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posted February 24th, 2016
Understanding Powers of Attorney

A couple of weeks back, we wrote about, a Canadian website devoted to seniors housing, health, planning, and education. While there, we learned about the “Power of Attorney Project”, an inititiave of Caregiving Matters, a charity devoted to providing education and support to family caregivers.

If you’re dealing with not only planning your own retirement, but helping your elderly parents to consider their options for the next phase of their own retirement, the project can be a valuable resource.

Last year, as part of the project, the organization held a full-day of workshops on a variety of Power of Attorney topics, and they’ve made these presentations available online.

The full-length videos of the presentation cover such topics as what you need to understand and do in considering a power of attorney; power of attorney investigations; an approach to help make decisions; practical considerations, and more.

The videos are close to an hour apiece, but they’re well-shot and the audio is very clear, and you can choose to watch (or listen to) them over a period of time.

The Power of Attorney Project is a two year technology-based project that brings together a wide variety of experts from various industries and disciplines to educate adult children and seniors about Power of Attorney issues.

posted February 4th, 2016
A Canadian source of home and health care information for seniors

As you consider your own retirement living plans, there’s a chance you’re also dealing with helping your parents explore their own housing options. The Care Guide offers a variety of resources on housing services for seniors in Canada, as well as information on how to evaluate housing choices; tips on how to prepare their home so they can remain there – safely – for longer; a list of community services across the country; information on such legal issues as powers of attorney, and more.

The site, and its companion publication The Care Guide, is the brainchild of President Fred Schleich, who saw a need for a central source of information on retirement home and care choices. “Today’s landscape has become far more sophisticated,” he writes. “Today’s senior housing and care options range from professional home monitoring using communication and web based tools, to professional home support or home health care agencies to elegantly appointed retirement residences that offer independent to supportive living, assisted living to memory care, that are far removed from the images that come to mind when we think of the ‘old age’ homes of yesterday.”

While the website supplies a wealth of information, the printed Care Guide is an important part of the company’s offering, says Schleich. “”Many of the elderly, particularly over the age of 75, do not use the internet,” observes Fred Schleich, President of “It is a disservice to not provide them with easily accessible print information for their retirement and home care options.”

The site allows you to order a print copy to review with your parents without having to go online.

posted January 8th, 2016
Four more programs to treat your body and your mind

We’ve covered fitness and dance classes. These programs top it off with a focus on physical and mental wellness. All classes are held at Meaford Hall.

Relax the Body, Quiet the Mind
Learn and practice a variety of techniques to quiet your mind and relax your body. Each class includes a brief discussion, meditation and breathing practices, simple stretches and a guided relaxation, and audio recordings of guided relaxations are included for home practice. You may sit in chairs or lay on the floor.

Yoga for Life
Combines poses and breathing techniques that balance, purify and strengthen both your body and your mind. A series of traditional poses designed to move you in all directions at your own ability.

Gentle Yoga
Boost your energy; improve your activity level; build strength, mobility and range of motion in your joints and spine. Suitable for anyone with no yoga experience or limited physical exercise.

Low Back Program
Enjoy a gentle, effective and adaptable to your body size and condition; a complete rebuilding program for your back. An evidenced based remedial and resiliency program for the low back.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted January 4th, 2016
Four opportunities to dance your way to a healthy 2016

Workouts are one thing, but Meaford also has an array of dance programs which combine fun, fitness and fancy footwork. These programs are held at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre.

Line Dancing
Come out ready to kick up your heels, stomp your feet and shake your booty to some great music. All ages are welcome to join in the fun while being active.

Enjoy a total workout combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle, conditioning, balance and flexibility. You’ll leave every class with a boost of energy and a serious dose of awesome.

Dance FIT
This class is tailored for adults looking to be active in a fun environment with a dance-based workout. Low impact moves paired with the joys of dancing improve strength, endurance and toning – all in one class. And you’ll learn some basic steps to fun, hip music.

Dance it out
Experience a total-body fitness-based dance workout that includes all styles of dance. The workout incorporates cardio, strength, endurance and flexibility and is paced so anyone can participate.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted December 31st, 2015
Four ways to get fit in Meaford

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit in 2016, you don’t need to look very far. Beyond the many outdoor activities waiting outside your door, you can get an indoor workout just about any day of the week. Here are some of the fitness programs available at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.

True Body Tone Workout
This high energy program for men and women helps you strengthen muscles through resistance exercises.

This program includes resistance training in combination with balance, aimed at reducing fractures and bone loss. This class is suitable for fracture reduction and provides a safe, effective evidence-based exercise program.

Low Impact Workout
Focus on full body fitness including cardio, strength, balance and flexibility. This high-energy class is great for all ages who want to become more physically fit. Certified instructor.

This class is a high-energy program filled with variety and different activities at every class, including circuits, weights, fitness balls, and core strength exercises. Guaranteed to get you results.

For more information and to register, visit here.

posted January 29th, 2015
Ontario announces grants for projects for seniors

Ontario is accepting applications for the Seniors Community Grant Program from from January 28 through March 27. The $1 million program is intended to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities. Last year’s grants went toward projects to help seniors learn skills (such as cooking or mastering their iPads) and encouraging physical activity (including dance, lawn bowling and tai chi.) So far, the program has supported 179 projects and helped 43,000 seniors across the province.

