Brain Injury Awareness for Older Adults

We often associate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) with youth sports or professional athletes. But did you know aging adults face a high risk of brain injury?

People aged 75 and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death. The leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths is falls.  Falls are also the number one concern for adults as they age.

The risk increases as the rate of recovery is much slower for older adults, who are sometimes forced to stay in the hospital for long periods of time following an incident like a fall..

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, adults 60 years or older account for 29% of all head injury hospitalizations in the country. The rate of brain injury (both traumatic and non-traumatic) increases in older age groups, with the highest rate being in the range of 85 plus. 

Because aging adults are at a higher risk of falling and acquiring a concussion, taking preventative measures must be considered. 

Here are some tips for preventing TBI in older adults:

Create an exercise plan

Through light to moderate exercise plans, aging adults can improve their balance and mobility. Not only will it help them mentally in their overall confidence, but also physically by keeping their body active.

Whether it be a daily walk, yoga, or other light activity to keep their body moving, you will see the difference in how they move around.

Improving balance, flexibility, and overall strength will improve their mobility and help reduce the risk of falls. Also, ensuring that your loved one wears sensible shoes that are both comfortable and stable is very important!!

Review medicines with professionals

Medications are one of the most common causes of increased fall risk in aging adults. Both prescription and non-prescription medicines have side effects that are important to be aware of.

Make sure you are informed as to what medications your loved one may be taking as some medications may  lead to falls. Medication-induced side effects such as lightheadedness, slowed reflexes, loss of balance, or drowsiness can all contribute to falling.

Depending on the type of medication taken – brain, blood pressure, blood sugar levels – it is important to note such medications may cause confusion and lightheadedness upon standing up. Be sure to understand the effects and keep your loved one informed on how to respond.

Make home as safe as possible

Many head injuries come from falls that could have been avoided. Ensuring your loved one lives in a safe space with tripping hazards minimized, can help prevent potential injuries. 

Ensuring rooms have enough lights to avoid tripping, removing furniture hazards such as small rugs, and installing handrails or grab bars are great ways to assist your loved one when you are not there to help.

Taking proactive steps is an easy solution to limit the risk for your loved one. It will also give you peace of mind knowing you took the preventative steps necessary to minimize the risk of a fall.

Schedule yearly eye exams

Poor vision is linked to increased risk of falls as it impairs balance. As we age we are at risk of developing more eye-related conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye diseases.

Those with poor vision are more likely to experience falls as their depth perception, ability to recognize obstacles, and contrast sensitivity are all impacted.

Doctors suggest yearly eye exams for aging adults to ensure their prescription is up-to-date and any new eye-related conditions are monitored.

Utilize professional services 

When it comes to caring for aging adults, it can be difficult to juggle so many responsibilities. Remember – you are not alone! There are many professional services ready to help prevent injury for your aging loved one.

Allowing your parents the ability to age in place is possible with services like ours. At iAccompany, our nursing professionals accompany your aging parent to, during, and from all appointments.

Our nursing professionals will give your loved one peace of mind by knowing they have a compassionate nurse by their side. It will also give you peace of mind to know they are not alone, and that they are in professional and capable hands.

Learn more about our service by visiting our about us page.

The Importance of Independence for Aging Adults

The feeling of independence is key for many people as they begin the aging process.

In some cases, independence is stripped early when battling certain health issues or cognitive impairments. For others, it is a gradual change.

Either way, losing your independence can be very discouraging – so it is important to increase opportunities for aging adults to feel independent whenever possible.

Here are our tips to help aging loved ones in your life feel independent throughout their aging journey.

Focus on balance and strength

Staying active as we age can help foster independence as we reduce the risks of injury and falling. 

Since falling is the number one cause of injury in aging adults, it is important to note that falls are a huge contributor to adults losing some of their independence.

Through light exercise and a good diet, you can help improve your stability, flexibility, balance and overall strength.

Activities as simple as taking a 30 minute walk daily, or doing yoga, can have positive long-term effects for aging adults.

Not only will it improve their overall strength and balance, it will also keep them mentally strong as well as confident in their bodies ability to support them.

Good social relationships

Having positive social relationships between family members and friends is a great way to stay connected to the world outside your home.

As you age, it is easy to become a “hermit” and stay inside your house. Not going to work after so many years of that routine can take a toll on your mind and body.

