Getting the appropriate amount of sleep at night is just as essential as oxygen, food and water for the human body, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Although occasionally experiencing a restless night is common for most people, some experience difficulty sleeping more frequently due to a disorder known as insomnia. As studies show, insomnia is more common for seniors, as sleep initiation becomes more difficult with age.
Sometimes, after a long day, all you need is a little peace and quiet to relieve stress. However, for those individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, a bad day could easily become a bad week, month or year—which is why it’s so important to be proactive about your mental wellness and take the necessary steps needed to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Stroke is one of the leading sources of disability and death in Canada, according to the Self Help Resource Centre. A stroke can occur in two instances: when a blood clot forms or travels to the brain, or when an artery that supplies the brain with blood becomes blocked.
There’s an old saying, according to Canada Cares, that “when parents are still alive, their children should not go far away,” but sometimes, this simply isn’t possible. For some, careers may call them to different parts of the country, making it difficult to stay close to their parents. This can pose challenges when it comes time to caring for an aging parent—but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to support them from afar. In fact, an estimated 359,700 people living in Canada in 2007 provided long-distance support to a parent, which accounted for 22 per cent of the caregiving population, according to Statistics Canada.
We all know exercise helps to make us physically fit and benefits our overall well-being, but did you know it also has a positive effect on our brain? According to a study done by the Aging, Mobility and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, weight lifting can aid the brain.
Staff at Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence in Chilliwack, British Columbia, recently received a touching surprise from their residents. The home’s in-house choir, the “Lynnwood Singers,” comprised of approximately 25 seniors, decided to pen a Christmas-inspired song describing their appreciation of staff—from the housekeepers to the food service team to the many managers who make Chartwell Lynwood a special place to live.
This past year, Chartwell Avondale Retirement Residence experienced a massive flood due to a city water main break that led to Toronto Transit Commission workers having to repair a nearby streetcar line. John Ovenden, a Chartwell Avondale resident, decided to pitch in and help the workers out. After all, he had the experience: since he was a young boy, he was interested in carpentry, and even made a career out of his talents.
Later in life, there may come a time when your aging parent can no longer live independently. Even if they are in fairly good shape, they may still struggle to maintain a household, find they aren’t as active and social as they once were, feel less motivated to cook nutritional meals, or even experience feelings of loneliness. Though most adult children begin exploring retirement support options for their parents following a medical scare, it’s always best to plan ahead and help your loved one to be proactive about their health and wellbeing. If you think your parent is ready for more support, or may be soon, here’s a checklist of questions that will help you plan for the future together, before a medical emergency starts the conversation for you.
Although caring for an aging loved one is a selfless act that demonstrates love, dedication and patience, the responsibility can become overwhelming and stressful at times, and when combined with other familial or work obligations, can even lead to a “burnout.” It’s therefore very important to make time for yourself to recharge and relax. That amount of stress is not only bad for your physical and mental wellbeing, but also not safe for the senior you are caring for.
January is a time of new beginnings. It’s also a great time to help those in need, according to Chartwell Belcourt Retirement Residence. Their kind efforts to help the less fortunate will take place this month when staff and residents learn to weave milk bags into mattresses for the Haitian population devastated by the earthquake of 2010.