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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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Everyday Activities … Exercise in Disguise

You hear it all the time… exercise is good for you. It is important for your physical, mental and emotional health. It makes you stronger, improves balance, controls weight and can boost your energy and your mood. Research shows exercise can ward off disease, reduce the symptoms of chronic illness and possibly even extend your life expectancy. These are all good reasons to exercise!   However, logic and compelling arguments don’t necessarily add up to incentive for seniors who may be contending with the aches and pains of arthritis and experiencing diminishing strength, energy and appetite.   If this is you, don’t despair. Exercise doesn’t have to be all or nothing; there are reasonable alternatives in between. Here’s an approach that might work for you.   Reframe it! With a goal of working up to a feasible (age recommended) exercise  Read More...

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Boundless Giving: Caregivers Soldier On

Ensure that you secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. It’s that simple – take care of yourself first; take care of your loved ones second.   Caregiving for an aging family member is no small feat. It’s a herculean role – often without the hoopla of gratitude, recognition and rewards. Anyone in a perpetual caregiving role knows the toll it can take – the physical, emotional, and often financial strain it can create. And yet not doing it… not providing the best you can for a loved one is unthinkable.   And so caregivers soldier on.   If this is you – one of many vertebrae in the invisible backbone of the health care system, here are a few things you need to know. First and foremost, you are a hero. Perhaps an underappreciated, underpaid, unsung hero –  Read More...

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Get seniors talking: Happy National Seniors Day

Seniors Rock, let’s get them talking! Seniors are a national treasure; a wealth of wisdom, experience and time-tested insights. But like precious gems they need to be mined; unearthed and valued – their luster restored.   Today, October 1st, is National Seniors Day! We can all think of a senior who has made an impact in our lives. They are our mentors, our leaders, our grandparents and our loved ones. They are our volunteers, our neighbours and our role models.   If you are fortunate enough to have seniors in your life, you may have discovered the art of enriching your time together by coaxing stories out of them. Indeed they have many… and sharing can rekindle their passions while endowing you with a treasure chest of meaningful memories.   If you are so inclined, you might choose to tape-record your  Read More...

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Seniors on the Move: Discussion on Downsizing

For some, the idea of making a move to retirement or seniors’ communities holds great appeal, but the thought of downsizing has a paralyzing effect.   It’s easy to understand why. Some have spent decades in their homes, raising their families, harvesting memories and amassing great collections of meaningful keepsakes. Sifting through these sentimental treasures is sure to stir up longings for days gone by.   Others have moved more frequently throughout their lives and perhaps done plenty of downsizing. Some actually enjoy thinning out their belongings at regular intervals. However, as age becomes a factor, the process of paring down can become overwhelming especially for those experiencing challenges such as diminished strength, ailing health, and/or waning energy.   Moving at any stage of life can be stressful. How does one manage such a feat when first you have to  Read More...

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Seniors and their pets: can they stay together?

Creature Comfort... Aging with Pet Love For centuries, humans have enjoyed deeply nurturing and enriching bonds with their pets. Creatures of all kinds can lift our spirits, comfort us, shower us with affection and surround us with boundless love.   For some seniors, their furry or feathered friend might be the best part of their day. Their pets might be the reason they get out of bed; the reason they still venture out for a daily walk; one of the few things that makes them smile.   If you have an aging parent or loved one with a devoted pet, chances are it’s heartbreaking to think about having to separate them from one another, down the road.   At AgeCare we believe that having pets in senior homes can not only provide companionship and increase the quality of life for  Read 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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