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February 14th isn’t just for couples – everyone can celebrate! It's a day when people share messages of love and spend time together. Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to spend quality time with family, neighbours & friends.


5 ways to share Valentine's Day with Elder Adults.

1. Food and Valentine's day go hand in hand. Celebrate by making some chocolate covered strawberries or cooking a meal. Spending a little time in the kitchen is often underrated when it comes to the health benefits it offers seniors. Regardless of ability, with a little support when & where needed, spending time in the kitchen can help seniors exercise their agility, mobility and dexterity.

2. Watching movies can provide a great escape from people's daily challenges. Consider keeping things positive and upbeat by watching a comedy. There is no better therapy than laughter.

Whether the group is just the two of you or a family viewing party, pop the popcorn, grab a comfy spot and check out a flick!

3. Games are a wonderful way to spend Valentine's Day with seniors. From Jenga challenges & board games to playing cards & video games, this just might be one of the funnest ways to spend Valentine's day. Games not only provide social interaction and personal engagement, they offer a fun way to exercise the brain.

4. Go shopping or window shopping! From visiting your favorite fishing or clothing store to picking up some groceries or replenishing knitting supplies, we all have things we like to shop for. Shopping can offer seniors the benefits social integration, exercise, fresh air and escape from daily routines.

5. Whether you share the same home or live oceans apart communication is the best way you can share Valentine's Day with someone you love.

In today's tech world it has never been easier to reach out to mom or dad to express your love to them. If you are not within hugging distance, applications like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to Skype & Google Duo are great ways to show how much you care. Pick up a device, give your elderly loved one a call and let them know that you are thinking of them on Valentine's Day.



From a few hours to around the clock care Pacific Coast Health Care provides seniors with the care and support they need where and when they need us most. Have questions? Call our 24/7/365 care line at (250) 389-0202 to book a free in home health consultation.

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  • Roy W Digital Manager

Carrots are root vegetables that some consider being the perfect healthy food.

They are crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants

They also provide countless health benefits. They’re weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.


Ginger Soup is nutritious for seniors and is delicious.

Recipe

This Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup is warm, hearty, and packed with spicy ginger and creamy coconut. It's healthy, made with only a few simple ingredients, and it's very easy to make!

Course: Appetizer, Dinner or Lunch

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes

Servings: 8


Ingredients

  • 20-25 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion diced

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4-5 cups vegetable or chicken stock

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or heavy cream, or half and half for a non-vegan option)

  • Chopped parsley for garnish

  • Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for garnish


Instructions

  • Put a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil.

  • Throw the carrots, onions and garlic into the pot and let them cook a bit, just until the onions start to become a little soft.

  • Grate some ginger over the pot as the vegetables are heating up and stir that in too.

  • Once the mixture starts to become fragrant (you'll smell that ginger as it heats up), add a few pinches of salt and pepper and pour in enough stock to almost cover the vegetables (should be between 4 and 5 cups of stock).

  • Let this cook over medium-low heat until you can poke a fork in one of the carrot pieces and it falls apart.

  • Remove it from the heat and puree while it's hot. This will help give you a nice smooth texture.

  • Using an immersion blender is the easiest method, as you can leave the soup in the pot. If you'd rather use a regular blender you'll probably have to puree in batches.

  • Once the soup is pureed and you can't see any more chunks, add the can of coconut milk (or milk/cream of your choice).

  • Using the immersion blender again, blend the coconut milk into the soup.

  • Using the blender again at this stage helps the texture to become very velvety. Add more salt and pepper, to your taste.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with a dollop of sour cream, Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt or a swirl of cream (or coconut cream), and a sprinkle of chopped parsley (if you wish).


Recipe Notes

This soup freezes beautifully and keeps in the freezer for many months. 

It keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  • Roy W Digital Manager

Factors

We all fall at some point, but with seniors, falls are a leading cause of hospitalization in British Columbia. One in three seniors will fall at least one time per year and, as such, is one of the main reasons why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of ageing. There are many factors to consider in Seniors' Fall Protection. In this post, we discuss two of them.


