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 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 Saying Goodbye to a Loved One Who is Dying Can be a Beautiful Thing <p>Scott Simon, the host of <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em> on NPR and author of the bestselling book, <em>Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime </em>used his Twitter account &ndash; there are about 1.2 million people who follow him there &ndash; to chronicle his mother&rsquo;s last days in a hospital. His first tweet about his mother&rsquo;s illness signaled the moving tone of the tweeted journey that was to come: &ldquo;Mother called: &lsquo;I can&rsquo;t talk. I&rsquo;m surrounded by handsome men.&rsquo; Emergency surgery. If you can hold a thought for her now.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 865 at 10 Professional Tips For Cleaning-up Your Closet <p>It is fall, the sun is casting a golden light on trees that are shedding their summer greens for brilliant reds, yellows and oranges, and you decide that you need a sweater for your morning walk &ndash; and so you open your closet door. Your go-to fall sweater is nowhere to be seen, though you know it is in there somewhere&hellip; finally you spot it, jammed in between a golf shirt that hasn&rsquo;t fit you&hellip;well, for some time, and a t-shirt that you like to wear to the beach. You need to clean-up your closet.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 864 at 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