Silver Screen Conversations: Alive Inside

This week's Silver Screen Conversation film is Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (2014).



Simple Balance Exercises for Seniors and You

Ordinarily, we take balance for granted in our lives.

The consequences of loosing our footing on the stairs or stepping onto a slippery surface can be avoided because of limber bodies or quick reactions.

However, as our bodies get older, falls become less easy to avoid and less funny (though if you want a laugh, you may want to check out these great falls here).

Here are some simple balance exercises to practice to learn and maintain as a young person and also as an older adult.

Caring for Seniors and the Power of Vulnerability

Is your version of the ideal caregiver thick-skinned, poised, and efficient?

Often, it is suggested that those in caregiving roles, especially those who are caring for seniors, practice self-care, prioritize boundary setting, and appoint time to relax in order to practice caregiving well.

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.

Through this series, 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.

Tips for a Good Visit with Seniors

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.