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More Sleep Please

With our never-ending list of daily responsibilities, family obligations, and leisure activities, sleep can sometimes fall by the wayside. In some cases, this is not an easy fix, for instance, when lack of sleep is due to pain, a sleep disorder, or insomnia. Whatever the cause, researchers urge us to change habits and seek solutions, as more and long-term studies show that lack of sleep is a detriment to our health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over the age of 18 require at least seven hours of sleep per night, and those over 60 would benefit from closer to eight hours of sleep. Sleep serves a multitude of functions that renew and restore every cell Read More...

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More Sleep Please

With our never-ending list of daily responsibilities, family obligations, and leisure activities, sleep can sometimes fall by the wayside. In some cases, this is not an easy fix, for instance, when lack of sleep is due to pain, a sleep disorder, or insomnia. Whatever the cause, researchers urge us to change habits and seek solutions, as more and long-term studies show that lack of sleep is a detriment to our health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over the age of 18 require at least seven hours of sleep per night, and those over 60 would benefit from closer to eight hours of sleep. Sleep serves a multitude of functions that renew and restore every cell in the human body. These tips might seem basic, but if you’re not getting enough sleep, they may hold the  Read More...

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Dementia Care – The AgeCare Way

AgeCare’s vision to provide exceptional care for residents with dementia has been a three-year labour of love, and today it is a vital part of our operations, with more training and innovations on the way. “More than 75 percent of our residents have some form of cognitive decline,” said Marilyn Willison-Leach, AgeCare Senior Vice President, Operations – Clinical Services. “Our vision is to ensure those living with dementia are enjoying the best quality of life possible, and that they are seen and appreciated for who they are.” AgeCare Dementia care initiatives currently include a myriad of calm and peaceful environments as well as themed spaces such as workshops, a nursery, and a homemaking area, to spark connections with the residents’ hobbies and past experiences. There are also multi-sensory rooms that are relaxing spaces with activities and tools to help reduce  Read More...

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Quality Spotlight: Albus Laundry and Linen Services

You may have noticed that AgeCare’s towels and facecloths are especially bright and clothesline fresh! These are just some of the noticeable qualities of our sister company, Albus Laundry and Linen Services. We are also proud to say that Albus utilizes a unique laundering process called ozone laundering that is environmentally friendly while also eliminating even the most persistent pathogens – including COVID-19! AgeCare didn’t just stumble upon this exceptional laundry service. Our founders built this company to provide better products and services for residents in our Calgary and area communities. The difference is noticeable! With no harsh chemicals – just ozone bubbles and cold water – our linens last longer, our towels are soft and fresh, Mother Nature is pleased, and residents get the royal treatment they deserve!  

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Heart to Heart

Kristy Thackeray, a social worker at AgeCare in Calgary, is grateful to be turning 40 this May. She has a message to share with others, as Canada observes National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week. “If you are willing to receive an organ, you should be willing to donate one.” Kristy was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy. For months she faced the dire possibility of imminent death if a donated heart did not become available to her. On May 26, 1996, while enroute to Texas to realize her dream of meeting Reba McEntire – a wish granted by the Children’s Wish Foundation – Kristy’s family received word that a heart was available. Immediately the teen and her family were rerouted back to Edmonton where doctors performed a successful heart  Read More...

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