SeniorsZen Blog http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2011/04/06/opinion-long-term-care-insurance Find free comprehensive information on Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, and Home Care in all Canadian provinces. Choose the right senior living options for yourself or your loved ones with SeniorsZen guide. en Travel: As the Boy Scouts Say, Be Prepared http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/13/travel-boy-scouts-say-be-prepared <p>Have you ever heard of the biting midge? No? How about no-see-ums?&nbsp;I have, though I really, really wish that I had not. You may or may not know that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were great friends, who wintered in Florida together, in lovely houses that still stand next to each other in front of the Caloosahatchee River. On a recent trip to Florida, I visited these homes; I even bought a small plastic shark, that is guaranteed to expand to six times its size after spending a few days floating in water, in the gift shop, and, as it turned out, was bitten at least 50 times by biting midges.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/13/travel-boy-scouts-say-be-prepared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Travel Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 903 at http://www.seniorszen.com Are elderly drivers at a greater risk for the roads and should they be prohibited from driving? New study says “No.” http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/10/are-elderly-drivers-greater-risk-roads-and-should <p>CBC News presented the story of 94-year-old Peggy Ellison, a resident of Tottenham, ON that, after 70 years of driving, got her driver&rsquo;s license suspended. Her mistake: she was driving too slowly on the highway.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/10/are-elderly-drivers-greater-risk-roads-and-should" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pets and Senior Living Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Travel Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:36:57 +0000 eveline 925 at http://www.seniorszen.com Dementia and The Power of Music http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/25/dementia-and-power-music <p>In his book, <strong><em>Musicophilia</em> </strong>[1], the Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the power of music in&nbsp;people with dementia. The response to music is, particularly, preserved, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. In the chapter <em>Music and Identity: Dementia and Music Therapy</em>, he says that, even when a person seems to be undergoing a &ldquo;second childhood&rdquo;, even in people with advanced dementia, the identity remains, it&rsquo;s never completely lost, as long as a mental life exists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/25/dementia-and-power-music" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:50:06 +0000 eveline 923 at http://www.seniorszen.com Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/18/caregiver-burden-what-do-when-loved-one-has-dement <p>Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one&nbsp;may go through when&nbsp;a family member develops dementia, discussing how&nbsp;to better cope with such a sensitive situation:&nbsp;<em>&quot;I&nbsp;hope this helps some of our readers.&nbsp;I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>Pat &nbsp;is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts&nbsp;at SeniorsZen.com&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/faq">Ask the Expert </a>section.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/18/caregiver-burden-what-do-when-loved-one-has-dement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Senior Health Senior Living Guides Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:41:44 +0000 eveline 920 at http://www.seniorszen.com The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/12/time-move-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-dementia-care-facility-h <p>If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/12/time-move-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-dementia-care-facility-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Retirement Homes Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:30:00 +0000 eveline 917 at http://www.seniorszen.com Alex Baumann – a Canadian swimming legend now the father of a swimmer contender http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/06/alex-baumann-%E2%80%93-canadian-swimming-legend-now-father <p>SeniorsZen would like to wish good luck to Team Canada sharing the inspiring story of Canadian Swimmer Alex Baumann, who overcame an injury and two tragedies and won 2 Gold Medals in 1984 and now watches his son following his steps and representing Canada in Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/06/alex-baumann-%E2%80%93-canadian-swimming-legend-now-father" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Senior Living Marketing Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:05:15 +0000 eveline 916 at http://www.seniorszen.com Is it too late to get a tattoo? http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/27/it-too-late-get-tattoo <p>You know those plans and desires you nurture when you are younger and then, for many reasons, time goes by you never get to them, until it becomes too late to implement them? Well, getting a tattoo doesn&rsquo;t have to be one of those.</p> <p>British actress Dame Judi Dench has recently appeared showing her first tattoo, a gift from her daughter and actress Finty Williams, for her 81st birthday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/27/it-too-late-get-tattoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:36:22 +0000 eveline 913 at http://www.seniorszen.com Self-Care: Taking Good Care of Yourself http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/09/self-care-taking-good-care-yourself <p>July 24th is the International Self-care Awareness Day and SeniorsZen brings practical and easy to implement tips that will help you in achieving those year-end resolutions that are the hardest to come out of paper.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/09/self-care-taking-good-care-yourself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +0000 eveline 911 at http://www.seniorszen.com Summer is here, enjoy in moderation! http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/01/summer-here-enjoy-moderation <p><strong>Recommendations for elders and caregivers to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses</strong></p> <p>We all know that hot weather can be dangerous. For older adults, the risk increases significantly for a variety of reasons, including: aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and even side effects of taking some medications.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/07/01/summer-here-enjoy-moderation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alberta Retirement Assisted Living Guide British Columbia Retirement Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Travel Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:30:52 +0000 eveline 908 at http://www.seniorszen.com Aging and Ageism - An interview with Thomas Sturge http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/17/aging-and-ageism-interview-thomas-sturge <p><em>&quot;Well, family is that way. I have a wonderful daughter, I love her like crazy, but when she comes to see me, she almost starts to treat me like if I am a kid. She&#39;s doing it from her heart, but she ends up trying making decisions, but when you start letting other people make your decisions you, lose control. And then I think your life deteriorates.