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 …

Senior Scene January 8, 2018

We may have successfully weathered the holiday season with all its excesses, but now we are deeply entrenched in the “season of snow removal”. Normally I manage this task without too much difficulty, but unfortunately my snow blower will not start this season and I have been unable to get it repaired. Now I like to think that I am …

At our last monthly staff meeting one of my co-workers shared an article by Amy Morin that described 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude that will motivate you to give thanks year round. She prefaced the article with the statement – “Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.” I read …

Senior Scene December 4,2018

December 1st to 7th is National Safe Driving week according to the Canada Safety Council. Driving while fatigued is comparable to driving drunk, only there is not the same social stigma attached. Like alcohol, fatigue affects our ability to drive by slowing reaction time, decreasing awareness and impairing judgment. According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, fatigue is …

Senior Scene November 27,2017

Today marks the final countdown to the end of the annual Falls Prevention Month, but truly, preventing falls is an issue that should always be uppermost in everyone’s minds. Last week I wrote about a number of things that can impact on your ability to prevent a fall. Another common variable in falls prevention is your medications and understanding how …

Senior Scene November 13,2017

World Diabetes Day is held annually to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications and the care that people with this condition need. It is observed on November 14th each year. Diabetes is a condition that often goes undetected so you could be one of the many Canadians who have diabetes and do not know it. So, what are the …

Senior Scene November 6,2017

Thoughts of reduced stress and activity levels go hand in hand with the idea of retirement. A lifetime of hard work and perseverance has finally paid off, allowing for a lifestyle that suits you – freedom from the grind of daily life, freedom to live in a way that speaks to you. November 6 – 12 is National Senior Safety …

Senior Scene October 30,2017

It is that frightfully wonderful time of year again! All Hallows Eve, and I just could not resist searching the internet for some of the best (or worst) Halloween riddles ever. If you find yourself groaning check to make sure you are alone in the room – it could be a ghoulish surprise. Enjoy and laugh a little because it …

Senior Scene October 23,2017

Autumn has officially been with us for over a month now, but the lovely fall weather seems to have dissuaded many of us from our annual pursuit of “fall cleaning”. Fortunately the frost last week prompted me to get moving as it is time to prepare our lawns and gardens for the harsh winter weather, and ensure our home is …

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 …