SeniorsZen Blog http://www.seniorszen.com/blog We are your free resource for finding local senior housing in Canada. We provide comprehensive information on Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, and Home Care in all Canadian provinces and we'll guide you through the process of choosing right senior living options for yourself or your loved ones. Read more about us en An Appealing Home-Like Option in Senior Living http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/29/appealing-home-option-senior-living <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/07/29/appealing-home-option-senior-living" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/home.jpg" alt="An Appealing Home-Like Option in Senior Living" title="An Appealing Home-Like Option in Senior Living" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What seems to be a new trend in senior living, feels a little like going back to college! Remember those big homes with private suites for each student, where everyone got together in the dining room at mealtimes, or the common living room for movie nights? Well, this home-like setting is gaining interest, particularly with seniors looking for more personal care, such as Alzheimer&rsquo;s and dementia patients.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/29/appealing-home-option-senior-living" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assisted Living Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 773 at http://www.seniorszen.com Advance Care Plan: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Care Today http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/22/advance-care-plan-preparing-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-care-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/07/22/advance-care-plan-preparing-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-care-today" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/road-to-uluru.jpg" alt="Advance Care Plan: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Care Today" title="Advance Care Plan: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Care Today" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you are finding that managing day-to-day life in your home is becoming difficult, start a conversation about your care needs with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. They are qualified to help you understand the services and supports available to you both in your home and in the community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/22/advance-care-plan-preparing-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-care-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 772 at http://www.seniorszen.com 5 Tips for Staying Sharp as We Age http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/15/5-tips-staying-sharp-we-age <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/07/15/5-tips-staying-sharp-we-age" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/10040059.jpg" alt="5 Tips for Staying Sharp as We Age" title="5 Tips for Staying Sharp as We Age" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s no disputing that we all experience forgetfulness at any given time in our lives, and it&rsquo;s not always age related! Forgetting an appointment, misplacing a purse, failing to remember a name, then remembering later usually indicates we have a lot on our plate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/15/5-tips-staying-sharp-we-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 771 at http://www.seniorszen.com Commitment to an Age-Friendly British Columbia http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/08/commitment-age-friendly-british-columbia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/07/08/commitment-age-friendly-british-columbia" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/knight-crane-convergence-lab-1.jpg" alt="Commitment to an Age-Friendly British Columbia" title="Commitment to an Age-Friendly British Columbia" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cities, towns and communities of the world are preparing to take advantage of the opportunities that an aging population will provide, primarily - to become known as &lsquo;age-friendly&rsquo;.&nbsp; Communities are being encouraged to get onboard with the age-friendly initiative set out by the World Health Organization. To achieve this, challenges will need to be overcome, but in turn everyone benefits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/08/commitment-age-friendly-british-columbia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Columbia Retirement Retirement Living Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 769 at http://www.seniorszen.com Senior-Approved Design Ideas for the Home http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/01/senior-approved-design-ideas-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/07/01/senior-approved-design-ideas-home" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/green-44.jpeg" alt="Senior-Approved Design Ideas for the Home" title="Senior-Approved Design Ideas for the Home" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Designing a senior-friendly home is about maximizing its best features, minimizing obstructions, while creating a calm feeling in a tasteful, inviting environment. To provide you with the most valuable tips for creating a senior friendly home, we scoured home-style pages of adult living publications.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/07/01/senior-approved-design-ideas-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Retirement Living Tue, 01 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 766 at http://www.seniorszen.com Who’s Who in the World of Elder Care? http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/24/who%E2%80%99s-who-world-elder-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/06/24/who%E2%80%99s-who-world-elder-care" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/questions-1.jpg" alt="Who’s Who in the World of Elder Care?" title="Who’s Who in the World of Elder Care?" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If the world of senior care is new to you, and there are times you&#39;ve honestly wished for a pocket dictionary as you wade through the lingo, you&#39;re not alone!