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Coping with Cancer

The word ‘cancer’ is fraught with emotion – mostly negative.  How does one manage the physical and emotional components of a cancer diagnosis? Taking Control Navigating a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Treatment usually happens quickly. Aside from dealing with physical effects of the disease itself and conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, people may have to adjust their lifestyle, with changes to their diet, supplement, and exercise regimens. Then there's the emotional impact. A diagnosis can trigger deep inner turmoil. Many people find they need support and healing for their mind and soul as much as for their body. There [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:48+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Coping, Food & Diet, Health & Medical, Physical Health|

Why Strength Training?

Research has shown that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.  In fact, people with health concerns including heart disease or arthritis often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times a week. There are numerous benefits to strength training regularly, particularly as you grow older.  It can be very powerful in reducing the signs and symptoms of several chronic conditions, including: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression. As people age, poor balance and flexibility contribute to [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:48+00:00May 26th, 2014|Physical Health, Weight & Appearance|

Many Seniors will Experience a Fall in their Home – Learn How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that: 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than once. 40% of seniors' falls result in hip fractures; 20% of injury-related deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall; seniors are injured at home more than any other location.  The bathroom and stairs are particularly dangerous. You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle. Bathroom:  Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub and shower; install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand; use [...]

New Year, New You… It’s Easier Than You Might Think

Add these foods to your dietary arsenal to help arm yourself against disease and age-related ailments.  Liz Pearson, co-author (along with Mairlyn Smith) gives us the news on longevity-boosting champions. 1.  The Weapon:  100% whole grains The Ailment:  Inflammation The Risks:  Cancer, Type 2 diabets and heart disease The News:  "What we're finding is that inflammation is like gas on a fire for disease", Pearson says.  She cites a study conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which shows a diet rich in whole grains significantly reduces inflammation. Recommendation:  Six to eight whole grain servings daily.  For creative recipes [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:49+00:00January 3rd, 2014|Health & Medical|

Dealing with Retirement

Your retirement can be a major source of stress because your job is usually a very important part of your life.  This stress may be even greater if you have been forced to retire because of your employer’s retirement policies.  You may lose your sense of identity and feel less worthwhile.  You will probably miss the daily contact with friends from work. However, retirement can be one of the best times of your life, and there are things you can do to meet the challenges facing you, such as: Make a list of your abilities and skills.  The skills and experience you have gained from a lifetime of [...]

2015-03-11T21:29:59+00:00July 12th, 2013|Health & Medical|

Getting Ready for BBQ Season

Barbecue season has begun and Health Canada would like to remind Canadians of steps they can take to avoid foodborne illness caused by bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Eating undercooked meat and other foods that have come into contact with raw meat can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms can include severe stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and diarrhea. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 8 Canadians will get sick from food poisoning (foodborne illness) in Canada. Many of these cases could be prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques. What you should do You can help lower [...]

2015-03-11T21:30:22+00:00June 25th, 2013|Health & Medical|

Celebrate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th

Ontario will join a number of jurisdictions across Canada and around the world in marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). By wearing something purple on June 15th, we can raise awareness of this important issue and demonstrate that we are united in the belief that elder abuse cannot be tolerated. For more information and resources on WEAAD, visit the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse website . Ontario has long been a leader in supporting initiatives that help ensure that as people age they continue to live with dignity, security and autonomy. To this end, a new [...]

2015-08-20T15:16:09+00:00May 14th, 2013|Coping, Videos & Media|

Dealing with Loneliness

Everyone needs some time alone, but being alone against your will can be very painful.  You risk loosing your sense of purpose and self-worth, and becoming depressed.  As family members and friends die, and children become more involved in their own lives, it is important for you to find ways to cope with loneliness.  You may want to consider some of the following suggestions: Stay active, and look for new social contacts.  Most communities have a number of programs which can help replace the support that used to be provided by family and life-long friends.  These programs provide older people with the [...]

2015-03-11T21:00:47+00:00March 22nd, 2013|Coping, Mental Health|

Seniors On Site: Answering the SOS for Families

Seniors on Site was created just over two years ago in answer to the growing demand for non-medical at-home care for seniors living in their own homes, or retirement residences and for young families in need of childcare and home-care. Since then things have been blooming like life in early spring and now more families than ever are discovering the benefits and healthy lifestyles that Seniors on Site brings. But, unlike any other agency offering home support services, all of SOS’s care is provided by young seniors. They bring worlds of life experience and caring into every home or residence they [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:49+00:00March 2nd, 2013|Videos & Media|

Dealing with Physical Changes

As we age, we face many changes and many sources of stress – we are not as strong as we used to be, illness is more of a problem, children move away from home, people we love die, we may become lonely, and eventually we must give up our jobs and retire.  Coping with all of these changes is difficult, but it can be done.  The keys to coping include your long-term lifestyle, your ability to expect and plan for change, the strength of your relationships with surviving family and friends, and your willingness to stay interested in and involved [...]