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 Dealing with Debt: Debt levels for Canadian Seniors Growing https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/14/dealing-debt-debt-levels-canadian-seniors-growing <p>Over the last few years, economists have been alarmed at the growing rate of debt among Canadian seniors.</p> <p>More and more people are hitting 65-years of age and still carrying a mortgage or car loan, which is inhibiting them from enjoying their lives.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/14/dealing-debt-debt-levels-canadian-seniors-growing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1026 at https://www.seniorszen.com A Day to Remember https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/06/day-remember <p>As the sales of poppies continue across the county, we prepare to mark a solemn day of Remembrance on November 11.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/06/day-remember" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1022 at https://www.seniorszen.com Halloween Treat Tips for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/31/halloween-treat-tips-seniors <p>With trick or treating upon us, it is a good time to look at some of the best goodies and treats you can hand out.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/31/halloween-treat-tips-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1018 at https://www.seniorszen.com Smart Homes Helping Caregivers Monitor Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/24/smart-homes-helping-caregivers-monitor-seniors <p>Smart Home technology has been helping make life easier for caregivers by introducing features to monitor seniors living alone.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/24/smart-homes-helping-caregivers-monitor-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1017 at https://www.seniorszen.com Profile: Western University researcher Carri Hand discovers ways seniors impact their neighbourhoods https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/17/profile-western-university-researcher-carri-hand-d <p>Western University professor and researcher Carri Hand has discovered some thought-provoking ways that seniors shape their neighbourhoods. &nbsp;</p> <p>SeniorsZen was able to catch up with her and discuss the results of her research, which was conducted in neighbourhoods of London, Ontario.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/17/profile-western-university-researcher-carri-hand-d" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1014 at https://www.seniorszen.com Inforgraphic - Canadian Senior Living - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/10/inforgraphic-canadian-senior-living-top-submission <p>Please enjoy one of the top infographics submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Gian Carlo Alix</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;Canadian Senior Living&rdquo;</strong>:</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/10/inforgraphic-canadian-senior-living-top-submission" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 975 at https://www.seniorszen.com Staying Warm this Winter: Cold Weather Tips for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/10/staying-warm-winter-cold-weather-tips-seniors <p>With winter heading our way it is time to prepare to stay safe and warm during those cold Canadian months.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/10/staying-warm-winter-cold-weather-tips-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1011 at https://www.seniorszen.com Majority of BC Seniors Happy with Care Homes https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/04/majority-bc-seniors-happy-care-homes <p>An in-depth survey into the satisfaction of seniors with their care homes in British Columbia has shown over half of seniors consider the homes very good or excellent.</p> <p>The survey, which was undertaken by the Office of the Seniors Advocate, found that 83 per cent of seniors felt the home care staff knew what they were doing and 80 per cent of respondents stated they were getting the services they need.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/04/majority-bc-seniors-happy-care-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Wed, 04 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1009 at https://www.seniorszen.com What to do on Thanksgiving when your family is far away https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/03/what-do-thanksgiving-when-your-family-far-away <p>Sometimes family just can&rsquo;t get away to celebrate the holidays with you but that doesn&rsquo;t mean you need to be down on Thanksgiving weekend.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/10/03/what-do-thanksgiving-when-your-family-far-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1005 at https://www.seniorszen.com Celebrate Seniors this October 1 https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/26/celebrate-seniors-october-1 <p>October 1 is the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). A day that encourages communities to celebrate the contributions seniors make to society.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/26/celebrate-seniors-october-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1004 at https://www.seniorszen.com Senior Profile: Hon. Sharon Carstairs joins Order of Canada for her work in palliative care in Canada https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/19/senior-profile-hon-sharon-carstairs-joins-order-ca <p>The Hon. Sharon Carstairs has politics in her blood. Her father was MLA for Halifax and later became the premier of Nova Scotia. &nbsp;Among other accolades, Sharon followed her father&rsquo;s footsteps and became the Leader of the Government in the Senate in 2001 and served until December 2003. She was also appointed to the Senate to represent Manitoba. She has long championed senior&rsquo;s issues, particularly palliative care.</p> <p>Recently she became a member of the Order of Canada. SeniorsZen spoke to her about the honour and about her work and hope for palliative care in Canada.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/19/senior-profile-hon-sharon-carstairs-joins-order-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1000 at https://www.seniorszen.com Dental care tips for seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/14/dental-care-tips-seniors <p>As we age it is important not to neglect our teeth as oral health can have a big impact on our overall health and vice versa.</p> <p>However, the way in which you care for your teeth may need to change as you get older. While these days it is more likely to keep your natural teeth, you will still need to visit a dentist regularly. It is also a good idea to develop some healthy habits to help you maintain your mouth.