Family comes first – Senior Care

Elderly Hands

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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Helping the Isolated Elderly

Man alone

“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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Retire – Downsize – Volunteer

volunteer hands-up

Retirement usually raises the following question “What will I do with my time?”. Sometimes the question doesn’t get much consideration until after you retire and your daily schedule becomes more clear. After all, you still have your daily routines, responsibilities and time with family and friends. However, wanting to “keep busy”, “make a difference” or “give back” are very common retirement goals. Here are some suggestions on how to find the right volunteer fit for you.

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Elder Parent Care – Share the Load

Family meeting to discuss Mom and Dad

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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Physiotherapy for Seniors – Best exercises

elderly-couple-walking

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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Retire – Downsize – Play Music

Music quote

Having a busy life as an adult often means that some of our personal interests get put off until “someday”. Learning or playing a musical instrument is one of the desires of the heart that get pushed aside for more pressing responsibilities. Taking your singing voice beyond the shower may also be a long-time dream. Retirement can provide a great opportunity to unpack your long-hidden musical interests and bring them to the forefront. Here are a few suggestions on how you can get connected and let loose.

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How to Help Your Parents Age in Place

Window and old dog

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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Retire – Downsize – Work!

Coffee and work

Aren’t you supposed to stop working when you retire? Nope. Times have changed. More people who are no longer in their full-time job are now working after “retirement”. The reason for this varies. They are still working by necessity, by choice or by invitation. Here’s what I see when surveying the retirement landscape.

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