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?
Fulfilling a lifelong passion can be a joyful event, and being able to share a dream with beloved family and friends can take the experience to a whole new level. This was the case for Evelyn Paterson, 89, of Chartwell Renaissance in Langley, British Columbia, when she reached out to Wish of a Lifetime Canada to have her original children’s book illustrated and published for future generations to enjoy.
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.
Resident Brian Dickinson, 82, of Chartwell Lynnwood Retirement Residence in Chilliwack, British Columbia, had a dream: he wished to experience the excitement of a unique adventure he was unable to complete some 40 years earlier. His wish was to be flown by helicopter along the coast of British Columbia to a spot where a back-country landing maneuver could be performed. Thanks to Chartwell’s partnership with Wish of a Lifetime Canada, Brian’s wish became reality as his helicopter landed atop a snow-covered mountain with Vancouver Island and volcanic Mount Baker in the distance!
The scent of freshly-baked goods often fills the hallways of Chartwell Park Place Retirement Residence, thanks to an on-site country kitchen that residents make use of when they feel the urge to do some cooking or baking. Case in point: resident Wilmot “Wim” Pattenden, who absolutely loves using the amenity space to bake all kinds of tasty treats year-round.
There is much written today about the challenges of caregiving and how to manage those challenges—but what if it isn’t you who is the caregiver, but your spouse? What is your role then?