As the Canadian population gets older, many adults will begin to rely on informal caregiving—family members and friends who provide assistance for free—to support their growing needs. As it is, there are an estimated 8 million Canadians who are currently informal caregivers.
Caring for an aging loved one can be taxing, especially if they have a chronic illness or a memory impairment. While caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be demanding and stressful at times—leaving caregivers with little time to focus on their own health and wellness. With over 8 million Canadians providing care to an older family member, it’s essential to realize that, like the adults they care for, caregivers also need support and attention to remain healthy and refreshed.
As our bodies age, our body’s needs and habits can shift. One common change for many is their appetite. While it may not be something you think about, aging and loss of appetite are often linked to each other.
Spring cleaning is a difficult task that many people avoid doing. Over the years, things begin to pile up and take up precious space in the home. Eventually, it will come time for those things to be organized, or discarded, if you and the senior in your life value a clean house.
Although the idea of spring cleaning isn’t complicated, the process can easily become overwhelming and frustrating. It can be beneficial to have a few tips that can help expedite your cleaning process and limit the use of harmful chemicals. Origin Active Lifestyle Communities would like you to share these five tips with you and your family to help finish spring cleaning and get back to an active lifestyle!
With an estimated 8 million Canadians providing informal care to a family member or friend, understanding healthy habits is extremely important. While being a caregiver can be a positive and rewarding experience, it can also take its toll, both physically and mentally.
Without finding a healthy balance between caring for someone else and managing your own physical and mental health, you’re increasing your risk of developing what is best described as caregiver burnout.