By staying connected to your community and staying involved with groups and organizations, you can continue to have positive relationships around you that help you feel less alone.

Encourage your loved ones to reach out to friends and arrange to go on a walk, or meet for coffee to keep their mind stimulated and their friendships strong.

Give a sense of purpose

As we all enter our aging journeys, having a sense of purpose is important. It can be easy to feel isolated and alone as we age, so remembering the things we enjoy can help us to still feel inspired and happy.

Whether it be a hobby they have enjoyed for years, or trying something new to stimulate the mind, having small tasks each day is a great way to wake up each morning with a purpose.

Cooking, gardening, puzzles, joining a yoga class, are all great examples of fun hobbies that have many physical and mental benefits.

Enjoying activities with friends, neighbours, or community groups is also a great way to keep active while socializing with like minded individuals.

Feeling isolated and lonely can have negative impacts on our physical and mental health. Using these tips can help aging adults to feel like a valued member of society, even after certain tasks get more difficult to do on their own. 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can help your aging loved one still feel independent, even when life gets more challenging for them.

Helping them stay interested in their hobbies, or develop new likes, is invaluable.

Seeking the help of professionals, like iAccompany, can also allow your aging loved one to feel true independence. 

Our service helps adults to age in place, through door-to-door accompaniment. This way, they are free to live their life while not neglecting their healthcare needs.

Learn more about how our service can help your aging loved one and your family stay connected on their healthcare journey by visiting

Customer Testimonial: Barbara’s Visit from the North

This week we will hear from Barbara, who enjoyed her recent accompaniment with an iAccompany nursing professional. 

Barbara lives in Northern Manitoba and is a member of the Pukatawagan First Nation. Oftentimes, when it comes to healthcare it is more difficult for Indigenous communities to get the help they need because of the geographical distance to the city and its doctors. 

“Having a nurse beside you to interpret everything being said is very helpful,” said Barbara. 

“Patients don’t always know what’s going on with their physical assessments when it’s done.”

When asked about what made iAccompany such a unique service, Barbara noted the support. When she didn’t understand what the doctor was saying, she had the opportunity to ask the nurse who was there with her. That was a key aspect for her and what made iAccompany stand out from other similar services.

Barbara also enjoyed the report she received via email following the appointment. The nurse was able to capture exactly what occurred in the appointment which was great for Barbara and her family to review. 

The language barrier is a huge concern for people living in the north that must go to the city for certain medical issues. 

“A lot of Northern First Nations communities experience challenges while they are out in the city. Many of our people that go into the urban centers to see a specialist or go for a regular checkup, they don’t know English,” said Barbara. “English is a second language to all indigenous people – this is a very important aspect of the iAccompany project.”

The peace of mind that comes from having someone with you is a huge component of iAccompany as well. Not only does it make you feel less alone, but it also puts someone in the room to help keep you emotionally stable.

“If the doctor were to tell you you have cancer, and there is no one in the office with you, it will do something mentally to you,” said Barbara. “You’ll start worrying about what’s going to happen and those kinds of things – having a nurse there to keep you calm and understand the doctor’s instructions helps.”

“The elderly population often have family members who bring them to appointments. However, it’s not the same as using someone who is a professional and not related to you.”

“For example, if you were going with your mother to an appointment, and she was told that she had cancer, you would probably be very emotional and unable to collect the right information from the doctor. Sometimes it’s too close for you to comprehend.”

Having an iAccompany nursing professional at your side is the physical support you need.  They understand the medical terminology and can calmly and accurately present a summary of the appointment in the post-visit report. 

“It was very nice to know I had support during the appointment. It is pretty scary for people to go into appointments alone and they have to talk to the doctor and then they don’t really know what’s happening with their medical condition.”

For people in the north, the time between appointments can sometimes be detrimental depending on your condition. With iAccompany, you get a next-day detailed report outlining what was discussed as well as an indication of the follow-up required. 

The next steps detailed in the report allow you to plan accordingly for lab work, follow-up appointments, or anything else suggested by the doctor.

“Because of all the disparities in terms of healthcare that we experience in the north – we need services like this to help those with multiple conditions,” said Barbara.

Barbara mentioned statistics for people visiting doctors outside the community. 

“For one year, we have close to four thousand people who travel to the cities for medical appointments. Probably one-third of that population will go with a family member, but two-thirds will go on their own.”

