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Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors - Part 1: Safety and Security

Mar 10, 2014

Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors was designed to improve the quality of life for seniors. The first of this 3-part series breaks down the safety and security improvements this action plan brings. Read More...


Book Review: "When I Stop Talking You'll Know I'm Dead"

Nov 30, 2011

"Never give up", "It's all in the packaging", "Your net worth is only as good as your network" - we hear these expressions all the time from great movers and shakers, and for Jerry Weintraub, these are just a small sampling of the life lessons he shares with us in his autobiography "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead".


Know the Facts: Chronic Kidney Disease

Mar 01, 2011

March is National Kidney Month - with National Kidney Day happening on March 10 - a time dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of this organ and the vital functions it performs. This includes removing any waste, drugs, or excess fluid from the body (about two litres a day!), regulating blood pressure, controlling the production of red blood cells, promoting healthy bones and, last but cerrainly not least, regulating the body's salt, potassium and acid content.


Comfort Life News Round-Up: To Retire or To Stay?

Jul 01, 2011

There seems to be a lot of buzz around retirement and older workers. There appears to be conscious effort by employers to make changes in policies and benefits to try to keep senior workers on board longer. With some Canadian CEO's leading the way by focusing on the experience that comes with age rather than the ambition of the young and hungry, is it possible that the idea of retirement at age 65 a concept of the past?


Seniors How to Decide When to Sell: 7 Important Considerations

Aug 03, 2011

Here are a few considerations if you or an older member of the family is trying to decide whether or not it’s the right time to sell the family home.


Moving To a Retirement Community? How To Cope With Change

Jun 27, 2011

Moving to a retirement residence can be stressful but it usually improves your life. ComfortLife.ca showcases the best residences and helps you make the change.


Delmanor Northtown: First retirement residence to receive the LEED award

Jun 23, 2011

By being the first retirement community to win the LEED certification, Northtown made the conscious decision to lower adverse environmental community impact and, at the same time, raise the standard of comfort of its residents


10 Fun Facts About Canada Day

Jul 01, 2011

The Canada Day long weekend is finally here . With the fireworks scheduled tonight, hamburgers on the grill and cold drinks in the cooler, there is so much to love about our national holiday. But did you know these interesting facts?


Speed Dating For Seniors On Tuesday, Sept. 6th!

Sep 01, 2011

Speed dating has been popular with younger participants for a while but now it’s finally available for the 60+ crowd. This event is perfect if you want to meet new people, a companion, or maybe even make a romantic spark, in a safe, relaxed setting.


How To Save Money When Your Elderly Parents Move In

Jul 06, 2011

Living in an extended family situation is a reality for many people with aging parents that require care, comfort and companionship. This situation can cause tension and create problems between husband and wife, especially when it comes to their finances. It can also be hard to communicate your feelings about money when it’s your spouse’s parents moving in. Here are some things to keep in mind. These tips will protect you financially and make money matters more clear in the future.


I Just Moved To A Retirement Community - How Do The Meals Work?

Jul 11, 2011

You’ve organized your suite and it feels quite comfortable. You’ve strolled the grounds enough to know your way around. There’s just one more area to conquer—the dining room.


Five Ways To Fight Bladder Weakness

Jul 13, 2011

Bladder weakness is one of the last remaining health taboos in Canada, yet it is more common than people think. Young or old, urine leakage can affect anyone at any age, and for different reasons. Here are 5 ways to help combat a weak bladder.


Are You Currently Planning Your Kids’ Retirement?

Aug 10, 2011

Over the last few years, we have seen the market crash and burn, and Social Security is on its way toward doing the same. So, if we’re scrambling to salvage our retirement income, imagine what it will be like for your kids. If you haven’t done that already, one expert has some good news for you. Are You Currently Planning Your Kids’ Retirement?


Comfort Life News Round-Up: The Sandwich Generation

Jul 08, 2011

Considering that July is officially the "Sandwich Generation" Month, we noticed a lot of buzz in the news about them . What is the Sandwich Generation you ask? They are the generation of people who are caring for young children and teens while providing some kind of assistance for elderly parents.


Comfort Life Helps Hazelton Place Celebrate Its 11th birthday!

