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Canadian Seniors Devote Leisure Time to Volunteer Duties

Older Canadians have been the backbone of the volunteer sector, according to a report by Volunteering Canada.

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.

Be Inspired by this Japanese Retirement Home

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’s words, Jikka is “something as unembellished as a primitive hut and something as holly as a chapel.”

Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

Pat M. Irwin helps us to understand the stages of grief one may go through when a family member develops dementia, discussing how to better cope with such a sensitive situation: "I hope this helps some of our readers. I wish someone had told me this when I was going through this with my darling dad...” Pat  is an Eldercare Consultant and President of ElderCareCanada, one of the experts at’s Ask the Expert section.

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.

Alex Baumann – a Canadian swimming legend now the father of a swimmer contender

SeniorsZen would like to wish good luck to Team Canada sharing the inspiring story of Canadian Swimmer Alex Baumann, who overcame an injury and two tragedies and won 2 Gold Medals in 1984 and now watches his son following his steps and representing Canada in Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Is it too late to get a tattoo?

You know those plans and desires you nurture when you are younger and then, for many reasons, time goes by you never get to them, until it becomes too late to implement them? Well, getting a tattoo doesn’t have to be one of those.

British actress Dame Judi Dench has recently appeared showing her first tattoo, a gift from her daughter and actress Finty Williams, for her 81st birthday.

Self-Care: Taking Good Care of Yourself

July 24th is the International Self-care Awareness Day and SeniorsZen brings practical and easy to implement tips that will help you in achieving those year-end resolutions that are the hardest to come out of paper.

Summer is here, enjoy in moderation!

Recommendations for elders and caregivers to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses

We all know that hot weather can be dangerous. For older adults, the risk increases significantly for a variety of reasons, including: aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and even side effects of taking some medications.

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

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