January 2017 Overcoming Winter

Balance Magazine

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Overcoming Winter

Winter is a difficult time for seniors and their caregivers. My mom needed blood tests every three weeks which meant taking her out into the freezing cold and maneuvering our way through snow and ice to the lab. By chance I learned that these tests could be done in her home for a small fee that was an eligible medical tax deduction.
Also as my mom's patient advocate, I could see her doctor on my own for routine prescription renewals.
There are many mobile services for seniors. To find services go to the Seniors' Resource Network site and call a seniors organization in your area.

Here are just some examples of services that will come to a senior's home.
  • Physicians  
  • Dental 
  • Optical
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Manitoba X-Ray Clinic - Portable Unit 
  • Lawyers
  • Grocery Orders and Deliveries 
  • Shopping 
  • Winnipeg Mobile Library Service for Seniors 311
  • Meal Delivery 
  • Hair Care 
  • Foot Care
  • Manicures
  • Pet grooming
Another resource for services is The Grey Pages - Winnipeg Edition: An online directory for older adults.

Winter Outings

My mom loved outings from the personal care home but as her dementia progressed she was more interested in just going somewhere that she could see families, colours and familiar items. We started just cruising the malls with a customer service wheelchair but eventually that became too busy for her. I found other spots like IKEA where we could look at many things and then have coffee and dessert was a better choice. Shelmardines was another favourite during the months it is open. Does anyone know of other spacious low cost locations?

Thoughtful Reading for Future Seniors

Moving Beyond Place:Aging in Community by William H. Thomas and Janice Blanchard


People fear nursing homes. Indeed, when asked what they fear most, older people ranked loss of independence and placement in a nursing home above the fear of death.

The bitter truth is that an older person can succeed at remaining in her or his own home and still live a life as empty and difficult as that experienced by nursing home residents. Feeling compelled to stay in one’s home, no matter what, can result in dwindling choices and mounting levels of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

Our culture has constructed a continuum that positions institutional long-term care at one end of a spectrum, and an idealized vision of aging in place at the other. The challenge is to escape this false choice. An increasing number of Americans are searching for, and finding, a third way.

Read the whole article here.

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