</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s about hospital life, senior care or retirement living, you&#39;ll come across many different professionals and may wonder about the varying roles they play in caring for you or your loved one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/24/who%E2%80%99s-who-world-elder-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Retirement Homes Guide Senior Health Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 764 at http://www.seniorszen.com Is Universal Public Insurance the Answer to Long-Term Care Crisis? http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/17/universal-public-insurance-answer-long-term-care-c <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/06/17/universal-public-insurance-answer-long-term-care-c" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/long-term-insurance.jpg" alt="Is Universal Public Insurance the Answer to Long-Term Care Crisis?" title="Is Universal Public Insurance the Answer to Long-Term Care Crisis?" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are Canadians financially prepared for the possibility of part-time or even long-term care? If you&rsquo;ve been too busy working for a living, or the last thirty years have slipped by all too quickly, you&rsquo;re not alone. Baby boomers have begun reaching retirement age with Generation X to follow; that means the senior demographic in Canada is expected to double in numbers by 2036.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/17/universal-public-insurance-answer-long-term-care-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Assisted Living Guide Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 762 at http://www.seniorszen.com Day Programs Help Seniors Thrive in Spite of Dementia http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/10/day-programs-help-seniors-thrive-spite-dementia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/06/10/day-programs-help-seniors-thrive-spite-dementia" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/dementia.jpg" alt="Day Programs Help Seniors Thrive in Spite of Dementia" title="Day Programs Help Seniors Thrive in Spite of Dementia" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Through the arts, physical activity and dedicated professionals, individuals living with dementia are thriving. Bianca Stern, Executive Director of Canada&rsquo;s first Adult Day program at Baycrest Health Sciences, attests to the benefits of using music and art, and the natural creativity that they inspire, to help adults with dementia to thrive rather than simply survive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/10/day-programs-help-seniors-thrive-spite-dementia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Caregiver Tips Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 761 at http://www.seniorszen.com Future Design Essentials in Senior Living http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/03/future-design-essentials-senior-living <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/06/03/future-design-essentials-senior-living" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/hand-in-hand-1.jpg" alt="Future Design Essentials in Senior Living" title="Future Design Essentials in Senior Living" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next generation of seniors, also known as Baby Boomers, is accustomed to services at their fingertips. They feel they&rsquo;ve worked hard for their amenities and not only do they deserve, but they also expect them from their choice of retirement communities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/06/03/future-design-essentials-senior-living" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Tue, 03 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 760 at http://www.seniorszen.com Canada Names its First Seniors Advocate http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/29/canada-names-its-first-seniors-advocate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/05/29/canada-names-its-first-seniors-advocate" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/government-of-canada_0_0.gif" alt="Canada Names its First Seniors Advocate " title="Canada Names its First Seniors Advocate " width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2013, a nationwide search to recruit Canada&rsquo;s first Seniors Advocate began. Through the Seniors Action Plan of 2012, a representative would be appointed as an advocate to speak on behalf of BC seniors. This person would be the voice of seniors to the provincial government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/29/canada-names-its-first-seniors-advocate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> British Columbia Retirement Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Thu, 29 May 2014 16:58:14 +0000 szadmin 759 at http://www.seniorszen.com 5 Steps to Creating Your Bucket List http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/12/5-steps-creating-your-bucket-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/05/12/5-steps-creating-your-bucket-list" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/ticked-checkbox-1280927-m.jpg" alt="Creating Your Bucket List" title="Creating Your Bucket List" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone has a bucket list &ndash; all the things we have not done but plan to do before we &ldquo;kick the bucket&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/12/5-steps-creating-your-bucket-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Mon, 12 May 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 752 at http://www.seniorszen.com Intimacy After 65: Better than Ever http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/05/intimacy-after-65-better-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/05/05/intimacy-after-65-better-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/orchid-flower-1438688-m.jpg" alt="Intimacy After 65" title="Intimacy After 65" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Change is inevitable. As we age, we change and everything around us changes as well for better or worse. Why then would we expect sex and intimacy to stay the same?