Raging Grannies

  The first group of Raging Grannies came together in a loosely knit fashion as anti-nuclear activists calling themselves “NERT — Nuclear Emergency Response Team.” When they began in 1987, they were eleven white, nearly all middle-class,...

Artistic Expression – It Belongs to Us All

A number of studies suggest that participatory arts activities within aging populations help to maintain the health and quality of life of older adults. These benefits include improvements in subjective wellbeing, tactile and cognitive abilities and dementia risk...

Creativity and the Aging Brain

You can use the powers of the aging brain to heighten creativity. The aging brain takes after the creative brain in a number of ways. For example, the aging brain is more easily sidetracked and uninhibited than the younger brain, making it fairly akin to the creative...

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...