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Ways Seniors Can Feel More Energetic – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Changes in levels or energy tend to come along with the process of ageing and growing older. As we grow older, the many changes that our bodies and lives are going through can result in differences in how our bodies feel and function. For many seniors, it is difficult to navigate the changes that come to impact their energy levels. It can be discouraging to have your body seem to force you to slow down when you are still so ready and willing to get out and do things every day. While outside factors can never entirely override the need for rest and relaxation that the body requires to maintain a state of health and wellbeing, it is possible to make a few lifestyle choices that can help to allow seniors to feel more energetic so that they can continue to participate in all the things they love.  Boosting Energy Everyone’s body works differently, and the things that work well for one person will likely be a little bit different than the ones that work for someone else. Generally speaking, the following are some great things to try that can help seniors to feel more energetic and less sluggish and fatigued throughout the day: Sleep Well: Many seniors deal with sleep problems, and it can be hard to have energy during the day when it hasn’t been replenished throughout the night. Having a good nighttime routine and setting things up in a way that is more conducive to a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. Routine and environment are one thing, but if sleep is a persistent...

Adjusting After the Loss of a Partner – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

The changes that come after the loss of a spouse or partner can impact seniors in numerous and varied ways. While in the midst of dealing with the grief that comes with such a loss, it can be hard for seniors to accurately assess their own needs and abilities, and it can be hard to imagine making such big changes at such a difficult time. In these difficult times of life, support and care from loved-ones can make all the difference as seniors work to learn and acknowledge what they need and how they should set up their lives moving forward.  Support Through Grieving Everyone grieves differently, and there is no way to predict how or when the impact of the loss will be felt. At this crucial time, loved-ones and family members can do the following to help support their senior loved-one through their grief: Let them know you are there to lend an ear and a shoulder should they need to talk through their feelings. Make sure they know you are willing to help in the practical everyday ways that they need to help keep their daily loves going. Encourage them to express and face their feelings however they need to, and ensure they know you will be there through it all. Be compassionate, patient, and understanding of the fact that they need to go through the process in their own way, and at their own pace. Acknowledge and tend to your own grief as a caregiver so that you can care for yourself and be better able and equipped to support others. Share time together to...

Benefits of Swimming for Seniors – Vancouver and North and West Vancouver

Swimming can be a way for seniors to get their bodies moving as they work to keep themselves in healthy shape. Swimming is an incredible form of exercise that many seniors enjoy year-round. Whether it be indoor swim sessions, water-aerobics classes, or outdoor fun in the sun, swimming is an accessible way for seniors to get their bodies moving and keep active. With the many physical changes that come with growing older, many seniors begin to find it more challenging to engage in all the same forms of exercise or activity that they may have enjoyed when they were younger, but water exercise remains manageable and enjoyable for many seniors, even as they adapt to their changing bodies. There are many reasons that swimming is great for seniors, the following is a list of a few: Low Impact = Less Pain: The buoyancy involved in exercising in water puts less strain and impact on the joints and can therefore provide a great opportunity for movement without pain. Stronger Muscles: Movement in water involves natural resistance that makes it a strength training activity. Faster movement creates greater resistance and, therefore, more muscle work. Through swimming, water aerobics, and other water sports seniors can grow stronger without having to use things like weights and can take it at their own pace. Bone Health: Training the body in ways that increase strength can help to keep bones strong and maintain healthy bone density. This can help to reduce the risks and progression of conditions like Osteoporosis. More Flexibility: The lower-impact nature of moving around in the water can allow seniors an opportunity...

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...