</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/05/05/intimacy-after-65-better-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 753 at http://www.seniorszen.com Retirement Hotspots in Ontario http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/29/retirement-hotspots-ontario <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/04/29/retirement-hotspots-ontario" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/Ontario-flag.jpg" alt="Retirement Hotspots in Ontario" title="Retirement Hotspots in Ontario" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When planning where to retire, seniors consider several important factors such as proximity to their family and social network, access to healthcare, transportation, cost of housing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/29/retirement-hotspots-ontario" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ontario Retirement Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 756 at http://www.seniorszen.com 5 Benefits of Grandparents Raising Grandkids http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/22/5-benefits-grandparents-raising-grandkids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/04/22/5-benefits-grandparents-raising-grandkids" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/safe-in-my-daddys-hands-142560-m.jpg" alt="Benefits of Grandparents Raising Grandkids" title="Benefits of Grandparents Raising Grandkids" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>More and more grandparents are getting involved in raising their grandchildren. As a matter of fact, over one million children in North America live in &ldquo;grand-families&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/22/5-benefits-grandparents-raising-grandkids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 751 at http://www.seniorszen.com 50+ Fashion - How to Radiate Confidence and Style http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/15/50-fashion-how-radiate-confidence-and-style <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/04/15/50-fashion-how-radiate-confidence-and-style" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/turquoise-beads-turquoise-necklace-1411465-m.jpg" alt="50+ Fashion" title="50+ Fashion" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The outfit we choose as we put ourselves together for either a day at work or an evening on the town reflect our attitude and personality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/15/50-fashion-how-radiate-confidence-and-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 749 at http://www.seniorszen.com Ballroom Dancing for Seniors http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/08/ballroom-dancing-seniors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/04/08/ballroom-dancing-seniors" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/tango-4-silhouette-1155447-m.jpg" alt="Ballroom Dancing for Seniors" title="Ballroom Dancing for Seniors" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admirers of ballroom dance are mesmerized by the graceful moves and methodically precise footwork of a skilled couple on the ballroom dance floor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/08/ballroom-dancing-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 748 at http://www.seniorszen.com Planning an Herb Garden - for Dinner and Tea! http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/01/planning-herb-garden-dinner-and-tea <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/04/01/planning-herb-garden-dinner-and-tea" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/basil-817391-m.jpg" alt="Planning an Herb Garden" title="Planning an Herb Garden" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are many great reasons to grow herbs at home! Some are ornamental, some fragrant, some useful and delicious and some are all of the above. A bonus -- herbs are easy to grow!</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/04/01/planning-herb-garden-dinner-and-tea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 747 at http://www.seniorszen.com 50+ Fashion: Wardrobe Essentials for Classy Women http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/25/50-fashion-wardrobe-essentials-classy-women <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/03/25/50-fashion-wardrobe-essentials-classy-women" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/clothing-1336617-m.jpg" alt="50+ Fashion" title="50+ Fashion" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Trends are here today but who knows about tomorrow -- style however, is timeless.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/25/50-fashion-wardrobe-essentials-classy-women" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 746 at http://www.seniorszen.com Foods That Help Keep Us Young http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/18/foods-help-keep-us-young <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/03/18/foods-help-keep-us-young" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/vegies_dorotac.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking great at any age is not impossible; keep fit, drink lots of water and make healthy choices part of your anti-aging strategy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/18/foods-help-keep-us-young" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 745 at http://www.seniorszen.com Small Steps to a Fitter You http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/11/small-steps-fitter-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/03/11/small-steps-fitter-you" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small imagecache-linked imagecache-blog_image_small_linked"><img src="http://www.seniorszen.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_image_small/blog-images/2014/dumbbells%20by%20Ayla87.jpg" alt="Fitness tips for seniors" title="Small Steps to a Fitter You" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-blog_image_small"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s an old song - every New Years Eve you resolve to get healthy, lose weight and exercise more but after a week or two you haven&rsquo;t lost much except your willpower.</p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2014/03/11/small-steps-fitter-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 744 at http://www.seniorszen.com