Caring for an aging loved one can be taxing, especially if they have a chronic illness or a memory impairment. While caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be demanding and stressful at times—leaving caregivers with little time to focus on their own health and wellness. With over 8 million Canadians providing care to an older family member, it’s essential to realize that, like the adults they care for, caregivers also need support and attention to remain healthy and refreshed.
Many people look forward to their retirement for years - they start to save for it as early as possible, they buckle down for decades with one goal in mind, they might even plan a big retirement trip or celebration. However, many adults find themselves feeling bored, restless, and unfulfilled when it finally arrives.
“The National Seniors Council of Canada defines social isolation as a low quantity and quality of contact with others. A situation of social isolation involves few social contacts and few social roles, as well as the absence of mutually rewarding relationships.” Beyond face-to-face interactions, socialization and quality contact can take the form of virtual encounters with friends and family.
Topics: Social Wellness
Canadians are used to cold, long, and sometimes brutal winters. While the frost and snow can be beautiful, poor weather conditions make venturing outdoors a challenge. For this reason, cabin fever can start to develop as we find ourselves indoors for more extended periods of time.
Before visiting an active, senior living community, it is important to do your research and plan what to look out for during your tour. Below, we equip you with the right questions to ask, what to pay extra attention to, and how to stay objective when touring for your next home. You deserve the best, so prepare yourself to find the best!
While some older adults are opting to stay in their homes through their retirement years, many are considering independent living communities. Homeownership can be fantastic, but, as we age, the experience can be marred down by maintenance and chores. Retirement should be about enjoying your time, and moving into an independent living community can help place you on that track.
While the holiday season is about connecting with family and celebrating traditions, you may also want to show your love and appreciation of family and friends through gift-giving. It can be hard to decide on a gift for the senior in your life, as you may be stuck between several items or have no clue what to grab at all. It’s understandable, as gifts for seniors can be tough to settle on, especially if it’s a gift for a parent.
An active lifestyle accompanied by socialization are two significant elements of happiness. At Origin Active Lifestyle Communities, we understand the value of socialization amongst seniors. While it can be challenging to get out and meet new people, relationship building is incredibly important and something we promote at our adult active living communities!
With summer upon us, you will likely be spending more time outdoors than usual. As summer brings great, clear weather, it also brings higher temperatures. An active lifestyle during the summer can be a bit harder to maintain due to heatwaves, but that shouldn’t stop you!
A popular question from those looking for an active, senior living community is about the senior dining services provided. Questions like: