For Jean Perdue, 93, of Chartwell Scarlett Heights in Etobicoke, Ontario, writing poetry began as a way to express her feelings. As she gained independence and began rediscovering herself later in life, words flowed freely in the form of hundreds of poems. Jean dreamt that one day she would see her large collection of poems published in a book; that wish was granted in June thanks to Chartwell’s partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada.
Arthritis affects more than half of Canadians by age 70, and a higher proportion of older women than men. You can help reduce and relieve common arthritis symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling by doing regular, low-impact exercise, losing excess weight and using heat and cold treatments appropriately. Relaxation techniques, aquatic therapy and assistive devices can also help seniors to live well with this condition.
Imagine living the first 16 years of your life being able to see colours, shapes and all of nature’s splendour, only to have your vision fade into darkness. It’s a difficult reality for anyone to manage—yet one that Florence, a resident of Chartwell Robert Speck in Mississauga, Ontario, faced with strength, perseverance and a positivity the likes of which few possess.
Seniors choose to move to a retirement residence for many different reasons—and all expect to enjoy a worry-free lifestyle with the freedom to live the way they want. What many don’t realize, however, is that beyond their initial expectations, making the move to a seniors’ home can actually have surprising health benefits too.
Canadians are living longer than before and researchers have identified a number of lifestyle factors that make those extra years worth living. Regular walking and other physical activities, socializing and lifelong learning each contribute to healthy, active aging. A nutrient-rich diet, a positive outlook on aging and regular sleep patterns also promote a long and healthy life for older adults.
If you find you’re the person providing the most care to your parent, you may want to engage your siblings and come up with creative ways they can also provide support—but what do you do if you have a sibling who is unwilling to help out with mom or dad?
Mood and anxiety disorders are the two most common types of mental health conditions affecting Canadians, including older adults. Many research studies show that moderate amounts of regular physical activity can help prevent depression and reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Regular leisure-time exercise has also proven to be effective in relieving anxiety and promoting feelings of well-being.
In 1943, a nine-year-old girl watched The White Cliffs of Dover and was enchanted by the views from an airplane cockpit. That moment sparked a lifelong dream for Carole Osanne Boucher, and she vowed to one-day fly in a fighter jet. “I knew at that moment that I wanted to experience flying,” she said.
Despite the long-held stereotype of creativity being the express domain of young people, many seniors feel they are at the height of their creative powers. This is not in spite of their age, but because of it. Having the time, the focus and the ability to draw upon a lifetime of knowledge and experience can boost creativity in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
September 29th is International Coffee Day. Wondering where Canada stands in the global game of coffee consumption?