For Barbara, the two-thirds is the group she is concerned about. 

For an Indigenous community, many of their members fall through the healthcare cracks. Because of the language barrier, when people go to the bigger cities to attend appointments, they do not really understand what the doctor is telling them.

“iAccompany would help the health system immensely.”

iAccompany serves as an ally to the Indigenous peoples – as our caring and compassionate nurses are there to assist you. Learn more by visiting today

5 Tips for Dealing with Stubborn Aging Parents

The aging process is a difficult transition for many – especially those with stubborn aging adults in their life. Not being able to perform tasks or enjoy activities you once loved can be hard to understand and cope with.

However, there comes a time in every human’s life that they must listen to their body and begin to slow down. 

Whether it be to get extra help around your house, or giving up your drivers license, or to get extra assistance when running errands – the time comes for everyone to have to make life adjustments.

During this transition period, it is easy for aging adults to grow agitated, stressed out, or frustrated. You will face many of the same emotions as an adult child as well. 

However, it is important to remember that in some form or another,  your parents need your help and they appreciate your help – although they may not express it.

If you are in this situation, here are some helpful tips on how to deal with stubborn aging parents:

Understand their motivation

When dealing with stubborn aging parents it is important to understand their point of view. Although we have not been through the experience ourselves it is important to show grace and empathy as they begin their aging journey. 

It is a difficult transition to begin losing your independence as your body or mind begins to deteriorate. Although they may not always communicate those frustrations effectively, know they are trying their best to cope with the life changes and that they may just require a little extra patience from you.

Visit them and spend quality time with them

If your aging parents do not live with you but are close by, make an effort to visit them as much as possible. Though it may be time consuming at times, they will appreciate the effort and time you spend together. 

Instead of only visiting when they need help, try to spend quality time talking about things that are important to them as these will be the conversations and memories you recall even after they are gone. 

When aging adults do not feel connected to their family or community, they can develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. It is sometimes hard for them to admit they are lonely, or they may feel like a burden when they call you, so be proactive and visit when you can.

Compromise is key!

Sometimes your aging parent will express desires that their mind or body might no longer allow them to do. It is okay. 

Listen to their concerns and validate how they might be feeling. Although it may not be possible, try to accommodate as best you can while still keeping their safety and comfort as the number one priority.  When they hear your point of view, it may help ease their stubborn behaviours.

Allowing them to feel independent is important so consider compromising in certain areas when you can. There are simple ways to compromise and make them feel like they are contributing – maybe you can help accomplish tasks with them instead of just doing these tasks for them.

Prepare for future conversations

Recognize good moments within yourself and your aging parents to have difficult conversations. Aging is not a simple journey, and oftentimes peoples’ opinions as well as health risks change over time. 

Make sure to hear out the thoughts, opinions, and expectations of your loved ones as they age. Be sure to express your own concerns and worries in a calm way and have the difficult conversations early-on so it is less stressful for everyone involved.

Treat your aging parents like adults

Aging has a huge effect on your physical ability as well as your cognitive ability. Although your parents may be aging and changing – it is important that you remember they are still your parents. 

Although it can be frustrating and stressful at times, it is important to treat them as you would any other human being, which means paying them the respect they deserve and not just bossing them around. Show them the same respect you wish to receive in return.

Let us know if you find these tips helpful when it comes to caring for stubborn aging adults. Comment below if you have any suggestions for our readers about how to better care for aging loved ones in your life and let’s connect!

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours.”

Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver

Caregiver Spotlight

**The names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals depicted in this article**

This week we will be introducing a series called “Caregiver Spotlight” where we will interview caregivers and share their personal experiences coping with aging parents and the healthcare system.

Our first caregiver to be featured is Linda, who lives in Ontario. Linda is a mom of three who is the primary caregiver to her aging mother, who will be turning 89 next month.

Her mother is lucky enough to still be in her home after 59 years. When she immigrated to Canada in the 60s, she settled on a house that she is still able to call home today.

However, as independent as she has been, thanks to her good physical health, in recent years it has become more challenging.

“It becomes more difficult to make decisions as a family – some days she is happy in her home and comfortable. Other days she recognizes that she needs a little more help.”

For Linda, coming to a final decision that is discussed between her siblings and mother has proven to be a challenge. Some days are better than others for her mother, especially since the start of COVID-19. 

