Playgrounds for Seniors

  Playgrounds designed for seniors are growing in popularity worldwide. In 1995, the first playground for older adults is believed to have been built in China in anticipation of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China adopted a national law that resulted in a nationwide...

The Importance of Play for Seniors

Play is especially important for seniors. As we grow older, many of us become more vulnerable to issues that can affect our health and contentment. Any activities, therefore, that help us to restore or prolong our vigour are essential. Play and fun are powerful...

A Home That Fits

With housing costs rising to impossible heights across Europe and North America, and with governments cutting back on healthcare spending, intergenerational retirement homes are starting to emerge to help fill the gap. “Oman Muotoinen Koti (A Home That Fits) is...

Ways to Leave a Great Legacy

Webster’s dictionary defines legacy as, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.” Even though people typically think of a ‘legacy’ as an amount of money or property left to someone in a will, or passed down...

The Value of Aging in Place

Aging in place means living in your own home for as long as possible using services, products, and conveniences which allow you to remain at home safely and independently. We inhabit a society where people are living longer and the vast majority of the aging...

Mindfulness Meditation for Seniors

Mindfulness draws from many aspects of Buddhism. It is not a belief system but a “be here now” approach to life that is enriched through practicing meditation. Mindfulness meditation is used by people from every walk of life and they claim to feel happier,...

Emptying out a home must be done with care

One of our home care clients recently died and we were asked by the family to help with the dispersal of items in the client’s home. This is not the first time we have helped with such a clean up but things change over the years so I thought that I would share...

Plan Ahead For Long-Term Care

Knowing when to move to assisted living or long-term care is something many individuals and families are struggling with today. People want to stay at home where things are familiar and comfortable. As we get older it is so important to pan ahead. When discussing a...

Heat wave tips for home care clients

For the last several years Montrealers have endured periods of high heat and humidity in the summer months. These heat waves, with temperatures in the high ’30’s, which can last a few days or even weeks, are very hard on seniors and other vulnerable...