Nine and Dine Golf Tournament Fundraiser

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at PEP’s first Nine & Dine – held at Mapleview Golf Course on August 22, 2014. Thanks to our fabulous PEP board, a dedicated crew of volunteers, the Mapleview Golf Course and YOU, our community –  PEP’s Nine & Dine was both fun and successful! Special thanks to our many donors: Dorothy Linden of Linden Financal Bob VanNoppen Medical Corporation Chris Gregoire Perth RBC’s Scott Rintoul Mary’s Signature Salad Dressings […]

Dietary Tips for Better Breathing

Food is the fuel your body needs to perform all activities, including breathing. Your body uses food for energy as part of a process called metabolism. During metabolism, food and oxygen are changed into energy and carbon dioxide. You use energy for all of your activities – from sleeping to exercising.                                  metabolism food and oxygen——–> energy + carbon dioxide […]

Art Therapy At PEP

This Spring our program participants have flourished under the direction of Julie McIntyre during our art therapy segments.  We know the importance of this amazing component of our day program, and look forward to encouraging the artist within all of our program participants! What Is Art Therapy? The first thing you need to understand about therapy involving art is how it works and its overall goals. As the name implies, art therapy is the therapeutic […]

PEP’s New Gardening Program!

  Thanks to the generosity of Shawn McAdoo, Perth Home Hardware, students from PDCI under the direction of shop teacher Greg Truelove, and Gemmel’s in Smiths Falls, PEP has launched a gardening component to our day program. These beautiful raised garden boxes allow our older adults to be able to sit or stand and participate in gardening. Thanks to all our donors who continue to put the Unity in Community!!

15 Minute At Home Memory Test Spots Alzheimer’s Early

The SAGE test can be taken at home by patients, who can then share the results with their physicians to help spot early symptoms of cognitive issues such as early dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have confirmed the feasibility and efficiency of the tool for community screening. The results are published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Self-administered test (SAGE) helps spot early Alzheimer’s http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/alzheimers/sage-test/Pages/index.aspx Memory disorders researchers visited 45 community […]

Good Lifestyle Choices Can Slow The Progression Of Dementias

Christmas family gatherings are great opportunities for discussing the needs of loved ones in our lives, and taking steps to plan lifestyle changes in the new year.  Good lifestyle choices are proven to slow the progression of dementias in older adults.  Alzheimer’s disease continues to steal memories in alarming numbers. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next two decades, it’s not surprising Baby Boomers now fear memory loss more than cancer, heart […]

Instructions On Handwashing

This is the time of year when influenza is on the rise, and the risk of both contracting and spreading infection is prime. Why not do all you can to stop the spread of germs by simply washing your hands properly. There are five steps to keeping your hands bacteria-free: 1. Wet your hands with warm running water. 2. Add soap, and then rub your hands together, making a soapy lather. Do this away from […]

Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of someone with dementia – or other older adult disease or frailty, requires time and energy. It can be a demanding and stressful task. Knowing and recognizing the signs of stress in yourself or someone you care about is the first step toward taking action. If the following symptoms occur on a regular basis, call your doctor, ask your family or support network for help, or look at putting some respite into place […]

Myths About Healthy Ageing

MYTH: Ageing means declining health and/or disability. Fact: There are some diseases that become more common as we age. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease or injuries later in life. MYTH: Memory […]

What Contributes To Falls?

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma. Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence. Falls occur due to a loss of balance and an inability to recover balance. The complex set of conditions and circumstances that lead to this loss of balance are known as fall-related risk factors. There are four main systems that work together to […]