Jul 08, 2011

Comfort Life dropped by Toronto's Hazelton Place Retirement Residence recently to help celebrate its 11th birthday. What a party! Intermittent rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits—perhaps because there was so much to enjoy.


Healthy Summer Eating Tips for Seniors

Jul 18, 2011

Ahh, summer! The months when food becomes superbly fresher, bedecked in dazzling colors, grilled to perfection, and packaged up in willow picnic baskets! While delicious and potentially very healthy, please be careful: summer foods are also very often laden with un-healthy amounts of salt, sugar, fats and even potentially harmful ingredients that you should try to avoid as much as possible


How To Choose A Retirement Community

Jul 20, 2011

Making the decision to move into a retirement community is usually a difficult one to make for retirees and for their families. Even more difficult, is the laborious process of visiting and evaluating the many different retirement communities and trying to decide which one is for you! They all look great and have various levels of services and facilities that its very easy to get caught up in the glitter and gold.


The Cost of Living And Retiring At Home

Jul 25, 2011

"Living at home is free, why move?" is the most common mindset when seniors are asked about the option of moving to a retirement community. But is aging at home really free? With the unforeseen costs of in-home care assistance, home retro fitting or transportation assistance, many retirees may not realize that aging at home is not as "free" as believed especially if unanticipated health issues were to arise.


Expert Gardener Barb Hegman Offers Fall Gardening Tips

Nov 07, 2011

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it is time to let your garden go. There are still many great things you can do in your garden throughout Fall. Expert gardener and founder of PlantJotter.com Barb Hegman offers some tips and tricks for keeping your garden beautiful and thriving when the weather starts to cool.


Helping a Parent Dispel the Gloom of Depression

Aug 01, 2011

Depression is common in older adults as they are forced to deal with many difficult life changes that go along with aging. Although it's normal to feel "down" or "blue" when confronting illness, personal loss or death, it is not normal to feel sad or hopeless all the time.


The Cost Of Retiring

Aug 08, 2011

You know you need to save for your retirement, but how much money will you need to live comfortably after you retire? Here are five tips from Chartered Accountant Anne Chun, President of Anne Chun Professional Corporation in Toronto.


How To Retire Early

Aug 22, 2011

You may dream about retiring early, but how do you know if it’s right for you? And how do you accomplish it financially? Here are some tips on how to achieve a successful early retirement.


Its More Than Just Physical Care

Jul 27, 2011

Whether you've been a caregiver for a month or several years, you've no doubt figured out that your loved one requires more than just physical assistance with the daily activities of living. Just like you, a loved one who can observe, listen, or participate in activities enjoys them just because it makes him or her happy. Its more than just physical care.


Are Impulse Buys Killing Your Retirement?

Aug 31, 2011

How Coffee, Muffins and Lunch Can Add Up to More Gold In Your Golden Years


Comfort Life News Roundup: Discussing (LBL) Light Bladder Leakage

Jul 29, 2011

With one in three women afflicted with LBL (Light Bladder Leakage), its not surprising to see a growing awareness and discussion on this topic throughout the media


What You Need to Know about Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance

Aug 15, 2011

What is long-term care insurance, and why is it important? Statistics tell us that: - 75% of those over 65 will need a caregiver or facility services - 40% of people who are under 65 are either on or will be using long-term care benefits for periods of time due to accidents or illness. When we are younger, we think we are invincible.


7 Tech-Friendly Recommendations for Baby Boomers

Sep 07, 2011

As a Baby Boomer dealing with hearing loss, memory loss, and unbending knees, they appreciate every bit of senior assistance. That gratitude extends to manufacturers developing products tailored for those with reduced capacity or not familiar with our rapidly changing tech world.


New Options Under The CPP Rules

Aug 29, 2011

New rules that are being phased in between now and 2016 for the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will give people greater flexibility to choose when they want to begin receiving CPP benefits and on how long they can contribute to CPP after age 60. Here are some thing that you should know!


