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Living Proof That Pets Enhance Life as You Age

Millie Jameson lost her husband of 49 years suddenly at age 75.   After months of feeling paralyzed with shock and distress, what finally helped her grief subside, was adopting a cat from a local rescue agency. (more…)

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Yahoo! Rodeo and Exhibition Activities for Seniors

Summer has officially arrived in Alberta. With many of the province's world famous agricultural celebrations, exhibitions, and rodeos there is no better time to enjoy the outdoors. Not only are these events an excellent way participate in Alberta's vibrant western culture, but they’re an opportunity for seniors to stay active outdoors. Studies indicate that seniors’ who spend time outside improve their overall well-being and outlook on life.   We have created a list of recommended activities that all generations can enjoy, along with some tips to help guarantee seniors’ comfort and enjoyment this summer.   1)      Watch a Parade A parade is an activity that the whole family will love. Get the perfect spot by heading out early and take comfortable chairs. Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks to stay nourished while you enjoy the bands and admire the  Read More...

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Meet Our Residents ~ Tilley Schlossberger (AgeCare Orchard Manor)

At 104, you can bet that Tilley Schlossberger has a vast collection of life experiences, and she relays her stories with surprising clarity and an upbeat tone.   Tilley was born in Grayson Saskatchewan to parents Annamarie and Harry. “I don’t remember my father at all, we lost him in World War l, leaving my mother on her own with three children,” she explained.   When Tilley’s mother found new love, Karl joined the family with six kids of his own, so together the pair raised nine kids, and by Tilley’s account, this oversized family was a happy lot.   “Karl was a wheat farmer and we lived in a modest house. I walked nearly three miles to school twice a day starting at age six, right until I finished school at the age of 13,” said Tilley. “Then I  Read More...

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Meet Our Residents ~ Adeline & Dale (AgeCare Valleyview)

Meet Dale and Adeline; Married for 13 years and each other’s second chance at love.   Dale worked on his parent’s farm as a boy and started every morning at the crack of dawn. He would get up and try to find the cows all spread out in the fields and bring them in for milking, a chore that had to be done three times a day. His chores always dragged on until the late morning forcing him to run to school so he was not late. However Dale never complained, as he puts it, “You had to do what was needed.”   By the time he was 20 he was managing a small plot of land with cattle. As he started to describe his little piece of heaven I can feel the winds he describes that would blow through  Read More...

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Dancing for Good Reason – It’s Great For Your Health and Wellness!

If you Google ‘old people dancing’ – I guarantee you will be entertained! Seniors everywhere are letting it be known that a little grey hair and a knee replacement or two does not mean the dance is over!   Check out this dancing queen… she’s amazing… and happy too!     Ellie Harding is a perfect example of a senior who doesn’t let her age get in the way of her two-stepping. At 80, she still hosts a lively dance night with friends and family once a month at her Varsity residence in Calgary.   “I may be getting up there but boy I’m telling you – dancing keeps me young!” She told a group of us mid-lifers – friends gathering to celebrate her daughter Jill’s 50th birthday. None of us had any idea Jill’s mom would be the life  Read More...

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Tips on Proper Eating and Nutrition as You Age

Bread for the Journey As we March toward spring it is the perfect time to reinforce the importance of eating well. This can be especially challenging for seniors who live independently and alone, and are not inclined to put the thought and time into preparing a proper meal just for themselves. If poor appetite or simple disinterest is your problem, here are some tips that might help: Set the stage Choose a comfortable place to have your meals and create an inviting eating space with flowers, nice music and a favourite place setting. Alter the venue If the kitchen or dining table seems drab try having meals outside on the deck (temperatures permitting), or in front of a favourite TV program. You can also improve your meal time by perusing paper or reading a favourite novel while you eat. Work  Read More...

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Meet our Resident ~ Millie Robson (AgeCare Valleyview)

If there is such a thing as a gene for being caring and helpful, no doubt, Millie has it in spades. These qualities have been guiding her for much of her life, first as a nurse, then as a wife and mother, and now as a good Samaritan and friend to those around her at Valleyview.   Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Millie graduated high school and went on to become a nurse, where she found great passion in assisting with operations. “Ms. Beach, the head nurse at the time, put me to work in the operating room and I loved every minute of it,” she said.   Ironically, one of Millie’s nursing instructors some 50 years ago was Marjorie Middleton, another resident at Valleyview. Now friends, the two remember each other from days gone by and think it’s a coincidence that their paths brought them back under one roof. “Marj was the first person  Read More...

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Therapeutic Recreation for Seniors

Activities for the mind, body and soul! My sister and I recently toured a variety of independent and assisted living residences, seeking just the right ‘next move’ for our parents, now well into their 80s. After multiple visits to south Calgary residences, we found ourselves at AgeCare’s Walden Heights, where we encountered a plethora of amenities that checked all our boxes and made this facility a stand out.   “This might be the one!” we said out loud to each other; what a relief it would be to find a great new living situation for our parents after our lengthy and exhaustive search.   At AgeCare Walden Heights we were immediately impressed with the warmth and vibrancy of the supportive living residence. The staff we encountered were knowledgeable and professional, but it was their warmth and kindness we ultimately won  Read More...

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Meet our Resident ~ Bob Mackenzie (AgeCare Valleyview)

At 77 Bob has plenty to be thankful for, but like most, his good fortune did not come without some bumps along the road. When Bob shares the stories of his youth, he fondly recalls his love of farming, and he also details the struggles that undoubtedly build his strong character and enduring will.   Born in Skiff, Alberta, Bob was an only child to parents whom, when he was young, inherited their parents’ farm near Del Bonita, Alberta. Relocating the family to adopt the farmstead near the Alberta-Montana border came with many challenges for his parents, but Bob did appreciate the lifestyle it afforded him as a young boy.   “I loved the farm – we raised cattle and pigs,” he said with nostalgia. “I would run after my father who was on the tractor working the fields. We  Read More...

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The Loneliness Factor: Helping Seniors Feel Connected

Nowadays we often hear that people are living longer, but the reality is, those later years in life can be a lonely time for many.   “My husband is gone, my kids are busy with their own lives, it’s hard to meet people and feel in touch,” said 79-year-old JoAnne Wilson. JoAnne laments about her longing for the past. “I miss the days when we had a house full of kids and friends up and down the street. I never expected my life would be this empty.”   According to the National Seniors’ Council, isolation among seniors is both prevalent and concerning. Enough so that our government has instituted programs and services to try and fortify seniors with activities and social opportunities. The belief is that isolation leads to poor health and vulnerability.   Indeed this is a concerning issue  Read More...

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Heartwarming Gifts for Seniors

As you scour the malls looking for just the right gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, consider the fact that a gift that involves sharing and caring means so much more than any gift that will take up space in your loved one’s simplified living area. In other words consider giving a gift that truly hits the sweet spot … one that will fill up their hearts without cluttering their living space.   Here are wonderful gifts that have warmed the hearts of some seniors… in their own words:   Together Time “My daughter is incredibly busy with a full-time career and two young active kids. For Christmas she gave me the best gift ever… a whole day of helping her bake Christmas goodies. I shared all sorts of my favourite recipes and I even showed her my tricks  Read More...

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