Senior Scene October 16,2017

Last week I was busy extoling you with the virtues of having a proper fire evacuation plan so I did not have the opportunity to talk about World Sight Day – the 2nd Thursday of every October. This is the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. This year’s call to action was: “Make Vision Count”; …

Senior Scene October 9, 2017

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Smoke and fire spread fast. There is no time to figure out how to escape AFTER a fire starts. That is why it is so important that everyone has working smoke alarms in their home and that they practice a home …

Senior Scene October 2,2017

October is community support services month, and these agencies support nearly one million Ontarians each year including seniors and people with disabilities. They help clients live independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible, and reduce the burden on family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. The sector employs over 20,000 people and engages …

Senior Scene September 25,2017

Last week my column spoke to the value of routine and schedules as they apply when you are supporting an individual with dementia. This week I am going to share some additional information that might be of assistance as you and someone you care for travel the unforgiving journey that is dementia. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, your loved …

Senior Scene September 18, 2017

Thursday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. This is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that impacts mental functioning. There is no doubt that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be a difficult journey, but it …

Senior Scene for September 11, 2017

Sixteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001 I was living in Vancouver.  I always turned on the television to the news every morning while I got ready to go to work.  It was 5:46 a.m. Pacific time when the first plane hit the Twin Towers and I recall thinking it was an advertisement for a movie or something.  At …

Senior Scene for September 4, 2017

This has to be one of my favourite times of the year – sunshine during the day, cool evenings for sleeping and lots of fruits and veggies at the local farmer’s stands.  With this in mind, I am going to share some information about “Stroke Prevention with Fruits and Vegetables”. Over two decades ago, researchers discovered that eating fruits and …

Senior Scene August 28, 2017

The summer months are quickly receding into figments of our imagination as Labour Day approaches and all the young people return to the classrooms for another session of “education”. While my days of eagerly anticipating the first day of school are long past, I can well remember what the curriculum contained, the level of respect we accorded to our teachers, …

Senior Scene August 14, 2017

The temperature has finally risen to an acceptable summer level, but as the hot, humid weather persists, the need to pay attention to seniors and their well-being increases. It is absolutely imperative to remain properly hydrated during this type of weather, and this is often a struggle for the elderly and their caregivers. Two-thirds of the human body is made …

Senior Scene July 31, 2017

It’s a fact; more and more people are living alone than at any time in recent history. More than fifty percent of those over age 75 live by themselves. For adults over age 50, millions are affected by isolation. 26 percent of those over 75 will be at an increased risk of death by living alone. Social isolation in seniors …

Senior Scene July 24, 2017

I am certain that almost all of my readers have experienced the phenomenon I am writing about this week – it is around the dinner hour and you are just sitting down to eat and the telephone rings. You push aside your meal and rush to answer it, but when you do, there is no one on the other end. …

Senior Scene July 17, 2017

This week’s column is a huge departure from the fun and frivolity of the subject matter last week, but the topic of death came up with a friend so I thought it was prudent to share some information on this subject matter. Our conversation was centred on the topic of funeral arrangements and the difficult decisions that loved ones were …