Falling In Love Again: Focus 1 - Exclusivity

Aug 17, 2011

In our last advice on relationships blog, we navigated the waters of Stage Two of Dating: Uncertainty. Once you have decided to focus on a primary romantic relationship, you are entering the 3rd stage of dating: Exclusivity. Previously you were flushed with the anticipation of getting your needs met while testing to see if you really wanted to get involved. Now you are choosing to open up, give freely and experience getting what you need in return.


Comfort Life News Round-Up: "Till Mid-Life Do Us Part"

Aug 05, 2011

While the overall divorce rate on a steady the decline with the Generation-X er's, the divorce rate amongst young seniors and the newly retired is steadily climbing! There has been a lot of speculation and discussion as to the reasons why the "I do" ends with "I don't".


Second Careers - Second Chances For Seniors

Sep 12, 2011

Today’s Canadians are healthier and living longer. So it’s probably not surprising that many are choosing to extend their work lives past the traditional age 65.


How To Strategically Save After Age 65

Sep 14, 2011

If life is really a series of stages, it follows that the amount of money we need to save and how best to do it will change as we go along. Re-evaluating our money and savings strategies is particularly important as we age.


CARP: Grandma Is A Safer Driver Than Mom

Aug 16, 2011

Kids may be safest in cars when grandma or grandpa are driving instead of mom or dad, according to study results that even made the researchers do a double-take. "We were surprised to discover that the injury rate was considerably lower in crashes where grandparents were the drivers," said Dr. Fred Henretig, an emergency medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the study’s lead author.


Your Time

Aug 17, 2011

It is important to take time each day to spend for and on yourself. It may seem you don’t have the time, it is selfish, or there are more important things to do. In fact, in the scheme of things and as a caregiver, one of the most important things you can do each day is to spend at least ten to fifteen minutes on yourself. By doing so, you help yourself as well as those around you. Those ten to fifteen minutes spent on yourself can help you relax, ease tension, and refresh yourself. That time can help you return to your caregiver tasks with renewed energy and a new perspective.


5 Of The Largest Growing Senior Recreational Activities In Ontario

Aug 30, 2011

Everyone is now well aware of the push by health advocators and the senior demographic to stay active throughout their retirement years . The question is though, what are the activities that are of interest to me personally? Here are 5 activities that are becoming the talk of seniors across Ontario


Dr.Amy - Caregiving and Siblings

Sep 27, 2011

Here is a typical question: “I have two sisters and a brother but they all live far away. I live in the same town as my parents. I’m happy to help my mom and dad, but my siblings don’t seem to think they need to do anything because they live far away. How do I get them to be more involved in helping me take care of our parents?”


Is Your Home Feeling Lonely?

Aug 24, 2011

It’s a question that many people are asking themselves... First your children moved out, and when they did you may have converted those extra bedrooms into an exercise room, a craft room, the ultimate den or the perfect guest room; but how often do you really use them? Now you may be dealing with the loss of your spouse and those unused rooms are daily reminders that you are living in an empty house.


Comfort Life News Round-Up: To Work or To Retire.

Aug 19, 2011

"Should I continue to work or should I retire?", is the question that many will be asking themselves as their retirement age looms over the horizon. With the advancement of medicine and technology, older adults are living longer and stronger so why retire if you don't have to? The choice they make could affect the labour force and economy in various different ways.


Comfort Life News Round-Up: Seniors and Sleep

Aug 26, 2011

"Why can't I sleep?... Where are those damn sleeping pills..." Believe it or not is a very common statement mumbled by thousands to seniors ever single night. Is it a health problem? Indigestion from dinner? perhaps too much fresh air? Should you be concerned? Sleeping disorders are very common and can be caused by a variety of reasons.


Are You Retired And Ready To Downsize?

Sep 13, 2011

Wondering when is the best time to sell your house? The answer is NOW! So now you’re retired and your house is too large for your needs; with no more kids at home who needs all those bedrooms and bathrooms?


A 12-Step Program for Caregivers

Sep 05, 2011

I want to share with you today a piece that was developed by two nurses who have worked extensively with the families of patients with Alzheimer's disease. It provides important guidance and wisdom to help us deal with our loved ones who are experiencing the symptoms of dementia.