With community social outings and church services canceled, being alone at home started to make her mother feel isolated and lonely, even in a home that has become such a comfortable place for her.

While children and grandchildren visiting once in a while is great, it is not enough and has become a huge contributor of stress to members of the family.

“It has been very stressful for me. I am constantly worried about her falling, or anything else happening with no one around,” said Linda. “There are not many options other than moving her to a retirement home, or getting her at home care.”

With English not being her mom’s primary language, Linda is also aware of the other barriers to getting her more help.  Care givers would have to speak her language in order for her mom to feel comfortable and understand.. 

While the mother would like to age in place, the adult children have a difficult decision to make. They went to visit numerous retirement communities that were great – they offered activities, spacious rooms, and around the clock care that cannot be matched at home.

However, Linda’s mom was not interested in the services and still wanted to live at home in her neighbourhood that she loves so much.

What should Linda do?

For many people currently in the sandwich generation, it gets difficult to juggle the responsibilities of caring for aging parents while still being a parent to your own children. 

It is easy to become overwhelmed, stressed, and start to experience feelings of guilt for not always being able to be there in person.

“It has caused me many sleepless nights if I’m being honest,” said Linda. “As the primary caregiver I am constantly thinking about her health and booking the appropriate appointments. Then trying to plan the appointments to fit my busy schedule to ensure I can take her. It can really take a toll on my own health at times.”

Being a caregiver is a difficult job. It can be rewarding at times but can add a lot of stress to your life as you are constantly filled with guilt for not doing enough, worrying when you can’t be there. 

“I started to feel like a taxi that was on a strict schedule of bringing my mom to appointments or the grocery store instead of just getting to relax and enjoy our time doing things we liked to do like cook together or tend to the garden.”

It is important to practice self-care and to recognize the signs of when you need help yourself. Talk to your family, talk to a support group, or hire a professional service for a little extra help when you need it.

For Linda, having professionals help with day-to-day activities gave her the peace of mind to know her mom was in capable hands which helped to ease Linda’s load.

With help, Linda was able to spend more quality time with her mom to really take in the moments that matter, instead of adding stress and worry to her day. 

“Asking for help was difficult for me as I felt it was my job or responsibility to handle on my own, but when I did I was able to really enjoy the time I spent with my mom,” said Linda. “And at the end of the day, spending quality time is the most important part as those are the memories I will cherish.”

Healthy Active Living for Your Aging Loved One

Being a healthy and active individual is a goal for many people. Happiness and wellness are often linked to exercise as it has both physical and mood boosting powers.

As we celebrated National Senior Health and Fitness Day last week, we are reminding readers to think about healthy active living for the aging loved ones in your life. Healthy active living based on small changes that can make a huge difference in quality of life.

Physical activity is essential to encourage healthy aging, and simple activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, bike riding, or even dancing can improve your cardiovascular fitness. 

Improvements in fitness will increase your body’s ability to handle aerobic activity, which in-turn reduces the shortness of breath you may feel when your heart rate starts to rise. 

Here are five reasons for aging adults to start exercising today:

Prevent Heart Disease and Diabetes

Regular exercise, (a suggested 30 minutes a day) will start to show positive improvements in your physical health. Exercise helps to improve your immune system which is great for older adults as our immune systems can become compromised as we age. 

With heart disease being the number 1 killer, keeping your heart healthy through regular exercise and diet is key.

Lower Risk of Falling

Falling is a scary thing for older adults and their families. Risk of falling can lead to less independence for aging adults, and after one fall, the recovery becomes more and more difficult.

By improving strength, you lower the risk of a fall by becoming more flexible, coordinated, and balanced.

Social Interaction

Exercise is a great way to form friendships and have a sense of community for older adults. Joining a fitness club, yoga class, or having friends in your neighbourhood who you walk with daily is a great way to get out of the house and interact with like minded individuals. 

Strong social ties are great way to combat feelings of loneliness or isolation for aging adults who may live alone.

Mental Health

The “feel good” hormones known as endorphins are released into your brain every time you exercise. Although it is sometimes difficult to go out and find time to exercise, the benefits to your mental health are immense. 

Exercise is also linked to improved sleep patterns for aging adults who may experience insomnia or troubles sleeping at night. Through exercise, you will see instant changes to your mood, happiness, and overall outlook on life.

