Senior Scene November 13,2017

World Diabetes Day is held annually to raise awareness of diabetes and its complications and the care that people with this condition need. It is observed on November 14th each year. Diabetes is a condition that often goes undetected so you could be one of the many Canadians who have diabetes and do not know it. So, what are the …

Senior Scene November 6,2017

Thoughts of reduced stress and activity levels go hand in hand with the idea of retirement. A lifetime of hard work and perseverance has finally paid off, allowing for a lifestyle that suits you – freedom from the grind of daily life, freedom to live in a way that speaks to you. November 6 – 12 is National Senior Safety …

Senior Scene October 30,2017

It is that frightfully wonderful time of year again! All Hallows Eve, and I just could not resist searching the internet for some of the best (or worst) Halloween riddles ever. If you find yourself groaning check to make sure you are alone in the room – it could be a ghoulish surprise. Enjoy and laugh a little because it …

Senior Scene October 23,2017

Autumn has officially been with us for over a month now, but the lovely fall weather seems to have dissuaded many of us from our annual pursuit of “fall cleaning”. Fortunately the frost last week prompted me to get moving as it is time to prepare our lawns and gardens for the harsh winter weather, and ensure our home is …

Senior Scene October 16,2017

Last week I was busy extoling you with the virtues of having a proper fire evacuation plan so I did not have the opportunity to talk about World Sight Day – the 2nd Thursday of every October. This is the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. This year’s call to action was: “Make Vision Count”; …

Senior Scene October 9, 2017

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8-14, 2017. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” Smoke and fire spread fast. There is no time to figure out how to escape AFTER a fire starts. That is why it is so important that everyone has working smoke alarms in their home and that they practice a home …

Senior Scene October 2,2017

October is community support services month, and these agencies support nearly one million Ontarians each year including seniors and people with disabilities. They help clients live independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible, and reduce the burden on family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. The sector employs over 20,000 people and engages …

Senior Scene September 25,2017

Last week my column spoke to the value of routine and schedules as they apply when you are supporting an individual with dementia. This week I am going to share some additional information that might be of assistance as you and someone you care for travel the unforgiving journey that is dementia. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, your loved …

Senior Scene September 18, 2017

Thursday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. This is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that impacts mental functioning. There is no doubt that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be a difficult journey, but it …

Senior Scene for September 11, 2017

Sixteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001 I was living in Vancouver.  I always turned on the television to the news every morning while I got ready to go to work.  It was 5:46 a.m. Pacific time when the first plane hit the Twin Towers and I recall thinking it was an advertisement for a movie or something.  At …

Senior Scene for September 4, 2017

This has to be one of my favourite times of the year – sunshine during the day, cool evenings for sleeping and lots of fruits and veggies at the local farmer’s stands.  With this in mind, I am going to share some information about “Stroke Prevention with Fruits and Vegetables”. Over two decades ago, researchers discovered that eating fruits and …

Senior Scene August 28, 2017

The summer months are quickly receding into figments of our imagination as Labour Day approaches and all the young people return to the classrooms for another session of “education”. While my days of eagerly anticipating the first day of school are long past, I can well remember what the curriculum contained, the level of respect we accorded to our teachers, …