Retirement Homes Guide

The Right Time for a Retirement Home: 3 real-life stories

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?

You’d need a crystal ball to answer these questions – but let’s look at three real-life experiences for some clues.

The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

If moving to another home can be challenging for most people, it becomes especially difficult for people with Alzheimer’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.

Aging and Ageism - An interview with Thomas Sturge

"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'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." - Thomas Sturge

BEST BEFORE 4 MAR 1970: A Take on Ageism, Independence and Choice in Retirement Communities

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.

These 5 Differences Between Ontario Retirement Homes and Long-term Care Homes May Surprise You

Ordinary Ontarians often use the terms “retirement home” and “long-term care home (LTC home)” interchangeably, but they are different in some meaningful ways.

Independent and Assisted Living in BC

You may remember a time when seniors had two living options. The first option was remaining in your home, and the alternative was relocating to a seniors’ residence for full-time care. But the needs of older adults are not that straight forward, and along with living healthier longer lives, many individuals that require assistance with the tasks of daily life, only need it some of the time.     

Alzheimer's: Telling Your Family and Friends

You were fearful when the Doctor confirmed you have Alzheimer’s disease; but you were also surprised at your own slight sense of relief, and that’s normal. Receiving this diagnosis provided an explanation for the symptoms that had been worrying you. Knowing what you are faced with gives you a starting point for learning as much as you possibly can about the diagnosis.

7 Signs it's Time to Move to Assisted Living

Aging is a sometimes-fearful fact of life. Perhaps you fear the time when you’ll need a hand with the basics like making meals or cleaning the house. You might fear the thought of someone else caring for you when you’ve spent the majority of your life caring for others. But if you, or a senior close to you is no longer vibrant and energetic, or seems to be neglectful of their surroundings, even of their own personal care; it could mean that regular assistance is needed.     

3 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

A cure for Alzheimer’s has not yet been found; and popular belief is that there’s nothing that can be done to prevent it. But the contrary is true; we can actually reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With a combination of healthy habits and lifestyle choices, while we may not completely prevent Alzheimer’s, research shows that we may be able to slow and possibly even reverse the process.

A Quick Guide to Explain Senior Housing

If wading through the options in seniors’ housing is making you feel a little like you’re lost in the woods, you are not alone. The terms commonly used to refer to retirement homes and seniors’ communities vary by province. An understanding of what’s what in seniors’ housing will help you avoid confusion and even side-step awkward situations that could arise simply from not knowing where to begin your search.

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