Balanced Diet

The common phrase “you are what you eat” is true in many ways. Although fruits and vegetables are not always as tasty, they go a long way in keeping your body functioning at top form.

A balanced diet helps to keep your cholesterol in check, while also keeping your dental health strong which is another area to consider as we age.


Adults of all ages can exercise well to suit their needs, and you can easily make adjustments to any particular exercise or exercise plan to best suit your body’s needs and capability. 

It is important to modify an exercise if it is causing discomfort or pain. The point is to keep your body mobile and active, and not to increase the pains we all start to feel as we age.

At the moment, heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. According to the Mayo Clinic, atherosclerosis, which is a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries, is the most common heart disease. 

Poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise, and being overweight all contribute to developing atherosclerosis, meaning that unhealthy lifestyle habits are the number one killer.

Many people feel overwhelmed by the number of changes they have to make to reverse old habits. Instead try to think of it as small changes you can make each day, to help improve your situation over time. 

Having a healthy lifestyle does not often happen overnight – take the time, and exercise, to reduce a life of inactivity or less than wise choices in order to get your life back!

When Distance Separates You and Your Loved One

When distance separates you and your family, life can sometimes be more challenging. Staying involved, scheduling visits, and using technology to communicate can present many challenges for families.

In these situations, being prepared is key. Having support through family and friends as well as professional help when necessary is important to ensure a smooth transition for your loved one as they begin their aging journey.

As members of the sandwich generation, you are watching your kids get older while your parents are simultaneously doing the same. It can be a difficult transition for everyone, as you start to see your parents age and they can no longer do the things they were once able to do.

Whether it be that age starts to catch up, or as they start to see a chronic illness get worse, it can be a stressful and overwhelming time for an adult child – especially those who live a distance away.

If you live out-of-province or abroad, adult children can often feel helpless when it comes to their aging parent(s) healthcare. 

Because you are not around to help with everyday tasks such as grocery shopping or taking them to appointments, you can start to feel isolated or guilty about not doing enough.

Thanks to our service – we can alleviate the stress and guilt you are feeling!

With iAccompany, you can stay actively involved in your parents’ healthcare from wherever you may live. By creating an online profile and booking appointments through our mobile app or website, you can take charge even from a distance.

Once you’ve booked online, one of iAccompany’s compassionate, qualified, and experienced nurses will accompany your loved one to, during, and from their appointment – including sitting in on the visit with the doctor.

This ensures that the nurse is able to record what transpires between your loved one and the doctor – leaving no room for miscommunication.

When distance separates you and your aging parent, it can often be difficult to get all the information. Whether they forget instructions, or leave out key details, our written report ensures that you are well-informed and able to make decisions alongside your family when it comes to your aging parents’ health.

iAccompany is a great tool for families who would like to stay connected through our secure online portal, which can be accessed by family members all over the globe.

If you have siblings that also live away, iAccompany retains all bookings and reports in one secure, convenient location which can be used for future reference by family members who are granted access. This makes it easy for everyone to be actively involved.

Our aging journeys are something everyone in life expects, but no one is really prepared for as it happens.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

With iAccompany, you can be involved and informed when it comes to your aging parents’ health from wherever you call home. 

Say goodbye to the feelings of guilt for not doing ‘enough’, and instead use iAccompany to make the distance between you feel smaller and stay connected in a meaningful way.

Happy International Nurses Day!

As we celebrate International Nurses Week, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible team of nurses we are lucky to have as a part of our team.

iAccompany nurses have an important job of connecting the doctor, patient, and family members together.

When using iAccompany, you get the peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in capable and professional hands.

When you cannot attend appointments yourself, you are often left feeling out of the loop. The information given by the doctor does not always get back to you in full and feelings of guilt can quickly creep in.

With iAccompany, we eliminate those feelings by keeping you informed with our detailed written reports that you can access following the appointment.

Our nursing professionals will not only provide accompaniment for your loved one, but also peace of mind for you.

By having a professional in the room taking notes of what is discussed, you will feel relieved to still be involved in the conversation. Prior to the meeting, you have the opportunity to pose any questions through your iAccompany profile, allowing the nurse to cover all the information you need to proceed with helping your loved one on their aging journey.

iAccompany nurses are qualified, vetted, and passionate about helping others and will treat your loved one as their own. 

One iAccompany nurse, named Sandra, really enjoyed her experience with iAccompany.

