Senior Link Independent Living Society held their annual Yuletide Luncheon for seniors on December 14, 2019. It was well attended and the entertainment was mixed with dancers, singers, and a steel drummer.
Seniors and family members enjoyed a full turkey buffet luncheon, along with pumpkin pie while watching various groups of entertainers. Children from Richmond School of Music played instruments and sang, a group of Chinese Dancers performed and the enthusiasm was showing as the seniors fully enjoyed the event.
Senior Link Independent Living Society is a non-profit organization in Richmond BC. The mission of Senior Link is to Empower seniors and caregivers to use their wisdom and experience to help others when mobility might be an issue.
To reach out to isolated seniors to assist them to sustain their independence and wellness at their homes as well as to engage, promote and provide seniors with social, mental and physical simulation by opening avenues to participate, recognizing their talent and their valuable contribution to the community.
If you would like to learn more about Senior Link Independent Living Society, check out their website.
Statistics Canada has released new figures showing how our population has grown, and what that means to the senior generation.
New figures released by Statistics Canada shows our population has had an increase of 531,497 people between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. The growth rate — Canada adds one new person every minute — leads all G7 nations. We are far above the 0.6 per cent increases in the United States and United Kingdom during the same period.
The new figures show Canada’s population has reached 37,589,262, the biggest year-on-year increase ever recorded. On average, Canadians are 40.8 years old, which has crept up only marginally since 2016. Males are now 39.7 years old on average, with females 41.8.
We’re getting older, too; the number of people in Canada aged 100 or more has reached 10,795 people.Of those senior centenarians, 80% are women. According to these stats, Ontario and Quebec lead the provinces with the most senior centenarians. Overall, all across Canada and its territories, we have seen an increase by three times what it was since 2001.
Today’s seniors are yesterday’s baby boomers
More than one-in-six Canadians are now at least 65, and more than half of us were born in the “baby boom” period spanning 1946 to 1965. Statistics Canada estimates that Canada’s seniors could account for 22.7 percent of the population by 2031. By 2039, it’s estimated there could be four million more seniors than at present.
Is BC ready to house and take care of all the seniors?
Our governments, both Federally and Provincially are looking at the aging population and bringing legislation into effect to assist in the needs of seniors. It may not be all we need, but it is a start.
We’re not talking eating here. The sandwich generation is now Family Caregivers even while raising their first offspring. In 1982 the phrase “sandwich generation” was brought about by Dorothy Miller, a social worker. This group of family caregivers was first introduced by Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) who took on the role of caring for their aging parents. Nowadays we see the next generation (Generation X, born between 1961-1981) doing the same as our elderly live longer.
According to a recent survey by T. Rowe Price, more than one third of parents with 8 to 14 year old kids are those also looking after their aging parents. In the survey 68% of those acknowledged the aging parent lived with them.
As a family caregiver, education and knowledge is in your hands. This is not an easy road to travel.
In relationships communications is key, BUT not the final goal. Revelation and connection is the answer to your relationships. This is factual in life, not just in family relationships.
Listening in conversation is an art and we all need to accomplish this. All too often we want to express our opinions and get our thoughts out by interrupting someone. That breaks their train of thought and leads to disruption in the whole conversation.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
Angels There For You is sponsoring the first Empowering Family Caregivers to Seniors Expo on October 5 at the South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Rd., Richmond B.C. Senior Link Independent Living Society in partnership with CARP are hosting this event.
This Expo will have 8 speakers, our keynote speaker is Isobel MacKenzie, Senior Advocate for the Province of BC. Topics will be diversified, and held from 10am-2pm.
We also have 22 exhibitors who offer services for all caregivers. We will focus on Family caregivers who are fulfilling this role for their loved ones.
For more information on Angels There For You Homecare, go to the website.
September 2019 will mark the eighth World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma. Alzheimer's is a slow progression of ill health.
This year’s campaign promotes the important messages that: ● Talking about dementia helps tackle the stigma, normalises language and encourages people to find our more information, advice and seek help ● People living with dementia and their carers have an equal right to respect and inclusion, and to diagnosis, quality care and treatment ● Governments can reduce the human and economic impact of dementia by developing responses to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia by 2025.
