Monthly Archives: August 2016

Transitioning Smoothly

Senior transitioning from hospital to home accompanied by family

Imagine this; you’ve finally made it home after a long day at work. After unpacking your things, you start tidying up the kitchen in order to prepare dinner for tonight. Your daughter should be home from soccer practice soon and you know she’ll be hungry. You start to cut up some vegetables when the phone rings. It’s the hospital. They’ve called to tell you that dad is ready to be released from the hospital, in an hour from now – but… you thought this wasn’t happening for another two weeks? A tidal wave of mixed emotions starts crashing through your mind: joy, panic, relief, worry. You’re so glad he’s better, but how are you going to deal with helping dad on top of all the other things going on in your life?

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Apps for Seniors: Our Top Picks for Your Loved Ones

Savvy senior using an app in her tablet

Apps. Even if you don’t know what they are or how they work, we’re sure you’ve heard the word. “App” is an abbreviation for ‘application software’, which can actually refer to any type of software on a computer (like Microsoft Word or the Google Search Engine in your internet browser, for example). However, for the most part, when your son, daughter or friend is using the term ‘app’, they’re referring to the programs that are specifically designed to use on their mobile devices, like their cell phones or tablets. There are thousands of apps available today and new ones are being developed as you read this. There for apps to cover pretty much anything and everything; from help with managing your finances to crushing candies for points.

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Maintaining Independence and Dignity

Happy independent senior

You might be stuck wondering what to do. Mom and Dad’s health is starting to slowly decline. Maybe you’re noticing little differences in the way they handle day-to-day tasks. You walk in for a visit and notice the oven is still on, or the laundry hamper is overflowing. Wasn’t Mom in that outfit two days ago – how long has she been wearing that? You are thinking that it’s time for them to have help, but you know they would hate the idea of living in a retirement residence. Weighing the options of staying at home or not often leaves you feeling helpless. It’s like hitting a brick wall; most seniors would rather stay in their own home – but they also want to stay independent by taking care of themselves. So, again they’re left with the question, “What do we do?”

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Intergenerational Activities for Summer

senior, accompanied of daughter and grandkids playing family games

If you’re a family caregiver, summertime can often be overwhelming. You spend a lot of time looking after your parents and now your own children are home as well. Planning activities for everyone to do together can reduce a lot of stress and will benefit the whole family. Intergenerational Activities, otherwise known as Multigenerational Activities, can improve the quality of life for older adults and can teach younger generations a stronger appreciation for aging and the elderly. The social and mental stimulation created by these activities is truly beneficial for aging minds, however, it’s the sheer enjoyment of being with family that we’re hoping will brighten their mood and yours. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”

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