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Medical marijuana has numerous benefits Forum focused on medical cannabis with seniors in mind

Seniors curious about medical marijuana attended a packed forum predominantly about the drug at the Central Lions Seniors Association on Nov. 20.

Dr. Mark H. Kimmins, who started as a colorectal surgeon, became an advocate for medical marijuana when patients returned their painkillers. Knowing too many people die from opiate addiction, Kimmins became interested what else marijuana can help and found a lot. Continue reading Medical marijuana has numerous benefits Forum focused on medical cannabis with seniors in mind

Seniors want to stay in their communities Diverse communities allow people to age in place

When it comes to housing, today’s seniors want choice.

“They don’t want one size fits all, because lifestyles are so varied,” said Maxine Mcleod, an occupational therapist. “Seniors want to have choices to reflect what they value.”

As a therapist, Mcleod has seen how some retirees plan ahead for a move that brings them closer to their children and grandchildren. Continue reading Seniors want to stay in their communities Diverse communities allow people to age in place

Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

“What am I doing here with all these seniors?”

The thought flashed through my mind the first time I walked into the Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA). I admit it: I was still in denial that I, too, was a senior.

That was five years ago. Today, like many people over 55, I embrace all things senior at CLSA. If I want it, I can have it: fitness, workshops, courses, crafts, clubs, and special events.

I am also making new acquaintances, having new conversations, receiving new smiles. Continue reading Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Nobody expects to become a pariah when a major life change occurs. Yet that is exactly what two women shared at The Carrot’s new Coffee Friendship Club when discussing their experiences after divorce and becoming a widow.

In just three-and-a-half years, Bernadette Alseth’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, husband, and close neighbour died. To become a widow and a senior at the same time and also have her best friend distance herself was a shock.

“My closest girlfriend is so afraid of losing her husband she withdrew,” said Alseth. Continue reading Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

As winter approaches, we insulate windows and stow away garden implements. We take the car in for a tune up. But what can we do to prepare mentally for the short, cold days of winter?

“Self care is really, really important,” urged Franki Harrogate, a graduate student counselor and founder of Arclight Counselling Services. “Making sure you’re eating and sleeping right, anything to elevate your mood.” Continue reading Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression