December 2018 Proactive Seniors Monthly Newsletter

December 2018 Proactive Seniors Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for joining us.  We have created the Proactive Seniors monthly newsletter to provide useful information, tips and strategies that seniors or people who are blessed with seniors in their lives, can use to make life better. Feel free to pass it along to a friend or family member who would benefit from this kind of information. They can subscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter or by visiting our website at  
Meet the Team – Christmas Lunch
Roberta, Kathy, Judy, Trish and Rose
We had a fun Christmas lunch to celebrate 2018 and make some plans for the coming year.  Proactive Seniors is Calgary’s seniors wellness and housing consulting service dedicated to helping seniors and their families get the support they need, when they need it.  For seniors who want to stay in their own homes we build a customized Proactive Seniors Plan addressing their health, functional, legal and financial issues.  For seniors who need or want to move to a retirement community we are the experts in Seniors Housing Support, ensuring seniors move to the perfect location for them.
Living Well Tip of the Month

It is much easier to discuss, investigate and consider options for supportive care in the home or in a retirement community if you are not in a rush nor in the middle of a crisis.  
Featured Service – Proactive Seniors Planning  
Proactive Seniors Planning helps seniors and their families understand and address the issues and challenges that could pose a barrier to achieving the goal of living well. Through a facilitated family discussion we create a detailed road map that identifies what steps need to be taken to maximize wellness, function, safety and preparedness for aging. By planning ahead seniors and their families avoid rushed or crisis decision making.  We make referrals and recommendations to the services and supports in the community that are best suited to each seniors unique needs.  Proactive Seniors Planning helps maintain choice and independence for seniors and reduces incidence of preventable illness or injury.  Caregivers and family members are supported in their roles and feel confident that they know what to do to best support their loved ones. 
Education Moment
Christmas is a great time to have a check-in to see how seniors and their children are each managing.  This is a conversation that should go in both directions, with consideration of everyones input and feelings.  

Adult children can inquire about how their parent(s) are managing in their home or retirement community. Are they eating well and getting regular social contact?  Do they need any help taking care of the house, getting to appointments, managing their medications or with personal care such as bathing, dressing, cooking?  Is one parent the primary caregiver for the other? If so, how are they managing?

Conversely, seniors can inquire about how their adult children are managing. If the ‘kids’ are helping with any caregiving tasks, are they managing with those tasks?  Are they balancing their work, family and other commitments?  Do the adult children know who the parents power of attorney and personal directive agent are and where to find the will?  Are the adult children comfortable that they know their parents wishes regarding medical intervention or housing choices. Relationships are best preserved by making sure everyone is comfortable in their roles.

It is common for both spousal caregivers and adult children caregivers to under-recognize how challenging being a caregiver can be.  Providing regular support with meals, groceries, laundry, transportation to appointments, personal care and financial or household management can start to negatively impact one’s own health and wellness.  If the caregiver is feeling overwhelmed then it is important to seek help.  It might be time to bring outside support into the home and/or discuss options for care in an alternate location such as a retirement community.

Keeping the lines of communication open helps families to be proactive in making plans for the future and ensuring everyone stays healthy and happy. 
The Perfect Christmas Gift
Proactive Seniors gift certificates can be purchased in any denomination for your loved one(s) to use towards any of our services. 

We Appreciate Your Referrals!

At Proactive Seniors most of our clients come through word-of-mouth referral. We are very proud that our clients and care partners show their trust in us.

To say thank you, each month we draw a name from the growing pool of people who have referred a client to us.  For December our winning referrer is Angela. There is a $50 dinner gift card on its way to you!   

Presentations and Events
Upcoming Presentations for January  
  • Highlands of Valley Ridge Estates Community Group 
  • Highwood Seniors Group
  • Salvation Army Glenmore Temple Seniors Group
If you are part of a group or organization that would like to hear more about Planning Ahead for Proactive Seniors or Seniors Housing Options in Calgary, drop us a line. We’d be happy to accommodate. 

Getting To Know Us

Each month we will highlight a different team member.  For December let’s meet Trish Weatherup.    

Trish comes from a background in communications and marketing and has worked at a number of seniors retirement residences, compassionately and skillfully helping families through the process of transitioning to retirement community living.  Having been through this journey personally, caring for her mother and step-father, Trish understands how important it is that seniors and their families are provided with the information they need to make an informed decision. 

Trish is very active in her community and volunteers her time in support of seniors and vulnerable populations.  Trish also sings with a number of local choral groups, you may spot her around town doing the Christmas choir circuit – be sure to say hi. 

All of us at Proactive Seniors wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.
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