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Important Questions re Fire Safety

Seniors and people with disabilities are most vulnerable when it comes to fire.

If you are considering a care, long-term care or retirement home for yourself, a relative, or a friend, here are some important questions to ask the operators of these facilities:

  1. Has the facility had a recent fire safety inspection?
  2. Is the building well maintained?
  3. Are the doors and hallways free of obstructions?
  4. Are there fire safety features in place, such as: sprinklers, extinguishers, clear exits, smoke alarms, emergency lighting, self-closing devices on doors, general fire alarm?
  5. If there is a safety plan (approved by the fire department) in place and is it reviewed regularly?
  6. Have staff received fire safety training?
  7. Are fire drills held regularly?
  8. Is the room/floor of the building suitable given your loved one’s ability to evacuate in the event of a fire?
  9. Are there enough staff available to carry out an evacuation/escape plan if there is a fire?
  10. Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a designated outdoor area, separate room and/or staff supervision?

KNIT 1, PURL 2: IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

KNITTING CAN IMPROVE YOUR MOOD, MIND AND BODY

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/01/27/4-unforeseen-health-benefits-of-knitting/

Now, to step that up a notch. Have you considered forming a knitting group? The art of knitting provides a common bond in so many people. If you have never knit before, it is easy to learn and projects can be worked on easily while socializing in a group.

 

 

Then, step it up another notch and add a purpose, ie knitting for charity, and meetings take on a whole new energy.

 

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/Knitting-for-Charity-20-free-hat-patterns

Knitting provides many-layered benefits:

  • It gives you a sense of pride
  • Has the same benefits as meditation
  • Alleviates symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression
  • It helps improve motor function
  • It slows cognitive decline
  • It helps prevent arthritis and tendinitis

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health-therapeutic

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/open-gently/201311/should-you-knit

Socializing in a like-minded group:

  • Connects people with a common interest
  • Creates a networking thread of connection outside meetings
  • Alleviates anxiety, stress and depression
  • Improves cognitive functions and skills
  • Abates loneliness and isolation

Add to this, knitting for charity.

That can be called a WIN – WIN – WIN.

There are many local agencies who endlessly require and are supremely grateful for knit items for the homeless, refugees and poverty stricken people. Siloam Mission is one such place. https://www.siloam.ca/. Another idea is blankets for preemies in neo-natal units.

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Seasonal Loneliness

BE MINDFUL OF SENIORS AT THIS BUSY TIME

With the Holiday Season upon us, we are in a mad dash making sure all details are taken care of.  In this bustle, sometimes older people are left out of plans or are not visited much. It is important to try to include the senior members of your family or social demographic in your plans. Seasonal loneliness is a very real thing.

This link provides some suggestions for inclusion:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2016-12-22/help-someone-who-is-lonely-this-christmas/

JOG YOUR MEMORY – TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BRAIN

JOG YOUR MEMORY – TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BRAIN

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As we age, memory loss becomes a factor. It is not always the result of a degenerative neurological disease. There are many factors than can contribute to your memory seeming to slip away.  Some of those are:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Poor circulation
  • Stress

Old man scratching his head in puzzlement

Along with managing the factors listed above, we need to constantly stimulate our brain and make it work harder.

This can be done in a very light hearted, non-stressful, socially active manner. Mental acuity can be attained through a variety of fun mental games.

Examples of these are:

  • Scrabble
  • Crosswords puzzles
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Dominoes
  • Sudoku
  • Card games

Think of this type of activity as MENTAL FLOSS.

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A good resource for games that challenge your grey matter can be found at the following links:
www.gamesforthebrain.com/
www.games.cnn.com/
www.luminosity.com/

Age & Opportunity Manitoba

A & O: Support Services for Older Adults

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Often, when seniors retire, they have no wish to quit working or become inactive. More than this, there is a wish to carry on but do something different. In retirement, it is also increasingly difficult to source programs and areas for volunteer work appropriate for your demographic.

Age & Opportunity Support Services for Older Adults is a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized services for older Manitobans across the province.

The goal of these programs is to empower and support older adults in the community.

Click on this link to see what they are all about:

http://www.ageopportunity.mb.ca/main/index.htm

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