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/14/dental-care-tips-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living News Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1003 at https://www.seniorszen.com Changing Aging - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/12/changing-aging-top-submission-2017-seniorszen-scho <p>Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Jennifer Jorgensen</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;Changing Aging&rdquo;</strong>:</p> <div class="rtecenter" style="padding:12px;background-color:#f2f2ef;line-height:1.4;"> <h3><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/userfiles/eveline/Quotation_mark_0.png" style="opacity: 0.9; width: 75px; height: 54px; float: left; margin: 15px 10px;" /></h3> <h3>​Changing Aging</h3> <p>As a society obsessed with anti-aging campaigns and a fixation on youthfulness, it&rsquo;s a wonder that the aging process can be &ldquo;successful&rdquo; at all.&nbsp; We are bombarded with messages that promote maintaining one&rsquo;s youth or offer promises to ward off the signs of aging altogether.</p> </div><p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/12/changing-aging-top-submission-2017-seniorszen-scho" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 974 at https://www.seniorszen.com Tips for safer driving as you age https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/05/tips-safer-driving-you-age <p>Having a driver&rsquo;s license is something that many Canadians take for granted. Yet it is a huge part of maintaining independence for people.</p> <p>However, as we age our bodies tend to change as well, which can sometimes make driving more difficult. But it doesn&rsquo;t have to mean the end of getting around. With some precautions you can continue to maintain your freedom while staying safe on the road.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/09/05/tips-safer-driving-you-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Retirement Living Senior Living News Travel Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 998 at https://www.seniorszen.com Signs Your Caregiver Needs a Break https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/29/signs-your-caregiver-needs-break <p>Caregivers often work long hours with little pay and a big need for a break. Unlike exhaustion or tiredness, which can be fixed through more sleep or a better routine, caregiver burnout is more of an overwhelming feeling of fatigue in all areas of life.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/29/signs-your-caregiver-needs-break" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Senior Living News Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 997 at https://www.seniorszen.com Senior Profile: Long-time volunteer Joan Berndt offers advice for staying involved https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/22/senior-profile-long-time-volunteer-joan-berndt-off <p>Life-long volunteer Joan Berndt has earned a reputation as a giver to her community. She has been a recipient of the Ontario Senior Achievement Awards and the Caring Canadian Award from the Governor General, which has been renamed the Sovereign&rsquo;s Medal for Volunteers.</p> <p>She recently spoke to SeniorsZen about what it means to be involved and how seniors can continue to give back to their community.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/22/senior-profile-long-time-volunteer-joan-berndt-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Living News Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 996 at https://www.seniorszen.com Canadian Seniors Devote Leisure Time to Volunteer Duties https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/15/canadian-seniors-devote-leisure-time-volunteer-dut <p>Older Canadians have been the backbone of the volunteer sector, according to a report by Volunteering Canada.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/15/canadian-seniors-devote-leisure-time-volunteer-dut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living Guides Senior Living News Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 995 at https://www.seniorszen.com Countries need more preparation for increase in global retirement numbers, report indicates https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/10/countries-need-more-preparation-increase-global-re <p>Citizens and governments need to prepare now for retirement with solid savings and good policies, according to a recent retirement report.</p> <p>With over 600 million people that are 65 years and older, retirement systems around the world have been feeling the pressure. Many countries face a serious risk of funding shortfalls for pension funds.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/10/countries-need-more-preparation-increase-global-re" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Living News Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 992 at https://www.seniorszen.com My Unspoken Thoughts - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/08/my-unspoken-thoughts-top-submission-2017-seniorsze <p>Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Nicole Kokolski</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;My Unspoken Thoughts&rdquo;</strong>:</p> <div class="rtecenter" style="padding:12px;background-color:#f2f2ef;line-height:1.4;"> <h3><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/userfiles/eveline/Quotation_mark_0.png" style="opacity: 0.9; width: 75px; height: 54px; float: left; margin: 15px 10px;" /></h3> <h3>My Unspoken Thoughts</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m scared. Everyone is talking about me, but they speak too fast and I can&rsquo;t understand what they are saying. I know they mean the best for me, however, I feel like a child who can&rsquo;t speak up or defend herself. They don&rsquo;t listen to me and think I&rsquo;m going nuts. Sometimes I wonder if I am. I frequently can&rsquo;t distinguish dreams from reality, and I hear words from my mouth that I don&rsquo;t recognize.</p> </div><p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/08/my-unspoken-thoughts-top-submission-2017-seniorsze" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 973 at https://www.seniorszen.com Staying Active: Sporting Ideas for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/08/staying-active-sporting-ideas-seniors <p>Staying physically active becomes more important as we get older because of the numerous benefits it can bring.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/08/staying-active-sporting-ideas-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 991 at https://www.seniorszen.com