As they say – you are what you eat. March is nutrition month in Canada, and to create awareness, we’re focusing on communicating the important, and often overlooked, role nutrition plays in overall mental wellness. Most of us associate what we eat with the size of our waistlines, not our mental health, but the two… Read more »

People thrive on social interaction. The more we engage with others, the more positive benefits we experience, especially as we get older. Staying socially connected has been proven to improve seniors’ overall health and happiness. The opposite can also be said – social isolation and loneliness are linked to health risks and can negatively impact… Read more »

Mental health is health — and it matters for all of us. January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and to honour it, we’re focusing on senior mental wellness, what to know and how we can lend our support. As we head into a new year and set new goals, let’s make mental health a priority —… Read more »

The holidays! It’s a time for food, fun, family and traditions. As your parents and/or grandparents age, family traditions may need to change to accommodate their current health limitations. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. While it may be sad to see certain traditions end, it can be fun and exciting to… Read more »

Falls are the leading cause of injury, resulting in 85% of injury-related hospitalization. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 20-30% of people in Canada 65+ will experience one or more falls per year. The good news is that falls are preventable! November is Fall Prevention Month, so we’re sharing information to help seniors… Read more »

Volunteering your time to worthwhile causes, people in need or the community is a fulfilling opportunity, not to mention one with added health benefits! If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands why not consider volunteering. The former director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria, Neena Chappell, found… Read more »

Adopting a lifestyle that emphasizes the importance of healthy eating is one that has numerous benefits. It can help you feel energized, maintain a healthy weight and control disease. It’s part of the Active Living lifestyle, which means it’s accessible to everyone. You’ll be happy to know that nutritious food is easily attainable and there… Read more »

“Just achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (equivalent to 30 minutes daily of moderate intensity activity on 5 days a week) reduces the risk of death by 19% … while 7 hours per week of moderate activity (compared with no activity) reduces the risk of death by 24%”. Study findings from the International Journal… Read more »

Keeping Connected was founded as a way to support seniors living at home, keeping them engaged to their mental and physical benefit, but without our call companions we wouldn’t be able to fulfill that promise. So, who are these voices at the other end of the telephone? How were they chosen? Do they have any… Read more »

If laughter is the best medicine, then talking is the second best. For many, particularly those who feel lonely or isolated, it can often feel difficult to open up and be heard. But for those who do, there’s major payoff. Research continually shows that engaging in daily conversation—whether it’s simple chat about the weather or… Read more »