Here we are in mid January, and have you kept your New Year’s resolutions? According to a poll conducted by Canada’s Ipsos Reid, almost 75% of Canadians who make New Year’s resolutions eventually break them. Although the pollster didn’t categorize the failure rate by age group, we suspect that whether you’re a teenager, middle-aged or a senior, good intentions will only carry you so far.
Peter, an optimistic and passionate 83 year-old and resident of Chartwell Imperial Place, has dedicated much of his life to both younger and older generations. A teacher of 43 years, Peter has taught children in his home town of Cape Town, South Africa, in Alberta and in British Columbia. He has also brought his passion for people, education, and counseling to a number of programs striving to improve the lives of seniors. As a true lover of classical music, his Wish of a Lifetime was to finally conduct an orchestra.
Seniors caring for a spouse with dementia are at increased risk of mental and physical health problems. By taking care of your own health, you can prevent these problems and do more to help your partner. Support your spouse by planning together for the future, maintaining an emotional connection, and helping your partner to live well and stay healthy through physical activities, good nutrition and social stimulation.
New research indicates regular physical activity cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by nearly 40 per cent. It also improves quality of life and reduces depression risk for people with Alzheimer’s. Eating brain-healthy foods can also lower the risk of dementia.
Eight million Canadians provide care to aging parents, spouses, other family members or friends. While caregiving can be rewarding, family caregivers are at increased risk for mental and physical health problems. By taking care of your own physical needs, staying connected with family and friends, using stress reduction techniques, getting help from others and taking advantage of respite care, you can positively benefit not only your own health, but that of your loved one.
Earlier this year, we sat down with a panel of five adult children who had recently helped to move their aging parent into a retirement community. We wanted their thoughts on everything from what prompted their conversation about senior living with their parent to how they felt on move-in day. Our hope is to provide valuable insight to others in the process of helping an aging loved one navigate the next phase of their life, and to remind you that you’re not alone.