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Top 7 Activities for Men

Sep 27, 2014

1.Men’s Choir

Why not have a men’s choir? It’s something for the men to do that’s just their own. Plus, they can perform for their fellow residents which is an event in itself. And performing their old favourites would be great fun.

2.Wood Working

Woodworking is a great hobby and a chance to feel useful. Projects don’t have to be complicated but the best part is at the end, you have something to show for your hard work and fun. Even using precut pieces to build birdhouses, etc is a great way to go.

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Sep 30, 2014

Aretha Franklin Belts it Out

Aretha Franklin is a senior with soul.  Check out this vid of her belting it out at age 72 on David Letterman.


Sep 22, 2014

Sleep and Cognitive Decline

We've all felt the difference between a terrible and a good night's sleep. A terrible sleep means you move slower, process things slower and generally aren't at your full capacity mentally.

Oftentimes we don't sleep as well during the week, using the excuse that we will 'catch up' on the weekend. But that's not actually possible and can be equally as bad for you.

Sep 22, 2014

Passing the Stress Test

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.”

But it can be much deeper than that, can't it? Stress takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Stress can make your back ache and your head pound. It can also affect your relationships with others.

So how do we avoid stress?

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Oct 14, 2014

Wearable Health Sensors Are Just a Wrist Away

James Bond sported smart watches and an implanted microchip so MI6 could track his precise whereabouts and vital signs. Today, biometrics engineers and tech firms across the globe are speedily developing sensors and wearable technologies that can monitor your health from a distance. For families with older loved ones living alone, the digital health advances bring relief in making sure their seniors are physically safe and sound at home.


Oct 14, 2014

Alberta auditor general gives poor grades for long-term care, oilsands

Alberta Auditor General Merwan Saher says more must be done to monitor the way the province cares for seniors in long-term care

Saher said the situation has improved since 2005, the last time his predecessor Fred Dunn reviewed the system, but more needs to be done. 


Oct 14, 2014

Local chapter of Alzheimer’s Society says need for long term care beds is growing

CALGARY – Val Prior’s husband Les was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago.

After years of caring for him, she moved Les to Walden Heights AgeCare, a southeast seniors’ community.

“It’s devastating. I felt like I was betraying him. And I still feel that way. I am learning not to feel guilty for having made that choice but it doesn’t get easier it is getting harder much harder,” says Prior.


Fourth Quarter 2014 In this issue

Sep 15, 2014

Mental Health and Seniors

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis that impacts seniors every day. And yet, in the media, the focus tends to be on youth or working adults, not the elderly.

Perhaps it's because we view some mental health issues as a natural part of aging when in fact it isn't.

A recent survey performed in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon indicated that 44% of seniors were either diagnosed or had symptoms of depression. Let that number sink in for a moment.

Sep 15, 2014

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance

Recently in the fire prevention industry we’ve seen some incredibly sad situations that have caused great hardships for many. And while nothing we do now can bring them back, everything we do now can mitigate future building fires.

And while some building occupants have been lucky enough to have fire sprinkler protection others have not. Fire sprinkler systems save lives, but in order for fire sprinkler systems to be effective they must be maintained.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems and standpipe systems that are properly installed and maintained are very effective at protecting both people and property.

Sep 15, 2014

With Eager Anticipation

At one point this summer I had to meet some wonderful new family and friends. Being recently married there’s a whole nother side you have to be introduced to and with so many family and friends now living all over the world it’s going to take some time to meet them all. Invariably conversations turn to “so what do you do?” and then I of course have to pull out a bunch of fancy sounding titles like “publisher” and “editor,” at which of course everyone goes “ohhh” and “ahhh” or “wow that’s cool,” expecting to have just met someone who works at Maclean’s, Forbes or Vogue.