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Jan. 18: This Day in History

#Onthisday in history, we celebrate the achievements in television, sports, and the birthday of a beloved author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books – A.A. Milne!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Winter Polar Bear Craft

As we prepare for the colder snowy weather this winter, cozy up with this cute winter polar bear craft!

Please note** This activity has a number of pieces that should be prepared ahead of time especially if your elderly loved one or clients have difficulty with fine-motor skills or eye-hand coordination when using scissors and drawing.

Materials

  • White craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or Coloured Pencils
  • Craft glue
  • Blue craft paper (for background)

Instructions

1 Using the white craft papaer and a pencil, draw 3 circles of different sizes for the body and face of the polar bear and 6 small circles for the ears, arms, and feet (see image below). Cut and set aside.

You may also trace objects, such as bottle lids/caps, to create “perfect” circles!

2 Arrange the body parts using the photo below as a guide and carefully glue each piece to secure them. At this time you may wish to glue the polar bear to the blue craft paper background.

3 Once the pieces have been secured with glue and your polar bear is mounted to the background paper, begin to decorate! Using a black marker or coloured pencil, colour in the bear’s feet, face, and ears and bring your character to life!

Be Creative! If you don’t want to use a black marker, try a different colour of your choice.

4 Now it’s time to design the background. Using markers or coloured pencils, decorate the background with snowflakes or use more craft paper to add different features!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Penguins

As we begin to feel cooler temperatures and see a bit more snow and ice on the ground, it inspired us to learn more about the animals that live in extreme temperatures, such as those of the Antarctic – penguins!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Benefits of Vitamin D

In our weekly series on how to boost your Immune System for a stronger, healthier way of life, we will be focusing today’s blog on the benefits of Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin.

In Canada, it is estimated that 32% of Canadians have insufficient Vitamin D levels in their bloodstream. This occurs more so in the winter months than during the summer and can cause the softening of bones or osteoporosis (fragile bones) in adults.

What is Vitamin D?

Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to your skin being exposed to the ultraviolet rays found in sunlight. It also occurs naturally in foods, such as certain fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, and in fortified dairy and grain products. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorous to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Some research says that Vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of viral infections, including respiratory tract infections, by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the body.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Due to its importance for strengthening and maintaining healthy bones, a deficiency in Vitamin D may lead to symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and cognitive impairment in older adults.

This deficiency can be caused by a number of circumstances such as reduced sunlight, especially in the winter months, or by consuming more strict plant-based diets (i.e. vegan diet), as most natural sources of Vitamin D are animal-based.

What foods provide Vitamin D?

Accoding to Health Canada, the major sources of vitamin D are fortified foods. In Canada, cow’s milk and margarine must be fortified with vitamin D. Goat’s milk, fortified plant-based beverages (e.g., fortified soy beverages), and some calcium-fortified orange juices are permitted to be fortified with vitamin D. Cheese and yogurt can be made with vitamin D-fortified milk, however, the final product does not contain as much vitamin D as fluid milk alone. The only natural sources of vitamin D in the Canadian food supply are fatty fish and egg yolks. Because it is a commonly consumed food, fluid milk is a major dietary source of vitamin D.

Other examples of foods containing Vitamin D are:

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Beef liver
  • Orange Juice
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna

Supplements

Increasing your daily Vitamin D intake using over-the-counter supplements is one way to improve your health. As of February 24, 2021, Health Canada increased the maximum amount for vitamin D supplements sold over-the-counter to 2,500 IU per dose for adults.  They recommend a dietary allowance of 600IU (15mcg) per day for children and adults under 70 years of age. For those over 70, a daily allowance of 800IU (20mcg) is recommended.

Always speak with your doctor or medical practitioner before adding certain foods and supplements to your daily routine.

For more information on how we can help you with meal preparation and assistance, visit our website or connect with us today!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Orange, Carrot & Ginger Juice

This 3-ingredient recipe is not only simple and delicious, but it is also a great way to boost your immune system! Packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as 100% of your daily Vitamin C, this juice is quick and easy to add to your morning routine.

Immunity-Boosting Carrot, Orange & Ginger Juice

For the full recipe, click here.

Ingredients

  • 5 large Oranges, peeled
  • 5 – 6 large Carrots
  • 2-inch cube of Ginger, peeled

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-power blender until smooth. If mixture appears “dry”, add a splash of water or more oranges.
  2. Using a fine strainer or cheesecloth, strain the juice allowing the liquid to drip through into a large bowl. You may need to use your hand to squeeze excess liquid if using cheesecloth.
  3. Discard the pulp from the cloth or strainer and transfer the juice into a bottle to refrigerate or into your glass over ice to enjoy right away!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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January 10th: This Day in History

#Onthisday in history, we celebrate the achievements in science, entertainment and world history!

