Dear Resident or Family Member,
We remain committed to providing updates to our residents, families, and staff at AgeCare. We are providing weekly updates to keep you all informed on what is happening in our community and organization-wide.
These updates are sent on Friday each week. We hope that you find them helpful. Thank you all for your continued support.
Reducing the risk of influenza is particularly important this fall and winter as we simultaneously combat the resurgence of COVID-19 in the greater community. It is important that you are doing all that you can in your day-to-day, especially if you plan to visit your loved, to protect yourself. To assist you with this, we have provided some helpful information about influenza.
Influenza (flu) is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat and lungs. The flu is contagious and can easily pass from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or having face-to-face contact. The virus can also spread when a person touches tiny droplets on surfaces, from a cough or sneeze, and then touches their eyes, mouth, or nose before washing their hands.
The symptoms of influenza are a fever of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or higher that starts suddenly, sore throat, runny nose, cough, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and feeling tired.
Most people who get sick with the flu get better. However, the flu lowers the body’s ability to fight other infections, putting seniors and those with chronic conditions more at risk of serious illness and even death if they contract the virus.
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference based on symptoms alone, and testing may still be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.
Music has a universal ability to boost mood, reduce agitation, and increase happiness and engagement. It’s also a wonderful activity to share with your loved one.
When you’re together, play their favourite songs or set up a simple music player so they can listen anytime. If you’re not sure what music they enjoy, ask relatives or bring a selection of songs that came out when they were young and ask which they like most.
If you’re not sure they’re enjoying the music, watch their body language for clues. If they seem agitated, switch to something more soothing, lower the sound, or switch to a different activity.
You could make a playlist of favourite songs and music. Playlist for Life has information about music and dementia, and advice about how and when to listen to it.
Reading is a great way to connect and let them know how much you care without having to make a lot of conversation. It is especially good for loved ones who are bedbound, not very responsive due to an advanced health condition, or those with vision impairments.
Regular exercise can help improve strength and balance and be a fun activity to do together. Ask the recreation team for an exercise routine that you can follow.
Additional suggestion: follow a Sit & Be Fit exercise video on YouTube
Read the newspaper aloud together and discuss the articles and current events. Ask for your loved one’s opinion on what you’ve read and see where the conversation takes you. This can help stimulate memories from when they were growing up that they may want to share, and can help them feel connected to the world outside the community.
Additional suggestions: complete the quizzes and games in the paper for some added fun, or read and discuss your daily horoscope.
Podcasts, similar to radio programs, are a great way to learn something new or for just the enjoyment of listening to something you are interested in. From education to history, health and comedy, and so much more, there is a podcast for just about any topic but here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Birdwatching stimulates memory, cognitive alertness, and awareness. Bird-watching can also relieve stress and soothe anxiety for seniors. Spend some time birdwatching from the window or courtyard, trying to identify the different species of birds.
Discover history, art, science, nature and more through virtual exhibits from Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.
For some individuals, spiritual or religious practices can profoundly influence their sense of well-being. Perhaps this is doing a prayer together or taking part in spiritual reflection, reading, or prayer.
For a complete list of suggested activities, you can do with your loved one, check out our Activities to Do While Visiting Your Loved One Handout
We are happy to share that our recreation calendar is back, and many of our regular recreational activities in the community have resumed. Residents can participate in a variety of engaging activities that enrich the mind, body and spirit, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing.