Senior Scene April 9, 2019

Although the temperatures are not indicative of Spring, it is the time of year to think about clearing our mind of the hibernation dust webs and ridding our home of all the winter clutter. There are many things to consider when we embark upon the spring cleaning ritual, and while organization, preparation and assistance is paramount for all of us …

Senior Scene April 2, 2018

Tomorrow, April 3rd represents the second annual Family Caregiver Day orchestrated by the Ontario Caregiver Coalition. There are over 3 million unpaid caregivers in the province, providing support to loved ones facing illness, disability or challenges associated with ageing. Family Caregiver Day is a chance to recognize, celebrate and bring awareness to the value of caregivers to Ontario’s families, the …

March is National March for Meals month and a time when agencies such as CCSH celebrate their fabulous meal programs for older adults. With this in mind I will devote this column to the virtues of a healthy, well-balanced diet for seniors. As people age there are many factors influencing their ability to adopt and sustain nutritional well being. Once …

Senior Scene March 19,2018

Have you grown weary of the vacuum cleaner salesman who throws dirt on your clean floor and then proceeds to demonstrate the amazing product he is selling at a ridiculously low price that requires a degree in Engineering to assemble? In late February there was good news for Canadians concerned about coercive and misleading salespeople on their doorsteps. A ban …

Senior Scene March 12,2018

This week I am going to write about one of my favourite past-times as I have been doing this for years – even before it became such a popular shopping solution – online shopping! I have always been one of those rare women that despised running from store to store looking for a specific item only to end up frustrated …

Senior Scene March 5,2018

Well, rumour had it that I was supposed to be on vacation in Arizona this week, but as life will have it that did not happen so I am on a partial “staycation”. With that in mind, I had elected to just share some interesting information with everyone as opposed to writing a serious column and I am going to …

Senior Scene February 26,2018

During the past few weeks I have been writing about food storage, best before dates and expiry dates and I am sure I had everyone scrambling to clean their refrigerators and cupboards. Today I am going to review food and nutrition for seniors on a broader scale, particularly with reference to the issue of malnutrition and the fact that 40 …

Senior Scene February 12, 2018

The end of January I wrote a column about “best before” dates on various food products and how they should affect our consumption and storage of various products. Today I am going to continue with that topic as this is often a real issue with seniors and other folks that live on their own and cook for one. Even though …

Senior Scene February 5,2018

The month of February is Heart month in Canada and a time to raise awareness for cardiovascular health. Many times a stroke is caused by an embolus that is formed in the heart or legs and travels to the brain, so it is considered a cardiovascular disease. A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, …

Senior Scene January 29, 2018

I was tidying my kitchen cupboards a couple of weeks ago, and I must confess that despite my usual level of diligence regarding the “dates” on various food products, I did find myself emptying out several boxes and containers into the trash. So this week I am going to delve into the subject of “best before” dates or the “expiry …

Senior Scene January 23, 2018

Last week I wrote about Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the focus of this year’s campaign being the stigma accorded to dementia and the need to overcome this issue. Thornicroft stated that “Stigma can be seen as an overarching term that contains three important elements: 1) problems of knowledge (ignorance), 2) problems of attitude (prejudice), and 3) problems of behaviour (discrimination).” …

Senior Scene January 15, 2018

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness month in Canada and this year “it’s time for understanding” and that’s why we’re shining a light on the facts about people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Nationally people with dementia and their caregivers are challenging misconceptions so that the stigma that surrounds the disease can be reduced. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias …