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82-Year-Old Grandma Reveals Her Secret To A Long Life

Mabel Sparling has a bus pass and she uses it several times a week to visit the mall near her retirement community.   At the mall, Mabel gets her daily dose of exercise, meets her granddaughter Jenny for coffee, and visits the greeting card aisle of her favourite gift shop – specifically – she spends copious amounts of time reading the humorous cards.   “That’s the ticket to a good day,” says Mabel, “you’ve got to get your laughter in.”   At 82, Mabel is well-known to everyone in her seniors' community, along with several city transit drivers who find themselves buoyed by her sunny disposition. By all accounts, Mabel is perpetually cheerful.   “It’s contagious - her sense of Read More...

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Seniors on the Move: Discussion on Downsizing

For some, the idea of making a move to retirement or seniors’ communities holds great appeal, but the thought of downsizing has a paralyzing effect.   It’s easy to understand why. Some have spent decades in their homes, raising their families, harvesting memories and amassing great collections of meaningful keepsakes. Sifting through these sentimental treasures is sure to stir up longings for days gone by.   Others have moved more frequently throughout their lives and perhaps done plenty of downsizing. Some actually enjoy thinning out their belongings at regular intervals. However, as age becomes a factor, the process of paring down can become overwhelming especially for those experiencing challenges such as diminished strength, ailing health, and/or waning energy.   Moving at any stage of life can be stressful. How does one manage such a feat when first you have to  Read More...

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Seniors and their pets: can they stay together?

Creature Comfort... Aging with Pet Love For centuries, humans have enjoyed deeply nurturing and enriching bonds with their pets. Creatures of all kinds can lift our spirits, comfort us, shower us with affection and surround us with boundless love.   For some seniors, their furry or feathered friend might be the best part of their day. Their pets might be the reason they get out of bed; the reason they still venture out for a daily walk; one of the few things that makes them smile.   If you have an aging parent or loved one with a devoted pet, chances are it’s heartbreaking to think about having to separate them from one another, down the road.   At AgeCare we believe that having pets in senior homes can not only provide companionship and increase the quality of life for  Read More...

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Checklist for Choosing a Retirement Community

Like so many other big decisions along the aging spectrum, choosing an retirement home for your loved one can feel stressful and overwhelming. Will they be happy there? Will they feel at home? Will they be safe and secure? Will the cost be manageable?  The list below can serve as a guide in your decision-making process. #1 Location and proximity Change is hard for most people and can be especially hard for seniors. Aim for a location that is close to family and friends as well as services and activities your loved one still hopes to enjoy (e.g. shopping, walking, church). Choosing a community that is familiar to your loved one will make the adjustment somewhat easier. #2 Health and wellness requirements Different communities offer varied levels of personal care and health services. When assessing a good fit for your loved  Read More...

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5 Signs It Might Be Time For a Retirement Community: Independent Living

It's never easy to come to terms with having a parent transition from living at home to moving to a senior’s community. The process requires a lot of adjustments, but is an inevitable part of the aging process.   With so many different options, it can be daunting to choose the type of living arrangement that best suits your loved one and their unique circumstances. What is Independent Living? Independent Living is perfect for active seniors who are looking for maintenance free living in a safe environment.  They would still have access to home care services, but also have access to additional support services such as meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and emergency response. 5 Signs that Independent Living might be right for your loved one are: Struggling with keeping up with household tasks such grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Feeling  Read More...

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Caregiver Relief: Respite care can allow a caregiver a much needed break

In order to maintain the healthy relationship between the caregiver and senior, caregivers often use the time that respite care gives them to take a “caregiver vacation”. Perhaps there is a long-awaited vacation or a planned surgery and their loved one cannot be left on their own during this time. Respite care can provide short-term, temporary care to someone who needs assistance. These stays range from a day, weeks to several months, depending on your specific needs.   Caregivers can have peace of mind that in their absence their loved ones are receiving the care they need. Meanwhile their loved ones will enjoy the socialization and recreation respite stays can provide.   In Alberta, a caregiver (spouse or family member) who provides daily care to a senior can receive funding for respite care through the Alberta Government’s Special Needs Assistance  Read More...

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National Nursing Week: Nursing teams leading the way to healthier, happier seniors.

Every day, residents of our community rely on the compassion and expertise of nursing professionals.   “Our nursing department provides quality nursing care through a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to meet the individual needs of each resident,” says Dr. Kabir Jivraj AgeCare’s Managing Director. “Nursing staff assist our residents to meet their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs so they can realize the best quality of life possible.”   Nursing Week is a time to recognize the year-round commitment and achievements of nurses and to recognize their contributions to the well-being of Canadians. Our nursing teams are truly Leading the Way to healthier, happier seniors. With the help of this dedicated team, AgeCare communities have become known and respected for their quality personnel and professional care.   "I am again reminded how important it is to recognize and celebrate the commitment that our nurses have  Read More...

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5 ways you can show you care on National Caregivers Day

At some point in their lives, nearly half (46%) of Canadians have provided care to a family member or friend with aging needs, a disability, or a long-term health condition. In honour of National Caregivers we want to thank these dedicated caregivers across country. Is there someone in your life you wish to thank?  5 ways you can show you care on National Caregivers Day Let the person know you are always available to listen when they feel over-whelmed and need to talk. Do little things - they mean a lot. If you are going shopping phone and ask if you can pick something up for them. Give the caregiver a break, encourage them to look after themselves. Provide a change of scenery to that person, make it so easy for them to join in they can't resist. Phone them,  Read More...

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Respite Care: Options for Seniors and Caregivers

For many of today’s Canadians, providing care to an senior relative is a way of life. Many families provide services as volunteer caregivers so their parent or other relative can remain living at home, in a familiar and comfortable environment. The amount of care required by the senior in their care is dependent on the degree of disability or illness, but the situation can still be very stressful for caregivers over time. The physical, emotional, and even financial burdens can become overwhelming, despite the best intentions of the caregiver. Care for Caregivers In order to maintain the healthy relationship between the caregiver and senior, respite care offers a number of options. Respite care plays a large role in helping caregivers to maintain their own health, reduce stress levels, and either avoid or delay their loved ones permanent placement in a  Read More...

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Senior Care: Options for Couples

As couples age together, at some point one of them may change from being a loyal partner to having to provide or coordinate care for their spouse. This can be difficult when they may be ill or infirm themselves. For those who are able to remain at home, supportive living for seniors can ease the burden of care while they living in the familiar surroundings of their own home for as long as possible. Sometimes a spouse may be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or some other debilitating illness. Their partner may still be in good health and able to look after them to some degree at first. Yet even with assistance from fully qualified in-home caregivers, eventually this becomes almost impossible. Staying Together If a couple has been together for 40 or 50 years, the thought of being separated, even  Read More...

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