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01 Jul 2017

Senior Living and Canada Day: How Seniors Can Celebrate Canada 150

   

Topics: Senior Health

Happy birthday Canada! This year Canada celebrates the 150th year of confederation with events all across the country. Events in every Canadian city and town want everybody, young and old, to celebrate red and white.  If you are still looking for a way to get your loved one involved with the Canada 150 festivities, look no further. Here are some ways seniors can celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

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Get out and Explore

We sometimes take for granted the beautiful landscapes and natural wonders Canada has to offer. Get your loved one outside this Canada Day and enjoy the natural beauty of our home and native land.

Take a walk in a local or provincial park. Parks Canada is offering waved fees and free parking all year long for Canada 150. Bring a book or a picnic and sit by the lake with your family.  Visit a local landmark. Museums, galleries, and other historical sites are offering special Canada Day events and discounts. There are plenty of outings and adventures for Ontario seniors. Planned Canada 150 events at many resorts and parks will be fun for the entire family.

The Senior Fitness Challenge is aiming to get seniors out and about this Canada 150. You can enjoy the benefits of fitness and community with ParticipACTION 150, which is hosting events happening all across Canada. 

Join Your Community

Being a part of your local community brings many Canadians a deep sense of pride and patriotism. Just taking a walk in the community, and interacting with others enjoying Canada Day, can be a break from routine senior living.

Look in the local newspaper for volunteer opportunities or ways to take part in free local Canada 150 events. Volunteer Canada has great ideas for how seniors can give back to our great country.

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Watch the Fireworks

Every city and town in Canada will be putting on a show for Canada’s 150th birthday. Check online resources or your local newspaper to find out where and when fireworks will go off in your area. Bring a comfortable chair for your loved one, some snacks and drinks, bug spray, ear plugs, and your smile, for what is bound to be an exciting night of celebration. Plan around accessibility, planning to visit locations that offer parking, well-lit paths, and a short walk to the occasion.

Support Canadian Artists

If the weather is uncooperative this long weekend, take some time to reconnect with some Canadian authors and artists. Sit down with your loved one and read a good book written by a Canadian. Take them to visit the local library or choose from  the endless list of Canadian classics.

Not a bookworm? Play some Canadian music! Bring over some of your favorite Canadian records. Make a playlist to share some old classics your loved one might enjoy.

Stock up on Canadian Snacks

What better way to celebrate Canada than with Canadian themed food and snacks. From red and white desserts, to Canadian staples such as maple candy, butter tarts, Nanaimo Bars, or poutine! It’s so easy to add some Canadian flavor into your Canada 150 meal. Whether your loved one is a senior living at home, or visiting your family for Canada Day, themed food is an easy way to make your Canada Day party special.

Cook your favourite family meal. Take time to reminisce about your favourite Canada Day memories or the ways you are thankful to be Canadian.

Don’t Forget!

Here are some things to remember this Canada Day:

  • Watch out for dehydration. Seniors should increase their water intake and avoid drinking coffee and alcohol.
  • Having a picnic or eating out at the Canada 150 festivities? Pack with seniors in mind. Bring water and light, small meals.
  • Watch out for the hottest parts of the day, generally between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Remember senior sun safety. Seniors outside in the sun should apply sunscreen and wear light coloured clothing.
  • If you’re visiting a senior living alone, watch for heat exhaustion. Look for signs of excessive sweating, weakness, muscle cramps, headache, and nausea.

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Tennille Kerrigan

Tenille is the president of Senior Helpers Canada, the premier franchise that delivers on what families and their loved ones need most. She has bachelor’s degree in business administration from York University, and has over 10 years of experience as a business owner and director. With Senior Helpers, our franchisees provide the professionalism and expert care that families and their aging loved ones require.

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