SeniorsZen Blog 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 Let Me Introduce You to ————-. <p>You are walking down the street on a sunny morning, the leaves of the Red Maple trees are just beginning to turn to a burning red, and you grab the last seat at your favourite outdoor cafe, the one where the barista can make a sleek cat appear in your cappuccino foam, when it happens &ndash; a man sporting a wide grin, a man who clearly knows who you are, is making his way toward you, his hand outstretched. And you know him too, but his name has escaped into the fall air, to be replaced by a fluttery panicky feeling.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 862 at Male Menopause: Are You at Risk? <p>Women will undergo menopause, just as sure as snow will fly in Calgary come winter, and sap will flow from the Sugar Maples in Quebec come spring. But things are not so predictable for the males of the human race, and <em>male menopause</em> is a term that is not so exact in its definition.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 22 Sep 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 861 at How to Create a Zen Garden: In Just 8 Steps <p>The planet Earth can be a noisy place to live - filled with street cleaners that whir and taxi horns that honk and grandchildren who, enchantingly of course, howl and giggle and shout. The ancient Chinese understood a profound truth about living, that creating a physical space that transports you to a place of serenity and peace enriches your life: the Zen garden. Why not create your own oasis from the everyday?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 860 at Your Hair is Disappearing? You Should Know About These Five Natural Remedies. <p>Mark Twain told us that, &ldquo;wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been&rdquo; - and most of us do learn to love how our faces change as we move through our lives. But losing our hair? Most of us do not learn to love losing our hair, especially those of us who are female. So what can we do to encourage our hair to stay on our heads - where we like it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 856 at Pimp Up Your Walk. Seriously. <p>Walking has a lot to recommend it as an activity: It is free, easy to do and helps you stay physically and mentally healthy. Doctors recommend walking to lose weight, or to maintain a healthy weight, to reduce high blood pressure, to ward off diabetes, to reduce the risk of heart disease and, yes, even stave off a premature death. Walking is definitely your friend.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 855 at Should Seniors Date Online? Why Not? <p>We seniors live more and more of our lives online: Increasingly our books arrive at our front doors, in Indigo or Amazon boxes. Our airline tickets are bought and printed at home and we&rsquo;ve mastered the art of the video chatting with our grandchildren who are scattered about the planet. Yes, the Internet machine has been good to us, but does that mean we should let it find our dates for us? Why not?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 854 at 2/3 of Americans Who Have Alzheimer’s are Women: And it May Not Be Just Because They Live Longer <p>About 747,000 Canadians are living with dementia, most of which is categorized as Alzheimer&rsquo;s: It may surprise you that 72% of those 747,000 Canadians are women.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 853 at How to Stay Safe in the Sun: Facts and Myths <p>Summer is the season of outdoor picnics with glazed ham sandwiches and tangy lemonade, of reading addictive books at the beach and of splashing around with the grandkids at the pool &ndash; all while the glorious sun shines.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 851 at Do You Live in a Care Home in Ontario? Yes? Do You Know Your Rights? <p>Just as young twenty-somethings who are living four to an apartment, trying to live on the cheap&nbsp; whilst getting an education have rights, so do 80-somethings living in a care facility - but there are some differences in the two scenarios.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ontario Retirement Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 847 at 9 Tips From Solo Travellers Who Are Over 50 <p>Travelling solo can be sublime. Imagine heading off for a day of exploring bookstores in London - from the out-there science fiction of Forbidden Planet to the neglected works that sit of on the shelves of Persephone - and sinking into the day, without having to consider the desires of any other human being. Sublime.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 846 at Can I Get There From Here? Long-term Care (LTC) in Ontario <p>Imagine that you are a patient in a hospital in Ontario - you have undergone acute care and are now ready to enter a Long-term Care (LTC) facility for additional care. Now imagine that you have entered a complex maze, like the Waterloo County Corn Maze, only much trickier. Why?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 845 at Are You an Ontarian Who Needs Long-term Care? If So, Let Us Introduce Concerned Friends <p>Jane Fonda is 78 years old and is knocking it out of the proverbial park in her new hit comedy series on Netflix, <em>Grace and Frankie</em>, with some help from the ever delightful Lily Tomlin, who is a youthful 76. Wow. While we&rsquo;d all like to approach the age of 80 like Jane and Lily are, it is not possible.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:51:00 +0000 szadmin 844 at “Home First” Sounds Great. But What is it? <p>Allenby Boake does not like hospitals. In 2014, CTV interviewed the then 95-year-old about how the Home First philosophy had affected him, and he plainly stated that a week in a hospital felt like several years to him. Happily, Mr. Boake did not have to lie in a hospital bed while waiting for a space in a long-term care (LTC) facility &ndash; he did his waiting in his own bed, thanks to Home First.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Ontario Retirement Tue, 09 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 843 at Looking for an Ethical Retirement Home? Ask These 5 Questions. <p>Shrugging off home ownership or rental and moving into a retirement home is a sensible, even wise, choice for many older Canadians. We all want a retirement home that delivers on its promises, one that treats us right &ndash; and asking 5 big questions can help us find it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 842 at Are You a Senior Social Butterfly? No? The Internet Makes it Easy (OK, Easier) <p>Do you sometimes feel lonely? If so, you are not alone. About 20% of Canadians, or 7 million people, have described themselves as lonely, according to Statistics Canada. And when Vancouver Foundation asked residents of that city about their concerns, social isolation was at the very top of the list, perhaps surprisingly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 841 at Sometimes You Have To Pay Condo Fees After You Have Died. Seriously. <p>If the company that manages your independent living complex tells you that you can no longer live in your condo, that you must move to a long-term care (LTC) facility, they cannot also demand that you continue to pay hefty fees for food, recreation and other services every month. Or can they?</p> <p>Or if your parent dies whilst living in such a complex, surely you would not have to continue to pay the management company for the food, recreation and other services that said parent enjoyed while living? Or would you?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 19 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 840 at 8 Popular Beliefs About BC’s Continuing Care Sector – Debunked <p>Insights West, the prolific market research company, uncovered some unexpected news in a recent survey: British Columbians, in general, are of the opinion that the continuing care sector, composed largely of retirement homes, long-term care (LTC) facilities and home-care providers, is in shambles. But is it?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Columbia Retirement Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 839 at These 5 Differences Between Ontario Retirement Homes and Long-term Care Homes May Surprise You <p>Ordinary Ontarians often use the terms &ldquo;retirement home&rdquo; and &ldquo;long-term care home (LTC home)&rdquo; interchangeably, but they are different in some meaningful ways.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Retirement Homes Guide Tue, 05 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 838 at You Are Not Too Old To Follow Penguins Around In Patagonia. (No, You Aren’t.) <p>Imagine you are wearing a wetsuit, and are calmly swimming inside a sturdy cage when a great white shark suddenly appears, effortlessly gliding past you, all 6.4 metres (or 24 feet) of her. Or that you&rsquo;ve just woken up in a field camp in South Africa &ndash; early as you must ready yourself for a morning of observing endangered rhinos. Senior volunteering vacations open doors to awesome &shy;&shy;&ndash; in the original sense of the word &ndash; experiences.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 836 at Should Octogenarians and Nonagenarians Have to Prove That They Are Fit to Drive a Car? <p>British Columbian citizens walk out of their front doors and into the embrace of Spring much sooner than most Canadians do. While, say, Nova Scotia&#39;s hearty seniors are shovelling heavy snow from their driveways, their BC counterparts are already mucking about in their gardens.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 835 at