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Internet Scheming

Internet Scheming - Don’t let them con you! Excerpts from an article written by Jason Hirose – Network Administrator at ILRC In this day and age of viruses, spam and phishing scams, it is good that many people don’t trust what is coming into their inbox. If you don’t have someone you trust to ask about these things, where do you start when it comes to e-mail security?

Handi-Transit Changes

Handi-Transit is looking at making some drastic changes to their cancellation and “no show” policies, which could have significant impact regarding one’s independent flexibility of comings and goings. Here is a summary from the MLPD transportation committee of the proposed changes Handi-Transit is looking at implementing:

Some Stats About Alzheimer’ Disease

Some Stats About Alzheimer' Disease • Currently, almost 20,000 Manitobans have Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. This number is expected to grow at an alarming rate. If nothing changes, more than 34,000 Manitobans will have dementia by the year 2038. • Last year alone, there were over 4,300 new cases of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia inManitoba. In 2038, this number is expected to rise dramatically to over 9,350 a year.

Salt, Exercise and Cognitive Decline

Salt, Exercise and Cognitive Decline A study posted in Neurobiology of Aging indicates that older adults who have sodium-rich diets and lack physical activity are at higher risk of cognitive decline. Results show that a diet high in sodium combined with little exercise is especially detrimental.

Home is Where you Grow up Wanting to Leave…..

Caring families want the best for their loved ones. Sometimes, however, in the quest to provide what is thought to be the most suitable and safest care, they can forget that the person they care about has to be part of the decision-making process. Family members often assume that if there is any degree of cognitive impairment or if there has been a serious fall, the best solution is a "protective environment". This usually gets translated into a retirement or nursing home solution, depending on the loved one's level of function. It is easy to forget that decisions related to where one should live cannot be based solely on issues of safety. Sadly, there are often conflicts between children, siblings or parents as to what is "best".
Quick Facts • The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men. • Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months. • A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries. • Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility. • At least one - third of all falls in the elderly involve environmental hazards in the home.
People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons. Whatever these reasons are it can lead to complications such as reduced brain activity, it can influence alertness, affect coordination and reaction times, and increases the risk of injuries/falls.
As people are getting older, they experience some functional limitations which can affect their independence and a loss of control over their lives. Functional limitations could be caused by: decreased vision or hearing, decreased mobility or illness, falls or injuries. Regular exercises will help to increase independence, improve mental health and quality of life, provide more energy, reduce stress, improve self esteem, and most importantly control weight and fight disease.
Aging is a normal part of living and affects everyone physically, socially and psychologically. Many changes occur not only in outward appearances but also within the body systems. Biological aging revolves around the physiological changes that occur throughout the various systems in the body.

Lack of Social Interactions Among Seniors

Lack of Social Interactions Among Seniors Socialization is a huge part of human’s life; it brings purpose to our lives. As people get older, their interactions become more restrictive for a number of reasons. Some of them are: loss of a spouse or loved one, fewer social contacts, financial problems, loneliness, limited mobility/transportation problems, change in residences, health issues, physical problems, increased usage of medication and much more.