“It was a chance to spend a lot more time with a patient. Nursing is a very fast paced profession now – it is very task oriented and there isn’t a lot of time to really be with someone,” said Sandra. “We are nurses, it’s a compassionate profession and that is the experience I was looking for when I signed up with iAccompany.”

The written report allowed Sandra the opportunity to interact with the client, and also be a nurse. Taking notes, understanding the doctors’ instructions really gave her the chance to do her job – which made her feel complete in the experience. 

Another iAccompany nurse, Sarah, also appreciated her experience as she got to connect with her client on the way to the doctors office.

She could definitely see the benefit of having an experienced nurse provide the accompaniment as it helps the families who cannot be there. 

“iAccompany gives families peace of mind to know someone is there that wants to be there, to help them fully understand what transpired in the appointment.”

Knowing all the facts better prepares you to make decisions in the future based on the outcomes reported by your iAccompany nurse. Having those files available through the iAccompany secure link also allows you to go back and review past appointments and better understand the progress your loved one is making.

We thank our incredible nurses for the service they provide to the individuals they accompany.

iAccompany offers enhanced care through our trusted nursing professionals who are passionate about providing the best care possible. Our service is built for busy people who still want the peace of mind that our nursing professionals bring.

Thank you to all the caring, qualified, and compassionate
nursing professionals at iAccompany.
We appreciate you and hope you have a great 
International Nurses Week!

5 Tips for Strong Mental Health

As we celebrate Mental Health Week by the Canadian Mental Health Association, we will discuss five tips for taking care of yourself. 

For family caregivers who may be the primary caregiver for a parent, grandparent, child, spouse or any other family member, these tips will be especially handy.  Caregivers experience higher levels of stress due to their many responsibilities.

According to Today’s Caregiver, depression and mental health problems are consistently higher among caregivers than among their non-caregiving peers. 

In order to reduce stress, you must first be able to recognize it. Make time to be in touch with yourself, whether it be through meditation, journaling, or taking a walk with yourself in nature.

Give yourself time to physically and emotionally recharge your battery, as stress can take a toll that may have long-term consequences if left untreated.

Here are five ways to take care of yourself:

1. Exercise

Exercise doesn’t always mean waking up early and going to the gym while consuming a “Rocky-like” diet. If you don’t have the time or energy to go to the gym, commit yourself to just walking outside daily. 

Whether it be for 15 minutes or an hour, be okay with taking that time for yourself to unwind and give your body a well-deserved walk. As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, it makes it even more worthwhile to get out and enjoy the warmer temperature while we can. 

Taking time to connect with the outdoors, absorb some Vitamin D, and breathe in fresh air, can really reset your mood. A daily walk will help your physical and mental health all in one. 

2. Relaxation practices

There are many types of relaxation techniques that can help you manage your stress better. These techniques target your mental health and help to connect your body and mind.

Finding which practice works for you is important, as they can help you cope with your everyday stressors in a more effective and positive way.

Common techniques include deep breathing, mindfulness, massage, yoga, meditation, visualization, and acupuncture.

It is important to note that in order to see the benefits of relaxation techniques, you must actively practice them. It takes time to see results but in the long run, such a  practice will be very beneficial for family caregivers experiencing  stress. 

3. Lighten your load

When possible, look to outsource your list of duties to those around you. Be comfortable delegating responsibilities and really communicating your needs. 

If you have children who can help with household chores, enlist their help. It is important to feel like you have a good support system to help keep you at your best.   Sometimes helping to lighten the load by even doing one simple task, can make a huge difference for a stressed-out caregiver.

If you really feel your mental health suffering, look to professionals. Giving yourself peace of mind knowing you are in capable hands can go a long way in helping your mental state and relieving the guilt you may feel for not doing it all.

4. Eat your brain foods

You have probably heard the phrase “you are what you eat” before. Although your busy schedule might suggest you just stop at the drive thru on the way home, that meal will not offer you any health benefits physically or mentally.

When taking time for yourself, challenge yourself to eat healthy meals that feed your brain power. Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet is a great place to start.

People generally resort to eating too much or eating too little when under ample amounts of stress. Eating too much can cause weight gain and health issues, while eating too little does not provide your body the energy you need to keep up. 

Diets full of sugar and processed foods can contribute to poor mental health as it causes inflammation in your body and brain. Instead, look to eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes as they offer great brain benefits. 

