Harvest is just the beginning for the Autumn Garden

GUYSBOROUGH – Typically when we think of the garden at this time of year we think of the harvest. It’s time to get all of the vegetables in before frost starts to nibble at the leaves. But if harvest is the only gardening chore you can think to do in September and October, Sharon Bryson, … Read more

Want some extra money? Become an Airbnb host!

Globe & Mail, Toronto When Ruth Donsky’s grown children moved out of her Toronto home, she looked at their empty bedrooms and spied an opportunity. “I thought, I’m a little old lady with a house and a garden and two kids’ bedrooms with no one in them,” says Ms. Donsky, 68. “I should be renting … Read more

Frailty scale helps evaluate seniors’ needs

The Grey Zone / Alex Handyside Halifax Local Xpress A seasoned journalist wrote recently that an elderly gentleman was “sharp as a tack, but feeble.” I wanted to shout out: “No! That’s an oxymoron.” You see, in the clinical sense, our well-meaning scribe was confusing feeble with frail. Feeble is far more commonly used to … Read more

Free walking soccer sessions offered for seniors

It’s more than just exercise. When seniors are physically active, they decrease their chances of fall-related injuries, lower the risk of dementia and chronic disease, and improve their quality of sleep, cognitive functions and overall mood. Walking Soccer Nova Scotia welcomes all Nova Scotian seniors aged 55 and older to walking soccer sessions run by … Read more

Volunteering and staying active

By Richard MacKenzie Antigonish Casket Anna MacDonald likes to stay busy and the local Meals on Wheels program and the Wishing Wells Society are just a couple of the groups benefitting from her energy and graciousness. “It’s interesting … you get to meet a lot of interesting people, some characters,” MacDonald said of her Meals … Read more

Amherst starts seniors safety program

Amherst News/Citizen-Record Some people see seniors as a nuisance, a pain in the you-know-what, and wish they would just go away, but not Ray Bristol. © Dave Mathieson – Cumberland News Now Ray Bristol, a former operations manager at several industries in Amherst and, also, a former, seven-year RCMP auxiliary officer, is the new coordinator … Read more

Seniors to make movie about Lunenburg’s Camp Norway

Heritage Canada has announced the greenlighting of a documentary about World War II’s Camp Norway. In partnership`with The South Shore Genealogical Society and Blue Dory Productions, the film — When 800 Norwegians Couldn’t Go Home — tells the story of the camp in Lunenburg. It is set to be shot in October and November 2016, … Read more

Seniors groups can apply for grants to help seniors stay safe

Local senior support groups can now apply for grants to help seniors stay safe and live independently. The Senior Safety Grant program is funded by the departments of Seniors and Justice. It provides up to $20,000 to non-profit, community-based safety programs that provide information, support, and guidance to seniors. Programs that promote education and awareness … Read more

Seniors set example by staying involved

Duncan and Kathleen Chisholm are great examples of seniors staying involved. The St. Andrews’ couple has been especially involved with Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association in the last number of years with Kathleen being chairperson, with the organization, for four years. “Then I took on executive positions with other organizations, there were four … Read more

Seniors set priorities for aging study

Mount St. Vincent has been given $2 million to do a study on aging. They have been holding sessions across Nova Scotia and I attended the one in Amherst at the YMCA. They appeared to be well organized with a moderator to move things along and four tables set up for discussion groups.Each table, in … Read more