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Exercise programs are adding huge benefits to social networking at local senior centres

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Let’s take a quick poll. If you could exercise with a buddy, would you be more inclined to do so? How about a walking club, would you join one? If the answer is yes, you may not have to look much further than your local senior centre.

Senior centres across the province provide a meeting place for seniors who can be at risk for social isolation, helping them stay connected to their community. Many centres also incorporate health promotion and healthy living initiatives into their programs. Senior centres are well-positioned to provide a platform for social interaction and can be a great venue for exercise programs as well. For older adults, when you combine exercise with a supportive social environment, the benefits grow exponentially. Continue reading Exercise programs are adding huge benefits to social networking at local senior centres

Finding ways to build meaningful relationships when increasing age brings on loneliness

Krystal Simpson Healthy Living
Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Human beings are social creatures. It is often the relationships we have with each other that give life meaning and purpose. I know I define myself first as a mother, and it is my greatest joy. As John Donne famously wrote in 1624, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Simply put, we need each other. Continue reading Finding ways to build meaningful relationships when increasing age brings on loneliness

70% of seniors are living with 2 or more chronic conditions, adding stress to caring kids

Krystal Simpson Healthy Living
Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Getting together for turkey dinner is a time-honoured holiday tradition that many Canadians enjoyed this past October. But family gatherings often remind me of a quote from an Oscar Wilde book, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” The quote is really a testament to the complexity of family relationships. No one can push your buttons like family! But what happens when the dynamic shifts and suddenly you are the caregiver to aging parents? An already complicated relationship can turn combative. Continue reading 70% of seniors are living with 2 or more chronic conditions, adding stress to caring kids

Volunteers – almost 500 of them – make a difference at the Vic

They do non-patient care – delivering meal trays or assisting with parking machines – and patient care. In the oncology department, seasoned volunteers may take on a crucial task, bringing companionship and support to cancer victims.

In 2010, Canadian seniors contributed over one billion volunteer hours.
In 2010, Canadian seniors contributed over one billion volunteer hours.
Nancy Taggart & Suzanne Campeau
Nancy Taggart &
Suzanne Campeau
Healthy Living

In the years following retirement, it can be difficult to feel connected to the larger community. Many feel a desire for social contact and are looking to make a meaningful contribution. Volunteering is a great way to stay healthy and connected to the community. According to Volunteer Canada, baby boomers and senior adults in Canada contributed more than one billion volunteer hours in 2010. Continue reading Volunteers – almost 500 of them – make a difference at the Vic