&quot; - Thomas Sturge</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/17/aging-and-ageism-interview-thomas-sturge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assisted Living Guide British Columbia Retirement Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Retirement Homes Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:39:54 +0000 eveline 905 at http://www.seniorszen.com BEST BEFORE 4 MAR 1970: A Take on Ageism, Independence and Choice in Retirement Communities http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/17/best-before-4-mar-1970-take-ageism-independence-an <p>Old people do not think clearly, cannot learn new things, do not enjoy sex, contribute to my community, nor have responsible jobs. They cannot drive, are in poor health and need help in getting around freely.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/17/best-before-4-mar-1970-take-ageism-independence-an" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Retirement Homes Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:54:16 +0000 eveline 904 at http://www.seniorszen.com June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/10/june-15th-world-elder-abuse-awareness-day <p>Mother of three children, 78 years old Sarah Peters was a healthy and active widow, until the day she accidentally fell at home while taking a shower. A broken leg was just the beginning of bad tidings to come.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/10/june-15th-world-elder-abuse-awareness-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living Guides Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:24:28 +0000 eveline 899 at http://www.seniorszen.com As my great-grandma used to say... http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/02/my-great-grandma-used-say <p>Hi, I am Eveline Pinto from SeniorsZen and today I would like to talk to you about reducing <em>intergenerational conflicts</em>, sharing a little story of my life with you!&nbsp;Together, we can make a difference in our communities by&nbsp;fostering empathy in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">our children so they learn to&nbsp;esteem&nbsp;people of all ages, capabilities and limitations. This can be achieve by cultivating a close relationship with elders.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/06/02/my-great-grandma-used-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:27:43 +0000 eveline 897 at http://www.seniorszen.com Top Submissions for SeniorsZen.com 2016 Scholarship: Aging & Participation http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/04/26/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-agi <p>Please enjoy the final post in these series of top essays that where submitted for SeniorsZen 2016 Scholarship.</p> <p>We are happy to announce that SeniorsZen is now accepting submmissions for <a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/scholarship">2017 Scholarhip</a>.</p> <h2 class="rtecenter"><strong>Aging &amp; Participation</strong></h2> <p><strong>By Adonika Clark. </strong></p> <p>As the generation of baby boomers reaches the 65+ category, issues concerning seniors in Canada are becoming ever more pressing. With just a quick flip through popular magazines and TV channels it is evident that Canadian society places a high value on youthfulness and physical beauty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/04/26/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-agi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 889 at http://www.seniorszen.com Top Submissions for SeniorsZen.com 2016 Scholarship: Growing Old in Canada http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/04/12/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-gro <p>Please enjoy this essay submittion for SeniorsZen 2016 Scholarship by<em><strong> Tabatha Fairman:</strong></em></p> <h2 class="rtecenter"><strong>GROWING OLD IN CANADA</strong></h2> <p><em>Old people do not think clearly, cannot learn new things, do not enjoy sex, contribute to my community, nor have responsible jobs. They cannot drive, are in poor health and need help in getting around freely.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/04/12/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-gro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 888 at http://www.seniorszen.com Top Submissions for SeniorsZen.com 2016 Scholarship: Stigmatization and Mental Disorders in Seniors http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/29/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-sti <p>SeniorsZen 2016 Scholarship submission by <strong><em>Mialynn Lee-Daigle:</em></strong></p> <h2 class="rtecenter"><strong>Stigmatization and Mental Disorders in Seniors</strong></h2> <p><em>Stigmatizing is a common human characteristic that is often subtle and pervasive, which results in a group that is unjustly excluded, shamed, or discriminated against (World Health Organization &amp; World Psychiatric Association, 2002). It is the result of us tending to organize our social knowledge and our ability to perceive our world through our own lens as a result of our own experiences. </em></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/29/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-sti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 887 at http://www.seniorszen.com The Wonderful Things a Pet Can Do For You http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/22/wonderful-things-pet-can-do-you <p>Type &ldquo;adorable puppy&rdquo; into Google or Bing or Yahoo or DuckDuckGo or, yes, even Dogpile. Or &ldquo;cute kitten&rdquo;. I dare you. Images of puppies that will make a wide grin spread across your face will immediately appear on your screen. It will be hard to look away. (I just had to close my browser so as to be able to continue writing this article without being distracted by tiny puppies with oversized heads.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/22/wonderful-things-pet-can-do-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pets and Senior Living Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 885 at http://www.seniorszen.com Top Submissions for SeniorsZen.com 2016 Scholarship: Reversing the Roles to Remain in the Home http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/15/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-rev <p>SeniorsZen received numerous submissions for 2016 Scholarship, and although there were many excellent entries, we could only choose one winner which we announced on March 2, 2016. In the coming weeks we wanted to share with you a few more submissions that really stood out, but did not make the final cut.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/15/top-submissions-seniorszencom-2016-scholarship-rev" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 886 at http://www.seniorszen.com Age-friendly Communities Important as Canada Gets Older http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/08/age-friendly-communities-important-canada-gets-old <p>I recently saw on an online article about a meeting in a building named the South Porcupine Legion in Timmons, Ontario. While I believe that any meeting held in a building named for a porcupine merits some attention, it was the fact that seniors were meeting to talk about ways they could make their town more age-friendly that got my attention.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/08/age-friendly-communities-important-canada-gets-old" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 884 at http://www.seniorszen.com SeniorsZen.com Announces 2016 Scholarship Winner http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/02/seniorszencom-announces-2016-scholarship-winner <p>SeniorZen.com is proud to announce that <u><em><strong>Alyson Skidmore</strong></em></u> is the winner of $500 scholarship from SeniorsZen.com in 2016.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/03/02/seniorszencom-announces-2016-scholarship-winner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:18:14 +0000 szadmin 883 at http://www.seniorszen.com