CAREGIVING: JUST THE FACTS
Women are more likely than men to spend over 20 hours a week on care giving tasks and 60% of them also juggle the demands of paid work.
Palliative care: Over 28% of caregivers provided care for someone who was terminally ill.
Cancer: The second most common health issue of people requiring help from caregivers.
One year plus: For 89% of Canadian caregivers, their caregiving activities have been going on for a year or longer.
Finances: 12% of caregivers receive financial support from family and friends.
Sandwiched: Almost 30% of caregivers are caring for children under 18 and elders at the same time.
Source: Statistics Canada
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Maintaining your health is key when it comes to making sure you’re fit to care. Ask yourself :
• When was the last time you had a colonoscopy?
• Are you due for a pelvic exam?
• Have you had your annual mammogram?
• Are you in need of blood work to monitor an existing condition?
• What about that prescription you need refilled?
IS YOUR LOVED ONE DEPRESSED?
If you suspect that someone in your care is not as chipper as they once were and you are concerned, Parkinson Canada has a prepared a 15-point questionnaire that will help you with a quick assessment if medical help is needed. The form can be found at bit.ly/2tuxfPo. Source: Parkinson.ca
103,200 Canadian women (estimated) will be diagnosed with cancer this year with breast cancer accounting for approximately 25% of all new cases.
103,100 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a doctor about prostate cancer, especially for any male over over 40.
Source: cancer.ca (2017)
TOOTH BE TOLD
Helping with someone else’s dental care? It may feel odd at first, but here are a few ideas for you.
• Let the person sit in front of the sink. That way, you can simulate the same brushing and flossing motions you use.
• Use a soft toothbrush (or you may find an electric toothbrush better). Ask the person to tell you if you are brushing too hard.
• Have the person rinse with warm water when you are done.
• For complete or partial dentures: Clean daily with a dental brush and soap, then rinse. Look for cracks that need to be repaired.
• Check inside the mouth closely for swelling, red or white patches,
or inflamed gums. Contact a dentist with any concerns.
5 FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Trouble falling asleep at night? To get the most and best slumber, avoid the following:
1. Regularly check to make sure all smoke detectors are working properly. There should be one on each level of a home and outside any sleeping area. Anyone who sleeps with the door closed should also consider putting one inside the bedroom.
2. Ensure there are two different emergency escape routes out of the home that are suitably accessible.
3. If smoking or candles are allowed in the house, make sure that anything burning is never left unattended. For cigarettes, consider soaking ashes in water before discarding them.
4. Never leave food that is cooking or on the stove unattended. Do not wear baggy clothes when cooking. Set timers to remember to turn off the stove.
5. Have the furnace and chimney checked by professionals. Keep flammable or combustible materials like curtains or newspapers away from space heaters. Do not use the oven to create warmth.
SECRETS TO HAPPINESS
• Live beneath your means.
• Return everything you borrow.
• Stop blaming other people.
• Admit it when you’re wrong.
• Give clothes not worn to charity.
• Do something nice anonymously.
• Listen more; talk less.
• Take a daily 30 minute walk.
• Strive for excellence, not perfection.
• Be on time.
• Don’t make excuses.
• Don’t argue.
• Get organized
• Be kind.
• Let someone in front of you in line.
• Take time to be alone.
• Cultivate good manners.
• Be humble.
• Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
• Know when to keep quiet.
• Go an entire day without criticizing.
• Learn from the past.
• Plan for the future.
• Live in the present.
• It’s all small stuff,don’t sweat it.
Source: Quaker newsletter