For more information go to the World Alzheimers Month website here
Five years ago my life changed forever. I entered the role of family caregivers. My life partner of 24 years suffered an event that changed both of our lives. He suffered an ischemic stroke. Actually two strokes. This type of stroke is when a clot dislodges and travels to stop or slow blood flow to the brain, depriving brain tissue of oxygen. The brain cells start to die immediately.
At age 67 he still thought his health was good, not perfect, but manageable. We were active, bike riding when we could, eating healthily, comfortable in retirement. The bad news was he ignored the symptoms in previous days, even the day of the stroke. He felt tired, was presenting to a group of people and found his writing was messy, and later in the day felt his face was not right. These are key symptoms of a stroke and he didn’t share them with me until mid day the next day.
At this time his day was normal. “I think I have had a stroke.” I’ll never forget those words. Right away I took him to emergency and started our ordeal. An immediate cat scan showed he did have a clot in the area. Too late for any clot busting procedures to be taken. We lived within 2 miles of the hospital, and were asked to go home and return if any symptoms re-appear. Well, five hours later we were back, he didn’t feel right overall. He was omitted right away. They quickly inverted his body, head lower than rest of body so more oxygen could be driven to the brain. Another cat-scan. I left him in good care I thought, and went home.
In the morning when I returned, things had gotten worse. He had another stroke, much more significant, paralyzing the left side of his body. The stroke affected the right side of the brain, motor skills, extremities, speech. I was shocked but couldn’t show it. He was cognitive and wasn’t happy with his situation. Emotions rode high, he cherished forgiveness and gratitude, something he hadn’t shown in the past. He didn’t want to believe he was in this condition, he lost over 30 pounds. His speech was only slightly affected, given a few days improved, and back to normal.
As a new caregiver I jumped into action, we discussed Power of Attorney, and had to update his, we found a notary public who would come to the hospital and do this service. We were unsure of his future at this time. I took him immune boosting supplements daily with a whole fruit shake, and he enjoyed this more than the hospital food.
After 2 weeks, he was moved to a rehabilitation hospital to start the process of learning how to walk again, and physio therapy for his upper body. My daily visits helped to strengthen his emotions and keep him from going into a depression, he no longer walked, he no longer had use of his right hand, his writing hand, and had to receive help from others in his daily care, something he had never endured before. At this time, I had to relocate our living arrangements to a walk up door, and ease of daily needs such as washroom. Luckily, we had recently downsized and were happy with that. Six weeks here enabled him to come home with a cane.
Daily routine was almost normal, although he needed help in dressing, I was the sole driver now, and he was taken to daily outpatient therapy for the next year. He was fearful of crowds, wouldn’t try to improve his situation other than going to therapy. This started to impact our discussions, our value to each other. Every discussion was about what he wasn’t doing. I often went out on my own, I needed a break. He finally took it on to learn to walk down stairs on his own and get back behind the wheel of a vehicle again. Confidence was building but it was a long time coming.
Fast forward to five years from the date of the stroke, and I am still the caregiver, he is still reliant on my assistance as he doesn’t have the use of his right hand and full movement of the arm. We are still at odds on his progress but I have realized that it is him that needs to be in control, and I am there as his caregiver to understand this and support what his future will be, in whatever state it will be.
Are you looking to attend senior events? Our Empowering Family Caregivers Expo? Due to unforeseen circumstances, Senior Link Independent Living Society and CARP are rescheduling it to Oct 5/19. It will be an exciting day of exhibitors and resources for Seniors Family Caregivers. We will have Speakers and information sessions during the day. This Seniors event activity is for both family caregivers and those who need care, come together and be informed!! KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU IN THIS TIME OF NEED.
An article called The Elder Loneliness Epidemic states “Perhaps no other age group feels the keen sting of loneliness more than the elderly.” As a member, you are joining a charity who is breaking the cycle of loneliness and isolation, that is making a difference in the lives of seniors. Continue reading “History of Senior Link”
We are living longer than ever before. By 2025, there will be 8 million seniors in Canada. Most are healthy and independent.
As time goes on, seniors’ circles of acquaintances, friends and family shrinks. Those ones they shared their lives with are no longer there, having either moved or passed on. With today’s high cost of living, seniors’ children must work harder and harder, leaving them less time to spend with their ageing parents. Continue reading “Should Living Longer Mean Living Lonely?”