Senior Scene February 29,2016

Last week I introduced the topic of advance care planning (ACP) and highlighted the importance of making some of your health care decisions in advance so your loved ones were not left struggling with difficult choices. There is no legal requirement to do ACP and it will not influence your ability to get appropriate health care or move into a …

Senior Scene February 22,2016

    Advance Care Planning Day is not until the middle of April, but based on a recent loss in my life and our experience in the hospital and palliative care, I truly recognized the importance of pre-planning and sharing information with your loved ones. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for …

Senior Scene February 8, 2016

February is known as “heart” month, so prioritize your monthly list of things to do to include caring for yourself and caring for your heart. You cannot share your heart with others on Valentine’s Day if you do not care for it and maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.  So, how can you ensure that you heart is strong enough and healthy …

Senior Scene February 1, 2016

Tomorrow, February 2nd is officially Groundhog Day, and is celebrated in Canada and the US. According to legend, the groundhog (or woodchuck or “whistle pig”) emerges from its burrow at noon on that day to look for its shadow. If it is a sunny day and the groundhog sees its shadow, according to folklore it becomes frightened and returns to …

Senior Scene January 25, 2016

During the past week as I scurried out to my vehicle every morning in the frigid temperatures and wonder if “James” will even start, I thought about how life would feel if I were not able to drive. Recently a couple of my older neighbours had to relinquish their drivers license, but thankfully they have spouses who are still able …

Senior Scene January 18, 2016

Last week I wrote about the value of nutrition to a senior’s well-being, health, independence, and quality of life. It occurred to me that while the advice is valuable, the winter month’s often make it very difficult for seniors and older adults to access healthy food due to travel in adverse weather conditions, and the prohibitive cost of some items.  …

Senior Scene January 11,2016

The month of January is recognized nationally as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and represents a time when we seek to dispel the negative attitude and stigma that surrounds the individual living with Alzheimer’s disease. “Words and actions are powerful and can change the story of dementia. That’s the goal of our campaign, to dispel the myths around what it means to …

Senior Scene December 28, 2015

As I sit at the computer this morning, I realized this is my last column for 2015. I was pondering life in general and the typical New Year’s resolutions and I recalled an email from my Mother that compared life to a train ride.  As I searched cyberspace to find the story, I actually came across two that I felt …

Senior Scene December 21,2015

It is only 4 more sleeps until Christmas, and given my schedule I really need 44 more sleeps until Christmas. Having said this, we are just going to have some fun this week.  The holiday season is not always a “happy time” for people, so I am hoping to tickle everyone’s funny bone and give you the gift of a …

Senior Scene December 14,2015

As I drive home each weeknight in the dark I must admit I am grateful to the folks who take it upon themselves to light up their house and yard as part of the festive season. It certainly makes my drive far more pleasant, but I am also cognizant about letting rising energy costs ruin the holiday traditions in our …

Senior Scene December 7,2015

Tis the season to get into the festive spirit and raise our voices in song – with the exception of me of course because I could not carry a tune in my garden wagon. They say that group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out at the gym. It is the one …

Senior Scene November 30,2015

  I am a little sleep deprived today as I was up in the wee hours of the morning in order to be at Quinte Mall to unload our vehicles and set up our Christmas wrapping booth by the time the Mall opened for business.  With that in mind, I am just going to take a light approach and share …