Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cyber Seniors--Inspiration of the Week

Cyber Seniors is worth checking out mainly because of the people involved and the messages that are portrayed...well, for me anyway: logging on to the internet= independence and independence=freedom and freedom = happiness; a happiness that is increased by intergenerational relationships. The older adults portrayed in this Cyber Seniors business are completely humbled by the dedication and interest of the younger generations. If you watch it, you will agree, Shura Eadie (who unfortunately passed away on October 27th this year) exudes something through your computer screen that you can get anywhere else (sorry, that's vague, but when you watch this, you'll get it and potentially be inspired).
She was a stylish woman (as you can see in the doc trailer here, being viewed on Nov. 29th, 2013 @ the Tiff Bell Lightbox) and lived on the edge especially in her later years: she logged on to the internet and even further, started her own YouTube channel. 
And she's not the only one that is getting comfortable online. Stats Canada reported that "29% of people age 75 and over and 60% of those 65 to 74 had used the Internet in the previous month," (2010) showing us that older adults are starting to log in more often, and with a little more confidence. And where does that confidence stem from? 
There are many reasons. 
As stated above, older adults not only feel confident with their user abilities on the scary world wide web, they feel a sense of reward from their relationships with younger generations. 
We hear a lot about these relationships and the importance of sticking the young and old into a room, but give them purpose. Cyber Seniors gives these two generations purpose. 
Log On, Cyber Seniors!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

ON AIR with Libby Znaimer talking about Millenials!

On August 18th I was called into Libby Znaimer's Zoomer Week In Review studio to talk about millenials...

Here's the blurb from Zoomer Week In Review:

Do you work with millennials? That’s the generation born after 1980. Considering they make up a quarter of Canada’s workforce, the answer is likely yes. And you might have noticed their attitude towards employment is very different from ours. From unrealistic career expectations to a constant need for approval, Millennials are changing the dynamics of many Canadian offices. Libby talks to Bruce Mayhew, a Zoomer who has developed a program to help us negotiate the demands of a multi-generational workforce… and Elise Kayfetz, a millennial who will explain the attitudes and opinions of her generation.
Plus, nutritionist and cookbook author Rose Reisman tells us all about the latest food craze – the gluten free diet. She’ll fill you in on how to figure out if it’s right for you! 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Staff Found Mice Nibbling Resident Face...GROSS!!!

Disabled woman's face got nibbled by a mouse?!?!?!
Who is really the mouse in this situation--the overworked caregiver? Or the little rodent?
Do we need to lay out a trail of cheese leading to those in need so their caregivers can respond?
I doubt it. I am more optimistic than that. I've seen plenty of professional formal caregivers.
They say it was a farm nearby that brought the crazy mouse into this Lethbridge facility.
I wish this woman a speedy recovery.

Thanks MG for bringing this story to my attention.

Full Story Here

Monday, August 19, 2013

Parenting Your Parents--Coming Soon!

Posted: 09 Aug 2013 04:01 PM PDT
The Caring@Home blog welcomes this guest post by Bart Mindszenthy and Dr. Michael Gordon, authors of Parenting Your Parents: Straight Talk about Aging in the Family.
On September 21, the latest edition of Bart and Dr. Gordon’s book, Parenting Your Parents: Straight Talk About Aging in the Family, will be released. To set the stage, ask yourself, are you struggling to manage your parent’s health care, finances, quality of life, or even independence? If so, you’re not alone. This book will help you greatly.
Millions of people globally, and especially in North America, are confronting a new reality as an unprecedented demographic change sweeps over the world. People are living longer than ever before thanks to medical science and positive lifestyle changes. As a result, millions of elderly parents and grandparents have slowly but surely become more dependent on their loved ones, especially their adult children, to provide them with the love, care, support and attention they need.
More often than not, these children must balance caring for aging parents while maintaining their jobs and relationships with spouses and growing kids… let alone trying to find some me time. If this is your world, or you’re heading that way, Parenting Your Parents will be a welcome source of support, information and advice for navigating the challenges you’re confronting.
The third edition of Parenting Your Parents demonstrates, through 24 case studies and the personal experiences of the authors, that you‘re not alone and offers crucial advice to help you along this difficult but rewarding journey. It also offers the all-new Vulnerability Index to help you assess how much support your parents may need right now, as well as a financial planning section and fully updated, comprehensive Resource Directory. The book will be available in bookstores, online and through the website on September 21. Visithttp://www.parentingyourparents.ca/ to pre-order the book online.
The latest edition of Parenting Your Parents is more fulsome and robust in terms of content and relevance than the earlier editions. The helpful tips and stories, as well as other useful articles and references, will be of interest to anyone who is managing their aging parent’s journey.
Sharing our knowledge will help you begin planning now for the issues that come with aging in the family; these are inevitable and often intense situations that can take their toll on families and friends in many unwanted ways.
To find more information about the book, and to read the Parenting Your Parents blog, visithttp://www.parentingyourparents.ca/.