The Ontario Caregivers Association Support for Caregivers

If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.

Booming eldercare industry, dizzying choices: 5 things to keep in mind when choosing a retirement home for Mom or Dad

A continuum of care

For those faced with such a choice, let’s start with the basics: What’s the difference between a retirement home and a nursing home? 

If you’re not really sure, you’re not alone. That’s because such facilities exist along a continuum of care, says Nancy Swanger, founding director of the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living and associate professor at Washington State University in Pullman.

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Seven Aging Myths That Lead to Insults

Myths prevent us from understanding aging.
  • Many of our most sacred beliefs about aging are based on myths.
  • As long as we believe myths, the needs of seniors will be ignored.
  • Our treatment of an aging population should be based on research, not myths.

In a shopping mall, I watched a young couple forced to reduce their pace as they approached an elderly man using a cane, slowly walking in the same direction. Unable to pass him because foot traffic was heavy, they exchanged snarky expressions. Eventually, he entered a store, and the couple resumed their pace. The young man, imitating the elder, said to his girlfriend, “When I get that old, shoot me.” If he had asked for assistance, I would have been delighted to offer it—even early.

Aging is viewed by many young people with the same discomfort experienced when a strange relative comes uninvited to a family gathering. And just as most people at the event hope to avoid interacting with him, so do younger people with the vision of growing older.

Learn more about Caregiving

How does Baycrest help older adults Fear No Age? By giving everyone the information and tools they need to make informed decisions for their best possible life at every age and stage.

On the Baycrest Health Information Portal, you will find clear and reliable information about topics such as dementia, brain health, aging and more in many different formats. All the information has been developed by Baycrest clinical and interprofessional experts.

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51 Random Acts of Kindness Toward Seniors

Think about the last time you experienced random acts of kindness. It probably put a smile on your face. While we may be busy in our day, there’s a very deserving group who’d appreciate a kind gesture: seniors. Need some ideas? We have some—51, in fact. Remember, it isn’t about money or even planning. It’s about finding a moment to make a small difference in another person’s life. We invite you to brighten a senior’s day through a random act of kindness. You may find it will brighten yours too.

For those seniors you know:

  1. Send older relatives a card just to let them know you’re thinking about them.
  2. Consult with a senior loved one about a major life event in your life like changing careers, getting married or starting a family.
  3. Ask a senior friend or parishioner to lead you in prayer. The intimate bond may benefit you both.
  4. …….

How to help your aging family members maintain their independence and autonomy

Caring and attending to the needs of your aging adults shows you love and appreciate them, but you run the risk of helping out a little too much at times. Your elderly may go through periods of grief each time they lose the ability to do certain things, and by over-helping, you’re unwittingly contributing to their sense of loss of independence. Everyone has the right to independence and autonomy, but for older people, the freedom they once enjoyed is often denied because they’re no longer able to make their own decisions. Everyone should have the chance to live with dignity, especially senior populations.

The Tenderness of Eldercare

How aging caregivers are putting their self-care first.

In 2019, Dan Gasby, the husband of fashion guru and restaurateur B. Smith, made a public announcement in The Washington Post: While he, a Black man, remained devoted to his Black wife, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2013, he was also in a committed relationship with another woman, Alex Lerner, who is white. 

“If This Is Us and Modern Family came together, it would be us,” Gasby told TheWashington Post. Gasby’s daughter, Dana, agreed, telling The Washington Postthat she’s glad her father met Lerner. “When he told me, I was like, Thank God. I’m happy,” she said.

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Baby boomers are aging. Their kids aren’t ready.

Millennials are facing an elder care crisis nobody prepared them for.

Empowering Seniors: 4 Innovative Tech Gadgets Redefining Elderly Living

Empowering Seniors: 4 Innovative Tech Gadgets Redefining Elderly Living

Age brings maturity, wisdom

Respecting, learning from, our elders is our moral duty  

By: AbidHussain Rather

In our fast-paced world, it is easy to overlook the invaluable treasure trove of wisdom and experience that our senior citizens and elders bring to our communities. As we rush through our daily lives, it is essential to take a moment to reflect on the elderly individuals who have contributed so much to society and are still contributing in countless ways. Senior citizens are an invaluable part of our society. They have a wealth of life experience and knowledge, which can be a source of wisdom and inspiration. As a society, we owe a debt of gratitude to the older generation who have contributed to our communities and played a pivotal role in shaping our world.

It is our moral and societal duty to ensure that they lead a life of dignity, comfort, and respect. They have contributed their wisdom, experience, and often a lifetime of hard work to create the world we live in today. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that they enjoy their golden years with dignity, respect, and the support they need. Respecting and helping senior citizens strengthens the social fabric of our communities. It creates a sense of belonging, interdependence, and a culture of empathy and compassion.

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