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Life Changes: how seniors can ease into retirement living

Finding a way to adjust to a new lifestyle can be challenging at any age. Moving into a retirement home can be especially difficult at first because you may be used to doing everything yourself. There are, however, plenty of positive aspects: a safe living environment friendly and qualified caregivers that can provide assistance based on your individual needs social opportunities you may not have had while living on your own you won’t need to take care of the yard and other home maintenance activities meal preparation is often done at retirement homes, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving proper nutrition Ask questions You’ve spent a lot of time finding the retirement home that suits your preferences and budget. Most of your questions have likely already been answered at this point, but there are so many aspects of retirement living that can only be discovered (and enjoyed!) once you actually move in. Don’t be shy! You deserve to have an active role in your living arrangements. Learn about what your package includes and how you can take advantage of all the resources available to you. Get social! Most people say that settling in and making their new space their own is the first thing they need to do when they move to a new place. We agree, and know that sometimes it can take a while for a retirement residence to feel like home. One of the best ways to ease into this major life change is to find other residents who share similar interests. Getting involved in community life can help. Attend welcome events for new...

ICYMI: Gardening in Small Spaces

Would you like to start a new hobby that’s relatively inexpensive, and can be done in your residence? Psychologists believe that gardening is an effective way to overcome anxiety and can have a positive impact on our general mental health. Gardening may sound like an impossible activity when you live in a retirement residence, or if your home doesn’t have its own green space. Growing flowers, herbs or vegetable plants in small spaces has become very popular in urban centres where real estate is at a premium, or where community gardens are scarce. People grow fresh herbs in planters hanging near the sink. Others keep potted tomato plants near the biggest windows. If you prefer to look at flowers, you can always try creating your own oasis where the light is favourable. Imagine sitting in your new green corner with a book and your favourite drink…or showing off the lush green leaves of a tropical plant you fostered over several months. A little elbow grease will pay off! Visit a local garden for inspiration Ontario boasts a variety of events, indoor and outdoor gardens that are open to the public. A jaunt to the local nursery can also be a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington) Allan Gardens (Toronto) Old Seed House Garden (Georgetown) Plan your trip to the Canada Blooms flower festival (Spring, Toronto) Terra Greenhouses (locations in Burlington and Milton) Tips for a successful indoor garden Green spaces (indoors and out of doors) are so important for healthy living. Not only do plants clean the air we breathe, they add to the beauty and atmosphere of our living...

ICYMI: How to Ease into Life at Your New Retirement Home

Finding a way to adjust to a new lifestyle can be challenging at any age. Moving into a retirement home can be especially difficult at first because you may be used to doing everything yourself. There are, however, plenty of positive aspects: a safe living environment friendly and qualified caregivers that can provide assistance based on your individual needs social opportunities you may not have had while living on your own you won’t need to take care of the yard and other home maintenance activities meal preparation is often done at retirement homes, so you can rest assured that you’re receiving proper nutrition Ask questions You’ve spent a lot of time finding the retirement home that suits your preferences and budget. Most of your questions have likely already been answered at this point, but there are so many aspects of retirement living that can only be discovered (and enjoyed!) once you actually move in. Don’t be shy! You deserve to have an active role in your living arrangements. Learn about what your package includes and how you can take advantage of all the resources available to you. Get social! Most people say that settling in and making their new space their own is the first thing they need to do when they move to a new place. We agree, and know that sometimes it can take a while for a retirement residence to feel like home. One of the best ways to ease into this major life change is to find other residents who share similar interests. Getting involved in community life can help. Attend welcome events for new...
Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

I recently came across an intriguing article about animal assisted therapy. Click here to read it, so you can get some context on what is going to follow. As I read what Mark (a doctor in Oregon) wrote several years ago, I related to some of his skeptical opinions regarding the place of animals in a hospital, but I’ve also witnessed how people can benefit from them as well. It’s a timeless topic because there will always be a healthy debate. What is animal assisted therapy? Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is the utilization of animals as a therapeutic modality to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of patients with acute or chronic diseases…Animal Assisted Therapy is when animals are used in goal directed treatment sessions. These goals can be physical, mental, emotional and/or social. I was never allowed to keep pets, except some unfortunate goldfish which kept dying for some reason. My father begrudgingly allowed me to bury them in our vegetable garden, despite his attitudes towards animals. We grew up on a farm, and were discouraged from forming an emotional bond with any animal, including the horses that would faithfully and stoically transport anything from bales of hay to pesky children who would tug on their manes, shrieking “go horsey, go!” My cousin, who is on the autism spectrum and cannot speak clearly or control her emotions at times, showed me that there is, in fact, something to animal therapy. We often go to a stable to see the horses and give them carrots. When she finds out that we’re paying them a visit, she immediately collects herself and smiles....
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