Mobility is a common issue for seniors in transition. They may find they are paying much more attention to how they will navigate their surroundings, especially if they are relocating to a completely different type of residence. Moving from a traditional home to a retirement home or a condominium may mean “no more stairs” but may require more walking. Why is that?
A driver’s licence* represents independence and freedom for most people since it allows them to drive anywhere and anytime they want. It is not surprising that the elderly feel a sense of loss when surrendering their licence due to gradually declining health. If your parent or family member owns real property and is facing this situation, you should be aware of an important option before turning in their Ontario licence.
Those who downsize from a condo are usually doing so as a second pass. Their original move was likely completed many years earlier. Often the downsizer is a senior who recognizes that a retirement home is now a better match. However, there are a few differences this time. If this applies to you or your parents, read on.
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Helping those who very young or very old bears many similarities. The words we say and the intention in our heart can make a huge difference in our relationship. In both cases, listening is the basis of meaningful connections.
Last Sunday presented a scheduling challenge for me personally. I could have posted another blog article on downsizing or helped a 90-year-old family member. (Guess which one I chose to do?) He came from B.C. to visit another family who is 83 years old and now living in a long-term care home.
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“For some, aging comes with increased isolation and declining health, as social circles shrink and families change.”
– The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO*
Isolation is proving to be a growing problem for seniors, a challenge for families and a drain on the health care system. Here is an overview of the current situation and suggestions for helping our seniors get connected and supported.
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As older parents age, the burden of care usually starts to fall on the grown children. If there are differences in availability, age, distance and financial resources between the siblings, conflicts can arise within the family. Here are some suggestions and resources for dealing with this common situation.
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Regardless of whether your senior chooses to age-in-place or downsize, chances are they will need help with maintaining their balance. Here are seven simple but effective exercises that can be done in the home without special equipment. This short video by physiotherapists Bob & Brad is an excellent demonstration of the power of simplicity in action.
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If you are helping your parents age in place, an effective approach is to address the six areas of focus that most retirement homes offer. With proper assessment, planning, and finances you may be able to simulate many of the features of a retirement home environment for your parent(s). This will allow you to honour your parents’ wishes and prolong their time in the family home.
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Of all the rooms in the family home, one room needs more attention than any of the others for anyone who plans to age in place.
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