We are approaching the holidays, and that means the season of peace, harmony and goodwill is near, or is it? For many, this time of year triggers feelings of less-than-joyous memories, topped with anxiety and stress - also known as the holiday blues. But with a little advance planning and willpower, you don’t have to fall into seasonal doldrums. Here are three ways to combat the blues and help you make it a positive holiday season - one you’ll remember with joy in the years to come.
As a caregiver to a spouse or close family member, you regularly put their needs at the forefront. When they require your attention - regardless of the time of day or night, you are there. In providing this level of care, or as your loved ones’ requirements have taken more of your time and attention, you may have been inadvertently putting your own health and wellness on the back burner.
If you are a senior considering assisted living, you’re probably faced with deciding whether you would like private or semi-private accommodations. One of life’s joys is having a private space to call home, a sanctuary that serves as an escape from the noises of the day! While most of us enjoy a level of privacy for at least a portion of the time, consider a totally quiet day - a day with no interruptions, not even a conversation over coffee about plans for the day or highlights of the week.
Safety and security are always top priority whether you are living in a seniors’ community, with a roommate, or alone in your home. If you have chosen to live independently, here are seven important things to think about. These tips will help you stay prepared for emergencies and may even give you a few new ideas on how to avoid some of the frustrations that accompany living alone.
The province of British Columbia is becoming age friendly -- one community at a time! A group known as the Age-friendly Communities Implementation Team has been actively involved in promoting age friendliness in BC since 2007. The team’s vision is a province where people of all ages and abilities are valued, supported and included in their communities and the BC government is working with local partners throughout the province to achieve this vision.
The nation is thinking green. Trends in eco-friendliness have found their way into Canadian businesses with senior living communities being no exception. Considering that baby boomers (the giant-sized demographic born between 1946 and 1964) have pushed ‘saving the planet’ for decades, it seems natural that green-living standards accompany them into retirement.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, you know that there are challenging days and good days. The complexities of the disease can present both you and your loved one with unexpected frustrations and anxieties but you are not alone. There are many resources with information and advice on facing the day-to-day issues and helping you provide the best possible care.