Aging Well

Aging Well is a comprehensive program for patients over the age of 60 and which focuses on the physical body, the mind, and safety.

Services include:

  • Memory Assessments
  • Dementia Screen
  • Fit to Drive Assessment
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Cognitive Stimulation
  • Community Resources
  • Mobility and Balance Assessments
  • Osteoporosis / Postural Assessments
  • Conditioning / Exercise Programs
  • Home Safety Assessments
  • Prescription of Assistive Devices – for the home
  • Mobility Assessment and Funding (e.g. canes, walkers, wheelchairs)
  • Foot Care
  • Concussion Management

Aging Well Groups

Body Harmony for the Seasoned and Young at Heart

Body Harmony for the Seasoned and Young at Heart is a group that incorporates all of the previous groups listed below into drop-in, twice a week (Wednesday or Friday). These programs include physical exercise for the body and cognitive exercises for the mind, time to socialize with others, and monthly education topics.

Monthly Topics Include:

Memory and Aging– discussion about memory changes with aging and provision of memory strategies to compensate.

Arthritis – discussion of the types of arthritis and non-pharmacological treatments for arthritis.

Nutrition – education focused on nutrition.

Osteoporosis – education on osteoporosis and keeping bones healthy.

Balance – education on helping seniors maintain their safety and independence in their homes. Discussion about personal risk factors and fall prevention strategies in the home and community.

Home Safety – discussion about safety risks in the home and safety recommendations/equipment.

Stress and Relaxation – different stress and relaxation strategies are practiced; Exercise this month is chair yoga.

Healthy Aging – discussion of normal changes with aging and how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Low Vision – discussion about potential changes with vision, safety with low vision and available assistive devices and community resources.

Fall Prevention – education on helping seniors maintain their safety and independence in their home.  Discussion about personal risk factors and fall prevention strategies in the home and community.  Exercise focused on balance this month.

Senior Security – discussion about recent scams, winter safety and advanced care planning.

This program is open to the public. For more information, call 519-354-0070 ext. 602.

Concussion Management

What is a Concussion?

  • A brain injury
  • Typically caused, but not always, by an impact to the head, with or without loss of consciousness.

Every Concussion is different – therefore, the term concussion is often thought of as an umbrella term for this group of symptoms, click here for symptoms of Concussion.

Symptoms of a Concussion

Physical

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Seeing stars
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Ringing in the ears

Behavioral

  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Feeling down and depressed
  • Anxious

Sleep

  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Difficulty falling asleep

Cognitive

  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling dazed
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble multi-tasking
  • Not your old self

What do I do if I think I sustained a concussion?

  1. STOP what you are doing (studying, playing, electronic devices)
  2. Seek immediate medical attention – ask your family physician for advice
  3. REST – take time to rest your mind and body
  4. Take it slow – slowly get back to studying, working and playing

What treatment is available at the Thamesview Family Health Team?

  1. Contact your Family Physician for immediate medical attention.
  2. Referral to an Occupational Therapist
    • Baseline testing for cognition and balance, along with vision and vestibular testing
    • Early Management of concussion symptoms
    • Balance training
    • Vision and Vestibular Rehabilitation
    • Return to work strategies
    • Communication of treatment progression with Family Physician

In order to get referral, patients should call to 519.354.0070 ext.602 or 610.

Foot Care

Caring for your feet is crucial for diabetic and senior patients.

It is important to keep them healthy, so you are able to enjoy an active lifestyle.

To find out more about how you can be referred to our foot care clinics, please contact your physician or nurse practitioner.

Resources

Alzheimer’s society Chatham-Kent Website

Baycrest Smart Aging Website

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging Website

Health Canada – Living Well Seniors Website

Osteoporosis Canada Website