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.
Staying active in some capacity throughout your retirement years is a very common trend for adults who are 55 or older. With so many opportunities to stay active physically and or mentally, there really is a sport, event or activity that can be enjoyed by the vast majority of people. And there are great benefits for individuals seeking to remain active within their community and through different organizations.
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.
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
Its no surprise that in light of the increasing divorce rate amongst new retirees and the younger seniors, (see last weeks news-round-up), that there is also an increase in the amount of seniors hitting the dating scene again. With that flood gate open, we've seen a lot of new services and resources available to help seniors prepare for date night!
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.
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.
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
Traditionally, men have been reluctant to acknowledge that they’re feeling depressed, and even more unwilling to seek medical help. However, say Todd Patkin and Dr. Howard J. Rankin, depression is not a sign of weakness—it’s a medical condition that men need to know about and watch for. It’s a matter of health!
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.
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.
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.
It's time to pull back the spending reigns and prepare for holiday gift expenses. During a time when most shoppers are reducing their spending altogether, it's especially important to make a realistic budget for your gift list.
If you suffer from arthritis and joint pain, or chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, you should know that inflammation in the body can make symptoms much worse. But, there’s hope.
After one of the warmest summers in recent memory, the focus now shifts on ways for seniors to remain active throughout the winter months. It is important that seniors remain active throughout the entire year and not just when the weather outside is pleasant. Here are three ways that seniors across Ontario are braving the cold winter and staying active within their local communities.
Probably one of the most difficult parts of being ill is losing a sense of control of life. As caregivers, we can help our loved ones and ourselves continue to feel some control. Even though we may both feel powerless against the illness itself, we have many choices that we can make along t
Life is not perfect. Things get in the way. That’s why, as Healthy Zoomers, we believe it’s important to live a balanced lifestyle instead of obsessing over every new food, new super supplement or new exercise program.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of finding balance in your life to fit everything in you want or need to do. To achieve everything you want, it is vital to have a well thought out plan by goal setting.
To speed-up fat loss and rev your metabolism (for ultimate fat burning), forget long and boring cardio sessions that last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
Once you reach your 40’s, you will begin to naturally lose lean muscle from the body. This slows the rate at which you burn up your food and drink for energy. Instead, you store it as body fat. To stop this muscle loss and maximize calorie burning to stay lean and strong, you must engage in a quality, resistance-training program that involves weights.
For our first blog entry, we’re gearing up for a busy time – no, not for Christmas, but for the many calls that come in after the holidays! Adult children, home for the holidays, see Mom and Dad is a new light and call with concerns about their abilities to live safely in their home.
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."
Caregivers need to tend to their own needs in order to be most effective in helping their loved ones who are ill. Our continuing quest for good quality of life needs to include ourselves as well as the patient. Read more...
These eight important facts about "the Silent Killer" can not only minimize the risk of causing hypertension, but they can also reduce the symptoms of it altogether and improve your overall wellbeing. Read more...
Choosing the right Alzheimer's home for your loved one can be a frightening experience but sound information makes it easier. When choosing the Alzheimer's right home, the philosophy and appropriate level of care, preferred location and budget all need to be considered. Here are nine tips to help you find the best Alzheimer's home for your loved one.
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!
Drug abuse in the elderly is a significant issue. As people age, they may have more illnesses, and the number of drugs prescribed to manage those illnesses rises as well. It can be difficult to balance the potential side effects and drug interactions with the benefits of the various medications. The following tips may help manage prescription medication use and lessen the overuse of prescription medications in seniors. Read more...
When you are caring for an aging parent you may feel overwhelmed. Here's how to say no to tasks that are not a priority.
Don't forget cool-down stretches after exercise. They are a crucial part of any post-activity for a safe recovery. Here are six of the best.
What five ingredients reduce our risk for getting this disease and keep our memory strong? One ingredient is learning how to manage stress.
Goal setting ensures that you actually do the exercises you planned to do. It gives you purpose and a timeline so you stay on track.
When your elderly parent is in rehab they need to stay long enough to get proper care. Here is how you can help ensure they do.
Fed up dealing with your aging parents? When was the last time you laughed? Try this to ditch the stress and get the funny back.
As a caregiver you constantly battle emotions and balance responsibilities and demands every day. But don't forget what brings you happiness.
May is Mental Health Month, but these are some tips you can use year-round to reduce stress, improve your self-esteem, and stay sharp. Read more...
Want to boost your brain's function and reduce cardiovascular disease? Eat dark chocolate! Be sure to try the easy recipes here too.
Many seniors experience depression because of lost loved ones, loneliness or physical limitations. But depression is not inevitable if you are social.
Need advice planning your health care options or want to find support now? The Senior Care Advisor Tool can help! Read more...
With warmer spring weather comes our desire to be outdoors and active but it can be hard to stay motivated. Prediction activities can help!
Does caring for your aging parents make you feel your life is on hold? Here's how to make peace with your guilt and conflicting emotions.
Seniors can help themselves to alleviate depression with regular exercise. It improves mood, strength and balance and sleep.
There are almost 500,000 people living with dementia in Canada. Help increase awareness right now by entering the Living Well with Dementia Photo Contest. Read more...
Your parents may become increasingly fearful and anxiety-ridden as they age and it can be very difficult to help them. There are ways to cope.
If your parent has Alzheimer's, they can become very frustrated trying to make their wishes known. Here's how one family turned things around.
NEW Column: Caring for my elderly mum has had more downs than ups this past year but there have been laughs too. Here's what I've learned.
