Know the Facts: Chronic Kidney DiseaseMar 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.
3 Reasons To Stay Active In Your RetirementJul 12, 2011
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.
Five Ways To Fight Bladder WeaknessJul 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.
Comfort Life News Roundup: Discussing (LBL) Light Bladder LeakageJul 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
Comfort Life News Round-Up: Seniors And DatingAug 12, 2011
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!
Falling In Love Again: Focus 1 - ExclusivityAug 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.
Your TimeAug 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 OntarioAug 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
Men and Depression: Seven Things You Need to Know…NowSep 06, 2011
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!
Baby Boomers: The New "Dress for Success" RulesSep 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.
Seniors and Sexuality: Enjoying Intimacy and a Healthy LifestyleOct 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.
Swallowing Reflex and Muscles: Considerations As We AgeNov 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.
Tips On How To Prepare For Holiday Gift ExpensesNov 28, 2011
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.
Fighting Inflammation With FoodDec 01, 2011
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.
3 Ways to Stay Active and Warm This WinterDec 30, 2011
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.
Dr. Amy: Maintaining a sense of control during illnessDec 28, 2011
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
Do You Need Perfect Health?Dec 15, 2011
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.
Goals Keep You GoingDec 22, 2011
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.
Can the CardioJan 05, 2012
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.
Resistance Training to the RescueDec 29, 2011
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.
Holiday HazardsDec 21, 2011
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.
Inexpensive Ways For Seniors To ExerciseJan 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."
Dr . Amy: Health and Wellness for CaregiversFeb 07, 2012
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...
Hypertension: Eight Important Facts You Should KnowFeb 10, 2012
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...
Finding the best Alzheimer's home: Nine tipsMar 09, 2012
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: Positive People Live LongerJun 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!
Drug Abuse in Seniors: Tips For Managing Prescription MedicationsMar 27, 2012
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...
Is living in a retirement home a positive thing?Mar 28, 2012
Caring for aging parents: Reduce stress by saying 'no'Apr 10, 2012
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.
Six Simple Exercises to Prepare You For Any ActivityApr 12, 2012
Getting into a daily exercise routine can be hard but these six simple exercises can prepare you for any activity throughout the day.
Top Six Cool-Down Stretches After Your WorkoutApr 19, 2012
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.
Five ways to reduce Alzheimer's risk and keep memory strongApr 24, 2012
What five ingredients reduce our risk for getting this disease and keep our memory strong? One ingredient is learning how to manage stress.
How to set goals for exercise: Three great tipsApr 26, 2012
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.
Getting your elderly parents the rehab care they needApr 27, 2012
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.
Caring for Aging Parents: Five ways to Find the HumourApr 30, 2012
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.
Caring for Elderly Parents: How to Feel PositiveMay 01, 2012
As a caregiver you constantly battle emotions and balance responsibilities and demands every day. But don't forget what brings you happiness.
Tips to Improve Your Mental HealthMay 07, 2012
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...
Five Ways Dark Chocolate Boosts Seniors HealthMay 08, 2012
Want to boost your brain's function and reduce cardiovascular disease? Eat dark chocolate! Be sure to try the easy recipes here too.
Seniors and Depression: Fight It Naturally With Social EngagementMay 09, 2012
Many seniors experience depression because of lost loved ones, loneliness or physical limitations. But depression is not inevitable if you are social.
Senior Care Resources: Getting Help at HomeMay 14, 2012
Need advice planning your health care options or want to find support now? The Senior Care Advisor Tool can help! Read more...
Need motivation to exercise? Try prediction events!May 10, 2012
With warmer spring weather comes our desire to be outdoors and active but it can be hard to stay motivated. Prediction activities can help!
Caring for aging parents: Feel like your life is on hold?May 15, 2012
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 Fight Depression Naturally With Exercise and SleepMay 18, 2012
Seniors can help themselves to alleviate depression with regular exercise. It improves mood, strength and balance and sleep.
Living Well With Dementia Photo Contest: ClosedMay 24, 2012
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...
How to cope with your elderly parent's anxiety: 15 tipsMay 23, 2012
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.
How to communicate with a parent who has Alzheimer'sMay 25, 2012
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.
My midlife crisis with a geriatric twistMay 29, 2012
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.
Helping your aging parent when they have to give up drivingMay 31, 2012
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.
How to Prevent Heart Disease: Top 10 TipsJun 01, 2012
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.
Seniors Fight Depression Naturally With Diet and Nutrition (Part 2)Jun 04, 2012
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.