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Winter Snowman Craft

One of the fun ways of celebrating the winter season is through arts and crafts. As we age, we tend to do less and less of these activities. This may be due to reduced fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination concerns, or lack of accessibility to materials or tools for the craft. For those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s or individuals living in Retirement homes or long-term care, these art and craft activities can greatly improve their socialization and functional skill development.

Today’s activity uses a number of skills, such as functional hand movements using scissors, eye-hand coordination when placing objects on paper using glue, and motor functioning with the use of markers/pencils for drawing and design.

Of course, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one, or those in your care, you may pre-cut the shapes for them to assemble. This provides support while in turn giving them a level of independence and pride in their final creative piece of art.

For this and more activities, make sure to visit our blog often, follow us on social media, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter and activity booklet!

Materials

  • Snowman Outline (provided below, or draw your own)
  • Scissors
  • Craft paper for background
  • Craft glue
  • Markers, pencil crayons or paint for drawing
  • Embellishments, such as cotton balls, glitter, small buttons, etc.

Instructions

  1. Print the Snowman outline template on plain white paper. begin to colour, draw or paint each piece.
  2. Carefully cut out each piece and set aside
  3. Using craft glue, adhere the snowman body onto the colourful craft paper.
  4. Carefully arrange and glue each piece of the snowman (arms, nose, and scarf).
  5. Use markers, chalk, or pencil crayons to design snowflakes or other wintery scene in the backbround. You may also want to cut out a hat for your snowman and add cotton balls as snow or part of the snowman!
  6. Let dry and display your creation for all to see!

Snowman Template


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Fun Facts: Bobbleheads

Happy #NationalBobbleheadDay! For over 100years, people have been fascinated and entertained by these spring-connected figurines.

So we put together these fun facts you may now have known about Bobbleheads and their origins. To celebrate the day, show off your favourite or collectible bobblehead and share these fun facts with your elderly loved ones today!


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Immunity Support

Building and maintaining our immune systems are vital during any age and season, however, as the winter season is in full effect, your immune system requires some extra protection to avoid colds and flu.

What is the Immune System?

The immune system is a complex organ system in the body comprised of white blood cells, skin, mucus and bacteria. Its central role is to seek, recruit, attack and destroy foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses that enter the body. There are two main levels of immunity:

1. Innate immunity system

This system provides a quick first line of defence and acts against a wide range of pathogens. The innate immunity system refers to nonspecific defence mechanisms that come into play immediately or within hours of an antigen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, chemicals in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body. The chemical properties of the antigen activate the innate immune response.

2. Adaptive Immune System

This level refers to antigen-specific immune response. The adaptive immune response is more complicated than the innate one. The antigen first must be processed and recognized. Once an antigen is identified, the adaptive immune system creates an army of immune cells specifically designed to attack that antigen. Adaptive immunity also includes a “memory” that makes future responses against a specific antigen more efficient.

How to Support your Immune System

The immune system is precisely that – a system, not a single entity. For it to function well, it requires balance and harmony. Researchers are still exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response.

In general, a healthy lifestyle is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every system in your body, including the immune system, functions better when following balanced and healthy strategies such as these:

  • Eating a whole food diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Staying hydrated
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Not smoking

Speak with your health care professional for ideas on how to best support your immune system and visit our website for some healthy recipes and activities to keep you and your immune system strong and protected.


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Creamy Vegetable Soup

Proper nutrition at any age is important to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle. However, as we age, a poor diet can have significant effects that put us at risk for disease.

This creamy vegetable soup is nutritious (using whole milk instead of cream!) and delicious with a variety of vegetables!

Creamy Vegetable Soup

For the original full recipe, click here. Serves 6 portions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Onions chopped
  • ½ cup Celery chopped
  • 1 cup Carrots chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Green Beans chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme dried
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
  • 3 tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet and add onions, celery and carrots. Cook for a few minutes till the onions soften, making sure not to brown them. Add the garlic, beans, mushrooms, broccoli and corn and saute for 2-3 minutes. Mix in the thyme and oregano and add the flour.
  2. Add the flour along with thyme and oregano and cook the flour with veggies for a minute and a half. Add the whole milk slowly, while stirring continuously. Keep stirring while you bring this to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Add salt and pepper and let everything simmer for 6-7 minutes or till the soup thickens. Add a little broth or more milk to thin it out if its too thick for you.
  4. Serve hot on its own or with a fresh whole grain roll.

For information on how we can help support your elderly loved one with our Meal Assistance program, contact us today!


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