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 Top Submissions for 2016 Scholarship: Aging & Participation <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="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 889 at Top Submissions for 2016 Scholarship: Growing Old in Canada <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 888 at Top Submissions for 2016 Scholarship: Stigmatization and Mental Disorders in Seniors <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 887 at The Wonderful Things a Pet Can Do For 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pets and Senior Living Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 885 at Top Submissions for 2016 Scholarship: Reversing the Roles to Remain in the Home <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 886 at Age-friendly Communities Important as Canada Gets Older <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 08 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 884 at Announces 2016 Scholarship Winner <p> is proud to announce that <u><em><strong>Alyson Skidmore</strong></em></u> is the winner of $500 scholarship from in 2016.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Wed, 02 Mar 2016 23:18:14 +0000 szadmin 883 at Do you hold negative stereotypes of the aged? Ditch them. You’ll age better. <p>Close your eyes for a moment. Try to conjure up an 65-year old man or woman. Did you see a grinning human being who seems to be enjoying life, heading off to an art gallery or a gym or to chill out on an inviting hammock hung between two trees in a sunny backyard? Or was your vision closer to a shrivelled-up entity, shuffling slowly along an aisle in a grocery store, looking lonely and lost?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 882 at It is May 2nd. You Sit at Your Kitchen Table to Begin Your Tax Return… <p>Nightmarish. Are you going to be a Canadian who files their taxes on the very last day possible&ndash; May 2nd, 2016? Imagine the tension that will creep up your spine &ndash; to settle deep in the back of your neck &ndash; until the envelope is in the mail or the electronic file soaring through cyber space. And then decide to file your taxes early.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:31:14 +0000 szadmin 881 at Your OHIP Card Could be Your Ticket to Better Health Support in Your Home, or in a Long-term Care Facility <p>Statistics Canada, in 2012, told us that 792,000 Canadians who, because of aging, being ill or living with a disability, need support to live at home, are not receiving it &ndash; or are not receiving enough of it. You, or someone you care about, may be one of these Canadians who need support, and if you live in Ontario, your journey to a safer, healthier situation could begin with your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Ontario Retirement Retirement Living Senior Health Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:10:35 +0000 szadmin 880 at Do You Have Osteoporosis? Functional Exercise Can Improve Your Balance and Reduce Your Risk of Falling <p>Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as the &ldquo;silent thief&rdquo; as it causes your bones to become porous and brittle, and reduces their mass, but does not announce itself with obvious symptoms: Many of us learn that we have osteoporosis after falling and fracturing a bone, when it is too late to work to prevent such a fracture.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 878 at The Case for the New Year’s Resolution <p>Santa Claus has come and gone, squeezing himself down even the narrowest of chimneys, and New Year&rsquo;s eve, with its sparking wines and splashy fireworks has faded away, leaving us to face January head on, with clear thinking and, perhaps, a resolution or two in our pockets.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:54:53 +0000 szadmin 877 at Christmas: Mulled Wine, Cranberry Sauce, Glistening Fields of Snow and … Last-minute Shopping <p>There are Canadians who have long completed their Christmas shopping, who have neat stacks of beautifully wrapped gifts tucked under a decorated tree as I type this sentence, on December 16th. And there are others who are in a state of disbelief, wondering how November zoomed by at such a speed and why, why, why they did not start shopping earlier. If you are in the second group, fear not. These 5 tips will see you through this year&rsquo;s shopping experience.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 874 at November is Financial Literacy Month: 5 Ways to Wrestle Your Debts Into Submission <p>I was surprised when I read this statistic in an article on debt in Canada from CBC News: The typical Canadian senior, defined as being at least 65 years of age, held almost $15,000 in debt at the end of June in 2015 &ndash; this does not include any mortgage debt that they may also hold (!).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 873 at Santa Claus, Mulled Wine, Dancing Sugar Plums…and Loneliness? <p>The Christmas season can arrive with a kind of magical feeling walking by its side. When I see bright lights hanging on houses in the darkness of night, I remember the Christmases of my childhood, when my family would bundle into a car much too small to hold us and head out on a remote snow-covered road in search of a spruce Christmas tree.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 872 at Writing the Kind of Journal That Outlives You <p>I am the procrastinating owner of many notebooks; I have a thick brown notebook with a red ribbon bookmark hanging out of it &ndash; it looks like it means business &ndash; and a thin, prim notebook with a bright yellow sunflower that leaps off its cover. And many more.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 01 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 871 at Virtual Week: Could a Video Game Help You to Remember to Take Your Medication? <p>Have you ever been stumped by this question: Have you taken your medication this morning? Or put a pot of water on a piping hot burner to boil, only to then become absorbed in a TV mystery or a gossipy phone call and return to a smoky kitchen? Well, there may be a computer game that can help you. (That&rsquo;s right &ndash; a computer game.)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 870 at Silvernest: When a 20-odd-year-old Wants to Find a 70-odd-year-old Roommate, or Vice Versa <p><em>Maclean</em><em>&rsquo;</em><em>s</em> magazine ran this headline recently: &ldquo;The tidal wave of seniors has to be seen to be understood.&rdquo; <em>Radio Canada</em> chimed in with, &ldquo;Seniors now outnumber juniors in Canada&rdquo; while<em> Lifesite </em>opted for an attention-grabbing though dismal angle, describing Canada as &ldquo; a country with one foot in the grave.&rdquo; What is all of the fuss about?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 869 at Getting Old = Getting Happier. Seriously. <p>Our culture reveres youth and the young. We don&rsquo;t see TV ads for beer where a group of friends in their 70&rsquo;s are enjoying a beer after a hike or while sitting around a crackling summer campfire. But what if the reality is that Canadian seniors are happier than the bright young people we do see in beer ads, and sitting around our tables at Thanksgiving?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 03 Nov 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 868 at Coconut Oil: The Myths and The Facts <p>The coconut palm tree is, to us Canadians, a symbol of sunny climes, white sand beaches and kicking back; its fruit, the familiar brown, shaggy coconut was once best known for topping sweet cakes or adding sweetness to cookies, but it is the oil of this tropical fruit that has our attention now. Why? It is said to be good, even great, for us - but is it?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Wed, 21 Oct 2015 22:19:01 +0000 szadmin 867 at