Most people would agree that many activities in life require two hands. However, if you asked Chartwell Heritage Glen resident Lionel, he’d beg to differ. Living with only one arm for more than 60 years, Lionel firmly believes “It doesn’t matter how hard it is, there’s always a way that you can do it!”
A positive outlook on life and aging is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and greater longevity. Older adults with an optimistic outlook tend to recover faster from injury or disability, have a lower risk of chronic disease and a reduced risk of memory loss. Fortunately, studies show that optimism can be learned and pessimists can develop positive thinking skills through practice to support better health.
Lifestyle factors account for three-quarters of changes in the brain associated with cognitive decline, and modifiable factors such as being physical active, staying socially engaged and keeping your mind active can substantially reduce dementia risk. Dementia-friendly living spaces and assistive technologies that assess the risk of falling or wandering, or help with tasks of daily living, support people with dementia and family caregivers and can enhance their quality of life.
Can living in a retirement residence improve your health? It turns out a number of the reasons seniors choose to move into a retirement community are the same factors that can provide a multi-faceted health boost for both mind and body.
September is when kids go back to school, and it’s also a perfect time for older adults to embark on new formal or informal learning opportunities. Research studies show that lifelong learning offers multiple and lasting health benefits for older adults. Active, ongoing learning increases brain resiliency, promotes social interactions, boosts mood, eases stress and is also linked to longer life and healthier behaviours.
Are you the caregiver for your parents and are finding it frustrating that other family members aren’t doing more to help?
Lower back pain affects up to 80% of Canadians and is the most common health problem among older adults that results in pain and disability. It’s more common among sedentary people and new international guidelines recommend exercise and other non-drug options as first-line treatments. Staying active, doing tai chi, yoga or other gentle stretching and strengthening exercises, and having good posture can help to prevent or ease low back pain.
New research suggests consuming protein more evenly through three daily meals helps older adults maintain muscle strength—rather than only consuming protein-rich food during dinnertime. Protein-rich foods such as cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, eggs and peanut butter can make breakfast as good for your muscles as chicken or lean meat at dinner. Regular physical activity—including some strength exercises—is also important for preventing or slowing age-related muscle loss.
By asking yourself a few pertinent questions, you’ll learn more about what you really want from your next home and will be able to successfully choose one that suits you. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Are your retirement years really the best of your life? “Yes!” says a 2016 Merrill Lynch/Age Wave report on leisure in retirement. According to the report, retirees aged 65 to 74 reported having more fun than any other age group surveyed.