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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?

Long-Term Care Crisis

As an add-on to the CTV National News interview. Here are my thoughts on the long-term care crisis currently happening with Covid - 19.

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.

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.

Downizing 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?

10 Inspirational Quotes About Aging and Growing Older

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.” 

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.

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 Donations in Canada: Can Seniors Give 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.

10 Critical Things You May Not Know About Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson’s disease is on the rise in Canada.

In fact, it’s estimated that Canadian seniors over age 65 living with Parkinson’s disease will more than double by 2031. Of course, some of that has to do with our aging demographic. But consider this: by 2031, the number of Canadians over age 40 with Parkinson’s will increase by 65 per cent!

8 Common Misconceptions About Retirement Living

Do you know fact from fiction when it comes to retirement living – and how it affects seniors, caregivers, and family members?

What Season is Best to Move into a Retirement Residence?

There never seems to be a “right time” to move!

Especially when you or your family members are considering a life-changing transition to a retirement residence.

Figuring Out Next Steps For Your Aging Parents: Dealing with Family Conflict

Let’s face it: most families experience some level of conflict from time to time.

But when faced with something incredibly emotional—such as figuring out how to care for an aging parent—that kind of family conflict can lead to arguments, resentment…and even giving up.