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Older Adults and Financial Stress

In a previous post, Solutions for Disability-Related Stress, we discussed how clients who are ill or who have been injured almost always deal with financial stress, and provided some solutions an Occupational Therapist can offer.

Other sources of financial stress can stem from aging.  Our senior population faces increased healthcare bills, long-term living expenses and more which can all create a great deal of anxiety.   Take a look at the following guide care of Reverse Mortgage Alert (not a mortgage broker) to learn more about Senior’s financial stress and to find some coping strategies.

Reverse Mortgage Alert:  Financial Stress Coping Guide for Seniors

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Struggling with Sleep? Try This Helpful Tool

Proper sleep is vital to our mental and physical health, and lack of sleep can negatively affect productivity and function.  If you suffer from poor sleep, know that you are not alone.  Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep.  There are many ways to get help and in all of these, tracking your sleep is an important tool.  Use our free printable Two-Part Weekly Sleep Diary to help you track and identify what helps and what hinders your sleep habits.  Simply print and fill in your diaries before bed each night and when you wake up each morning.

Also check out our video Improving Sleep to learn some solutions from Occupational Therapists that can help.

For more helpful tools and checklists please visit our Printable Resources page.

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Are You Making These Common Nutrition Mistakes?

Eating well is something that is vital to your overall health and though many try to eat well, supplement, and add “superfoods” to their diets, there are still some small blunders you may be making.  Take a look at the following from The Toronto Star to learn more about these mistakes and how to overcome them.

The Toronto Star:  Top 10 nutrition mistakes even healthy people make

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Living with Cancer and the Role of OT

Cancer and cancer treatment can lead to changes in how we do our daily activities due to physical, cognitive or emotional changes resulting from the diagnosis, resulting surgery, medications, chemo and radiation. For a cancer patient sometimes just doing daily activities leaves little energy for leisure, social, or work-related tasks.  Common side effects of cancer or its treatment include fatigue, pain, weakness, cognitive difficulties, anxiety or depression, and changes in self-esteem or self-image. Each person diagnosed with cancer will experience different challenges in his or her participation in various daily activities and life roles over the course of the disease.

Occupational therapists have knowledge and expertise to allow individuals with cancer to do the things they want and need to do to maintain their level of independence and quality of life. Occupational therapy services are helpful for individuals throughout the continuum of cancer care, including those who are newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, receiving hospice or palliative care, or who are survivors reintegrating into previous roles. Caregivers also benefit from the training and education provided by OT’s as this arms them with the essential tools to offer support and assistance to their loved ones when performing daily, important, and meaningful activities.

Take a look at the following infographic to learn more about how Occupational Therapists can help:

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Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Learn about how Occupational Therapists assist those living with Parkinson’s Disease in our previous blog:  My Grandma vs. Parkinson’s.  Also, check out this wonderful program, based in Toronto, providing an opportunity for creative expression, physical activity and increased movement control for people with Parkinson’s Disease:  Dancing with Parkinson’s.

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Top Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day!

Saturday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! A day to celebrate the planet that facilitates our survival. With continuing climate change, extreme weather events and heavy pollution, becoming environmentally conscientious has never been more important. Remember that even small changes to your lifestyle and habits can make a difference in protecting our precious planet.  No alternative facts here!

Check out the following simple suggestions to make a positive impact each and every day: