by duncanj on May 31, 2021

As we age, we may feel that our contributions toward saving the Earth don’t really matter much. Seniors, as a whole, have the power to impact future generations just by making a few eco-friendly lifestyle changes that promote sustainability and help the planet.

June 5th is World Environment Day so we thought we’d share some ideas of how seniors can help the Earth and set a good example for younger generations. 

Here are 10 simple ways seniors can create change:

by duncanj on Apr 30, 2021

Is Social Media Good or Bad for Seniors?

Overall, social media seems to have a positive effect on seniors’ well-being. Internet use has been shown to reduce seniors’ risk of depression by nearly 33%. One study found that seniors who use Facebook show marked improvements in cognitive function. 

Another study found similar results when seniors were trained to use email, Skype, Zoom and Facebook. 

Social media can open new avenues for seniors separated from children and grandchildren by long distances or physical distancing. 

by duncanj on Mar 31, 2021

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month so we thought we’d share some information since studies have indicated that IBS may affect up to 10% of elderly people population in Canada.

What is IBS?

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common chronic condition that affects the digestive system. 

It causes symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhoea, gas, bloating, constipation or a mix of these. While most people with IBS have mild symptoms with occasional flare-ups, some people who have more critical, severe symptoms.

by duncanj on Mar 01, 2021

Common COVID-19 Vaccine Questions

There have been so many questions surrounding the vaccines slowing being rolled out across Canada and the world. As we are await our turn to receive the vaccine we thought we’d answer a few questions we’ve been asked. 

 

by duncanj on Feb 02, 2021

A trip to the hospital, especially if unexpected, can be overwhelming for you and your loved ones. As you and your medical team focus on your treatment while in the hospital, you may not be thinking about what happens when it’s time to go home.

Your transition from hospital to home is important for a good and speedy recovery and may even reduce your need for another hospital stay. So, it’s important to plan your discharge and ask questions so you are clear about your care and to ensure a safe transition. 

 

Hospital Discharge Checklist

by duncanj on Jan 04, 2021

Self-care means doing things that help you maintain your physical, mental, or emotional well-being. Sometimes it too easy to forget to take care of ourselves, so we’ve collected a few tips to help.

 

Eating Right

We’ve talked about the importance of eating a healthy diet for seniors. We all need to focus on healthy eating habits as they are a key part of self-care. 

by duncanj on Dec 02, 2020

Keeping your home clean day-to-day can be a big task for anyone for seniors it can become quite an overwhelming and difficult chore.

We have put together some of our favourite tips from professional home cleaners to help seniors with the maintenance of a clean home. 

We hope you find these tips helpful — happy cleaning. 

 

A Broom is Not Just a Broom

Try using your broom to clean hard to reach places. Use a clean broom and your favourite cleaner to scrub your shower and tub. This will make cleaning those hard to reach places easier. 

by duncanj on Nov 02, 2020

To say that 2020 has been a tough year may be an extreme understatement. With the entire world shutting down and keeping families apart it has been hard on everyone but it's been particularly hard on seniors. It will come as no surprise, to hear that more people are reporting feelings of depression and anxiety than in previous years. But how do you recognize depression? And what can be done about it?

 

Do you think you might be depressed?

Ask yourself these questions:

by duncanj on Oct 01, 2020

Many older adults can drive safely well into their 80’s, or even beyond. However, since various physical issues linked to aging can interfere with safe driving, it’s important that older drivers—and the people who care for them—evaluate their needs to keep them safe while they’re on the road.

 

There are many strengths seniors have over younger drivers

Experience - Seniors have a wealth of experience. By the time we reach 80, most seniors have been driving for many years, on all kinds of roads and in all sorts of situations. 

by duncanj on Aug 28, 2020

As part of the natural aging process, seniors have an increased chance of developing skin infections, and one of the most common is Cellulitis. 

Cellulitis is very painful and can cause swelling, redness, and a wide range of other symptoms.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about Cellulitis and how to prevent it.

 

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common skin infection that happens when bacteria is spread through the skin to deeper tissues and it can occur when bacteria enters the body through a cut.