Why seniors get Heartburn (Acid Reflux), and tips on how you can manage yours

acid reflux seniors

As I approached the subject of heartburn, I thought, “Hah! Heartburn! There must be a thousand mother-in-law’s-cooking jokes I can use.” Wrong. There are almost no jokes. Maybe that’s because heartburn or acid reflux is actually a disease – and that’s never a laugh. If you experience mild heartburn twice a week or severe acid […]

10 easy exercises for seniors – to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls

Example of exercises for seniors

As we age our ability to maintain our balance can be affected by a variety of things: Failing eyesight – we may find it hard to focus and see clearly. Our depth perception can be affected, things may appear blurry at times. Inner ear problems – the vestibular system, that helps our body understand where it is […]

How one senior care agency handled a request for care

I recently came across communication from a well-known agency specializing in senior care, promoting their caregiver services. Curious, I called to find out more about their offerings. Barbara, the person who answered my call, said she would connect me to Betty, the intake person. Once connected, Betty’s voicemail said “I’m on a leave for a […]

This senior’s experience with cataract surgery

Diagram of eye showing cataract to be removed in cataract surgery on a senior

I don’t think there’s anything more intimidating for a senior than the thought of cataract surgery and imagining a surgeon’s knife heading for your eye. Like anyone else, I had to overcome that primordial fear when I found that I’d finally had enough of glaring headlights and street lights at night. Seeing starburst or glaring […]

How drawing can help seniors’ memory

seniors memory drawing happy

The good news is, you don’t have to know how to draw! It’s the act of drawing, not the quality of the drawing, that aids seniors’ memory and helps you remember more. That’s the conclusion of a study, The Surprising Influence of Drawing on Memory. The study, by Myra A. Fernandes, Jeffrey D. Wammes, and […]

Elderly Couple Married For 70 Years Wouldn’t Let The Ontario Healthcare System Tear Them Apart

We often see situations where elderly couples have different limitations. One may have a cognitive impairment, while the other has a physical disability. Often, these couples can make most of the activities of daily living work by working together – we’re talking about couple who have usually been together for many years, after all — […]

Amazing facts about your aging body – some hard to imagine!

Blood vessels in your aging body

What distance would all the arteries, veins, capillaries and even tinier blood vessels in your body reach? About 100,000 miles in an adult – that’s a little more than four times around Earth – and around 60,000 miles in a child. How much blood does your heart pump in a lifetime? About 44,000,000 gallons in […]

11 reasons your Public Library is a great place for seniors!

Toronto Public Library Central Reference Branch

“Shhhhhhhhh,” is a sound you’re not likely to hear anymore at your public library. Oh sure, there still are silent spaces for folks who want to read or research in peace. But your public library is now a community hub – a secure, non-judgemental space where you can explore so much more than the printed […]