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The July Edition | July 13, 2017
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the July Comfort Connection! 
Summer is a great time to get out and get moving! The weather is mostly fabulous in Manitoba in July and August! For two months of the year, we don’t have to think about jackets or boots and freezing our fingers off -- we can just step outside as easily as we step into another room in our house! 
A recent study has revealed that the physical activity level of teenagers is so low they get about the same amount of exercise as seniors. Data was gathered for over 12,000 participants using tracking devices for seven days from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Young adults were the most active. See full article by clicking here
We know that moving our bodies equals health. There are other factors to health as well, of course. The food we put in our bodies is at the top of the list. Here’s an interesting fact: the more sugar you eat, the less you feel like moving. In fact, sugar makes you sleepy!
I recently watched That Sugar Film, available now on Netflix. An Australian fellow decided to increase his sugar intake for two months and tried to keep everything else the same. Among many other astounding discoveries, he found it really difficult to exercise as he had before. He just didn’t have the drive to get up and go.
If you want to age well, I would like to recommend two things: start moving your body and stop eating added sugar. Okay, I can’t really stop at those two things without also mentioning – start eating as many vegetables as you can!! Whatever age you are and whatever condition you are in, this will be a game-changer for you!
I heard it's going to be a hot July, but evenings and mornings are still cool enough for a walk. Oh – and quick bonus: absorbing the sunshine will give you natural Vitamin D! I decided over the weekend I’m going to start walking to work two days each week. What will you do to increase your physical activity? Just like that, summer will be over. So quick! Get out there and take advantage of our beautiful weather!  


Katherine Peters
President & CEO

An Exciting Change at Comforts of Home - Care

When Comforts of Home - Care was founded 12 years ago, our mission was to make it possible for seniors to live confidently and age gracefully in their own homes. Over the years, we've prided ourselves on providing reliable, affordable care to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable and elderly clients and their families.
Our mission hasn't changed -- and we're still committed to services that are personalized, professional, and 100% Canadian, offering non-medical, preventative comfort and care to seniors.
But even though our core values remain consistent and unchanged, sometimes we can all use a little freshen-up! 
It's with that in mind that we're delighted to unveil our new website. Our new "home" online is easier to navigate and more accessible than ever so you can find exactly what you're looking for. The new Comforts of Home - Care website also reflects our focus on providing the care you need, the way you need it: because everyone is different, and everyone's care plan will be unique. There is no one-size fits-all when it comes to care. Our team does everything we can to accommodate your personal needs during what can otherwise be a stressful, difficult time in your life.
We'd love to know what you think of our new website! Click on the link below and then hit reply to this email to share your thoughts with us:

Recipe of the Month: Golden Cauliflower Rice

Have you ever tried cauliflower rice before?
Cauliflower is packed with nutrients, so this recipe is a great grain-free alternative to regular rice dishes! This particular recipe features a variety of delicious spices for extra flavour, plus raisins and pistachios for added texture.

Video: A Life Worth Living

In this empowering video, Jamie Folbert shares his experience of being diagnosed with young on-set Parkinson's -- and how he is handling it, every single day.

"True strength is knowing when you have to ask for help... this is your fight, but you are not alone. I promise you, you are not alone."

Click here to watch the video now

Summer Activities for Seniors & Caregivers

Enjoying the warm summer temperatures doesn't have to be a distant memory for elders and caregivers. Finding an interesting activity that is suitable for a senior’s abilities may take some creativity and planning, but it is well worth switching up the routine and getting out of the house.

The Benefits of Getting Outside

A main advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up some sunlight. Sun exposure generates vitamin D, which is necessary for a healthy brain, bones and muscles. Getting out also enables elders to socialize with new people, and be stimulated by new experiences and environments.

