t turns out that eating alone isn’t always the best for our health. A long-term British study led by a Canadian researcher found that participants aged 50+ who lived and dined alone ate a smaller variety of fruits and vegetables (i.e., a less healthy diet) than those who lived with a partner. Those who didn’t enjoy a fulsome social life and had little contact with friends also suffered from a poorer diet than their more socially-engaged counterparts.
Given all of the emotions around money, as an adult child, how can you approach the financial talk with your parent to ensure the greatest likelihood of an effective and harmonious conversation?
Walking is an easy, enjoyable form of exercise that offers multiple health benefits. Studies show that regular walking reduces the risk of dying prematurely and developing a disability that affects your quality of life. It also boosts your mood, keeps your heart healthy, strengthens your bones and protects your memory.
While traditional health wisdom has always touted the benefits of getting enough sleep—along with a healthy diet and exercise—science now backs that up. For older adults, a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke, along with improved memory and a myriad of other benefits, all come with quality sleep.
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.
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.
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?
Chartwell Retirement Residences is hosting a National Open House on Sunday, April 29th from 1-4 p.m. at all of our retirement communities across Canada. Join us at our family-friendly event to sample delicious food and refreshments, enjoy lively entertainment, meet our dedicated staff and freely take a look around.
Although people can develop cancer at any age, the risks increase as a person gets older. Appropriate screening for breast and colorectal cancers can help detect cancer at an early, treatable stage. Healthy habits, like physical activity, eating nutritious foods and drinking alcohol in moderation can prevent up to 40% of cancer cases.
Raymond Parent, 67, of Chartwell Jardins Laviolette in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is known for being a kind-hearted, courageous senior who dedicates his time to the service of others. Growing up in a loving family, he had great admiration for his father, Fernando, a WWII hero who piloted many different aircraft, but mainly the Halifax Bomber.