It’s normal for people to experience some foot problems as they age. But experts say that problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet. That is why it is important to pay attention to your feet and seek medical attention as soon as you notice a problem. Big Hearts Homecare provides foot care for seniors in Vancouver.

Healthy feet play an important role in overall good health and wellness. We help our clients achieve optimal foot health with preventative care, ongoing assessment and treatment from our professional staff.  Our Foot Care services are provided by nurses with specialized education. There many benefits of Foot Care include:

  • Control of fungal infections
  • Improved skin integrity and fewer cracks
  • Improved comfort, mobility and balance
  • Early detection of serious health problems

Here are some foot care tips for older adults:

  • Practice good foot care. Check your feet regularly or have a member of your family check them for you.
  • Keep blood circulating to your feet as much as possible. Do this by putting your feet up when you are sitting or lying down, stretching if you’ve had to sit for a long while, walking, having a gentle foot massage, or taking a warm foot bath.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well to prevent pressures that can lead to friction and infection and keep your foot structure properly aligned.
  • Avoid exposing your feet to cold temperatures.
  • Don’t sit for long periods of time (especially with your legs crossed).
  • Don’t smoke because it decreases blood supply and increases the chance of swelling and other circulatory problems.

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As we age, certain everyday activities become difficult. We may not be able to perform easy tasks such as cooking, cleaning and even bathing.

Home Care VS Long Term Care

Safety also becomes a concern as we get older. Besides forgetting to take our daily cocktail of medications, we may have trouble getting out of bed, or we could slip and fall and become severely injured.

If you or your loved one needs everyday assistance, you have many care options available. Do you hire a home care worker or do you opt for a residency in a long term care centre? Are home care service companies in Vancouver going to deliver you the quality of care you need?

Pros of using home care:

  • Caretakers and nurses come to you on a daily basis to assist with everything from bathing to cooking, cleaning, buying groceries and taking you to doctor’s appointments.
  • You don’t have to leave the home you’ve been living in for many years.
  • If you’re someone who prefers to keep to themselves, a long term care facility may be very overwhelming, while home care allows you to only interact with your assigned caretakers.
  • Your family can come over at any time.
  • You can maintain your independence. Elder home care services have become popular for this reason.

Cons of using home care:

  • You may have to retrofit your home with ramps, railings and chairlifts, which can become costly. If you don’t revamp your home you may have portions of it that remain unused like a basement or second and third floors.
  • In-home care is often more expensive than long term care, however government assistance can help relieve that financial burden.
  • If you’re a social person, you will not have the company of other people your age that you would find in a senior long term care centre.
  • Your home caregiver may have to move into your home as you get older and become less mobile, in which case you’ll be paying the same prices as you would to live in a residence.

Pros of long term residential care:

  • You are provided with room and board and do not have to worry about making your own meals.
  • Medical and non-medical care is available 24/7.
  • If you are married, your spouse/partner can come with you.
  • Most senior care facilities offer activities and field trips so you are not confined to your room.
  • Staff can take care of making your bed, ensuring you take your medication and cleaning your room.

Cons of long term residential care:

  • You are essentially paying rent to live in a long term care facility, which some seniors cannot afford.
  • Although most residences have all-day visiting hours, the location of the care centre may be far away from where your family lives and they will not come visit often.
  • Some people find it hard to adapt to their new surroundings and have trouble dealing with the hustle and bustle of a care centre.
  • Due to dietary restrictions of many of the residents, meals may be bland. Plus, you are not cooking your own meals leaving you with no control over the menu. For this reason, home care assistance companies and senior care agencies in Vancouver can offer higher quality and personalized services.

If you’re looking to make a choice for yourself or your elderly family members, contact us today. We’ll help you choose the best option for your loved one.

