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 Oral Health for Older Canadians https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/04/10/oral-health-older-canadians <p>Many seniors tend to overlook their oral health. While an ache or pain in our body may bring us to the doctor, we often live with teeth aches or sore mouths.</p> <p>That is one of the reasons that the Canadian Dental Association has dedicated April as National Oral Health Month.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/04/10/oral-health-older-canadians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1057 at https://www.seniorszen.com The Importance of Vimy Ridge https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/04/04/importance-vimy-ridge <p>Canadians will pause on April 9 to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge, an important WWI fight that saw the country step out from under the wing of Great Britain.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/04/04/importance-vimy-ridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1056 at https://www.seniorszen.com Tax Tips for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/03/28/tax-tips-seniors <p>It&rsquo;s tax season again in Canada but there is good news if you are over 65. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has several tax benefits for older Canadians.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/03/28/tax-tips-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1055 at https://www.seniorszen.com Continuing your education https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/03/13/continuing-your-education <p>Learning something new helps keep your mind active and can expand perspective even for older Canadians.</p> <p>Thanks to universities, non-profit groups and other organizations there are several opportunities for seniors looking to pick up a new skill or even earn a degree later in life.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/03/13/continuing-your-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 13 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 1054 at https://www.seniorszen.com Self Care Tips for Caregivers https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/27/self-care-tips-caregivers <p>Many caregivers are in the businesses of thinking of others first. But, research has shown that caregivers are at higher risk for depression, illness and other negative outcomes.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/27/self-care-tips-caregivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1053 at https://www.seniorszen.com Profile: Dr. Kirkpatrick writes about his wife's Alzheimer's journey https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/20/profile-dr-kirkpatrick-writes-about-his-wifes-alzh <p>In his book <em>Neither Married Nor Single</em> Dr. David Kirkpatrick takes the reader through the turmoil, conflict and heartache he experienced as he lost his wife to Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease.</p> <p>&ldquo;If I have been resisting losing her to AD, tonight I am yielding to the poignant nostalgia and the reality of the loss, to the cleaner, sharper edges and boundaries of no longer being with her ever again. Knowing this and accepting it,&rdquo; he wrote.</p> <p>SeniorsZen had an opportunity to talk to Dr. Kirkpatrick about his experience and the lessons his book holds.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/20/profile-dr-kirkpatrick-writes-about-his-wifes-alzh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1052 at https://www.seniorszen.com Valentine's Day Ideas for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/13/valentines-day-ideas-seniors <p>A day that has traditionally been reserved for romance has now become an event for everyone. Valentine&rsquo;s Day is a fun celebration of affection, candy, flowers and all things beautiful and lovely.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/13/valentines-day-ideas-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1051 at https://www.seniorszen.com Take care of your eyes https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/06/take-care-your-eyes <p>Vision loss is something that thousands of Canadians live with and thousands more are diagnosed with each year. In fact, according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), about 50,000 Canadians lose their sight each year.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/02/06/take-care-your-eyes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1050 at https://www.seniorszen.com Advice for the Working Caregiver https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/30/advice-working-caregiver <p>For most family caregivers their responsibilities run parallel to employment obligations. This can create extra stress on a working caregiver who is trying to earn enough money while feeling the pressure of needing to be there with their family.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/30/advice-working-caregiver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1048 at https://www.seniorszen.com Seniors Profile: Scientist Frank Rudzicz talks about his new tool that can detect Alzheimer's https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/23/seniors-profile-scientist-frank-rudzicz-talks-abou <p>One computer science specialist has been developing a tool that is capable of detecting Alzheimer&rsquo;s and other cognitive disorders through speech analysis.</p> <p>Frank Rudzicz recently spoke to SeniorsZen about the tool and its implication for the health industry.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/23/seniors-profile-scientist-frank-rudzicz-talks-abou" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1045 at https://www.seniorszen.com Helping your Aging Parent Downsize https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/16/helping-your-aging-parent-downsize <p>As we grow older it can be a difficult decision to move or downsize our living space.</p> <p>This can prove to be a tough time for aging individuals, who are often assisted by their children in the change.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/16/helping-your-aging-parent-downsize" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1044 at https://www.seniorszen.com How to Communicate with an aging parent https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/09/how-communicate-aging-parent <p>As parents age they often become more dependent upon family members to care for them and help them complete daily tasks. This loss of independence can lead to emotional conflict within the family, particularly when it comes to conversations that may signal a further loss of freedom for the aging parent.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/09/how-communicate-aging-parent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1042 at https://www.seniorszen.com Creating Resolutions You Can Keep https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/02/creating-resolutions-you-can-keep <p>At the start of a new year many people set out goals or New Years Resolutions about what they hope to accomplish in the coming months.</p> <p>Unfortunately, a large number of those individuals never achieve what they set out to do.</p> <p>But it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way.</p> <p>With some tips and dedication, you can make this the year you&rsquo;ve always wanted.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2018/01/02/creating-resolutions-you-can-keep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1040 at https://www.seniorszen.com Senior’s Profile: VP of Advocacy with CARP talks about the organization’s priorities for change in 2018 https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/26/senior%E2%80%99s-profile-vp-advocacy-carp-talks-about-orga <p>As a strong advocate for assisted dying, Wanda Morris has now joined CARP to advocate for the needs of older Canadians.</p> <p>Recently, SeniorsZen was able to talk to her about what the organization does and what they hope to accomplish in 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/26/senior%E2%80%99s-profile-vp-advocacy-carp-talks-about-orga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1035 at https://www.seniorszen.com Overcoming Social Isolation https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/19/overcoming-social-isolation <p>Studies have shown that older Canadians are at a higher risk of social isolation than other segments of the population.</p> <p>Because loneliness and depression can lead to other health problems there has been significant attention paid to battling isolation, particularly for older individuals.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/19/overcoming-social-isolation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1036 at https://www.seniorszen.com Gift ideas for caregivers https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/12/gift-ideas-caregivers <p>Giving gifts is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But it is not always easy to know what presents will be preferred.</p> <p>While everyone is unique there are some items that will go far with the caregivers in your life. Here are some tips for getting the right gift for that person who gives so much of themselves.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/12/gift-ideas-caregivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1034 at https://www.seniorszen.com Top Apps for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/05/top-apps-seniors <p>Recent <a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/01/seniors-embracing-digital-world">studies </a>have shown that over 40 per cent of seniors own a mobile phone. With digital devices become more prevalent among older Canadians so too are apps.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/12/05/top-apps-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1033 at https://www.seniorszen.com Take the Stress Out of Financial Caregiving https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/28/take-stress-out-financial-caregiving <p>One of the least discussed aspects of caregiving is the financial responsibility it brings.</p> <p>Financial caregiving can refer to either the amount of money that a caregiver contributes to the well-being of their family member or the role they take on as manager of the family member&rsquo;s finances.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/28/take-stress-out-financial-caregiving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1032 at https://www.seniorszen.com Profile: Canadian Centre for Elder Law National Director Krista James https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/21/profile-canadian-centre-elder-law-national-directo <p>The BC-based Canadian Centre for Elder Law is an organization that looks at the various ways the law affects the lives of seniors. SeniorsZen recently had an opportunity to talk to the executive director of the organization, Krista James, about the role they play in implementing changes in the law and also the ways seniors can become more savvy when it comes to legal issues.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/11/21/profile-canadian-centre-elder-law-national-directo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 chandra 1027 at https://www.seniorszen.com 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