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 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 Bendt offers advice for staying involved https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/22/senior-profile-long-time-volunteer-joan-bendt-offe <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-bendt-offe" 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 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 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 Seniors Embracing Digital World https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/01/seniors-embracing-digital-world <p>Despite common perceptions that older adults have little know-how or interest in modern technologies like smartphones, tablets or the internet, a recent study shows that many are becoming connected online.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/08/01/seniors-embracing-digital-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Living News Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 990 at https://www.seniorszen.com Secrets to Writing Your Memoir https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/25/secrets-writing-your-memoir <p>The truth is that everyone has a story to tell. Whether you want to share it with the world or just your family writing a memoir is a worthwhile way to do that.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/25/secrets-writing-your-memoir" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 988 at https://www.seniorszen.com A Senior Legend - an interview with Canadian tennis champion Lorne Main https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/18/senior-legend-interview-canadian-tennis-champion-l <p>Vancouver native Lorne Main earned a Masters title at Monte Carlo in 1954 and was ranked among the top five players in Canada between 1949 and 1958. He holds a world record with 12 singles and 13 doubles senior world championship titles and was a Davis Cup team member from 1949 to 1961.</p> <p>He recently spoke to SeniorsZen about his experience and how he managed to stay active.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/18/senior-legend-interview-canadian-tennis-champion-l" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living News Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 987 at https://www.seniorszen.com The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/11/importance-facilitating-cohabitation-spouses-long <p>Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Samuel Jeffery Kirwin</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes&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>The Importance of Facilitating the Cohabitation of Spouses in Long-Term Care Homes</h3> <p>Healthy spousal relationships are an important aspect of many people&rsquo;s lives, and they act as a powerful means of emotional and physical fortification. Yet, in our society it is not uncommon for elderly spouses who enter long-term care homes to face barriers that restrict the symbiosis of their relationships. An unfortunate consequence is that it hinders the physical and emotional support that the spousal relationship still has to offer. For the sake of preserving and re-establishing this important type of relationship among the elderly, it is imperative that married and common law spouses be allowed to live together in long-term care homes.&nbsp;</p> </div><p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/11/importance-facilitating-cohabitation-spouses-long" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 972 at https://www.seniorszen.com Hair Hassle Tips for Staying Stylish https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/11/hair-hassle-tips-staying-stylish <p>Many things change as we get older including our hair but it doesn&rsquo;t have to be a hassle. There are some ways to go with the flow when it comes to your hair, according to Inspired Senior Living magazine stylist Hana Akai.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/11/hair-hassle-tips-staying-stylish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Senior Living News Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 989 at https://www.seniorszen.com 6 Tips to a Safe Camping Trip this Summer https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/04/6-tips-safe-camping-trip-summer <p>Camping is one of the most beloved past times in Canada and there are so many lovely parks and sites to explore. It may not always be easy to get close to nature as we get older but that is no reason to give up an activity you love.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/07/04/6-tips-safe-camping-trip-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Senior Living News Travel Tue, 04 Jul 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 986 at https://www.seniorszen.com History of Canada Day: 150 Years in the Making https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/27/history-canada-day-150-years-making <p>Our country will be celebrating it&rsquo;s 150th anniversary this weekend and we wanted to take a look back and see how we got to where we are. Here is a brief look at the last 150 years and how our country has grown since the early days.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/27/history-canada-day-150-years-making" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 980 at https://www.seniorszen.com Online Scam School for Seniors https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/20/online-scam-school-seniors <p>There is a new website that aims to help older Canadians recognize online scams so they can protect themselves&nbsp; - and their money - from fraudsters.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/20/online-scam-school-seniors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Living News Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0000 chandra 978 at https://www.seniorszen.com One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/06/one-less-thing-be-afraid-top-submission-2017-senio <p>Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Stacie Hurst</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of&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>​One Less Thing to Be Afraid Of</h3> <p><em>He&rsquo;s doing it again.</em></p> <p>I can see my grandfather&rsquo;s face&mdash;a hardened rock behind a thin veil of calm defiance. His way of ensuring that everything in life conformed to what he wanted was to assume beneath his own opinions lay all the weight and importance of divine truth and to look with frustrated contempt upon anyone who disagreed with him. He needed this strategy. After all, his own reflection in the mirror would never support the real reason behind his stubbornness any more than another person would.</p> </div><p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/06/06/one-less-thing-be-afraid-top-submission-2017-senio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Long Term Care Guide Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 971 at https://www.seniorszen.com The Joys of Growing Old - Top Submission for 2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/05/16/joys-growing-old-top-submission-2017-seniorszen-sc <p>Please enjoy reading one of the top essays submitted for&nbsp;2017 SeniorsZen Scholarship Award by <strong>Asli Mohamed</strong>, <strong>&ldquo;The Joys of Growing Old&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>​The Joys of Growing Old</h3> <p>The thought of aging fills many people with dread. It leads them to spend ridiculous amounts of money on wrinkle creams and pills trying to retain their youth. The same birthdays that were once loved and celebrated are now just a reminder of how old you have become. In our culture there is such an emphasis on staying young that we often forget the joys of growing old. In this essay I would like to share why I embrace the idea of aging in the hopes of relieving someone else of their fears.&nbsp;</p> </div><p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/05/16/joys-growing-old-top-submission-2017-seniorszen-sc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Senior Health Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 +0000 szadmin 970 at https://www.seniorszen.com