(Source article here)


Alzheimer's care, Tip on dealing with Alzheimer's







Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. Big Hearts Home Care can help you deal with your loved one’s condition and here we provide you with suggestions on coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

Common Changes in Personality and Behaviour

Common personality and behaviour changes you may see include:

– Getting upset, worried, and angry easily
– Acting depressed or not interested in things
– Hiding things or believing other people are hiding things
– Imagining things that aren’t there
– Wandering away from home
– Pacing a lot
– Showing unusual sexual behaviour
– Hitting you or other people
– Misunderstanding what he or she sees or hears

You also may notice that the person stops caring about how he or she looks, stops bathing, and wants to wear the same clothes every day.

Other Factors That Can Affect Behaviour

In addition to changes in the brain, other things may affect how people with Alzheimer’s behave:

– Feelings such as sadness, fear, stress, confusion, or anxiety
– Health-related problems, including illness, pain, new medications, or lack of sleep
– Other physical issues like infections, constipation, hunger or thirst, or problems seeing or hearing

Other problems in their surroundings may affect behaviour for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Too much noise, such as TV, radio, or many people talking at once can cause frustration and confusion. Stepping from one type of flooring to another or the way the floor looks may make the person think he or she needs to take a step down. Mirrors may make them think that a mirror image is another person in the room.

If you don’t know what is causing the problem, call the doctor. It could be caused by a physical or medical issue.

Other Tips

Caregivers cannot stop Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behaviour, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some tips:

– Keep things simple. Ask or say one thing at a time.
– Have a daily routine, so the person knows when certain things will happen.
– Reassure the person that he or she is safe and you are there to help.
– Focus on his or her feelings rather than words. For example, say, “You seem worried.”
– Don’t argue or try to reason with the person.
– Try not to show your frustration or anger. If you get upset, take deep breaths and count to 10. If it’s safe, leave the room for a few minutes.
– Use humour when you can.
– Give people who pace a lot a safe place to walk. Provide comfortable, sturdy shoes. Give them light snacks to eat as they walk, so they don’t lose too much weight, and make sure they have enough to drink.
– Try using music, singing, or dancing to distract the person.
– Ask for help. For instance, say, “Let’s set the table” or “I need help folding the clothes.”

Talk with the person’s doctor about problems like hitting, biting, depression, or hallucinations. Medications are available to treat some behavioural symptoms.

(Adapted this article from,
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Summer is most Vancouverites’ favorite season. When the sun shines on Vancouver, there’s no prettier place on earth, and locals make the most of the summer months—June, July, and August—with tons of festivals, parties, outdoor adventures, and more.

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Celebrate Canada Day

Surrey's Canada Day

Canada Day, celebrated on July 1, is always a massive party in the city, with free events popping up across Metro Vancouver. The patriotic flair of the celebrations at Granville Island are incredibly festive (who doesn’t love the Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast?), plus all the street festivals, parades, and fireworks. There’s also Surrey’s Canada Day outdoor concerts—the biggest Canada Day celebration in all of western Canada.

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Attend a Unique Summer Festival

Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC
Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Dannielle Hayes

June through August in Vancouver is the season for festivals, and some of the year’s biggest and best music and multicultural events happen at this time of year. Vancouver’s International Jazz Festival is held each year at the end of June, while the Vancouver Folk Music Festival typically takes place each July.

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 Hit the Beach

People sun tanning on Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Chris Cheadle / Getty Images

Whether it’s barbecuing or wading into the low tide on Spanish Banks, playing volleyball on English Bay Beach or sunbathing on Kits Beach, summer weather makes Vancouver’s already-stunning beaches the place to be.

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Eat at a Summer Night Market

Vancouver British Columbia
Corbis via Getty Images / Getty Images

Asian-style night markets are a summer tradition in the Lower Mainland. There are two great night markets to visit: the Richmond Night Market and the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. The Richmond market is a must-see; it features over 300 vendors, fantastic food (pork shumai, Osaka balls, hurricane potatoes, and snow-cones, at the same time) and live entertainment, that attracts nightly crowds of thousands.