Comfort Life News Round-up: Senior Jobs

Sep 09, 2011

For many of those entering the twilight of their careers, retirement isn't about "throwing in the towel", its about new beginnings. With Boomers living longer and healthier lives than the generation before them, many are using their retirement to do something entrepreneurial they've always wanted... The birth of the Encore Career


Baby Boomers: The New "Dress for Success" Rules

Sep 26, 2011

Forever 21 is a retail phenomenon among the younger set, but despite the trend of businesses catering to Baby Boomers, there's no Forever 51 or 61 for those of us trying to find presentable, affordable office fashions. At least such a store would help us figure out the new dress code.


You’ve Decided to Sell But Where Do You Go?

Dec 06, 2011

When you’ve decided to begin a housing transition it can mean any number of things depending upon the individuals involved. The type of housing one selects is entirely dependent on factors that include lifestyle, health, affordability, recreation or hobbies, and physical ability. For some it means a downsize to a smaller home and lot, others may want to be a part of an adult style community, some must free up equity in their current home and others have found it has become physically necessary to move due to challenges around the activities of daily life.


Seniors and Sexuality: Enjoying Intimacy and a Healthy Lifestyle

Oct 05, 2011

There is the belief that seniors are too old to engage in sexual intimacy or they are undesirable to potential mates. It may be news to many, but it’s time we all realized and rejoiced in the fact the seniors are indeed sexually active well into the Third Age.


The Only Way I'm Leaving Is In A Pine Box!

Oct 07, 2011

If your home is no longer working for you and not matching your health and mobility situation, then have the courage and conviction to make your move now. Enjoy the rest of your years in safety and comfort, in an environment that better suits your needs.


13 Halloween Costume Ideas for Baby Boomers

Oct 26, 2011

Doesn't it seem female Halloween costumes have devolved into overt sexiness? Even young girls are donning witch costumes cut up to here and down to there. But such outfits just feel unseemly for Baby Boomers rapidly approaching retirement age. Here's a selection of 13 ideas for men, women and couples.


Comfort Life Friday Funnies

Oct 28, 2011

Thank goodness its Friday! Being in the publishing business, we often come across funny comic pieces. Some better than others. Here are a few that we've certainly enjoyed over the past week!


Speed Dating for Seniors 55-70 on Dec 4 2011 Toronto

Nov 15, 2011

This event is perfect if you want to meet new people, a companion, or maybe even make a romantic, in a safe, relaxed setting.


Swallowing Reflex and Muscles: Considerations As We Age

Nov 16, 2011

As we age our reflexes begin to slow down, and this includes the swallowing reflex. In addition to our reflexes slowing down, our muscles also may not be as strong as they once were when we were younger – These changes can at times cause problems with the safety of our swallowing.


Dr. Amy: Making Decisions About Work

Nov 22, 2011

There is consensus around one point: it is best to share your situation with your employer and figure out together how to manage your work and home responsibilities. Otherwise, your employer and fellow staff members may think that you don’t care enough about the job on the days when you inevitably must be late or you are distracted in your work due to problems at home.


VIDEO: Relocating Your Parents

Aug 29, 2012

Anne Hopcott knows how important it is to adapt to change, that's why she chose not to wait for the decision to move into a retirement community to be made for her.


How To Prepare Your Home For Showings To The Public

Dec 22, 2011

Staging your home involves getting the outside and inside of the home in top shape. You can hire a service to help de clutter the home so you don’t convey that lived-in look. Now’s the time to divest yourself of some of your furnishings, collections and heirlooms by either placing them in temporary storage or simply giving them to friends or family members who will enjoy them.


Downsizing – 5 Steps To Stay In Control

Nov 22, 2011

Thinking about downsizing? Do you fear that someone will rush you through the process or take the decision making process out of your hands? You’re not alone. You’re about to make some very important choices about your future and you should always be in control of your own transactions. So how do you stay in the driver’s seat and remain in control of your transition?


There’s No Way I Can Downsize - I Have Too Much Stuff

Nov 29, 2011

Downsizing or making a major move can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about: the sale of your home, organizing finances, cleaning, sorting, packing and sometimes most importantly, choosing what to take with you. Despite everything that needs to be managed, the number one concern time and time again is, "what will happen to my things?"


