Editor's Pick

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 30, 2014

Winnipeg official opposed transfer of senior with dementia who later killed

WINNIPEG _ An inquest has heard an official opposed the transfer of a Winnipeg senior with dementia to a care home where he killed an 87-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's. Gregg Lussier, a home-care case co-ordinator with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, recommended that Joe McLeod should remain in custody at the remand centre until his behaviour stabilized. McLeod was being held at the remand centre because his family couldn't care for him and he had assaulted his own wife. Instead, McLeod was transferred to Parkview Place within days after media made inquiries about his case. Six months later, McLeod killed Frank Alexander.

Oct 27, 2014

Seniors safe after fire at Whitby nursing home

WHITBY, Ont. — Police say all 192 residents have been accounted for after a fire forced the evacuation of a nursing home in Whitby, east of Toronto on Monday.

No serious injuries have been reported.

Officers helped firefighters evacuate the residents at the Fairview Lodge after the call came in just before 10 a.m. Monday.

The seniors evacuated from the home are reported to be safe inside a nearby church (St. John the Evangelist).

Oct 27, 2014

Long-Term Care: A Safe and Secure Environment

Empowering long-term care leaders to support staff and provide quality person-centered care in a safe and respectful environment


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.