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.
More than 900 cities and smaller communities across Canada have taken action to become more age-friendly since the World Health Organization launched its Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. Key features of age-friendly communities include safe, affordable housing and public transportation, opportunities for seniors to be socially active, and health and community support services. Long term care systems that provide quality care and support are also essential.
I’ve been a proud Housekeeper at Chartwell Rideau Place for the past six years. In addition to completing my typical duties each day—which includes cleaning residents’ rooms and ensuring their laundry is taken care of—I also pride myself on making residents feel welcomed and comfortable. I greet everyone with a smile, follow up with residents about their day and even work on puzzles with them in my free time. Getting to know residents on a personal level is important to help create a level of trust. If I hear a resident say “I missed you so much” or “what would I do without you,” I know I’ve made the impact I was hoping for.
One of the major benefits of living in a retirement home setting is finally having the time to pursue the hobbies that are most important to you. Instead of spending hours cooking, cleaning or maintaining a home, you can devote that energy to the things that really bring you joy.
It’s been a very good year for 85-year-old runner Ed Whitlock. Since the start of 2016, the competitive senior has racked up six world records, including his astounding time of three hours, 56 minutes and 33 seconds in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Not only was he the oldest runner, but he smashed the existing world record in his 85-to-89 age category by almost 40 minutes.