Posted by Beth on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 15:46

Snow Covered HouseI recently took up cross-country skiing.  It was my attempt to find more enjoyment in Canada’s harsh winter – and it appeared to be a great way to get some exercise in beautiful surroundings, with less risk of injury than downhill skiing.

Although this may be true, I’ve learned that you can still fall when you cross-country ski.  In fact, when you are learning, you fall a lot.  And when you fall, it hurts, even if the hills are less steep.   

Needless to say, I woke up this morning feeling a little worse for wear.

Falling on the ski trail hurts, but the truth is, falls are painful anywhere.

One third of seniors fall at least once a year.  And between 20% and 70% of those falls result in some kind of injury. In the winter, the snow and icy conditions can increase the likelihood, even during regular daily activities.   

Posted by Beth on Friday, November 15, 2013 - 15:53

Round TableI once worked in an office so tight on space that they set up my desk in the office’s cafeteria.  It was a delicious experience… but not the best for my waistline.

Over the years, I have experienced the full range of workspace configurations – from cubicles, to interior and exterior spaces, to a desk right in my boss’ office.   Through all the moves only one thing noticeably affected my productivity – access to a window.  If I could see daylight, the size or location of my workspace didn’t matter.  But if I couldn’t see outside, I felt very uncomfortable.   

Most of us feel better in certain spaces and struggle in others.   Different rooms or set-ups evoke different emotions or feelings.   For me, natural light strongly affects how I feel.  For others, a cluttered room can be unbearable.  There are so many elements that can affect a room’s appeal even though we often can’t pinpoint exactly why. 

Posted by Beth on Friday, September 27, 2013 - 13:27

Brightly coloured soapIt took me over a year to confess my eye glasses prescription to my fiancé. 

To say I don’t have perfect vision is an understatement.  I’ve worn contact lenses or glasses for most of my life, and I honestly couldn’t function without them.

Mornings would be pretty frustrating – having to feel around my bedside table to find my glasses in order to read the clock, or hold my phone right up to my face to check emails without them, was only mildly irritating… it was the shower routine that really put me in a bad mood. 

Posted by Beth on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 18:21

Paint CanI forgot my pashmina in a taxi last weekend.  I was on my way to a wedding and had carefully laid my wrap on the seat to protect the back of my light-coloured dress from any unexpected crumbs or dirt.  Excited to see old friends, I jumped out of the cab only to realize my absent-minded mistake moments later.  As I ran down the street to try and retrieve my wrap, it occurred to me that having some dirt on the back of my dress would have looked better than the spectacle I created by chasing a taxi awkwardly, with arms flailing, moments before someone’s wedding.  

Although covering the taxi ‘s seat was overly vain and dramatic, taking precautions against harmful germs is important, especially in your house.   Harmful household bacteria and germs can cause health issues including heart disease, allergies and strokes. 

But these dangers don’t mean you have to get rid of all of your furniture and sterilize the entire space every day.  A few smart choices can help minimize some risks in your home and make it more comfortable to enjoy.

Posted by Beth on Friday, August 2, 2013 - 10:16

Grandparent and kidsThe world was in a frenzy last week awaiting the birth of the “Royal Baby”, Prince George Alexander Louis.  Journalists were camped outside the hospital around the clock waiting for the latest information - gender, weight, the first photograph –to share about the newest addition to Britain’s Royal Family.   

As Queen Elizabeth demonstrated, all members of a family play an important role in a baby’s life – especially grandparents and great grandparents!   But as individuals age and our bodies change, we can often find the rigors of child-rearing more difficult.  The lifting, carrying, feeding and bathing required can often be exhausting and painful and can interfere with the joys of watching a baby grow.

Posted by Beth on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 13:12

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week, the Ontario Government has launched a new resource page for older Ontarians to ensure that they are prepared for emergency situations.  To learn more, please see the link below.

Posted by Beth on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 12:56

Merrill Lynch, in partnership with Age Wave,  just released a survey about individuals' perspectives about the new realities of retirement.  The survey found that peace of mind,health and living arrangements are top concerns.

Posted by Beth on Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 10:02

RecipesI love Sunday afternoons. 

Feeling ambitious, I thumb through cookbooks to find a new dish.  I always look for the same type –delicious and fairly simple to make.  When I find a good one, I jump right in.

For some reason though, the suggested prep time at the bottom of the recipe is hardly ever accurate.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve started a “takes 30 minutes to make” dish to still be prepping and chopping an hour and a half later. 

I know I’m not alone.

Posted by Beth on Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 08:06

It was a scary start to Valentine’s Day this morning.

Having hit the snooze button to enjoy a few last minutes of sleep, I was jolted awake by two loud thuds and then a crash.  As I leapt out of bed and rushed to find out what happened, I noticed my husband lying on the floor.  He had just fallen down the stairs.

Posted by Beth on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:43

Desk and ComputerSometimes I wish I wore a pedometer.  My husband and I live in a three-storey row-house and I cannot count the number of times I go up and down the stairs everyday to get myself ready to go out or do things around the house.    It is quite the workout!

 Stairs become much harder as we grow older.  Hypertension, arthritis, balance and hand grip all play a role in how comfortable we feel navigating them.  In a recent study of older adults, almost 50% reported some difficultly going up and down the stairs.  And this is understandable; of the 1 in 3 people that suffer a fall each year, the most common cause of severe injuries was from a fall on stairs.   So, stairs are not just difficult; they are also pretty scary.

But having stairs in your home doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love in your home.