SeniorsZen Blog http://www.seniorszen.com/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 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 Do you hold negative stereotypes of the aged? Ditch them. You’ll age better. http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/23/do-you-hold-negative-stereotypes-aged-ditch-them-y <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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/23/do-you-hold-negative-stereotypes-aged-ditch-them-y" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 882 at http://www.seniorszen.com It is May 2nd. You Sit at Your Kitchen Table to Begin Your Tax Return… http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/11/it-may-2nd-you-sit-your-kitchen-table-begin-your-t <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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/11/it-may-2nd-you-sit-your-kitchen-table-begin-your-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:31:14 +0000 szadmin 881 at http://www.seniorszen.com Your OHIP Card Could be Your Ticket to Better Health Support in Your Home, or in a Long-term Care Facility http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/03/your-ohip-card-could-be-your-ticket-better-health <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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/02/03/your-ohip-card-could-be-your-ticket-better-health" 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 http://www.seniorszen.com Do You Have Osteoporosis? Functional Exercise Can Improve Your Balance and Reduce Your Risk of Falling http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/01/13/do-you-have-osteoporosis-functional-exercise-can-i <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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/01/13/do-you-have-osteoporosis-functional-exercise-can-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 878 at http://www.seniorszen.com The Case for the New Year’s Resolution http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/01/06/case-new-year%E2%80%99s-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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/01/06/case-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Wed, 06 Jan 2016 22:54:53 +0000 szadmin 877 at http://www.seniorszen.com Christmas: Mulled Wine, Cranberry Sauce, Glistening Fields of Snow and … Last-minute Shopping http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2015/12/21/christmas-mulled-wine-cranberry-sauce-glistening-f <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="http://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2015/12/21/christmas-mulled-wine-cranberry-sauce-glistening-f" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:00:00 +0000 szadmin 874 at http://www.seniorszen.com