SeniorsZen Blog https://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 Fidget Quilts: a great gift to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/21/fidget-quilts-great-gift-alzheimers-and-other-deme <p>Have you heard of a fidget quilt? If you take care of a person with Alzheimer&rsquo;s or other dementia, you certainly want to know it. It&rsquo;s easy to make or purchase and both, you and the patient, can benefit from it.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/21/fidget-quilts-great-gift-alzheimers-and-other-deme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Senior Health Wed, 21 Dec 2016 23:50:17 +0000 eveline 946 at https://www.seniorszen.com 'Action!' against ageism https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/21/action-against-ageism-0 <p>SeniorsZen invites you to know&nbsp;<em><strong>The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project</strong></em>. It&rsquo;s a great initiative against ageism and we had the honor of interviewing Jean Begg, one of the participants. &nbsp;What moves us is the alarming fact that people with internalized ageism live less. We can all make a move to change this.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/21/action-against-ageism-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living News Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:32:04 +0000 eveline 945 at https://www.seniorszen.com The Right Time for a Retirement Home: 3 real-life stories https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/06/right-time-retirement-home-3-real-life-stories <p>When is the best time to embrace retirement living? When is it time to accept help? Is it ever too late to make a lifestyle change?</p> <p>You&rsquo;d need a crystal ball to answer these questions &ndash; but let&rsquo;s look at three real-life experiences for some clues. </p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/12/06/right-time-retirement-home-3-real-life-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Care Guide Retirement Homes Guide Retirement Living Senior Living Guides Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:00:00 +0000 eveline 942 at https://www.seniorszen.com Looking to join the pumpkin mood? Look no more! https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/24/looking-join-pumpkin-mood-look-no-more <p>Halloween is here and along with scary movies on TV, spooky decorations, candies and costumes, come&nbsp;pumpkins!!! Anywhere you look you see that big-orange-yummy vegetable. If eating healthy is on the top of your mind, let me share with you my favourite pumpkin recipe. I like to call it: <strong>Guilty-free Crustless Pumpkin Quiche.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/24/looking-join-pumpkin-mood-look-no-more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Humor Pets and Senior Living Senior Health Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:33:05 +0000 eveline 936 at https://www.seniorszen.com Be Inspired by this Japanese Retirement Home https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/21/be-inspired-japanese-retirement-home <address>On the top of a mountain ridge and blending in with the surrounding nature is Jikka, a Retirement Home designed by renowned Tokyo architect Issei Suma, that transcends our imagination. In Suma&rsquo;s words, Jikka is &ldquo;something as unembellished as a primitive hut and something as holly as a chapel.&rdquo;</address> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/21/be-inspired-japanese-retirement-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Living Guides Senior Living Marketing Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:50:38 +0000 eveline 935 at https://www.seniorszen.com Losing your balance or feeling dizzy? You could have a Vestibular Disorder. https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/17/losing-your-balance-or-feeling-dizzy-you-could-hav <p>Some people may think that imbalance and dizziness are inevitable consequences of aging. The good news is: with correct diagnosis, many of the causes that affect balance and originates dizziness and/or falls may be treated or diminished. One of the possible treatments is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT). &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/10/17/losing-your-balance-or-feeling-dizzy-you-could-hav" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:00:00 +0000 eveline 933 at https://www.seniorszen.com October 13th the World Thrombosis Day (WTD) - Know Thrombosis and Keep the Life Flowing https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/28/october-13th-world-thrombosis-day-wtd-know-thrombo <p>The alarming fact that 1 in 4 people worldwide die of conditions caused by thrombosis, commonly known as blood clots, makes it urgent for us to get informed about the causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms and prevention and treatment of it.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/28/october-13th-world-thrombosis-day-wtd-know-thrombo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Senior Health Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:02:23 +0000 eveline 930 at https://www.seniorszen.com Travel: As the Boy Scouts Say, Be Prepared https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/13/travel-boy-scouts-say-be-prepared <p>Have you ever heard of the biting midge? No? How about no-see-ums?