Physiological Factors

The natural ageing: process often places older adults at an increased risk of having a fall. Chronic Health Conditions such as dementia, heart disease, low blood pressure. Diabetes and limited mobility are just some conditions that can cause dizziness, poor vision, reduced muscle strength and ataxia.

Medications can also increase the chances of a fall due to the potential side effects. Dizziness, blurred vision and drowsiness are just a few of the side effects of some medications.


Environmental Factors

Studies have shown that, on average, 50 to 60 percent of falls occur within the home.

Environmental factors can be hazards at home such as loose rugs, lack of grab bars in the bathroom, lack of stair railings, poor lighting, extension cords, wet or waxed flooring and overall clutter.


Some Key Ways to Prevent Falls

Eliminating the factors that contribute to trips and falls are distinct ways that can help, but how can we do that?

  • Clean up the clutter: One of the easiest methods for preventing falls is to keep your home neat and tidy. Start by keeping entries and hallways clear of shoes and debris.

Remove or fix tripping hazards by examining every room and hallway, looking for items such as loose carpets, cords, slippery throw rugs, or wood floorboards that stick up. Then repair, remove or replace those items for more effective fall prevention.

  • Make the tub non-slip: using a bath mat with grab bars in the bathtub when showering or bathing can significantly reduce the risk of a fall. An important thing to remember that cheaper bath mats can come loose. Get a good quality mat that will stay in place. If you are not sure which mat to get, seek some advice from a medical professional.

  • Grab bars and handrails: These safety devices are critical for going up and down the stairs, getting in and out of the tub & getting on and off the toilet without injuring yourself. Ensure that a qualified installer correctly installs these devices.



  • Avoid wearing loose clothing: We all want to feel comfortable at home, but baggy or clothing that is too large can significantly increase your odds of taking a tumble. Not only can you trip on a pair of un-hemmed pants but baggy clothing snags easily on furniture, cupboards or drawers.

  • Light it right: Inadequate lighting is another significant hazard. To create a home that's more suitable for the elderly, install brighter light bulbs where needed, particularly in stairways and narrow hallways. Consider night lights or smart lights in bedrooms and hallways for better guidance at night.

  • Footwear: Socks are comfy, but they do present a slipping risk on smooth surfaces such as hardwood or lino flooring. Alternatively, consider wearing non slip shoes or pick up a few pairs of non-slip socks. These socks can be very comfy and have grippy bottoms.

  • Live on a single level: Even with precautions like guardrails, stairs can present a significant falling hazard. If possible, consider living on one level. If this is not possible, consider getting a stairlift installed by a professional installer or limit the number of trips you take up and down the stairs.

  • Pause: Take your time when moving around. Many falls happen at home by moving too quickly from a sitting or standing position. Whether you are going up the stairs or heading to the bathroom, pause for a second or two, get set and then proceed.

  • Exercise: Regular exercise at any level can help improve or maintain mobility and agility. In addition to getting out for a walk consider some light upper body & abdominal resistant training to help you in case of a fall.


Usually when we fall, we rely on safe landing responses such as reaching out with our hands that can protect ourselves from head injuries. As we age, the natural reaction of putting our hands out may not be as effective due to reduced strength. Always seek a doctors advice before starting any exercise program.


  • Communicate with your doctor: Review your medications with your doctor, especially ones that cause dizziness, blurred vision or sleepiness. Never be afraid to ask if reducing the dosage is an option or is there a solution with fewer side effects.

  • Never be afraid to ask for help: we all need a little help here and there. From getting out of bed & going up the stairs to going to bathroom and everything in between never be afraid to ask for help. Family caregivers, medical professionals, family members, friends, neighbours and professional caregivers are just some of the great resources for daily help or advice to help prevent you from falling.

From James Bay to Sidney and up the Malahat Pacific Coast Health Services will be there where and when you need us most. If you have any questions about fall protection for seniors or would like a free in home health assessment,

feel free to call our 24/7 care line at (250) 389-0202



This post was a collaborative effort by Pacific Home Health Services and our good friends at Lions Gate Home Care


Sources: HealthLinkBC Hip Health & Mobility Government of BC Interior Health




 

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