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Keeping Busy When it is Cold Out – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

When the weather outside is cold and wintery, seniors often need to get a little creative with ways to keep themselves both warm and engaged. There are so many things to do outside when the weather is warm, and seniors often find themselves more motivated to participate in activities out of the house when they don’t have to bundle up in layers of clothing just to get in the car. That being said, there are actually a whole host of reasons to enjoy the wintertime, despite the challenges it may present. The winter provides a nice excuse to get cozied up inside with blankets, a roaring fire, and a nice hot drink and also creates an opportunity for seniors to explore new games and hobbies to try inside. Indoor Activities for Seniors While the winter doesn’t strictly prevent seniors from spending time outside, it can make things a little more challenging in ways that motivate seniors to seek out more indoor activities, such as the following: Board and Card Games: Sitting at the kitchen table with friends or family playing a game of cards or a board game you all enjoy can be a great deal of fun. Just sitting around chatting, and playing a fun game can be a great social opportunity for seniors and can bring people together to enjoy an activity that is manageable for everyone in the winter. Bowling: Bowling can be a great activity to do with friends that allows for ample chatting time, some good physical activity, and an indoor setting that helps shut out the winter cold. Yoga: Yoga is a great,...

How Volunteering Can Enrich Seniors’ Lives – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Volunteering can provide seniors with purpose, sense of self, confidence, and the knowledge that they are helping and contributing to their communities. When we think of Volunteering, we think about dedicating our time and energy to helping to support others in our community. The act of Volunteering is itself motivated by kindness and dedication to doing all we can to help others, but it can also have impacts on our own lives that are beneficial for mental and physical wellbeing. Volunteering can be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to fill their time and to feel like they are making a meaningful contribution to causes or areas of their community that are important to them. With so many options available in places like animal shelters, children’s hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, community events, workshops, museums, churches, and so much more, seniors can find somewhere to Volunteer their time no matter what their interests, passions, or values are. The Benefits The following are some examples of the many ways in which Volunteering can benefit seniors. Physical Activity: In many Volunteer environments, there is some degree of movement involved that can help to keep seniors active and strong. Cognitive Health: A lot of Volunteering involves learning skills, following directions, thinking through things, and planning. All of these behaviours, among others, are great for exercising the brain and supporting cognitive function in seniors. Social Connection: Getting out of the house and into a Volunteer setting can help to combat senior isolation and create connections that are so important for wellbeing. Seniors can meet people with common interests and values, and can work together...

What’s So Important About Vitamin D? – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Enough Vitamin D is essential and important for our bodies and health. When it comes to managing health and wellbeing, there seems to be an unending list of things to keep track of. Keeping seniors healthy and happy as they continue to grow older is a process with many facets, and it can become easy to let some things fall by the wayside in the midst of everything. Amid all the larger scale health concerns that seniors may be dealing with on a daily basis, things like Vitamin Deficiency often get ignored or forgotten about; but not having enough of essential Vitamins and nutrients can cause a real problem for seniors’ health and wellbeing, so it is worth prioritizing a focus on making sure seniors have enough of the Vitamins they need. Vitamin D Among the Vitamins that are incredibly important for seniors and their health is Vitamin D, which is required for bone strength and health. The body produces Vitamin D in response to sunlight, and this important Vitamin is required for the body to perform essential functions. Vitamin D allows for Calcium absorption, helps regulate cell growth, helps muscles move, fights infection, and carries messages through the nervous system. Without sufficient Vitamin D, the body is more prone to muscle weakness, bone pain, and other significant problems. General exposure to the sun is often enough to provide most people with the amount of Vitamin D they need to keep things running properly, but for seniors who don’t spend a lot of time outside, it can be hard to get enough from the sun alone. Seniors and Vitamin...

Dancing Your Way to Health – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Dancing can be a wonderful activity through which to explore physical activity, self-expression, social connections, and much more. When it comes to keeping active, there are a whole host of possible activities that seniors can take part in to get their bodies moving. Dancing is a great way to get active and take part in physical exercise while also challenging the brain, promoting positive emotions, and engaging in self-expression. How Dancing Can Promote Wellbeing Seniors can reap many benefits from taking up dancing and can use dance as a tool to keep physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Mood and Emotional Health: Dance is an activity that is about more than just movement. Studies have indicated that seniors who make dance a part of their lives have less anxiety and stress and are less likely to feel depressed. Physical Strength: The various forms of movement involved in dancing are an incredible form of exercise that can help seniors to increase their physical strength and balance. Stretching: Many seniors experience a great deal of stiffness and discomfort in areas of their body that have sustained wear and tear over their lifetime. Dance is a relatively low-impact form of exercise that can increase flexibility and decrease stiffness. Many seniors who dance regularly and stretch out their bodies feel less pain. Heart Health: The aerobic exercise of dance is great for heart health and can help with cardiovascular health overall. Cognitive Health: The thinking and quick decision making involved in dance make it a good form of exercise for the mind as well as the body. Learning to dance, remembering routines, and choosing...

Creating and Achieving Goals, Milestones, and Experiences – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

It can be exciting and motivating for seniors to determine and plan for things that will help their lives feel full. Most of us have heard the term ‘Bucket List’ before, and the first thought that comes to mind might be something extreme or adventurous like skydiving. A Bucket List is supposed to be a list filled with the things that we want to achieve in our lifetime, things that we want to make sure we do so that we don’t have any regrets. We all have things that we would like to achieve, goals, milestones, and experiences that we feel will make our lives feel full and well-lived. For seniors, making a list of the things that they have yet to do but feel will bring them a sense of joy, fulfillment, adventure, or pride can be a wonderful way to motivate them and to remind them that they have a great life left to live. Being older shouldn’t mean that unfulfilled dreams get pushed aside.  Making a Bucket List as A Senior By the time people reach the point where they become seniors, they have already achieved so many meaningful and notable things in their lives, from small little moments to big accomplishments. In the new stage of life in which seniors find themselves, they may well have new priorities, new points-of-view, and new goals that are worth pursuing. Sitting down to make a Bucket List can be an exciting activity for seniors, and it can be fun to really take the time to reflect on what things feel like they will contribute to the building of...