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Watch an Incredible Fireworks Display

Celebration of Light Fireworks, Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver / Clayton Perry

If there is one event that defines summer in Vancouver, it’s the Celebration of Light international fireworks competition: three nights of the best fireworks displays you’ve ever seen. Lighting up the sky over English Bay in incredible color compositions, the annual event, typically help late July through early Augusthas become one of the most prestigious fireworks competitions in the world.

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Go Swimming in Kits Pool

Kits Pool in Vancouver, BC
Dana Lynch

With its white bottom and turquoise water and its spectacular views—of the ocean, the mountains, Kits Beach, and the Vancouver skyline glittering across English Bay—Kits Pool, open mid-May through mid-September, is a vacation destination unto itself. Just stepping through the gates feels like an escape and many Vancouverites will tell you that summer wouldn’t be summer without a swim in this pool!

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Watch a Play on the Beach

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vancouver, BC
Courtesy of Bard on the Beach 

With the gorgeous summer weather comes lots of outdoor theatre and concerts: There’s the Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park and the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden. Among the best, however, is the Shakespeare festival Bard on Beach, which stages plays in open-backed tents in Vanier Park. The northern mountains and glory of English Bay become the plays’ backdrop. What could be more dramatic than that?

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Hike at Stanley Park

Biking the Stanley Park Seawall
Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver 

Stanley Park may be a tourist destination—it attracts 8 million visitors a year—but it’s also cherished by locals, especially in the summer months. When the sun shines, there’s nothing better than biking or walking the scenic Seawall or hiking the 16 miles of forest trails. The Stanley Park Gardens are also a summer must-see!

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Ring in Summer at the Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE in Vancouver, BC
Dana Lynch

If there’s one summer tradition that can bring out the kid in anyone, it’s the annual Fair at the PNE. Cotton candy, mini donuts, Playland rides, farm animals, live performers like Superdogs, and the nightly concert series make this end-of-summer extravaganza one of the best family events of the season.

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Pick Berries at Krause Berry Farms

Take a quick trip to Langley where you can spend an entire day picking blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries at the 200-acre Krause Berry Farm. Even if picking berries yourself isn’t your thing, the family-run farm has tons of fresh fruit for sale, as well as pies, jams, jellies, and more. It’s a great outing for little ones, who can take tractor train rides or simply enjoy spending time outside.

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Take a Day Trip to a Hot Spring

British Columbia is home to a vast array of hot springs, which can make for the perfect summer day or weekend trip from Vancouver. Halcyon Hot Springs, in Nakusp, is among the most popular, featuring breath-taking views and mineral-rich waters that are supposedly healing. There are also chalet-style homes that you can rent.

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Do a Beer Crawl Down Brewer’s Row

If you love beer, get thee to Brewer’s Row, a tiny Vancouver street filled with local breweries. Murray Street, right across from Vancouver’s Rocky Point Park, has four small breweries that are open to visitors for tastings and tours, making it a great way to spend the afternoon. Start your day at Yellow Dog, before moving on to Moody Ales, Twin Sails, and Murray Street’s newest addition Parkside Brewing.

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Shop at Vancouver’s Eastside Flea

This modern flea market features more than 50 vendors selling vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, and artisanal food. If shopping isn’t your thing, the flea’s organizers also invite food trucks and local DJs to turn the event into a veritable party. The flea typically takes place every weekend and moved to Eastside Studios in fall 2018.

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Watch a Movie Alfresco in Stanley Park

For more than a decade, Stanley Park has hosted its Summer Cinema series on Tuesday nights. Movies start right after sunset and mostly include family favorites like Mean GirlsThe Lion King, and Grease. Admission is free, but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket.

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Join in on a Massive Water Fight

A newer event on Vancouver’s summer calendar, the massive Vancouver Water Fight has already become tremendously popular. Held in mid-August, the great water war takes place at the Lumberman’s Arch at Stanley Park. Bring your bathing suits, water guns, and water balloons.

