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How to Enhance the Holidays for Seniors ~ Gift Giving & Activity Suggestions

Gifting to Seniors As you set your sights on just the right gift for your senior loved one this holiday season, consider the fact that gifts that involve sharing and caring mean so much more than any gift that will take up space in their compact living area. Here are a few gift ideas that don’t include wrapping or clutter: Homemade baked goods or other favourite edibles A special outing (such as a Christmas concert, a play, afternoon tea, or a scenic drive) Personal pampering (nails, hair, foot care, or for grandpa - a hot towel shave) An afternoon together looking at pictures and sharing memories Enjoy a classic Christmas movie together A special church service, senior’s hymn sing, or Read More...

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How to Enhance the Holidays for Seniors ~ Gift Giving & Activity Suggestions

Gifting to Seniors As you set your sights on just the right gift for your senior loved one this holiday season, consider the fact that gifts that involve sharing and caring mean so much more than any gift that will take up space in their compact living area. Here are a few gift ideas that don’t include wrapping or clutter: Homemade baked goods or other favourite edibles A special outing (such as a Christmas concert, a play, afternoon tea, or a scenic drive) Personal pampering (nails, hair, foot care, or for grandpa - a hot towel shave) An afternoon together looking at pictures and sharing memories Enjoy a classic Christmas movie together A special church service, senior’s hymn sing, or Christmas tea   Making Holiday Plans With Seniors   Keep in mind that the holidays can be stressful for seniors,  Read More...

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The Truth about Getting Old ~ as Told by George Bowler

George Bowler stopped me in the hallway as I was hurrying along the corridor, trying to catch my stepdad before he assumed his usual spot in the dining room. George is my stepdad’s neighbour across the hall in the retirement community, where they’ve both resided for the past few years.   While George evidently remembered that I was coming to collect Ed for our Tim Horton’s lunch date, it was apparent that Ed had forgotten and gone about his usual lunch routine.   George greeted me with a robust "hello", and said he wanted to have a word with me. He said Ed had told him that I am a writer and he had a few things he wanted to say to a writer.   As we walked toward the dining room and witnessed Ed begin eating the inhouse lunch  Read More...

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Simple Ways to Enjoy the Last Weeks Summer

As we enjoy the last remaining weeks of summer, you can still enjoy all kinds of activities that are less accessible in the looming colder months.   For some, it’s that fix of art, music and cultural experiences that will bring them joy. For others, it’s reconnecting with nature and the outdoors. For those who enjoy food, summer brings a chance to get out and sample a plethora of culinary treats.   Whatever the interest, there are many wonderful ways for seniors to live their best life when the sun is shining and the flowers are still in bloom.   In case you need some suggestions, here are some fun summer activities to enjoy:   Music   Every city and town has a vast assortment of summer music concerts of every imaginable genre.   Some will opt for outdoor concerts  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ David (AgeCare SkyPointe)

Poet Walt Whitman once said that if you “keep your face always toward the sunshine [then the] shadows will fall behind you.”   Both his towering 6’2” stature and his friendly disposition have enabled AgeCare SkyPointe resident David to continually keep the sunshine on his face.   Growing up, David’s family and friends recognized that there was something unique about his disposition. However, it was not until he was almost 40 that he was given an official diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, which is now classified as Autism Spectrum Disorder.   Whatever shadows his diagnosis may have cast for him, however, David has found sunshine and purpose through his passion and talent for music.   David recalls grade school as being a difficult time.  Public schools in the 70s and 80s did not make accommodations for neuro-diverse students like David, and  Read More...

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Holiday Stories from the 30s & 40s ~ Elizabeth’s Story

Christmas in Belleville, New Brunswick One of my favourite Christmas memories surrounds mom’s wonderful Christmas fruitcake. My mouth waters just thinking of it now!   The memory of mom baking that cake is just so special … I think because it represented the beginning of the much anticipated and very exciting Christmas season. My mom put so much time and so much love into this cake and of course, it was rich with spices, raisins, mixed fruit, and our very own strawberry preserves.   Once the cake was baked it needed time to mellow, so mom would carefully and lovingly place it in this round metal tin and she then stored it in the coolest room of our house, one of the upstairs bedrooms that we closed off to save heat during the winter months. This was a very safe  Read More...

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Holiday Stories from the 30s & 40s ~ Marie’s Story

Christmas in Ashern, Manitoba Christmas in our home growing up was a very exciting time for us kids for many reasons, not the least of which was that there was baking in the house! This was rare because Mom had very little time to bake and there were sugar rations because we were in a time of war.   Dad would cut down an evergreen and often it went right to the ceiling. Then we kids would make paper decorations and strings of popcorn for the tree and for the whole house – though it was only maybe a few hundred square feet.   On our dinner table, there would be a perfectly formed wheat sheaf – hand picked by Dad in the fall, to represent ‘Father Time’. Under our dinner table Dad scattered fresh straw, to represent the manger,  Read More...

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Holiday Stories from the 30s & 40s ~ Alice’s Story

Christmas in Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan Growing up on the prairies during war and depression was challenging. But Christmas was always a wonderful celebration in our home.   We decorated the tree with popcorn strings and paper streamers - the whole atmosphere in our tiny home was remarkably joyful.   Our most important tradition, being Ukrainian, was our Christmas Eve dinner when mom would serve a 12-course meatless meal. One course for each of Christ’s apostles and the absence of meat to mark Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey on the eve of Christ’s birth. As my father explained – they had to really struggle so we were meant to experience a sacrifice – a lesson in gratitude was the theme of this holy evening for us.   The table looked so beautiful to me, set with a linen tablecloth and candles. Dad  Read More...

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4 Ways to Simplify Financial Affairs

It can become increasingly difficult to manage financial affairs, as we age. For many seniors, diminished ability to deal with money and personal business is a concern. If possible, the best solution is to engage a trusted family member in the process of paying bills and tending to financial obligations early on. This step, along with other actions, can bring much-needed resolve to the stress of managing finances. If your loved one is coming to a stage where they need this kind of help, the following measures are also worth considering:   1)    Lend a Hand If your loved one is still relatively independent but is expressing concern about staying on top of bills, taxes and other aspects of their financial affairs, this is your cue to lend a hand. Consider scheduling a monthly sit down with your loved one  Read More...

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Taking the STRESS out of a Senior’s Move

Often the thing that keeps seniors from considering a move from their home to a Retirement Living community is the daunting task of …. well everything to do with moving!   This is understandable, given that a move can take a huge toll on any of us at any age.   According to 79-year-old Mary Gunther in Calgary, there is absolutely no question in her mind, the best choice she ever made was to hire a company that ‘does it all for you’.   Mary’s kids were in all different cities, with full plates of their own. Mary hated the thought of tasking anyone – family or friends – with the hours that it would require to empty out her bungalow (her home of 27 years) and help her relocate to a retirement living community.   “I said to the  Read More...

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Meals Matter to Seniors

If you ask most people, a good meal matters. Seniors are no different. In fact, as you get older many people say that food becomes increasingly important since you are less able to enjoy other pleasures that you once took for granted.   “I used to spend a lot of time hiking, biking, exotic travel, long drives with my wife in the country. Now I can’t do any of those things, but I can still eat just fine and I don’t mind saying, I look forward to every meal,” said George Sinclair, a Calgary senior.   The problem is, says George, he is not exactly enamored with the menu at the place he chose to reside, but at the age of 80, he is reluctant to move.   At AgeCare, when it comes to food, listening is top of mind.  Read More...

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