Contributor : Amy Friesen

MENTAL HEALTH & COVID-19

Many families thought they could “get through this” much like I did with my two year old. But as days turn into weeks the toll it is taking on everyone's mental health is beginning to compound. 

FEELING ANXIOUS? TRY NESTING!

As the old expression goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s only natural that we intuitively want our personal space to resonate with us and provide a sense of calm, comfort, and belonging. Our need for comfort is intensified when the outside world is full of change and uncertainty.

Whether you live in a studio apartment, a high-rise condo, or a larger house, here are a few simple things you can do to help feather your nest and lift your spirits.

STRATEGY SESSION: RETIREMENT HOME VS NURSING HOME

This is the number one question I am asked as a retirement living expert.

Some people may not realize that “retirement homes” and “nursing homes” are two separate entities, each with their own processes and costs.

WORD OF MOUTH: TIMELY ADVICE FOR SENIORS’ ORAL CARE

April is recognized each year as National Oral Health Month. And here’s some good news.

STRATEGY SESSION: A LOVED ONE WITH DEMENTIA

Beyond what the situation is today, have you thought – honestly, now – about what things might look like in, say, three years from now? Two years? Or even next year?

KIDNEY HEALTH

While we hear a lot about the importance of having a healthy brain, heart and lungs, kidneys aren’t always top of mind. But given what they do for our bodies, they probably should be.

SENIORS AND COVID-19: HOW ALL OF US CAN HELP

Tea & Toast is now offering a first of its kind service to seniors and families who would like to tour, or need to tour retirement homes, but are unable to visit in person. 

KEEP YOUR TICKER TICKING: MAKING SMART CHOICES FOR HEART HEALTH

February is Heart Month in Canada – and no better time for a refresher on how to keep your heart
healthy.

SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR IDENTITY AND VALUABLES

Sometimes, people can be real jerks!

This is especially true of scammers who take advantage of other people’s trust and vulnerability.

Unfortunately, seniors/older adults are often the most frequent targets of scams and scammers.

Indeed, there is no lack of scams out there trying to rob seniors of their identity, money, or valuables.

The Tea & Toast team wants you to protect yourself! We hope this blog will help you to do just that.

DOWNWIZING PODCAST FEATURE

Tea & Toast founder, Amy Friesen speaks with Barry at Gordon’s Downsizing and Estate Services about how to identify the best options and make the best choice when it comes to retirement living! Have a listen here!

SENIORS AND FLU SEASON: 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season!

According to Health Canada, every year there is an average of 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths connected to the flu

Meanwhile, seniors are particularly susceptible to getting the flu. 

ARE SENIORS GETTING THE SLEEP THEY NEED?

Sleep. We all need it. 

Health Canada recommends the average person gets seven to eight hours of sleep each night

However, research shows that one-third of Canadian seniors don’t meet that minimum.

PETS: GOOD OR BAD FOR SENIORS?

Are you a senior who owns a pet, or is thinking of getting a pet?

Or are you concerned about your aging parent and their ability to care for a dog, cat or other animal?

In this blog, we offer up some of the benefits and challenges of having a pet in older age—plus, we provide a few additional considerations and alternatives to pet ownership.

10 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES ABOUT AGING AND GROWING OLD

At Tea & Toast, we help seniors of all ages—with a range of health, physical and emotional needs—to find happy, safe places to live their “upper years.” 

SELLING THE FAMILY HOME? WHAT SENIORS SHOULD LOOK FOR IN A REAL ESTATE AGENT

So you’re a senior…and you’ve decided to sell the family home.

Whether due to necessity (financially or health-related) or simply because you want a smaller or more social place to live in, this can be an exciting time of transition.

But it can also be incredibly emotional, stressful…and even complicated.

Seniors’ real estate needs are different

MEET YOUR SENIOR LIVING ADVISOR: BRENDA VERCH!

“I love listening to the stories of seniors’ lives…”

When you look to someone for advice—especially advice about a major life transition—you want to feel you can trust that expert.

That’s why we like to profile our senior living advisors as much as possible!

Get to know one of our newest advisors, the kind and caring Brenda Verch!

BLOOD DONATION IN CANADA: CAN SENIORS GIVE BLOOD?

Blood.

No matter where you are in Canada, we are so lucky that it is always available to us.

Thanks to donors, that is.

In fact, some of Canada’s most generous blood donors are seniors!

Surprised? Don’t be.

HOW DOES MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AFFECT SENIORS AND AGING ADULTS?

Did you know Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world?

According to the MS Society of Canada, approximately one in every 385 Canadians live with the disease. And while it’s most often diagnosed in people aged 20 to 49, younger children and older adults—seniors—are also diagnosed with MS.

SHOULD YOUR AGING PARENT BE DRIVING?

As your mom or dad ages, are you growing increasingly worried about their driving?
First off, as a caring adult child, your concern is understandable.
After all, according to Transport Canada, between 2000 and 2015, more seniors died in traffic fatalities than any other age group across Canada.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING: STARTING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT YOUR END-OF-LIFE WISHES

Discussing a loved one’s end-of-life wishes is not a comfortable topic of conversation for many.

However, it is critical to have someone in place to make important medical-related decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so yourself.