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Go Kayaking at Deep Cove

If you want to spend a day outside, head to Deep Cove, a seaside village on the Eastern edge of Vancouver. The cove has great hikes and is a tranquil spot to go kayaking. The Deep Cove Kayak Centre will rent out kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, and also offers lessons.

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Listen to Classical Music in the Park

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs a free outdoor concert each year at Deer Lake Park. The lineup typically includes classics from Tchaikovsky and other renowned composers as well as contemporary favorites, like the score from Star Wars.


Emily Carr, one of British Columbia’s most beloved artists, once said, “There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.” Like so many others, Carr was inspired by Vancouver’s sweeping views and tangible sense of spirit. There really is no place like Vancouver, and for active seniors, it reignites a sense of exploration and adventure in a way that few other places do.

The following itinerary represents a loose three-week plan that uses Vancouver as a launching point for exploring the city and its neighbouring regions. It includes some of the most popular activities for active seniors, all offering a unique way to tap into the heart of this destination, whether by water, by land or by air. Some offer longer periods of travel, while others can be done in a day. Pick your favorites and build your own itinerary.

Week 1: Water, Water, Everywhere

Heading North: Vancouver Cruises
If you’ve toured Mexico and the Caribbean, it’s time to witness the majesty of the legendary Vancouver- Alaska journey via a route known as the “Inside Passage.” From May to October, you can join the many active seniors who board cruise ships at downtown Vancouver’s Canada Place to head to some of the world’s most famous ports — Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay. It’s the perfect opportunity to see once- in-a-lifetime views of ice-blue fjords and snow-capped mountains.

Hit the Seas: Whale Watching in Vancouver
Another favourite pastime for Vancouver visitors is also on the water; and for many whale watching is an awe-inspiring experience. Whether you go decide to explore the region’s wildlife via a rugged inflatable boat, or a larger vessel, you’ll find several tour companies offer whale-watching trips and boast high success rates for sightings.

Week 2: Land Bound

Ride the Rails: Vancouver Train Travel
If you don’t have sea legs, don’t worry. Another great way to see Western Canada is to ride the rails. Hop on a train in Vancouver and soak up a classic Canadian experience. Many active seniors choose Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail, two world-class lines that transport passengers through lush forest and sparkling waters to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. All you have to do is sit back, relax and take in the views.

Hit the Links: Golfing in Vancouver
Nothing is quite like golfing in a region where water meets the mountains. Not to brag, but that’s Vancouver. Spectacular courses are a dime a dozen here, and public courses offer visitors some of the best scenery around.

Week 3: Air It Out

Bird’s Eye View: Floatplane Sightseeing
For those who want an extra bit of adventure, floatplanes are the way to go. The tiny engine roars as you soar above the city and its neighbours, taking you on a tour of the land from a bird’s eye view. Flight-seeing tours typically cover Vancouver’s top sights, such as Bowen Island, Canada Place, Stanley Park and more.

Tower Above: Visiting Vancouver Lookout
Even if planes aren’t your thing, you can still see Vancouver from up high. Just head to the Harbour Centre and hop in one of the glass elevators. Some 40 seconds later, you’ll find yourself at Vancouver Lookout — 167 metres (430 feet) above the city. The 360-degree views are breathtaking, whether you’re looking out on a sunny day or watching the twinkling lights in the evening.

Up in the Sky: Grouse Mountain Gondola Ride
Grouse Mountain’s SkyRide climbs 1,100 metres (3,700 feet) above the city, providing views of downtown Vancouver, the Gulf Islands and the Pacific Ocean. While you’re on the top of the mountain, visit the famous grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Plan for a celebratory dinner at The Observatory to savour the views and toast to a wonderful trip in Vancouver.