Create your caregiving experience, don't just react to itJun 07, 2012
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.
Best Retirement Quotations EverJun 11, 2012
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!
10 Easy Ways for Seniors to Lose WeightJun 12, 2012
Sometimes losing a few pounds is a necessary step to improving your health. Here are ten easy ways to lose weight and improve wellbeing.
Six ways to improve your life this summerJun 13, 2012
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.
Ten great ways to relieve the pain of arthritisJun 15, 2012
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.
Help the sandwich generation de-stress on Twitter!Jun 19, 2012
Are you stressed out? Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation? Are you on Twitter? Join us for solutions and a fun tweetchat!
Make Caregiving a Choice and Reduce Your StressJun 20, 2012
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.
Welcome to Peri-Menopause LaneJul 18, 2012
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...
How to volunteer at a retirement homeJun 21, 2012
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!
Get your mental house in order before retirement: Five tipsJun 22, 2012
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: Video Games May Help Seniors Improve BalanceJul 04, 2012
VIDEO: Lloyd Kitchen has a fun way of staying active, bowling on the Wii with his fellow residents.
It's 11 o'clock. Do you know where your mother is?Jul 05, 2012
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?
The Real Deal: Life at Seasons Retirement HomesJul 09, 2012
'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.
Herbal Tea Gardening: Grow Your Own Herbal Iced TeasJul 10, 2012
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.
Bucket List Ideas: 17 Ideas That Might Change Your LifeJul 20, 2012
Looking for some ideas to add to your bucket list? Here are 17 great, mostly unconventional, bucket list suggestions. Read more...
Have a Drink! Mom's Retirement Home Trial Stay Was a Bust.Jul 11, 2012
What do you do when you realize your mom's trial stay at the retirement home was a bust? Have a drink? Yikes!
How to move on when your parents pass awayJul 12, 2012
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.
Seven Best Places to Retire in CanadaMay 20, 2017
Comfort Life presents seven of Canada's top retirement cities and towns from coast to coast. Do you agree? What are your favourites?
Down with Bingo? Real Life Programming in Assisted LivingJul 19, 2012
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.
Do seniors with mild dementia belong in independent living?Jul 27, 2012
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?
How pets benefit retirement home seniorsJul 30, 2012
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!
Charming Senior's Video Wins Online ContestAug 03, 2012
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!
Refill Buddy Makes Refilling Prescriptions Fast and EasyAug 06, 2012
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!
How to find the best long-term care homeAug 07, 2012
Before choosing a long term care community for your family member, consider some of the following key questions.
How Portable Music Players Help Keep Seniors Minds ActiveAug 09, 2012
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...
Caregiver Support: Health and Wellness TipsAug 10, 2012
Finding yourself stressed out and overwhelmed? Consider some of these tips to avoid caregiver burnout. Read more...
Lost in the Continent of Incontinence: maximum protection for those fits of laughterAug 14, 2012
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...
10 Steps For Better Mental HealthAug 29, 2012
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...
When Your Family Doctor Retires — Advice for SeniorsAug 30, 2012
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...
VIDEO: The Importance of Active LivingSep 05, 2012
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.
6 Benefits of Interest Classes for SeniorsSep 06, 2012
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...
Book Review: "Solace" by Walter St. John, Ed.D.Sep 10, 2012
"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 MonthSep 13, 2012
September is Alzheimer's month. A great way to acknowledge those Canadians suffering from Alzheimer's Disease is to celebrate their contributions. Read more...
5 Ways to Avoid Alzheimer's DiseaseSep 18, 2012
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...
Comfort Life's New Ebook: Alzheimer's and Dementia HandbookOct 01, 2012
Resources for adults, seniors and caregivers who are at risk, or living with someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia. Read more...
Salt-Free Recipes for AutumnOct 02, 2012
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...
The Benefits of Eating FishOct 03, 2012
Is it okay to eat fish regularly or should you be concerned about the mercury risk? Get answers to these common questions. Read more...
VIDEO: Low Salt CookingOct 05, 2012
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...
Everyday Superfoods You Probably Have at Home Right NowOct 09, 2012
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: Exercise Tips at HomeNov 07, 2012
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...
Living Life to the Fullest: How an Avid Cyclist Spends His TimeNov 20, 2012
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 in the Body?Jan 23, 2013
What is inflammation and how can you prevent it? Read more...
Why Getting Older is a Good ThingMay 20, 2013
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 MonthJan 16, 2014
January is Glaucoma awareness month. Vision loss can be prevented if glaucoma is detected and treated early. Read more...