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Finding Love Again ~ The Story of Eva Ingram

Eva Ingram is sporting a bright smile and a headful of soft grey curls these days – a pleasant sight after several rounds of one type of chemotherapy left her thinning and fragile just last year.   The curls are a gentle reminder of the precarious path she is traveling, with a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago that resulted in surgery and radiation, and then two years later the dreaded metastasis that called for a varied and ongoing chemotherapy regime.   “2016 was a very bad year for me,” said Eva. “I lost my brother in February, I lost my husband in April, then I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August that same year.”   But fighting for Read More...

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5 Tips for Better Brain Awareness in Seniors

There’s this buzz word out there that's not exactly new, but still has a sparkling effect; that sensation that makes us all want to sit up and take note.   Positive Aging. Sounds good right? (more…)

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Staying Active During the Cold Winter Months

It’s cold and icy outside. A stroll around the block or even the few steps to a waiting car is now hazardous for seniors. A sunny park bench across the street might look tempting, but a fall between here and there would be catastrophic. So what other options are there to keep your aging loved one moving and stimulated this winter? If they live in a senior’s residence: Endless activities and/or exercise programs available in-house (See AgeCare Seton's latest activities calendar for example) A daily walk in the halls – once up and down the stairs too if they are able. A daily visit to any of the main gathering areas - for movement and much needed social connection. A simple seated or standing stretching regime daily – under the direction of a family member or care team. Other options, and  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Sophie (AgeCare Valleyview)

When you meet Sophie, it’s hard to believe she is about to reach her century milestone! Sophie was born in 1918 in a farmhouse on a homestead near Bitter Lake School, Saskatchewan. She is one of nine children born to parents who emigrated from Yugoslavia. When she was in grade 7, Sophie was pulled out of school to help out on the family farm. Because of her excellent work ethic, she was promoted to ‘header box’ driver – driving a team of horses pulling the ‘header box’ full of cut wheat to be thrashed.   Tragically, when Sophie was just 19, a car crashed claimed the life her mother, and to this day, she can recall the heartache and turmoil of this devastating loss.   But struggle and adversity was a part of everyone’s life back then, and Sophie had  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Alberta (AgeCare Valleyview)

While Alberta tends to be quiet, she loves to be around people. Just a simple kind word or a smile makes her day.   Alberta was born in Medicine Hat and spent the first few years of her life on a farm in Whitla, Alberta. When her father got a job with the CRP the family moved back to Medicine Hat and attended Alexander High School before going on to work at Redcliff Glass Factory and the Medicine Hat Greenhouse. It was there, tending the roses in the greenhouse, that sparked Alberta’s lifelong passion for gardening. She loved her flowers and her garden was always beautiful.   Alberta met the love of her life at a dance in Medicine Hat. John (Jack) was stationed in Medicine Hat as a member of the number 34 Service Flying Training School which was  Read More...

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Meet Our Resident ~ Mary (AgeCare Valleyview)

If you’re in the mood to get beat at crib, stop and see Mary at AgeCare Valleyview! Mary will soon be 100 and she may have a few creaky bones, but she’s still got her wit, she keeps a close watch on bank statements, occasionally uses her iPad and her crib game is spot on!   Mary initially came to Valleyview 15 years ago after an unfortunate accident left her with a broken shoulder.  Staying in respite brought a great degree of comfort to Mary so after 15 years later she moved into AgeCare Valleyview to stay.   “I am very happy I decided to move here, the staff are very kind to me and I have a very close friend named Catherine,” she said. Mary rarely misses Bingo at Valleyview and she also enjoys the music events and the  Read More...

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Today I felt like my young self

We all want it – that feeling of independence; that sense of pride and purpose; the feeling of being seen and heard.   This doesn’t change with ageing, in fact, for some it amplifies. Such is the case with Hazel Peterson.   “All my life I’ve felt smart and capable. Now, just because I’m old and wrinkled, everyone decides it’s their business to mind my business,” said Hazel. “I just want to remind everyone; my eighty-three-year-old brain has learned a thing or two … I’m still pretty sharp!”   Hazel is a friend of my mom’s, living in the same retirement community in south Calgary. Whenever I’m visiting over the dinner hour, I love to seek her out and soak up her insight of the day. Her political knowledge is spot on, and her views on most other current affairs  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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Tips on Proper Eating and Nutrition as You Age

Bread for the Journey As we prepare to head into fall 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 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 mealtime by perusing paper or reading a favorite novel while you eat. Work  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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15 Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Planning a trip with (or for) an aging parent can be a wonderful way to grant a wish, or give a gift of immeasurable joy. Perhaps you have a parent who is longing to see a special friend or distant relative or to visit a land that holds special memories or appeal. Whatever the circumstances, here are some tips for planning a trip with a senior.   Research and plan extensively: Yes this is a given with any travel plans, but when it comes to traveling with a senior, thoughtful organization, careful planning and pre-emptive measures are mandatory. Also, once you have created an itinerary, it’s important to sit and go through it with your parent/s so they can ask questions and mentally prepare for the trip. This can help ease any anxiety and give them a chance to vocalize  Read More...

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