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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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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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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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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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