Ideas for Outdoor Activities

When selecting activities to do with your loved one, focus on hobbies and interests that they used to enjoy. What is something they always wanted to try? Don’t be afraid to ask what they miss doing or what they’d like to revisit. Have a couple of suggestions prepared to choose from and head outside to enjoy the day together.
Catch a sporting event. Attending a grandchild's soccer game or a professional baseball game can be an action-packed way for your loved one to reconnect with a favorite pastime.
Fish for fun. You can cast a rod from a dock, pier, or other location, even if someone has mobility problems or uses a wheelchair. Check your state’s or province’s tourism websites to see if they provide listings of accessible fishing locations.
Be a tourist. If you live in a city, take an open-air bus or trolley tour to see the local sights. Another option could be a boat tour, depending on what type of equipment an elder needs to take with them. A Sunday drive around town can also allow a senior to check out happenings in the community that interest them. This could be a neighborhood rummage sale, farmers market, community event or even just blooming flowers and trees.
Take a dip. If a senior is willing and able, spending some time in a pool is an excellent way for them to incorporate some physical activity into their routine that seems more like relaxing than a workout.
Stroll around. If a walk is possible, start slow and work up to longer outings. Either keep the first few walks short, or bring along a walker or wheelchair in case your loved one gets tired and needs to rest along the way or requires help getting back.
Be an animal lover. This could be as simple as encouraging a loved one to sit outside and enjoy the sights and sounds, or could mean an outing to the zoo or local dog park. There are plenty of options for seniors who enjoy animals to get outside and either interact with or observe nature.
Picnic outdoors. Picnics are another flexible activity that you can plan at a park, in your own backyard, or on the surrounding grounds of a long-term care facility. At the park, seniors can watch children run around and enjoy the buzz of outdoor activity. Make sure to locate an area with comfortable seating and plenty of shade in advance, or remember to bring your own.
Go out for a treat. Most seniors have a favorite place to eat that picks their spirits right up. Instead of limiting this indulgence to special occasions or the post-doctor’s appointment routine, make an outing out of it “just because.” This could consist of a coffee and pastry from a favorite breakfast spot, or a lunch special from the diner around the corner. If the weather is nice, enjoy your goodies at a patio table.
Older bodies don’t adjust to temperature changes or perceive thirst as well as younger ones. With each of these activities, be sure to watch your loved one for signs of fatigue, thirst, sunburn, and overheating that could signal it's time to leave, perhaps with a promise to return at another time.
—By Caren Parnes
Contributor for The Senior’s Choice

Crime & the Elderly: Do's and Don'ts

Older people are often targets for robbery, purse snatching, pick-pocketing, car theft, or a number of scams. During a crime, an older person is more likely to be seriously hurt than someone who is younger. But, even though there are risks, don't let the fear of crime stop you from enjoying life. Be careful and be aware of your surroundings. Here are some “do's and don’ts”  that can help you fight crime and stay safe:
Be Safe at Home
  • Do try to make sure that your locks, doors, and windows are strong and cannot be broken easily. Consider a good alarm system. Make sure they are locked—both when you are in the house and when you're away.
  • Do make a list of your expensive belongings. You might even take pictures of the most valuable items. Store these papers in a safe place.
  • Don't open your door before you know who's there. Look through the peephole or a safe window first. Ask any stranger for proof of identity before opening the door. Remember, you don't have to open the door if you feel uneasy.
  • Don't keep large amounts of money in the house.
  • Do get to know your neighbors. Join a Neighborhood Watch Program if your community has one.
Be Street Smart
  • Do try to stay alert. Walk with a friend. Stay away from unsafe places like dark parking lots or alleys.
  • Do keep your car doors locked at all times and park in well-lit areas.
  • Don't open your car door or roll down your window for strangers.
  • Do carry your purse close to your body with the strap over your shoulder and across your chest.
  • Don't resist a robber. Hand over your cash right away if confronted.
Be Safe with Your Money
  • Do have your monthly pension checks sent right to the bank for direct deposit. 
  • Don't carry a lot of cash. Put your wallet, money, or credit cards in an inside pocket.
  • Don't keep your check book and credit cards together. A thief could use the card to forge your signature on checks.
Fight Fraud
Older people may be victims of frauds like con games and insurance, home repair, telephone, or internet scams. The following tips may help:
  • Don't be afraid to hang up on telephone salespeople. You aren't being impolite. You are taking care of yourself! Remember, you can say no to any offer.
  • Don't give any personal information, including your credit card number or bank account, over the phone unless you were the one who made the call.
  • Don't be fooled by deals that seem too good to be true. They probably are. Beware of deals that ask for a lot of money up front and promise you more money later. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to get more information about the record of any company before doing business with them.
Avoid Identity Theft
How can someone steal your identity? Using your name, social insurance number, or credit card without your okay is called identity theft and it's a serious crime. Be sure to protect yourself:
  • Do keep information about your checking account private. Put all new and cancelled checks in a safe place, report any stolen checks right away, and carefully look at your monthly bank account statement.
  • Do shred everything that has personal information about you written on it.
  • Do be very careful when buying things online. Websites without security may not protect your credit card or bank account information. Look for information saying that a website has a secure server before buying anything online (it will have https://, not http:// in front of it).
By National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health

Joke of the Month

Seeing her friend Sally wearing a new locket, Meg asks if there is a memento of some sort inside.
“Yes,” says Sally, “a lock of my husband’s hair.”
“But Larry’s still alive.”
“I know, but his hair is gone!”
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