Tag Archives: Seniors

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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Let’s Talk about DRIVING

It’s hard to talk about driving with your parents

It’s hard to talk about driving with the ones you love. For many people – not only seniors –  that licence is a symbol of independence, control, freedom, or confidence. It means not having to rely on anyone else; it means not feeling like a burden.

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Making decisions about end of life

Making decisions about end of life will give you peace of mind

End-of-life planning can bring a sense of calm, knowing that your family understands what you want at the close of your life. It also may be important to you that your loved ones know that certain decisions within your control will be carried out. Decisions about where you prefer to die, if you want extraordinary measures taken to prolong your life, and who you want to receive your possessions have less of a chance to result in family squabbles if your loved ones know your wishes. Completing this step can give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve helped those left behind better cope with your passing. And that can take the burden off decisions they could otherwise struggle to make.

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FACEBOOK: Keeping Seniors Connected

FACEBOOK: Keeping Seniors Connected

I took a call from “Douglas” today, who was looking to arrange home care services for himself.  What caught me off-guard was that  he mentioned that he found our listing on Facebook.  Did I mention that “Douglas” was 88 years old?  At a time, when I (in my 40’s) have barely grown comfortable using both thumbs to text, more and more seniors are becoming tech savvy.  In fact, senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook.

Surveys reflect that older Canadians are increasingly following their younger counterparts into the world of social media, with Facebook by far the most popular way to network, a new poll suggests. They are also jumping on board Facebook,TwitterYou Tube and more, as they realize it is fun and provides real benefits.  I can think of several reasons for them doing so, for those living on their own or in facilities, but one reason predominates.

Social Media keeps families connected and closer together.  It’s not unfamiliar to hear a senior say, “I wish I heard more often from my children/grandchildren”. In a day and age where it is unlikely to find someone without a cell phone you’d think that calls to senior loved ones would be more common than ever.  However, a new generation of data plan users have replaced the need to use this technology to make phone calls and replaced it with the benefits of social media.

Accordingly, seniors are realizing that by using Facebook, it is easier to keep up with what is going on in the lives of loved ones.  It also makes for more frequent and comfortable conversations between generations than most would otherwise experience if the phones were used simply for calls.  Let’s not forget that the overwhelming majority of photographs are now digital and sharing of memories are now easier than ever through social media.   Grandparents can now go online and see pictures taken just moments before by their grandchildren, creating a feeling of closeness that was never possible with mailed photos. Most importantly, with most families living apart and with the worry of missed appointments or medications, potential falls, or other potential vulnerabilities of aging Facebook enables families to check in on their loved one as well.

If this isn’t enough, Facebook is also an opportunity for seniors to engage in recreational activity (games), discounts and giveaways and make new friends.   Our own site provides relevant community events, educational resources, and local news.   Let’s not forget, had it not been for Facebook I might not have had the opportunity to connect with “Douglas”.

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Keeping A Senior Tech Savvy

Keeping A Senior Tech Savvy

Technology has come a long way over the course of older adults’ lifetimes.  From the music we listen to on our MP3 players to the recipes and pictures we share on Facebook, technology has become a huge part of our daily lives.  While the online world is typically considered the domain of the young, that stereotype is swiftly changing as older generations become more aware of the benefits that modern technology can provide.

Technology has the potential to play a key role in helping seniors stay independent and socially active. It gives them the tools to remain connected with family and friends, keep in touch with the larger world through news and even take part in enjoyable physical activity through the use of gaming systems.

Your loved one may be skeptical about the use of technology or may need some guidance. It’s important to remember to be patient with them. Don’t be afraid to show your loved one how to use these tools in ways that are valuable to them and that can benefit them in their everyday lives.

1.  Ask them if they’d like to learn about technology

Seniors may be interested in learning to use technology but reluctant to ask for help because they don’t want to be a burden. Encourage them to ask questions often and to learn by your example.

2. Integrate technology into their everyday routine

Seniors may develop more of an interest in technology if it relates to their lives.  Introduce your loved one to different apps and programs that can connect them to family and friends, like e-mail, access to on-line recipes, and sites that relate to areas of special interest.

3. Show, don’t tell

Visual learning is perhaps the easiest way to pick up a new skill. Help seniors get comfortable with technology by taking the time to sit down with them and show them how it all works.

4. Balance online and offline activities

Technology is a great tool, but it shouldn’t be a replacement for the hobbies and activities people love to do offline. Encourage the seniors in your life to split their time healthily between online activities, outdoor recreation and face-to-face socializing.

5. Choose wisely when purchasing tech gadgets

Just as you wouldn’t wear heels on a hiking expedition, don’t buy technology that doesn’t fit a loved one’s needs. Do your research and choose your tools carefully. Consider factors such as user-friendliness and technical support availability rather than basing your purchase solely on price or your personal preference.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Senior Dad

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Senior Dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, plans for spoiling dad should be under way.  Chances are, your dad is a baby boomer or even older. With people living longer these days and more and more boomers hitting retirement age, the infamous Father’s Day blue striped tie probably isn’t the right gift for your still quite active father.

Intangibles. That’s the ticket. Father’s Day gifts should be consumables, which can be eaten, used, spent, sipped or enjoyed. No dust catchers for later generations to sort, no hideous “Necktie of the Month Club” ties.

  1. Do a dad check. This means simply standing in dad’s shoes for a few minutes and seeing what items he might need upgraded that would make a great Father’s Day present. For example, if he has trouble reaching into his back pocket for his wallet, consider getting him a wallet designed especially for the front pocket of his pants. If it is difficult for him to turn lights on and off, maybe a clapper light would be a great gift idea.  The idea here is to get him a gift that will make something difficult for him become very easy, but to do so in a way that comes across as a considerate gift and not one that focuses on how he is aging. You are shopping for dad’s day and the object is to make him feel appreciated and loved.
  2. If your dad plays golf, what better gift than tee-times? Many public clubs offer gift certificates. Even if you are a duffer, why not line up a tee-time or two with dear old dad? If he belongs to a private club, consider purchasing cart rentals or other extras that don’t come with membership.
  3. Digitize family pictures and put them on Dad’s computer. Help him set up email and social networking with family members. If Dad is a collector of family treasures, sort through and label items with an archival-quality pen.
  4. For fathers over 80, there’s a chance they may live in assisted living or a retirement home. Such facilities often have onsite barbers with gift certificates. Many offer occasional bus trips for an extra fee. If Dad isn’t driving anymore, pay for taxis or a car service to take him where he wants to go. If Dad can’t travel, bring family members to him.

All these gifts have one thing in common, your involvement. Dad doesn’t want more socks, he wants time with you! Make sure your Dad knows that “He’s the Greatest!” this Father’s Day.

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Please call 905-521-5500.

Call for a free personalized Care Consultation 905-521-5500