(tourism Vancouver)

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Spring is a time of new growth and warm weather. After spending the winter indoors, your elderly loved one may yearn to hear birds sing and see flowers blooming again. In fact, fresh air and sunshine have been proven to contribute to good health—both physically and mentally. Many doctors recommend spending some time outdoors each day so the body can generate Vitamin D. Here are eight simple and uplifting spring activities for the elderly to enjoy:

  1. Take A Walk

Enjoy a short walk along a paved path so you can enjoy the budding flowers and watch for wildlife. Keep in mind that even if you only walk a short distance, you both can take your time and take pleasure in the experience. If your loved one is in a wheelchair, push him or her along the path. This is a wonderful way to take in all of the sights and sounds of spring.

  1. Garden

If your loved one used to tend a flower or vegetable garden, he or she may miss springtime planting. Although a large garden may no longer be possible, consider planting a flower or vegetable plant in a patio garden, or even on a windowsill. Herbs are usually easy to grow. Your loved one will enjoy caring for a small garden and watching it thrive.

  1. Feed the Birds

Install a bird feeder or bird house where your loved one will be able to watch the birds from inside the house. Invite him or her to come outside and help fill the bird feeder regularly. If your loved one likes to make crafts, they may enjoy helping construct a small bird feeder. A simple DIY bird feeder can be made from a pint milk container: cut a hole in the front, design the outside however you like, attach a string to the top, fill it with bird seed, and hang it up outside.

  1. Attend Outdoor Concerts

Many communities offer spring and summer outdoor concerts. Take your loved one to enjoy the music and fresh air. This will also provide a good opportunity for him or her to socialize with other members of the community.

  1. Invite the Kids

If there are children in the family, consider activities in which they can participate as well. Everyone—including your loved one—will enjoy the energy and positivity that kids offer. Some options include flying a kite or going to a playground or nearby beach.

  1. Pack a Picnic

Whether it’s with a large family group or an outing for two, a picnic is an excellent way of getting fresh air and making your next meal exciting. Find a picnic table that is near a paved path or parking lot. Parks generally offer many options.

  1. Watch a Game

Did your loved ones enjoy going to baseball games in his or her younger years? Surprise him or her by going to a ballgame this spring. Stadiums are typically wheelchair accessible (though you should check in advance), and you don’t have to commit to seeing the entire game. Enjoy a few innings in the fresh air together. Consider going to a high school game if it will be closer and more manageable. Or if the children in the family play a sport, bring your loved one to watch their competitions.

  1. Go Fishing

Spring is a great time to catch a fish. For someone with mobility issues, it may not be possible to go out in a boat, but there is always the option of fishing from a pier.

In preparation for spring, it may be wise to assist your loved one in building strength now. If your loved one has been sedentary throughout the winter season, he or she may need to exercise prior to taking a walk outside. Talk to your doctor about exercises than can be done now to prepare. There are many chair exercises available to do indoors now, and these will make a difference.

Spring has definitely arrived, and with it, the characteristic springtime feelings of hope and levity. Enjoy the new season with your loved one by engaging in these uplifting spring activities for the elderly.

(taken from Complete Care Atlanta)


British Columbia’s government will spend $500 million over the next four years to improve care for seniors, including increasing the direct services the elderly receive at residential care facilities.

Health Minister Terry Lake says the plan will allow provincial health authorities to provide more than three hours of daily direct care to seniors in public and private residential care facilities.

B.C. has more than 32,000 seniors care beds at residential and assisted-living facilities.

Isobel Mackenzie, B.C.’s senior’s advocate, says the plan means 7,000 extra hours to care for seniors every day.

She says she expects the plan will result in more baths, walks and bathroom breaks for seniors.

Judy Darcy, the Opposition New Democrat health critic, says after 16 years of neglecting seniors, the government has decided to spend $500 million barely two months before the start of the election campaign.

Daniel Fontaine, executive officer for the B.C. Care Providers Association, calls the funding a pivotal moment for seniors and their families.

(taken from CBC)


After a long and sometimes dark winter, you might feel inspired to make changes to enhance your health. If that is the case, read on to find out how you can rejuvenate your life this spring. Whether you’re living in a senior community already, living independently, living with a family member, or caring for one, these spring health tips are worth taking into account.

