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Gardening Helps Older Adults Feel Happier and Healthier

Posted by ComForCare on Apr 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

For some, there is nothing more refreshing than digging their fingers into warm earth or biting into a sun-ripened tomato fresh off the vine. There is a basic human feeling when planting seeds or bulbs — a sense of achievement and nirvana. However, gardening not only feels good, but it is also good for you. In addition to growing nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, here are some of the other benefits of gardening.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Animals Can Make Older Adults Happier and Healthier

Posted by ComForCare on Mar 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Animals can make great companions for older adults who live alone or want the company of a furry friend. But, before you adopt a pet, make sure that your loved one is onboard with the idea. 

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Help Seniors Eat Healthier Through Local Produce

Posted by ComForCare on Oct 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan author of “Food Rules”

Most of us know we should be following Michael Pollan’s deceptively simple rules for eating well. These rules become even more important as we age. Yet, older adults face nutritional challenges for reasons that go beyond food trends and confusing food advice.

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Five Ways to Incorporate Lifelong Learning Into Your Routine

Posted by ComForCare on Aug 9, 2018 9:52:00 AM

You don’t stop learning when you grow old; you grow old when you stop learning. Simon Fraser University used this motto for decades for their continuing education program. Results of a study done by the University of Manitoba suggest that participation in educational activities has “positive effects on successful aging” and can contribute to physical and psychological well-being.

Moreover, learning a new skill can boost self-confidence and slow the cognitive decline associated with aging, according to the Harvard Health Blog.

Here are a few options, with varying degrees of commitment, to incorporate lifelong learning into your routine.

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Topics: Aging, Finances, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Aging and Sleep: 8 Tips for Getting a Better Night's Rest

Posted by ComForCare on Jul 3, 2018 2:02:00 PM

Are you tired right now? Nearly 58 percent of Canadians say they often feel groggy and in need of more sleep. And, 55 percent of women say they have sleep issues. Somehow, our culture sees sleeplessness as a badge of honour as we tote around our ever-growing coffee cups.

Sleep is crucial to good health. Without sleep, we become more susceptible to health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and depression.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle, Technology, Healthy Living

12 Senior-Friendly Activities to Celebrate Canada Day

Posted by ComForCare on Jun 18, 2018 3:43:28 PM

The first of July is Canada Day. Since 1868, it’s been a time to celebrate the country’s history, culture and achievements. Celebrations often include parties and fireworks, which might not be the ideal setting for everyone especially older adults.

Here are 12 other great ways to celebrate Canada’s national holiday.

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Topics: Holidays, Activities and Lifestyle

Tips to Reduce Your Risk of the “Big Four” Chronic Diseases in Canada

Posted by ComForCare on May 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and lung disease are the leading causes of preventable death and disability in Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada refers to them as “The Big Four.”

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

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