Senior Scene May 30, 2016

The warm weather has arrived and everyone is baring their toes to the world so I thought it was an opportune time to write about caring for your feet and keeping them healthy. Every foot contains 26 bones, which are held in position by hundreds of ligaments, tendons and muscles, making it an extraordinarily complex mechanism. The total force accumulated …

Senior Scene May 16,2016

May 17th to 23rd is National Road Safety Week in Canada and this year, the Canada Safety Council wants to remind Canadians of the importance of proper ergonomics behind the wheel. Developing a musculoskeletal or repetitive strain injury is much easier than it would appear, and these can in fact leave you at a higher risk for car crashes. A …

Senior Scene May 9,2016

Spring has finally sprung and my tulips are in bloom, my favourite garden shop is open, the weeds are flourishing, and I have already mowed the lawn twice. My flower gardens are my summer passion and certainly an excellent way to rid myself of the stress accumulated during the day.  Many seniors have enjoyed gardening all their lives and with …

Senior Scene May 2, 2016

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.  It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during …

Senior Scene April 25,2016

The census is coming – the census is coming! Statistics Canada conducts a census every five years and the next Census of Population will take place in May 2016. The census provides a statistical portrait of the country and its people. All residents of Canada are legally required to complete either the short- or long-form census questionnaire, according to the Statistics …

Senior Scene April 18, 2016

April 10 to April 16, 2016 was National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign. I knew there would be a great deal of publicity last week so I thought I would wait and take this opportunity to …

Senior Scene April 11,2016

Last week I addressed the topic of National Oral Health Month by making note of some oral health issues that can arise, particularly as one ages. We know that poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life.  Oral pain, missing teeth or infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats, and socializes and these oral health problems …

Senior Scene April 4,2016

  Here we are in the first week of April already. The time of year when showers bring May flowers, however I am not sure what that record-breaking deluge of last week is supposed to bring. April is also National Oral Health month and it is well known that advancing age puts many older adults at risk for a number …

Senior Scene March 28, 2016

March is coming to an end, but it was Fraud Prevention Month and there were a number of national initiatives to raise public awareness about the growing arena of scammers. Spearheaded by the Competition Bureau, Fraud Prevention Month is a unique effort that brings together 125 law enforcement agencies and public and private sector organizations to combat fraud. Thousands of Canadians …

Senior Scene March 21,2016

Today is the first full day of spring due to an unusually early equinox that began yesterday at 12:30 a.m. EDT. Astronomically speaking, the equinox marks spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere (whereas it announces fall’s arrival in the Southern Hemisphere). Apparently 2016 brought the earliest arrival of spring of our lifetime (thus far) in the Northern Hemisphere due to …

Senior Scene March 14, 2016

It is the time of year we have all been waiting for – the time when we blow the dust off that box of receipts and sit down to sort them into reasonable piles of meaningful information so we can file our income taxes like good Canadians. No one likes to pay more taxes than necessary, so it is important …

Senior Scene March 7,2016

Here we are at week three of my Advance Care Planning (ACP) soapbox speech. We have addressed the issue of making the decision to “start the conversation”, why ACP is important for you and your family/friends, and appointing a substitute decision-maker (SDM).   Now it is time to sit down with a pen and paper or your computer and put …