Take Yourself in for a Tune Up

To keep your body running at peak performance, it needs regular maintenance: a spring tune-up, so to speak. Get your weight, blood pressure, and glucose and cholesterol levels checked out by your primary-care physician, who can also book you for other relevant tests.

In addition, if it’s been a year since your eyes were tested, schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and see your dentist if you haven’t been examined for at least six to nine months.

Finally, if you are finding it difficult to catch what people are saying, especially in a crowd of people, it’s probably time to get your hearing tested.

Put on Your Walking Shoes

If you’re no fan of ice and snow, your whole world may expand once the spring sun settles in and thaws out the land. And there’s no better way to explore the season then by walking. Health-wise, it’s one of the best physical activities for seniors – its considerable benefits include controlling blood sugar, supporting bone and heart health and improving sleep.

Not only that, walking in a park or forest is a great way to connect with nature, and, if you join a walking club or hiking group, it can be an easy way to meet new friends.

Remember to make sure that you choose terrain that is suitable for your current level of activity and balance, and that you wear supportive and comfortable shoes, as these can help reduce the risk of falls.

Exercise Class

In addition to walking, get your endorphins flowing by signing up for a low-impact aerobics or other type of exercise class. Consider Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi, all of which can improve balance and flexibility and decrease your chances of falling. Aquafit is another fun and social way to increase physical fitness, one that can be especially suitable if you have arthritis or chronic pain.

Get Outside and Garden

In springtime, a highlight of many seniors’ lives is gardening, which brings a multitude of health benefits. For starters, tending to a garden can boost your level of Vitamin D, which can, in turn, help reduce the risk of bone problems and fractures.

On an emotional level, getting outside and breathing fresh air, listening to birds chirp, and watching worms crawl through the dirt can be as calming and relaxing as an hour of meditation. On a physical level, digging, planting and weeding can improve strength, flexibility and agility.

Lighten Up Your Diet

Many healthy fruits and veggies, like asparagus, peas, lettuce, and strawberries come into season in the spring, making it the perfect time to replace heavier winter meals with salads, light soups or other lightly cooked fare. In fact, cut down your chances of developing conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis, by making a complete dietary overhaul.

Consider cutting down on red meat and processed foods, replacing white flour with whole grain flour, and increasing your intake of produce as well as healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados.

Remember that you should never undertake a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your doctor about what will be safe for your current level of health.

Drink Lots of Water

As you age, your ability to notice thirst may decrease, so it’s important to keep an eye on water intake, especially when you’ve been exercising outdoors in the sun. Dehydration can adversely affect memory and concentration and increase fatigue; it can also lead to serious complications such as increased risk of falls.

As a rule of thumb, aim for at least eight cups of water per day, and be conscious about the type of fluid that you ingest, choosing water, herbal tea and fresh vegetable juices over coffee, fruit juices or sugary sweet soft drinks.

Dress for the Weather

Spring is one of those in-between seasons — some days are weather-perfect, while others are a little too hot or a little too brisk. When the sun is shining brightly, always wear sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from ultraviolet rays that can adversely affect your skin and eyes, while on cooler or windier days, insulate yourself from the cold by topping off your outfit with a sweater or jacket and a scarf.

Watch for Allergies

Springtime can mean the beginning of allergies for people who react badly to grass and pollen. Keep an eye on the weather. Many weather reporters and websites now offer allergy predictions as well. Untreated allergies aren’t just uncomfortable–they can lead to breathing problems, sinus infections, and colds.

A doctor can recommend or prescribe a good allergy treatment. Taking it regularly can help prevent more serious respiratory problems.

(taken from the Arbor company)

Do you have any seasonal health tips that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!


In a recent Stats Canada report, receiving care at home was a reality for 2.2 million Canadians or 8% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over. In most cases, care recipients relied on the help of family and friends, though they often combined this care with help from professionals

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