Seniors and Aging

Matt Del Vecchio is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA). He is the founder and president of Lianas, a company specializing in retirement residence search and senior transition support.

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When placing the care of your mother or father in the hands of a hired caregiver, ensuring the caregiver is responsible, honest, competent and a good fit for the task at hand is paramount. Here are a few tips to help you find the right caregiver. You can get a more detailed caregiver hiring …

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I have heard the expression “I wish everything was summarized in one place” far too often in my line of work assisting people in their life transitions. It may be due to the death of a spouse or a loved one. It could also be an unforeseen event due to health reasons (i.e. stroke, heart attac…

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Our homes are dear to us. They represent the life we have lived: starting a family, watching our children grow, celebrating special occasions and holidays with loved ones and friends. And these are memories we hold close to our heart.

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There is continued evidence demonstrating how senior isolation and loneliness affects overall health and well-being. While closely related, isolation and loneliness are not necessarily the same. Loneliness is more of a perceived feeling, while isolation is the physical act of being away from…

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It is estimated that one in four Canadians (more than 8 million people) provide informal care to their family, friend or loved one. It can, at times, be stressful and overwhelming. Caregiving is very often an unsung effort and is not always appreciated by extended family members. Those who a…

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There are times when we take better care of our cars than we take care of ourselves. Spring is the time of year where we typically perform a whole host of maintenance on our cars, from putting on our summer tires, getting an oil change, replacing the air filter, and perhaps getting a wheel a…

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Falling is a serious concern for older adults and with good reason - 1 in 4 Canadian seniors will fall this year alone! In fact, falling is the leading cause of hospital-related injuries among seniors, from broken hips and sprained ankles to bumped heads and broken arms.

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Fed up of winter? You’re not alone. It’s that time of year where winter is becoming more challenging to deal with, yet we still have a ways to go before spring brings warmer, sunnier weather. For some, winter is embraced. For others, particularly seniors and caregivers for their loved ones, …

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According to Statistics Canada, falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors.  Between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year.  Slips and falls increase during the winter months due to weather conditions and slippery surfaces.  However, it is intere…

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The benefits of retirements homes and senior communities can sometimes be overlooked. Understandably, many seniors wish to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible; however, at a certain point, moving into a retirement home may become the necessary next step to ensuri…

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There is an increasing trend for those 50 and older to head back to school. For some, it is a desire to improve job prospects due to an unexpected early retirement or requiring a certain level of education in a specific field to get that promotion you have always wanted. For others, it may b…

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Will you be dancing at your grandchild’s wedding? How about your great-grandchild’s wedding? Some super-agers are not only dancing, but also cooking, walking, and golfing past the age of 90. With life expectancy on the rise, researchers are attempting to figure out how we can increase our he…

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Convincing a parent to move into a retirement/seniors residence is one of the most difficult caregiving challenges that adult kids face. Donna Cohen, Ph. D. a clinical psychologist and author of “The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders,” …

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As our population ages, life expectancy increases.  There are some seniors that look at the aging process in a negative light as they fear what lies ahead.  Getting old means physical and cognitive decline.  This thought process can usually increase the risk of depression and generally make …

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As a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), I get access to some interesting original articles.  Here’s one from Rhonda Latreille, the founder and CEO of Age-Friendly Business which is the organization that runs CPCA.  I thought this article would be of interest as we all try to …

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We had a recent segment on my radio show (Life Unrehearsed, CJAD 800 every Sunday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm with Stephanie Erickson) where the topic was people’s perception on aging.  We had a whole host of answers from young children to seniors.  One of the most popular answers came from a 91-ye…

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Red hearts, cupids, flowers and chocolates. All the trappings for St. Valentine’s Day celebrations, encouraging us to re-affirm our love for that special someone in our life. Lots of hype, presenting images and promotions typically targeting younger adults, while failing to recognize the nee…

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As a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), I receive periodic documents and articles from the organization that manages CPCA.  Rhonda Latreille is the founder and CEO and she is based in Vancouver.

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Do you sometimes struggle to get the perfect gift for ​your elderly parent or grandparent?  Inevitably, we get caught up in our day-to-day activities and before we know it, we find ourselves scrambling for a last minute gift for mom or grandpa. Perhaps they are also getting tired of the stan…

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I often get asked for advice on preventing slips and falls. Inevitably, the questions tend to focus on the bathroom. The following article from Lynn Wilson, founder of The Caregiver Partnership provides an excellent list of suggestions to improve the design of your bathroom.

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Nutrition plays an ever increasing role in the health and well-being of seniors and their caregivers. Too often, there is a tendency to resort to unhealthy choices. Let’s face it, time constraints, convenience, as well as physical and cognitive challenges all come into play when it comes to …

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According to Statistics Canada, there are more than 8 million Canadians that provide care to a chronically ill or disabled friend or loved one.  Approximately one in ten caregivers were spending 30 or more hours a week providing some form of assistance to their ill family member or friend.

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Lighting becomes more important as people age. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), with each passing year, everyone requires more light to see properly. Terry McGowan, director of engineering for the ALA, says, “Older eyes experience two important changes.”

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Here is an excellent piece from Louise Szabo about how to deal with the challenging subject of trying to show mom and dad that a move into a senior community or retirement home could actually be a good thing.

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Clients have asked me about long term insurance.  I reached out to our friends at Sunlife to provide us a little insight.  Jay Lafave, a Sunlife Financial Security Advisor, was kind enough to provide the following information.

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Dependent on the health and ability of the person you care for, it is likely that at some point in your role as a family caregiver, you will advocate for that person. You may need to be present at appointments to ask questions, research and access services, resolve problem situations and ens…

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The following article from gerontologist, Wendy Johnstone, is timely and relevant.  Having sensitive discussions with parents and loved ones can be very difficult and we sometimes tend to avoid these subjects.  In fact, the opposite should happen.  Take the following tips to heart and initia…

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Walking is a fun and easy way to keep fit – most anyone can do it! And it’s an activity you can do wherever your travels take you. Even at a moderate pace of three miles per hour (for at least 30 minutes on most days), walking will strengthen the heart, improve circulation, combat depression…