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 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 When Home Care is the Best Option for Your Loved One https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/05/02/when-home-care-best-option-your-loved-one <p>&ldquo;Mom&rsquo;s 82, loves her home and is deeply attached to it&rdquo; &ndash;&nbsp;says Sarah Lowry, eldest daughter of Betty Lowry. For some people, moving to a retirement community is a life propeller. For others, their home is what anchors them to life. The story you are about to read hits close to home. Betty was determined to remain in her home for as long as she would live.</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/05/02/when-home-care-best-option-your-loved-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Home Care Guide Tue, 02 May 2017 22:36:16 +0000 szadmin 969 at https://www.seniorszen.com Makeup for Mature Women - An Interview with Bahar Niramwalla https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/21/makeup-mature-women-interview-bahar-niramwalla <p>For those ladies like me who love makeup, we know that a bad job can ruin our appearance. And if for every skin shade and type there is a best choice of makeup, it is no different when it comes to skin age. To help you make the best&nbsp;choices, SeniorsZen interviewed makeup artist and beauty expert, Bahar Niramwalla.&nbsp;Bahar shared valuable tips&nbsp;for you to rock your next makeup!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/21/makeup-mature-women-interview-bahar-niramwalla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Pets and Senior Living Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:02:00 +0000 eveline 961 at https://www.seniorszen.com World Oral Health Day - Live Mouth Smart https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/09/world-oral-health-day-live-mouth-smart <p>March 20th is the&nbsp;World Oral Health Day, a date celebrated worldwide to raise&nbsp;awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in maintaining general health and well-being. &nbsp;One of the reasons for the date choice is to&nbsp;reflect that&nbsp;Seniors&nbsp;must have a total of&nbsp;20&nbsp;natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy. SeniorsZen wants to support this campaign, reminding seniors of practices to maintain a good oral health!</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/09/world-oral-health-day-live-mouth-smart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:58:07 +0000 eveline 959 at https://www.seniorszen.com Iris Apfel: Brightness and Colour at its Best https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/08/iris-apfel-brightness-and-colour-its-best <p>Some days ago, amongst many quotes I come across in the social media, one caught my attention in particular:<em><strong> &ldquo;When you don&#39;t dress like everybody else, you don&#39;t have to think like everybody else.&rdquo;</strong></em> In the background, was an image of a white haired&nbsp;lady - beautifully done hair, I should emphasize - with bright red lipstick, an extravagant outfit and big, I mean BIG accessories. Everything screamed personality and I had to know who she was!</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/08/iris-apfel-brightness-and-colour-its-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Senior Health Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:07:19 +0000 eveline 958 at https://www.seniorszen.com Caring for the Caregiver - an Interview with Donna Thomson https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/01/caring-caregiver-interview-donna-thomson <p>On April 4th, it&rsquo;s the Family Caregiver Day in Canada. SeniorsZen interviewed caregiving activist and writer Donna Thomson. Donna shared her experience&nbsp;and the precious information she has acquired throughout the years as a family caregiver. We talked about the changes, challenges and feelings that come&nbsp;with caregiving. Enjoy the read!</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/01/caring-caregiver-interview-donna-thomson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caregiver Tips Thu, 02 Mar 2017 03:37:54 +0000 eveline 957 at https://www.seniorszen.com SeniorsZen.com Announces 2017 Scholarship Winner https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/10/seniorszencom-announces-2017-scholarship-winner <p class="rteleft">We are excited to announce that <strong>Rod Vafaei</strong> became the winner of SeniorsZen 2017 Scholarship Award with the essay entitled&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;The Missing Ingredient&rdquo;</strong>!</p> <p><a href="https://www.seniorszen.com/blog/2017/03/10/seniorszencom-announces-2017-scholarship-winner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Retirement Living Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:31:58 +0000 szadmin 956 at https://www.seniorszen.com 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