8 tips to keep your mouth healthy

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Older adults are more vulnerable to conditions such as gum disease, dry mouth and sensitive teeth. Take good care of your gums by brushing and flossing twice daily, and sip water often to relieve dry mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid acidic food and drinks to ease pain from sensitive teeth. Dentures and implants also need good daily care, just like regular teeth.

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Gerry and Flo: A life of love together

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Chartwell Harbours residents Gerry and Flo, who have been together for well-over half a century, prove true love exists. Their relationship has defined them since they were both children—based on devotion, respect and compromise—and is a true inspiration to their friends, family and fellow residents at their retirement community in Calgary.

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Essential Conversations with Dr. Amy: Are we ever too old to date?

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If you were to ask an adult child if they would like their parent to have companionship in their later years, he or she would likely say “yes.” However, most just don’t expect that companionship to come in the form of their parent dating! From experience with my clients, I have found that if a parent has a romantic relationship in their later years, it can be an uncomfortable change for their adult children. It stirs up surprising emotions and is an Essential Conversation most people don’t want to have – parent or adult child! So what is all this discomfort about and how can we get through this with more ease and harmony?

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Ask Our Experts: The importance of a social life in our retirement years

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A popular misconception that I’ve come across since I started in the industry many years ago is that seniors choose a retirement living lifestyle solely because they’ve experienced a health scare and now require the availability of care services—but that couldn’t be more untrue! In fact, many of the residents I’ve come to know well have chosen to move in for a variety of reasons: because they no longer wish to maintain a home (which entails a lot of work, as we all know—from cutting grass and shovelling driveways to every day clean-up and repairs), could benefit from some help with cooking nutritional meals or getting back and forth to appointments, or simply because they feel lonely living on their own. On this last point I’d like to talk further.

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Tailoring exercise to live well with chronic conditions

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Regular and appropriate exercise can offer many valuable benefits for people living with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or joint pain. Tailoring exercise to the condition allows you to exercise safely, gain specific benefits that may improve symptoms and overcome illness-related limitations. Chair aerobics help people with mobility issues keep their hearts strong, while balancing activities help people with osteoporosis avoid falls and fractures.

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