Mental health: depression and exercise

December 05, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

Here’s an interesting statistic; According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mental illness will be experienced by 20% of the population in any given year. Depression affects people of all ages. The one treatment that does not involve drugs or specific psychiatric interventions is exercise. All types of exercise have been found to provide […]

Yoga for seniors – Medically proven, but not found on a prescription pad

November 11, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

What has been shown to relieve headaches, insomnia, back pain and fatigue? Furthermore has been shown to relieve stress and mild depression? Helps to prevent osteooporosis and improves digestion? A miracle cure? No, it’s practicing yoga on a regular basis. There are even some claims that yoga for seniors may help regulate heart beat, and […]

Mental Health Treatment for Seniors and our Nursing Practice

November 08, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

Last night I, along with eight members of the Eldercare Home Health Care team, attended a dinner and presentation featuring John Thomas, who is a member of the geriatric mental health outreach team at Baycrest. John did a great job, as he always does, highlighting the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in the […]

Senior’s weight : a simple indicator that professionals are ‘too busy’ to take note of

November 04, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

“Accurate weight measuring is a simple yet often neglected aspect of basic care that contributes significantly to determining an individual’s overall and nutritional health” (Canadian Nurse October 2011 Volume 107 Number 8 p20) In an article entitled Taking the Weight, authors report that the lack of weight measurement and documentation in a facility setting were […]

Hospital meals gone terribly wrong: impractical foods that can lead to malnutrition in seniors

November 02, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

A Client’s wife told me of her experience with the delivery of meals to patients in a hospital setting. Mrs “Smith” spent her days in hospital by her husband’s bedside. He was elderly, was diagnosed with dementia and had recently had a stroke. Mrs Smith spent long days in that hospital room which housed four […]

Parkinsons Society Education Event

October 11, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

Just a reminder that tomorrow, October 12, 2011 we will be on site at the Toronto Botanical Gardens where Dr. Mario Masellis will speak on the topic of Mind, Mood & Memory. The Parkinsons Society is running the event from 6:30pm-9:00pm and it is free to attend. Hoping to see you there!

True Senior Care Story – Eldercare Home Health

October 10, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

A client’s daughter became concerned with the worsening of a rash on her father’s lower back. Being the weekend, and having a strong aversion to a long wait in an emergency or urgent care clinic, she called a visiting Doctor service and booked a housecall. The physician who came to the door was a senior […]

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Conference Sept. 20 to 22, 2011

September 12, 2011 by Lisa Wiseman BScN, RN, GNC (C), CHPCN (C)

Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Conference Sept. 20 to 22, 2011. The focus is better health outcomes for frail seniors. Eldercare Home Health is pleased to be an exhibitor at the event. See you there!

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