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Artists in Bloom No. 5

At Baptist Housing, our Residents experience wellness in ways which go beyond physical health. Our wellness model presents wellness under seven facets, and we understand that when one of these seven is impacted, all of the other areas suffer. Some of our emotional wellness initiatives include fostering creativity and artistic expression.

5 Ways to Celebrate [Grand]Father's Day

On Father’s Day our first thought may be of our dads, but have you ever considered making your grandfather feel special on this day? Here are some ideas for a special outing to share your appreciation and care.

Picnic in the park. Choose a location to travel to and pick up your grandfather for a special dinner. Pack your own dinner of picnic sandwiches and chips, or maybe pick up something special from a nearby food stand – think fish and chips, or maybe hot dogs! Being together for a special outing with the family is sure to create many memories.

Stay Hydrated This Summer

Rising temperatures can be a challenge for our aging loved ones. Did you know that people who have a heart condition, are older than 50, or are overweight ought to take extra precautions with summer temperatures? When water is not replaced in our bodies during hot seasons, our blood thickens and forces the heart to work harder, thus raising the risk of a heart attack.

5 Fantastic [and Free!] Apps for Older Adults

It is not surprising that tablets, including the iPad, have found traction with older adults. Their lightweight design and user-friendliness are especially attractive to those who see the benefits of this technology, are keen to learn, and are eager to keep up with the advances of today’s younger generation.

If your aging loved ones do happen to have a tablet, we’ve put together a small list of free apps which are useful for keeping in touch, accessing news and other resources, and keeping the brain sharp!

Get to Know Us - Sharon, Activity Manager

We are excited to introduce a "Get to Know Us" series on the Baptist Housing blog, where you can meet the Residents, Team Members, Partners and Volunteers who truly make our organization the wonderful place it is to be, to work, and to partner with, in service to seniors in BC.

Kicking off our series is Activity Manager, Sharon Ginter. We invite you to get to know her by way of the following questions.

How long have you worked at Baptist Housing and in what roles?

Tips for a Good Visit

Are you unsure about what to say or do when you visit an aging loved one?

Many people shorten their visits to assisted living residences, residential care homes and other places because they fear awkward moments. However, we want you to know that you shouldn’t fear!

5 Foolproof Gifts for [Grand]Mother's Day

On Mother’s Day we think immediately of… our mothers! But have you considered how you’re going to show your grandmother you love her this year? Your grandmother was there through it all too – the diapers, the meal-making, the endless piles of laundry. Don’t let this [Grand]Mother’s Day surprise you! Get ready with a special gift to share your appreciation and care.

Here are 5 ideas for celebrating Mother's Day with your loved ones in 2015:

Artist in Bloom No. 4

“They’re like my children…”

Wilda Wolf is telling me about her paintings. I’ve arrived at her suite in Shannon Oaks Vancouver and she has used her couch, armchairs and coffee table to humbly curate an entire gallery of art to show me. Nearly all of the paintings depict serene landscapes and as I gaze at her weathered hands, I realize that they represent an incredible amount of skill. Breathtaking outdoor views in watercolour and acrylic are interspersed with detailed sketchbook drawings.

Using Emotional Intelligence to Declutter

The prospect of moving into smaller spaces is often daunting simply because of an excess of stuff collected over many years.

Artists in Bloom No. 3

“I don’t like tulips. You know? Because, I see them like plastic. They are too shiny.”

I am meeting with a man named Sylvester at Grandview Towers, one of our seniors rental housing buildings  in Vancouver. Sylvester is the next to be featured on the Baptist Housing blog's “Artists in Bloom” series, with his desire to go beyond “nice,” decorative art, in the manner of tulips, to true expression.

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