Glossary of Retirement Living

January 16, 2018 -

With so many retirement housing options available, both in private and government-subsidized residences, it can be hard to know what the best one is for you or your loved ones. Here, we define the terms you’re sure to come across in your search for the retirement home that’s juuust right. Senior-Oriented Apartments or Condos: These…

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How to Get Tech-Savvy, the Easy Way

January 10, 2018 -

Do you want to easily interact with your family and friends residing on the other side of the world? Or see what your kids and grandkids are up to in between get-togethers? You may not be a Millennial but you can still take advantage of the power of social media to connect with your loved…

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Saving Tactics for Future Care

January 03, 2018 -

Saving Tactics for Future Care These days, Canadians are living longer than ever, with men living to an average age of 80, and women, in general, making it to 84 years, according to the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, Canadians’ saving habits have not kept pace, meaning this group risks outliving their money or not having the…

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Four Low-Impact Workouts to Love

December 27, 2017 -

With baby boomers aging in droves, it’s no surprise that in 2017 the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) listed “programs for older adults” among the top 20 fitness trends, along with “exercising with pets” and “wearable technology.” Exercise has huge health benefits at every age, but is particularly important for elders when it comes to…

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5 Tips for Downsizing into an Age-Friendly Community

December 20, 2017 -

One of the perks of growing older is the opportunity to downsize; to move into a condo from a full-size home or to transition into a vibrant retirement community. Though you may be leaving behind a house filled with memories, it’s also a chance to make new ones, de-clutter, leave your mortgage payments behind and…

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Two Easy Heart-Healthy Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

December 13, 2017 -

Pollo à la Mexicana (Mexican Chicken) Packed with lean protein and tomatoes, which are filled with heart-healthy nutrients lycopene and potassium, this low-fat and traditional Mexican dish is best served over brown rice for a hearty and comforting winter meal. Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 30 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 4 boneless…

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3 Weekend Getaways for PNW Travellers

December 05, 2017 -

With kilometres of mountainous terrain, and excellent dining, arts and cultural options to experience, Vancouver’s environs beg to be explored. Here, a few getaway ideas made for the mature adult. Harrison Resort Seniors Getaway Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs draws visitors year-round to its quaint community alongside the sandy beaches of…

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Apps for Mature Adults

November 19, 2017 -

Whether you need assistance with memory, health monitoring or simply want some fun entertainment, there’s an app for that. Here, five that are especially interesting for an aging population. 1. Designed and developed by a registered nurse, the Pillboxie app notifies you when it’s time to take your next pill. Simply colour code the medication…

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Get Immunized at Opal by Element’s Flu Clinic!

November 01, 2017 -

Aching muscles, a pounding headache and running nose .. just some of the signs that you may have caught the flu virus. The infection of the upper airway is one of the most common fall and winter viruses, easily transferred from human to human through coughing, sneezing or face-to-face contact. People 65 years and older…

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Seasonal, Farm-to-Table Dining a Cornerstone of Opal by Element’s Visionary Culinary Program

September 15, 2017 -

By Lise Boullard Moving into an independent or assisted living complex doesn’t have to mean giving up the healthy, excellent meals that you’ve always enjoyed with your family. In fact, at Opal by Element’s intergenerational lifestyle community, locally sourced, scrumptious food is a way of life—one that’s meant to be enjoyed by older residents who…

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