How To

Smart and simple advice on how to navigate the aging process.

Why is my Power of Attorney no Longer Valid?

In Quebec, once a bank or investment advisor is made aware of the incapacity of their client they stop honouring the Power of Attorney on file even if it has an incapacity clause. Read on to understand why and what to do about it.

Dementia, Relationships and Intimacy

Learning to cope with the changes that a loved one experiences following the diagnosis of dementia can be a major stressor...

Juggling Your Loved One’s Independence and Safety — at the Same Time

Help your parents stay safe at home while maintaining their independence

Are you feeling SAD? Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder!

Winter months can be rough on most however, this is particularly true for older adults. With a decrease in sunlight and an increase in extreme cold weather, older adults are more at risk for falls and are more likely to be socially isolated in the colder months. Due to snowy and icy conditions, leaving home becomes more difficult and strenuous.

Coping with Each Stage of Dementia

Many people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can live at home for many years, especially in a household with support from family or private caregivers who can ensure their safety and take care of things like cooking and general household chores. Yet the behaviors that emerge when someone has dementia can frighten or offend people who have never been around someone with dementia or who are not adequately prepared beforehand.

15 Reasons You Need to Try a Low Sodium Diet (and the Trick to Beating Those Salt Cravings)

Did you know that you have five different taste receptors? They are salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (savory). The first two are the ones that can cause health concerns. Salty and sweet cravings can be easily triggered.

What (Not) to Say After Your Parent’s Dementia Diagnosis

Your loved one just heard three difficult words: “You have dementia.” Then your head starts swirling with a million questions.

Slow Travel: The Senior's Guide to Seeing Australia

Australia is a popular travel destination for many reasons. Not only does a trip to Australia let you escape to summer weather in the depths of winter, but as an English-speaking country, it's also an easy place for travellers from the US and Canada to get around.

Simply Vital: 4 key take-aways on vital signs and the elderly

Like every element of our health, vital signs are just one piece of a bigger puzzle. Taken alone, they’re stats. Considered together, they paint a picture of how we’re doing overall. That goes double for seniors.

A little help from my friends:

Encouraging social connections for seniors with dementia

Caregiver Rx: A helping hand

Myth-busting your way to getting the help caregivers need

Bridging the gap: Which red flags should your family be watching for?

It takes a village to raise a child. But having a strong support network is meaningful at every stage of life – including the senior years.

Caregiver Rx: More than a question

Asking your way to the right caregiving model

Big picture view: 3 tips for differentiating between dementia and mental illness

Aging isn’t always easy. Same goes for caregiving. Layer in the added complexity of dementia or mental illness, and small obstacles can become much bigger. What’s more, both of these health issues are increasingly common among Canadian seniors.

Caregiver Rx: Six ways to nurture brain health and mental wellness

A dementia diagnosis can transform many things. What doesn’t have to change is someone’s ability to live a meaningful life. Finding the right activities to weave into the daily or weekly routine of a senior with dementia is important.

Caregiver Rx: 6 steps to a safer winter

Aging isn’t always easy. Same goes for caregiving. Layer in the added complexity of dementia or mental illness, and small obstacles can become much bigger. What’s more, both of these health issues are increasingly common among Canadian seniors.

Big picture view: Three tips for emotional wellness this winter

Snow. Ice. Freezing rain. Winter brings a fresh wave of anxiety for caregivers worried about how the seniors in their lives will cope.

Caregiver Rx: Taking doctor’s visits from good to great

Knowledge is power, but that doesn’t make a conversation about Alzheimer’s disease any easier.

Raising the red flag on Alzheimer’s disease

Not all memory loss is created equal. Everyone forgets little things from time to time. But when those little things start to become consistent or pervasive, they might be a sign of something bigger.

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