The Seniors Community Grant Program will support projects that allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life. Individuals representing non-incorporated seniors groups, incorporated not-for profit organizations, municipalities, Local Service Boards and Aboriginal groups are eligible to apply for Seniors Community Grants.

As of 2015, for the first time, people over 65 account for a larger share of the population than children under 15.

Learn more about the grants here.

posted August 2nd, 2014
Four ways to treat yourself royally at Meaford-area spas

Some say Meaford’s relaxing enough; who needs the spa treatment? We say, you can never treat yourself too nicely. Here are four spa locations to visit in the Meaford area.

Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio

When you walk into Solitudes Spa and Tanning Studio in the beautiful town of Meaford, you immediately sense you’ve entered a soft and soothing, very private place. Flickering candles, tranquil music, and lavender-chamomile infused freshness ebb away your tension. Solitudes’ guests relax in cozy terry robes, sipping their favourite teas.

Janine Doucette, who co-owns Solitudes with her husband Bryon, has extensive training in all spa treatments, and specializes in advanced skin care, hot stone massage, facials and body wraps. “I believe that when you cross the threshold of the spa, you leave all your cares and troubles at the door,” says Janine. “Whether you stay an hour or a full-day, you’ll leave relaxed, revitalized, and glowing.”

Meaford spas

The Falls Inn & Spa

Located in the hamlet of Walters Falls, adjacent to the namesake falls, this is a great location in which to get away and get relaxed. Spa services include massage, facials, body scrubs, manicures, gell nails, pedicures, eyelash application, couples services, waxing, bridal and bridal party services.

The Lillypad

The Lillypad has created an inviting and comfortable environment in a historic century old home in the heart of Thornbury. Its goal is to make your visit to the Lillypad a relaxing, warm and enjoyable experience, and the spa has earned a “Green Spa” rating as a result of practices employed over the last six years at Lillypad Club Intrawest.

Liz Schleifer successfully operated a Spa in Collingwood for 12 years and six years at Club Intrawest. The Lillypad has designed a tranquil space for your comfort and well-being. Soothing music, skilled therapists and delicious scents transport you to a world of peace and serenity. Experience and a commitment to using all natural, vegan products ensures a healthy and enjoyable visit in the peaceful Thornbury home.


In addition to massage and other spa services, Scandinave is famous for its Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy. In addition to cleansing the body, they stimulate blood circulation and the release of endorphins. All of the senses are awakened; muscles are soothed; a general sensation of well-being washes over you. They include the Eucalyptus Steam Bath, Finnish Sauna, Hot Baths, Nordic Waterfall, Cold Showers, Cold Plunge Baths and, in winter, a roll in the snow!

posted June 7th, 2014
Owen Sound Seniors Fair 2014

This Wednesday, make sure you head down to the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound for the Seventh Annual Seniors’ Fair. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the schedule’s full of activities, including seminars and entertainment, and you have more than 77 exhibitors to visit and browse their wares and services.

Seminars include “Driving Success for Seniors”; “Get your Money!”, tips on how to take advantage of Ontario’s tax credits and benefits; and “Fun Changes Behaviour!”, an interactive presentation on ways to keep good mental health, physical wellness and social connectivity.

This year’s entertainment features Murray Smith and Friends, Taoist Tai Chi demonstrations and The Salvation Army Golden Agers Line Dancers.

Exhibits cover a wide array of products and services of interest to retirees.

The event is organized and presented by the United Way Bruce Grey.

For more information, call 519.376.1560 or email

A video from last year’s fair:

posted May 24th, 2014
How a new view of retirement living explodes old ideas

A (sponsored) article today in the Northumberland News attempts to explain the difference between “retirement residences” and “nursing homes”. It suggests that some people are confused, and might shy away from moving to a retirement residence because they equate it with a nursing home.

It boils down to independence, the piece explains, with retirement residences allowing you to live in private and semi-private accommodations, with light housekeeping and meals provided. Long-term-care facilities, on the other hand, offer 24-hour nursing care and supervision among other services for those who are no longer willing or able to live independently.

ontario retirement homes

This is a fairly reductive take on the subject. The article doesn’t explore the options available for those in early retirement – such as fully independent living within a retirement community.

And finally, there’s a new concept of retirement living which combines all three of these scenarios into something much richer. That’s the concept behind Meaford Haven, which makes it a “Three-Seasons Communityâ„¢”. At Meaford Haven, you can choose the accommodation and lifestyle that suits you. In your early retirement years, you can live independently in a comfortable, manageable bungalow; with outdoor chores crossed off your list, you have plenty of time to explore and engage in all that Meaford and the Georgian Bay area has to offer. Or you can choose the mid-rise condominiums and apartments, which provide a greater level of security and service. And then there’s our full care accommodations.

With all of these different facilities situated in one community, Meaford Haven is greater than the sum of its parts. As you decide you’re ready for a more structured environment, you can move without leaving behind your friends, the places you’ve grown to love and the community you’ve become part of.

posted March 7th, 2014
It’s not too late for a great skate

While some warmer weather has the maple sap flowing, there’s still time to get your ice time in at the Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre.

For only $2, you can enjoy an hour or two of skating with friends and family. Adult skate days are held Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a few spins around the ice with musical accompaniment.

Bring the kids along for free public skating on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Or get the gang together for Adult Shinny Hockey. $50 gets you 50 minutes of ice time, available Saturdays from 10:05 to 10:55 a.m. through March 22. Non-contact, self-regulated fun (with helmets mandatory).

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