Are you Downsizing? Find the Real Estate Agent who’s right for you!

Dec 27, 2011

Throughout life, transitions define the stages we are entering or leaving; moving out of your parent’s house to go to school, living in your first apartment, buying your first house, upgrading to a larger house to accommodate your growing family. Like all transitions, downsizing can be stressful, physically and emotionally challenging – but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help choose the Real Estate Agent who’s going to be the best fit for your move.


Restoring pH Balance in Your Body

Dec 08, 2011

Balancing the pH levels in your body, providing a more alkaline environment, is thought to lower the risk of sickness, cancer and chronic diseases while slowing down the aging process. It may even help you to control your weight.


How to Find Peace During the Holidays

Dec 13, 2011

Find Peace on Earth…(and Peace Within): Eleven Steps to Help You Tune into Your Inner Self and Forgive and Love Unconditionally


Inexpensive Ways For Seniors To Exercise

Jan 10, 2012

Exercise is a key ingredient in any senior's ambition to accomplish healthy aging. Participating in regular exercising will greatly benefit your physical and mental conditions. Unfortunately there are several myths out there suggesting that the elderly should save their strength instead of exercising or the common myth we all hear, "I am too old to get any value from exercising."


Preparing for Retirement: Top Questions and Ideas You Should Consider

Jun 05, 2012

Have preconceptions about retirement that are preventing you from starting to plan ahead? Consider these top questions and ideas as you prepare your move. Read more...


VIDEO: Positive People Live Longer

Jun 27, 2012

VIDEO: Studies show that positivity adds years to your life. Ethel Goldschmidt sure knows the power of positive thinking. She started her own brewery at 88!


Taxes on selling your home: Myths vs. reality

Jun 28, 2012

This post is our "Story of the Month"! When you sell your home you must know the tax implications. Here's everything you need to consider.


Understanding HECM Reverse Mortgage Loans for Seniors

Oct 15, 2012

An HECM Reverse Mortgage Loan can be a creative way to help finance retirement, but it's important to understand all the pros and cons for this type of loan. Read more...


Stouffville Creek's Open House This Weekend

Sep 10, 2013

Check out all that Stouffville Creek Retirement Residence has to offer at their Open House Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th. Read more...


Welcome Autumn with the Roxborough's Country Fall Fair Open House

Sep 12, 2013

Enjoy a beautiful fall day at the Roxborough Retirement Residence's Country Fall Fair Open House. Read more...


Tapestry's Holiday Spirit Shines Through

Jan 15, 2014

There was no shortage of holiday spirit this season! Tapestry Retirement Communities took part in the "Be Santa to a Senior" fundraising program, and the results were glowing. Read More...


January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Jan 16, 2014

January is Glaucoma awareness month. Vision loss can be prevented if glaucoma is detected and treated early. Read more...


Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors - Part 2: Healthy Seniors

Mar 12, 2014

Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors expands and enhances long-term care options. The second of this 3-part series looks at the new healthcare programs and system improvements. Read More...


Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors - Part 3: Senior-Friendly Communities

Mar 13, 2014

Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors is helping grow senior-friendly cities and communities all over the province. The third of this 3-part series looks at the development of these communities, elderly persons centres, and life leases. Read More...


Senior Housing in Canada: 2013 Report

Apr 17, 2014

The landscape of senior housing in Canada is changing. Find out how. Read more...


Cognitive Testing For Senior Drivers in Ontario

Apr 23, 2014

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation has changed the license renewal process for drivers 80 and over. What does this mean for seniors in Ontario? Read More...


Seasons Retirement Buys Bowmanville Retirement Community

May 30, 2014

Seasons Retirement Communities acquired Clarington Centre by Kingsway Arms in Bowmanville, Ontario, effective May 30, 2014. Chief Executive Officer, Marc Doré says that the Seasons staff "look forward to building a strong and enduring relationship with the employees, residents, families and community of Bowmanville." Read more...


Aging Without Boundaries: 30 Years of Celebrating

Jun 11, 2014

The month of June celebrates Seniors Month in Ontario with the 2014 theme being "Aging Without Boundaries: 30 Years of Celebrating" Read More... .


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