Giving up the independence of driving is one of the most difficult aspects of aging. This expert advice will help you to help your parent.
Many of the factors that contribute to heart disease are based on lifestyle and that means you can make simple changes to greatly reduce your risk.
The timeless wisdom, "We are what we eat," is as valid as ever, especially for seniors. It can even impove mood and help avoid depression.
Caring for elderly parents can make you frantic with no time for the things that bring you joy. Here's how to get some perspective.
Need a quick pick-me-up? Here are some of the funniest and most profound (or most profoundly funny) retirement quotations we've heard in a long time!
Sometimes losing a few pounds is a necessary step to improving your health. Here are ten easy ways to lose weight and improve wellbeing.
If your life needs a lift, summer's a great time to make it happen. You can influence your own happiness much more than you think.
Arthritis causes a tremendous amount of suffering in people of all ages but there are many ways to find relief. Here are 10 of those strategies.
Are you stressed out? Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation? Are you on Twitter? Join us for solutions and a fun tweetchat!
Most people are caregivers by default which causes a lot of stress. If you view caregiving as a choice, you can change all that for the better.
The peri-menopausal years are quite a trip. Crying jags, hot flashes, mood swings and 'cougar' hormones. And those chin hairs no one tells you about...
Volunteering at a seniors home is one of the most rewarding things you'll ever experience. Here's what you can do and how to sign up!
Retirement will be challenging enough without bringing emotional baggage into it. Here's how to break bad habits and get your house in order.
VIDEO: Lloyd Kitchen has a fun way of staying active, bowling on the Wii with his fellow residents.
What happens when you call your elderly mum to check in on her and she doesn't answer? And several minutes later she still doesn't?
'Life at Seasons' showcases how this retirement community engages residents with fun activities and superb service that separate them from retirement homes of the past.
Herbs are not only delicious and great for cooking, but are also packed with health benefits. Here's how to grow your own for herb tea.
Looking for some ideas to add to your bucket list? Here are 17 great, mostly unconventional, bucket list suggestions. Read more...
What do you do when you realize your mom's trial stay at the retirement home was a bust? Have a drink? Yikes!
When your parents are nearing the end of their lives, you need to take some practical steps, plan your post-caregiving life and prepare your heart.
Comfort Life presents seven of Canada's top retirement cities and towns from coast to coast. Do you agree? What are your favourites?
Bingo is great but it shouldn't be the default activity in retirement homes. Let's get over our pretenses and provide real life programming.
What do you do when a senior needs more help than a retirement home can provide? And when they won't accept the help that is offered?
You need not feel lonely at a retirement home. These days many homes allow you to bring an old or new four-legged friend with you!
Ever made a grilled cheese sandwich with an iron or corn on the cob in a kettle? Watch 88-year-old Shura do it in her winning Cyber-Seniors video!
What if there were a way to manage your prescriptions without having to call the pharmacy, stand in line or visit the doctor's office? There is!
Before choosing a long term care community for your family member, consider some of the following key questions.
Jerry Bloom recounts how he uses his iPod to keep his mind and his memories active, and how this device can be valuable for any senior. Read more...
Finding yourself stressed out and overwhelmed? Consider some of these tips to avoid caregiver burnout. Read more...
There comes a time when roles are reversed and it's your turn to care for your parents. In this post, Nicole McKechnie shares one such moment where laughter made the issue much easier to "absorb". 'Read more': Read more...
A healthy mind is important to all aspects of your life. Follow these 10 easy steps to help you achieve better mental health [Read More] Read More...
In Canada, many seniors who have been with the same family doctor for years are suddenly finding themselves in need of a new doctor. Having your family doctor retire poses a number of challenges These tips will help you find a new doctor to meet your current and future medical needs. Read more...
Studies show that sedentary lives lead to obesity, diabetes and numerous other health problems as we age. On their own, these are all great reasons to keep active.
There are lots of benefits for seniors who take special interest courses including good mental and physical health, community involvement, having fun and learning new things. Read more...
"Solace: How Caregivers and Others Can Relate, Listen, and Respond Effectively to a Chronically Ill Person" by Walter St. John is an exceptional resource for caregivers of the chronically ill. Read more...
September is Alzheimer's month. A great way to acknowledge those Canadians suffering from Alzheimer's Disease is to celebrate their contributions. Read more...
There are ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease before any signs of it begin to manifest. Here are some of them... Read more...
Resources for adults, seniors and caregivers who are at risk, or living with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia. Read more...
Trying to cut down on your salt intake? It is easy to stick to your low sodium diet with these salt free recipes that are perfect for your next autumn outing. Read more...
Is it okay to eat fish regularly or should you be concerned about the mercury risk? Get answers to these common questions. Read more...
Join Mara Shapiro as she demonstrates how to make a delicious lemon chicken that is low in salt and great if you have high blood pressure or cooking for someone who does. Read more...
Not all superfoods are exotic or expensive. These 10 superfoods are everyday ingredients that you probably have in your home. Find out what they are and how they can help improve your overall health. Read more...
VIDEO: Chris Moffett, a certified personal trainer and older adult fitness specialist, helps seniors build a program for staying active by creating a home routine with objects found around the house. Read more...
Cyclist Jack Hyatt's inspiring daily routines prove that it's never too late to accomplish your own fitness goals and live life to the fullest! Read more...
What is inflammation and how can you prevent it? Read more...
Are older people really happier? The Revera Report on Happiness reveals that older people are much more positive about aging! Read more...
January is Glaucoma awareness month. Vision loss can be prevented if glaucoma is detected and treated early. Read more...