5. Get your beauty sleep

Sleep has an incredible impact on our overall health and wellbeing. As many people can attest, feeling tired and groggy is a sensation that many have experienced, and most times no amount of caffeine can make a difference.

Make time for yourself to recharge your body the best way possible: by getting a good night’s sleep. 

Like drinking water and breathing, sleep is an imperative part of being human as we cannot live long without it. Through sleep, our bodies have the ability to repair while allowing our brains the ability to process information. 

Poor sleep leads to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as a weakened immune system. So one thing you can do, if nothing else, is to ensure you are on a good sleep schedule.  One that lets you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

So there you have it – five tips for giving your mental health a boost. We hope you look to incorporate these tips into your everyday life and start to make them a daily practice.

If you wish to see long-term results and improvements in your mood and mindset, start making changes to your lifestyle today and put yourself first.

If you are not at your best personally, you cannot give others your full love and attention. So take care of yourself and recognize the warning signs when you need to rest and recharge.

Dilemma for Family Caregivers Everywhere

‘Quit or get fired’ is a dilemma for many individuals in the sandwich generation. 

The constant responsibilities linked to raising your children, caring for your elder parents, and juggling a full-time or part-time career can be overwhelming.

It is a difficult choice to make between caring for your loved ones, while also being able to perform well at work and thrive in your career.  It can become exhausting which is why it is important to recognize the signs of burnout and act accordingly.

Members of the sandwich generation are often faced with challenges such as:

  • Making time to take care of yourself on a physical and emotional level
  • Balancing time with your partner or spouse 
  • Spending quality time with your children or family
  • Ensuring your aging adult gets the care they need to keep them healthy and happy
  • Performing well at work while looking for career advancement or promotion
  • Keeping up with bills and staying on budget
  • Dealing with the stress and guilt you may feel about not having the time or energy to accomplish everything

For aging adults who may have chronic or cognitive conditions, doctor’s appointments and lab tests can become overwhelming. Eventually your sick or personal days run.  The constant juggling to assist aging loved ones can put a real strain on your relationships and productivity at work. 

Studies done by Statistics Canada states that 1 in 7 caregivers reduce the hours they work. Half of them reported missed days at work in order to get their parents, kids, partners, or siblings to medical appointments. This can create a real dilemma.

Although it may sound overwhelming, those in the sandwich generation have ways to combat these dilemmas. 

Communicate your needs

Understanding yourself is an important part of being a caregiver. Being able to recognize when your daily dilemmas are taking a toll on your mental and physical health should be your number one priority.

Being able to communicate your stresses, concerns, or feelings of guilt in a safe space is important. Be sure to communicate your needs as a way to vent or a way to get advice on the challenges you are experiencing.

Talking to your parents, partner, children, or siblings is a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page and understands that you are doing the best you can. In most cases, your loved ones are willing to lend a helping hand – you just have to ask.

Share responsibilities if possible

You are not superwoman/superman! Although we may experience moments where we seem to be doing it all, it often does not last for long. It is easy to spread ourselves thin and experience anxiety, or depression when calendars get full or task lists get too long.

It is okay.

Seek help from your family who can help. If you have siblings, see if they can help with your parents’ care. Seek outside sources who are qualified and ready to help. Ask your kids or partner to help with tasks around the house – many hands make light work.

This can help lighten your load and give you some time back to rest and recharge. It’s not an easy thing to be in the sandwich generation, but taking on too much can leave you trapped in a list of challenges.

Ask for help

Enlisting help from outside sources is a sign of strength. Having the ability to recognize when you are burnt out, or realizing how different your life could be if you had a little more time is important!

At iAccompany, our founders experienced this dilemma themselves. When they could no longer provide care for their aging parents while juggling their work responsibilities they searched for a solution that fit their needs. When they didn’t find one, they created one. 

Now, iAccompany serves as an easy solution for family caregivers that need to get some time back for themselves. Our service provides accompaniment for aging adults –  a qualified nurse will accompany them to, during, and from their doctor’s appointment. 

When they are returned home safely, you will receive a full report providing the details of the meeting. With iAccompany, you do not need to leave work early, instead you can hire us at the click of a button and still be a huge part of your loved ones healthcare. 

Are you a caregiver stuck in a dilemma yourself? Visit our website and learn how we can help!