&nbsp;I have, though I really, really wish that I had not. You may or may not know that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were great friends, who wintered in Florida together, in lovely houses that still stand next to each other in front of the Caloosahatchee River. On a recent trip to Florida, I visited these homes; I even bought a small plastic shark, that is guaranteed to expand to six times its size after spending a few days floating in water, in the gift shop, and, as it turned out, was bitten at least 50 times by biting midges.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/13/travel-boy-scouts-say-be-prepared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Travel Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 903 at https://www.seniorszen.com Are elderly drivers at a greater risk for the roads and should they be prohibited from driving? New study says “No.” https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/10/are-elderly-drivers-greater-risk-roads-and-should <p>CBC News presented the story of 94-year-old Peggy Ellison, a resident of Tottenham, ON that, after 70 years of driving, got her driver&rsquo;s license suspended. Her mistake: she was driving too slowly on the highway.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/09/10/are-elderly-drivers-greater-risk-roads-and-should" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pets and Senior Living Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Travel Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:36:57 +0000 eveline 925 at https://www.seniorszen.com Dementia and The Power of Music https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/25/dementia-and-power-music <p>In his book, <strong><em>Musicophilia</em> </strong>[1], the Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks discusses the power of music in&nbsp;people with dementia. The response to music is, particularly, preserved, even in the most advanced stages of the disease. In the chapter <em>Music and Identity: Dementia and Music Therapy</em>, he says that, even when a person seems to be undergoing a &ldquo;second childhood&rdquo;, even in people with advanced dementia, the identity remains, it&rsquo;s never completely lost, as long as a mental life exists.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/25/dementia-and-power-music" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Caregiver Tips Long Term Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:50:06 +0000 eveline 923 at https://www.seniorszen.com Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/18/caregiver-burden-what-do-when-loved-one-has-dement <p>Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one&nbsp;may go through when&nbsp;a family member develops dementia, discussing how&nbsp;to better cope with such a sensitive situation:&nbsp;<em>&quot;I&nbsp;hope this helps some of our readers.&nbsp;I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>Pat &nbsp;is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts&nbsp;at SeniorsZen.com&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/faq">Ask the Expert </a>section.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/18/caregiver-burden-what-do-when-loved-one-has-dement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Senior Health Senior Living Guides Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:41:44 +0000 eveline 920 at https://www.seniorszen.com The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/12/time-move-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-dementia-care-facility-h <p>If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer&rsquo;s and other dementia conditions. Changing homes means an impact to the routine and a need to adapt to a strange place. This can be significantly stressful for all involved. But there are easier ways to handle this situation and help your loved one to adjust to a new environment with qualified professionals that will offer him or her a better and happier life.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/12/time-move-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-dementia-care-facility-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alzheimer’s Care Guide Assisted Living Guide Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Long Term Care Guide Ontario Retirement Retirement Homes Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:30:00 +0000 eveline 917 at https://www.seniorszen.com Alex Baumann – a Canadian swimming legend now the father of a swimmer contender https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/06/alex-baumann-%E2%80%93-canadian-swimming-legend-now-father <p>SeniorsZen would like to wish good luck to Team Canada sharing the inspiring story of Canadian Swimmer Alex Baumann, who overcame an injury and two tragedies and won 2 Gold Medals in 1984 and now watches his son following his steps and representing Canada in Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2016/08/06/alex-baumann-%E2%80%93-canadian-swimming-legend-now-father" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Senior Living Marketing Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:05:15 +0000 eveline 916 at https://www.seniorszen.com Is it too late to get a tattoo? https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com Self-Care: Taking Good Care of Yourself https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com Summer is here, enjoy in moderation! https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com Aging and Ageism - An interview with Thomas Sturge https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com BEST BEFORE 4 MAR 1970: A Take on Ageism, Independence and Choice in Retirement Communities https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com As my great-grandma used to say... https://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="https://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 https://www.seniorszen.com