Last week I met Brian Donovan, member of a Tai Chi class held at the Douglas Recreation Centre in Langley. He shared with me how this class improved his health by applying the exercises of slow movements. Another member of his has seen dramatic improvements over the the last three years after suffering a serious accident.
Taoist Tai Chi builds on how the the fast-paced yet sedentary nature of modern life often results in stress and lack of sufficient physical activity. Many people are finding Tai Chi to be an effective way to counteract these pressures and to cultivate health.
Some of the health benefits include:
- improved circulation
- balance and posture
- increased strength and flexibility
- reduced stress.
With regular practice, the exercises help restores the calmness and peace of mind that is often lost through the desires and anxieties of daily life.
Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment Tai Chi claims that their programs can help to improve the health and quality of life for people dealing health conditions such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, joint immobility, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and many others.
Brian went on to say that his only regret is that he did not find out about this sooner! To learn more about Tai Chi follow this link. To join on of sever local class locations in Surrey or Langley and additional details follow this link.
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, why is this day here?
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is one of many excellent opportunities to share information on the links and many facets of abuse and neglect in later life, as a family violence problem, an intergenerational concern, as well as a health, justice, and human rights issue. It is an opportunity to join together and recognize the many local and regional efforts to address the problem. These efforts are often overlooked. It is also a chance to speak with one voice on this important matter.
What are Canadians Doing?
This special day is a time to share information, learn more, discuss the issue of abuse of older adults, and become involved. Canada has been recognized internationally as a leader in raising public awareness of abuse of older adults and in developing innovative and respectful approaches to dealing with the issue. BC Community Response Network (BCCRN) has developed several factsheets in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Many Canadians are using June 15th as an opportunity to recognize local and regional efforts that are being made to raise awareness of abuse of older adults.
Across the country, individuals, organizations, communities, and governments are:
- holding cultural, educational, art and social activities to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day,
- developing municipal, provincial, and territorial proclamations to raise awareness,
- launching awareness tools such as posters and calendars,
- publicizing the day with multimedia information campaigns,
- organizing volunteer and educational programs, including information fairs, plays, workshops and conferences to help promote change, and
- developing multigenerational initiatives to help children and youth learn more about aging, ageism, and abuse.
In Canada, many people are working throughout the year to increase public awareness about abuse and neglect of older adults.
Want to Learn More?
For more information on Canadian and international activities in support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit the websites:
This article is based on various articles posted on the links above.
Just today I talked to someone about B Cared For and how we bring community help to those who need it. The person I talked to found herself in the position I wrote about in Caring for your aging parents? Take care of yourself first . She described how having to look after her own household, children and her aging mom, recovering from an operation can be overwhelming. Compounded by the fact that she maintains a active career to provide for her family. These were some things she shared with me:
“It’d be great if I had someone check in on my mom every day, during the day, even if it is just for an hour each day.”
“Looking after my parents during the day is the hard part.”
Our services are specifically designed to provide the peace of mind you’re looking for. Have someone check up on your elderly parents or take them to their doctor’s appointment during the day while you’re at work and know that they are being cared for. We’re here to help.
You may be reading this story and think, I have time, I could help. We’d love to hear from you, complete a care provider application form today!
Caring for your aging parents? Take care of yourself first. If you are looking after your parents today, chances are you are doing this next to your regular job. Where in the past children were able to provide care and support their parents, today’s financial and social pressures make it more and more difficult. You may find yourself looking after your parents, your children, perhaps even your grand children while maintaining your career. Enough reason for stress? I would say YES. As a company we’re here to provide support where it makes sense. More important is that you continue to take care of yourself first. The Fraser Health Authority published a useful handbook for Care Givers. This handbook provides some great tips on how to look after yourself while caring for the ones you love.
“Caregiving can be very stressful – acknowledge this.”
“Take care of yourself first”
- Caregiving can be very stressful – acknowledge this.
- Take care of your own needs and take a regular break from your caregiving duties to rest and renew your energy.
- Set aside regular times to do things you enjoy like, taking a bath, visiting with friends, watching a TVshow from start to finish, reading, getting your hair done, listening to music, catching up on your sleep. Remember this is your time to rest and recharge your batteries.
- Exercise – walk, swim, jog, play golf, work in the garden. Do some stretching. Try Tai Chi or Yoga.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Good nutrition is important to your health.
- Have regular check-ups. Talk to you doctor about any health problems. Use medications with care.
- Try to get enough sleep. Although it may be difficult, sleep is important for staying healthy. If you have trouble getting to sleep, try breathing or relaxation exercises (there are books or tapes to help).
- Build a support network. Keep in touch with friends. You need a life apart from your caring role. If you cut yourself off, you are also cutting off the support that friends will give you. And you will find it hard to pick up the pieces of your life when you are no longer spending so much time caregiving. You might like to join a support group. It is a good way to meet new people who have the same concerns you do.
- Don’t try to be superman or superwoman. Be realistic. Think about what really matters most to you. Let the less important things wait and learn to say “no”.
- Think about your supports and use them. Talk with other family or friends who could share the responsibilities.
- Find out what resources are available in your community and make contact before or when you need help.
- Reward yourself. Remember to congratulate yourself for all your successes, however small you feel they are.
Fraser Health Handbook for CareGivers