Contributor : Amy Friesen

Telling your life story as you get older

Sharing experiences from our lives can become more important as we get older. For some of us, it’s motivated by a desire to leave something of ourselves behind, a record of how we spent our time on Earth so that we’re not forgotten.

Top 5 movies your parents werewatching in the 1960's

Taking you down memory lane to the films your parents watched in their 20's! We hope these help grease the conversation wheels!

Local Health Integration Network Gets a New Name

Effective April 1, 2021, subsidized home care in Ontario has a new name. It’s Home and Community Care Support Services. None of the health care services the agency provides are changing.

1940’s songs to help connect with a loved one who has Dementia

Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease.

15 inspirational quotes about aging and lifelong learning

There’s a common misconception that older adults can’t learn new things. 

6 reasons healthy eating can be difficult for an aging parent – and what to do about it

You’re concerned that your aging mom or dad isn’t eating properly. You know that poor nutrition can lead to serious health problems.

Choosing the right medical alert system for your senior parent in the Ottawa area

You’re considering getting your aging parent – who lives in the Ottawa area – a medical alert system, also known as a personal emergency response system.

3 Steps to Take if Your Aging Parent Isn’t Taking Their Pills

Your elderly parent isn’t taking their medications. You’re worried. You’ve tried to talk to them about it, but they either ignore you or become irritated with you for being bossy.

It’s never too late to benefit from exercise

Even if you’ve been sedentary most of your adult life, it’s not too late to begin exercising. Something to keep in mind whether it’s for yourself or an aging parent.

5 Steps to Avoiding a Crisis Move of Your Aging Parent

It’s easy to overlook how critical this type of support is to the independence of seniors.

Handling the Emotions of Moving Day

It’s moving day. By late this afternoon, your parent will be in their new retirement community.

4 Ways to Help Your Aging Parent Downsize

It’s not just hard physical work. It’s hard emotional work. That’s because memories have a way of attaching themselves to your stuff. Letting go of certain things may feel like saying goodbye to a piece of your younger self.

7 Warning Signs That Your Parent Might Not Be Safe On Their Own

If you have a parent living on their own, chances are you’re checking in on them as the holidays approach. After all, social isolation has been a big issue for seniors throughout the pandemic. And feelings of loneliness can be particularly acute during the holidays, especially this year.

Use Virtual Holiday Time to Create Something as a Family

You’re likely feeling bummed out that, because of the pandemic, you’re not able to get together physically with your extended family this holiday season. The last thing you want to do is jeopardize the health of your aging parents or other relatives. But you don’t want them to feel abandoned either, especially this time of year.

So, what can you do to inject life into virtual holiday gatherings?

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Seniors in Your Life

Tea & Toast has decided to make things a little easier for you this holiday season. We’ve created a small online shop that features gifts for the senior in your life. Some gifts are meant to make their life easier. Others may just bring a smile to their face. 

The Benefits of Respite Care During the Holiday Season

The holidays can mean different things to different people. For many, the holidays are a time where eggnog flows freely and folks come to visit from near and far. Everyone is merry and goes home, with full bellies and with visions of sugar plum fairies.

For many others, it might mean juggling the special needs of a family member that you’re the primary caregiver for. This can present its fair set of challenges.

Stir Crazy? Explore the World Through Virtual Travel

Although international travel remains pretty much off the table for the foreseeable future, you can still visit some fascinating destinations across the world. Think virtual travel.

The First 14 Days After Moving into a Retirement Home

During the pandemic, the Ontario government requires that all seniors moving into a retirement residence self-isolate for 14 days.

My Family Member With Dementia Got Lost. Will It Happen Again?

Someone in your family has dementia. They recently wandered away from home and no one could find them. At the time, you panicked, but fortunately everything turned out all right. But you wonder: Will it might happen again? And if it does, will things turn out as well?

How to Support a Senior After a Move to a Retirement Home

Moving to a retirement home is a major life transition. Leaving behind a home that you’ve lived in for years, possibly decades, comes with a sense of loss. Loss of a home full of family memories. Loss of autonomy.