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Track and Manage Healty Eating habits for Seniors

Tracking and Managing eating habits for seniors made easy

Health Canada, has a wealth of information on their website worth checking out.. Two resources in particular may be very helpful for seniors who are trying to manage healthy eating habits. Men and women have different needs at different stages of their live when it come to eating healthy.

On their website you’ll find several links and pages to useful information. The two we’re calling out here are specifically designed for people 50 and older to track and manage their eating habits along with guidelines on what to look out for.

Men over 50

Women over 50

Not quite in these categories? Click here for comprehensive list for various age groups.

 

 

 

10 Quick Tips for Healthy Eating

Healthy living for all ages

Lately I’ve been drawn to living a more balanced (healthy) life. Eating healthy is a big part of that. No matter what your age is, eating healthy is important. We know all know it, yet it is not always easy to do.

 

 

 

10 Quick Tips things you can do to maintain and keep healthy eating habits:

  1. Enjoy a variety of foods
  2. Eat variety of cereals, whole grain bread, vegetables and fruit
  3. Choose low fat products, lean meat with little or no fat
  4. Limit salt, alcohol and caffeine
  5. Only use a little (6-8 tsp) oil, margarine each day
  6. Limit fried food to once a week
  7. Eat fresh fruit as a snack
  8. Choose a variety of fish, poultry and lean meat
  9. Eat no more than 90 grams of meat each day
  10. Choose low fat dairy products

Click here for more details on Health Canada’s guidelines

 

 

Red Cross Basic Health Short-Term Loan of Medical Equipment for Seniors in Langley and the Fraser Valley

Red Cross Medical Health Equipment Loan Service

No one expects to suffer illness or injury that affects their mobility, their independence or dignity — yet it happens to thousands of people in the Lower Mainland every day: the child who needs crutches after a fall from a bike, or a senior who requires a wheelchair, cane or walker after slipping in the bathtub.

The Canadian Red Cross offers a community-based, volunteer-run program which provides short-term loans of basic health equipment, by donation, to those recovering from surgery or injury, or living with mobility limitations. Last year, over 350 volunteers served 25,000 clients, providing over 54,000 pieces of equipment.

Available equipment includes mobility aids, bath aids, toileting aids, walking aids, and aids to daily living. View our Basic Equipment List

Referrals from a health care professional are required for all items.

Please phone ahead to one of our Service Sites across the Lower Mainland to confirm availability of equipment and hours of operation.

The Langley Red Cross Office is located at :
#101-9770 – 196A Street
Phone: 604 881 1113
Fax : 604 881 1125
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 12:00

Click here for details on the program

 

5 Advantages of cohousing for Seniors well worth exploring

What is Senior Cohousing?

Senior cohousing is an intentionally cooperative neighborhood where common facilities are creatively shared yet where each household owns their home and has ample privacy and maximum control over their involvement. The close knit design and self management of cohousing communities, where neighbors see each other more often in the coming and going of their daily lives, provides economic, social, health, and security benefits creating real social capital important to seniors. Senior cohousing is really retirement housing for those that don’t want to ever retire from living a proactive, meaningful and mindful life. There are some advantages to cohousing for seniors worth exploring.

 

1. Affordability – typical cohousing units are much smaller than single family homes yet they maintain the functionality of a single family home. Seniors who are “house rich but cash poor” could sell their single family home, move into a smaller cohousing unit and realize some of the equity in their home to assist in supporting them in the coming years. Cohousers can have smaller houses because they have the benefit of a shared common house and the cooperation that occurs there.

2. Reduced operating Costs – seniors living in cohousing typically report significant savings in monthly living expenses due to the sharing of facilities and equipment, cooking together saves money versus buying and cooking all your own food, smaller units means smaller utility and tax bills and reduced maintenance costs vs. a single family house.

3. Aging in Place – the homes are designed to allow the owners to age in place in their community by including features in the design that may be needed later in life when the owners needs change (eg. Large bathrooms that enable future installation of roll in showers or baths if mobility issues arise).

4. Quality of Life – perhaps most important of all, cohousing developments improve the quality of life of seniors by giving them a support network of neighbours to socialize with, help each other out and engage in activities with.

5. Resource Use – Seniors in cohousing will save the City / District considerable resources by helping one another, and by being cared for by younger members of their cohousing community. This means they’ll be less dependent on meals on wheels, home hospice, fire department calls, etc. Additionally, seniors will be part of a community of people living in sustainably built homes.

Want more information?

Visit: www.cohousing.ca and www.canadianseniorcohousing.com
Join the Langley Cohousing Network: www.meetup.com/Langley-Cohousing-Meetup-Group

Windsong is currently the only cohousing property in Langley. For more information visit: www.windsong.bc.ca