgery may receive physical therapy rehabilitation after being discharged from the hospital.    This treatment is administered by physical therapists in an inpatient or outpatient setting. During outpatient rehab, individuals are prescribed certain exercises to complete regularly between appointments. Caregivers can assist seniors in carrying out their exercises safely at home. And here’s how!   Home Care Physical Therapy    Transportation   Se ...

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Tech for Seniors: Robotic Pets & Virtual Reality

Almost all of us engage with technology in our daily lives – seniors included! Technological innovation can benefit, and has benefitted, seniors in many ways. We’ve talked before on the blog about how it can help seniors stay safe in their homes , and about how virtual spaces can provide seniors with both entertainment and opportunities to socialize .  Since technological developments are always moving forward, we thought it was time to revisit the topic and address two forms of technology that are gaining popularity, particularly when it comes to usage by seniors: robotic pets and virtual reality. Potential Benefits Studies have shown that pet ownership is good for our health: it ...

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Exercise for Seniors: Starting and Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

At every age, exercise is an essential component of how we care for our bodies. As we grow older, it can feel as though our ability to exercise is shifting, or even declining. This can lead some seniors to believe that they’re “too old” to exercise, but this is a misconception. No one is “too old” to move their body - in fact, a lack of exercise can have negative impacts on seniors’ bodies, like an increased risk of falls, muscle loss, and weight gain in areas that affect heart health, like the midsection. It’s understandable for inactive seniors to feel some hesitation about starting an exercise routine. Reasons for this hesitation might include a fear of falling, feeling ...

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What to Know about Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Individuals who suffer from chronic shoulder pain could benefit from shoulder replacement surgery to help relieve pain and improve range of motion. However, total shoulder replacement surgery can be invasive and require you to undergo rehabilitation. There are also different types of shoulder replacement, which can affect recovery. That’s why it’s important to understand what your shoulder replacement surgery would entail. In this post, we will provide a general outline of what to expect from shoulder replacement surgery for seniors.   What is shoulder replacement surgery?   The shoulder is actually made up of 4 different joints, but typically shoulder replacement refers to repla ...

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Heart Attack vs Heart Failure | Caring Senior Service

The heart works hard to provide your body with the oxygen it needs to function. It works while you sleep, eat, talk, run. It’s always working. But if the heart isn’t able to perform properly, then serious health conditions can develop. The most common cause of heart inefficiency is heart disease, which is also the #1 cause of death in the US. But this term refers to a number of different heart conditions, including 2 conditions that many people confuse: heart attack and heart failure. A heart attack is a sudden loss of blood supply to the heart, while heart failure is the heart’s inability to pump efficiently. Let’s take a deeper dive at these conditions. Heart Attac ...

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Tech for Seniors: Robotic Pets & Virtual Reality

Almost all of us engage with technology in our daily lives – seniors included! Technological innovation can benefit, and has benefitted, seniors in many ways. We’ve talked before on the blog about how it can help seniors stay safe in their homes , and about how virtual spaces can provide seniors with both entertainment and opportunities to socialize .  Since technological developments are always moving forward, we thought it was time to revisit the topic and address two forms of technology that are gaining popularity, particularly when it comes to usage by seniors: robotic pets and virtual reality. Potential Benefits Studies have shown that pet ownership is good for o ...

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How to Help Seniors Find a Sense of Purpose Caring Senior Service

As seniors age, they may begin to lose sight of their purpose or relevance in life. This is due in large part to the fact that life tends to slow down. We retire from our careers, our kids grow up and establish families of their own, we become less interested in or able to do things we once enjoyed. These changes can cause seniors to feel forgotten, worthless, or meaningless. However, a strong sense of purpose in life is directly tied to better health. And every senior has something they can contribute to this world. Let’s explore how seniors can find and maintain a sense of purpose as they age so they can enjoy life to the fullest.    What Is a Sense of Purpose   A sense of purpo ...

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COVID-19 Offers and Resources for Seniors and Caregivers in Toronto

As the global fight against COVID-19 continues, businesses are implementing changes geared toward helping seniors stay well, and are also extending offers to healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight. We’ve compiled a selection of resources available to both seniors and caregivers in the Greater Toronto Area, with the goal of helping seniors, their families, and all of our outstanding healthcare workers access offers that aim to make their lives easier during this complicated time.  Many grocery stores in the GTA are offering a “seniors’ hour” in their first hour of operation each day, during which seniors and other high-risk individuals are given exclusive acces ...

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