Animatronic pets help alzheimer's sufferers

Purrs and wags: animatronic pets and senior care

Pet ownership for seniors has long been recognized as beneficial. Just 15 minutes spent bonding with an animal can instill a feeling of companionship and improve our general emotional wellbeing. However, when issues relating to health, mobility or finances arise, some seniors feel they are simply unable to care for a pet. As many as 1 in 4 senior Canadians …

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Senior rights: Alberta scores again

Residents of Alberta have long claimed that their province is the perfect place to retire, but now Calgary seniors have even more to be proud of. Seniors find a voice As of April 1 2018, new legislation means that Alberta seniors have much more control over their daily lives. The Resident and Family Councils Act gives seniors and their families …

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Alzheimer’s research round-up

For nearly 30 years, the amyloid cascade hypothesis has been central to the research of Alzheimer’s disease. This theory suggests that a build-up of damaging proteins initiates damage to brain cells. This build-up can be linked to early cognitive problems in Alzheimer’s patients. Scientists are still searching for ways to stop the accumulation of these proteins. Only this year, 4 …

Fruit and Veg nutrition for seniors

Eat well, live well

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, up to 80 percent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through our life habits, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active. At The Manor Village, we understand that a well-balanced diet is the cornerstone of a healthy, active lifestyle. Our aim is not just to …

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Cards on the table: how games improve senior health

It’s no secret that keeping active in our senior years has a positive effect on both our physical and mental health. Exercising our minds is just as important. Playing a regular game of Canasta or chess could be key to keeping our brains in tip-top condition. So, dust off that old deck of cards and search out the Scrabble. It’s …

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Leading the good life: retirement in Calgary AB

It’s official – Calgary is still ranked one of the top five ‘most liveable’ cities in the world. This latest confirmation comes courtesy of The Economist’s Global Liveability Report for 2017. But what about senior living in Calgary? Is retiring to Calgary as perfect as it first appears? Can Calgary score the retirement triple? The National Framework on Aging recently …

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Best foot forward: why senior foot care is so important

Frequently forgotten or simply neglected, feet are vital for maintaining overall health, well-being and independence. In seniors, foot care is especially important. Initial symptoms of arthritis and diabetes, as well as nerve and circulatory disorders, are often detected in the feet. Foot care for diabetics Seniors with diabetes or circulation problems can have very little feeling in the feet. As …

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Puppy power: how pets are leading the pack to improve senior health

As we enter the Chinese Year of the Dog, Canada’s pet population is increasing. Figures released by the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) in 2017 indicate that cat and dog populations rose significantly between 2014 and 2016. According to the CAHI Programs Director; ‘Overall approximately 41% of Canadian households include at least one dog, and similarly around 37% include at …

Old Stuff for memories

Old stuff day: keeping memories alive

National Old Stuff Day is the day for celebrating old stuff, and rekindling memories! This March 2nd, take some time to gather up your old stuff. That bag of trinkets destined for the charity store might be all your loved ones need to rekindle memories and reconnect with you and your family. Why old stuff matters in memory care More …

Five surprising ways to help seniors in extreme cold weather

Before Christmas, our blog featured tips for seniors on dealing with our usual Canadian winter weather and snowy conditions. Little did we know at that point just how extreme the weather was to turn first in Ontario, and now in Calgary.   -20C and below When temperatures drop below -20C, as it is forecast to do most of this week, …