Boredom & Loneliness in Seniors

We know that as our family members age, their care needs may change over time. Many seniors are able to live independently in their own homes, however, may need help with transportation, health care, or other support and services in order to maintain their independence. It is important for older adults to not only have their daily physical needs met, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, help taking medication, or housekeeping, but also their emotional and mental health needs met. Boredom and loneliness are important quality of life issues that many older adults face. If not addressed, they can lead to a deep depression. Many older adults have lived active and full lives, and may suddenly face illness, injury or mobility issues that no longer allow them to participate in many of the activities they once enjoyed. Do you have an older adult family member and are concerned that they are bored or lonely? Are you looking for caring, trustworthy and affordable companionship providers in your community for a loved one? Are you looking for stimulating activities that you yourself, or a family member can take part in to help avoid boredom or loneliness? Kinjunxion has many resources that can help.

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Going Solo

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

A sociologist explores the demographic rise in people who are living alone, including interviews with young professionals, middle-aged singles, the divorced and the elderly and discovers that they are more engaged in social and civic life than their married counterparts. 25,000 first printing.

Depression in the Elderly

Depression in the Elderly examines theoretical aspects of depression, its symptoms and risk factors, ageing, old age and the elderly, the families of depressed old people, and practical aspects resulting from quantitative and qualitative research on a significant sample of old people from the point of view of the main psycho-social factors involved in depression in the elderly: sudden retirement, losses (of the partner, of the adult child, of social status, of health), poverty, loneliness, and social isolation. This book will appeal to a wide and diversified range of professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, doctors, academics, researchers, priests and students, as well as people aged over 50 and families willing to help their ageing relatives avoid depression. The book will be of use to both professionals in the field of social work and for people preparing to make a step forward in life.

The New Retirementality

Planning Your Life and Living Your Any Age You Want

Seniors on the Internet

Correlation Between Levels of Depression and Time Spent in Communications Activities, Information-Gathering Activities, and Personal Transactions

This dissertation studied the correlation between the number of hours spent by seniors on the internet in three categories of online activities and the seniors' levels of depression. The subjects were men and women age fifty-five and older living in an active retirement community. The three categories of online activities were communications activities, information-gathering activities, and personal transactions. Number of hours spent online was measured by a self-reporting questionnaire. Level of depression was measured by administration of the Beck Depression Inventory-II. Spearman's rho was used as the correlation coefficient. Level of significance was .05. No significant correlation was found between the variable level of depression and the three categories of online activities. Further research is required to determine whether there is in fact no significant correlation or whether the failure to find a significant correlation was due to the circumstances of the subjects, the selection of instruments for the study, the administration of the instruments, or other research design factors.

Get What's Yours for Medicare

Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs

A coauthor of the New York Times bestselling guide to Social Security Get What’s Yours authors an essential companion to explain Medicare, the nation’s other major benefit for older Americans. Learn how to maximize your health coverage and save money. Social Security provides the bulk of most retirees’ income and Medicare guarantees them affordable health insurance. But few people know what Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what it costs, and when to sign up. Nor do they understand which parts of Medicare are provided by the government and how these work with private insurance plans—Medicare Advantage, drug insurance, and Medicare supplement insurance. Do you understand Medicare’s parts A, B, C, D? Which Part D drug plan is right and how do you decide? Which is better, Medigap or Medicare Advantage? What do you do if Medicare denies payment for a procedure that your doctor says you need? How do you navigate the appeals process for denied claims? If you’re still working or have a retiree health plan, how do those benefits work with Medicare? Do you know about the annual enrollment period for Medicare, or about lifetime penalties for late enrollment, or any number of other key Medicare rules? Health costs are the biggest unknown expense for older Americans, who are turning sixty-five at the rate of 10,000 a day. Understanding and navigating Medicare is the best way to save health care dollars and use them wisely. In Get What’s Yours for Medicare, retirement expert Philip Moeller explains how to understand all these important choices and make the right decisions for your health and wealth now—and for the future.

Almost Alcoholic

Is My (or My Loved One's) Drinking a Problem?

Determine if your drinking is a problem, develop strategies for curbing your intake, and measure your progress with this practical, engaging guide to taking care of yourself. Every day, millions of people drink a beer or two while watching a game, shake a cocktail at a party with friends, or enjoy a glass of wine with a good meal. For more than 30 percent of these drinkers, alcohol has begun to have a negative impact on their everyday lives. Yet, only a small number are true alcoholics--people who have completely lost control over their drinking and who need alcohol to function. The great majority are what Dr. Doyle and Dr. Nowinski call "Almost Alcoholics," a growing number of people whose excessive drinking contributes to a variety of problems in their lives.In Almost Alcoholic, Dr. Doyle and Dr. Nowinski give the facts and guidance needed to address this often unrecognized and devastating condition. They provide the tools toidentify and assess your patterns of alcohol use;evaluate its impact on your relationships, work, and personal well-being;develop strategies and goals for changing the amount and frequency of alcohol use;measure the results of applying these strategies; andmake informed decisions about your next steps.

Everything, Everything

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly. Risk everything . . . for love. What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It's an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more. The movie is available on digital now! everythingeverythingfilm on Instagram @everythingfilm on Twitter @everythingeverythingmovie on Facebook And don’t miss Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also A Star, the #1 New York Times bestseller in which two teens are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions.

How to Be Bored

In the latest installment of the acclaimed School of Life series, learn how to make peace with your down time—and even benefit from it. Lethargic inactivity can be debilitating and depressing, but in the modern world the pendulum has swung far in the other direction. We live in a hyperactive, over-stimulated age. Uninterrupted activity can seem exciting, but it can also leave us emotionally disorientated and mentally depleted. How can we recover a sense of balance and a richness in our lives? In How to Be Bored, Eva Hoffman argues for the need to cultivate curiosity and self-knowledge and to relish moments of unplugged idleness and non-virtual contact with others. Drawing on psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and a wide range of literature, she emphasizes the need to understand our own preferences and purposes and to replenish our inner resources. This book aims to make readers more vigorously engaged in their lives and to restore a sense of depth and meaning to their experiences.


Adventures in Boredom

The incisive and often hilarious story of one of our most interesting cultural phenomena: boredom It’s the feeling your grandma told you was only experienced by boring people. Some people say they’re dying of it; others claim to have killed because of it. It’s a key component of depression, creativity, and sex-toy advertisements. It’s boredom, the subject of Yawn, a delightful and at times moving take on the oft-derided emotion and how we deal with it. Deftly wrought from interviews, research, and personal experience, Yawn follows Mary Mann’s search through history for the truth about boredom, spanning the globe, introducing a varied cast of characters. The Desert Fathers—fourth-century Christian monks who made their homes far from civilization—offer the first recorded accounts of lethargy; Thomas Cook, grandfather of the tourism industry, provided escape from the mundane for England’s working class; and contemporarily, we meet couples who are disenchanted by monogamous sex, deployed soldiers who seek entertainment and connection in porn, and prisoners held in solitary confinement, for whom boredom is a punishment for crimes they may or may not have committed. With sharp wit and impressive historical acumen, Mann tells the unexpected story of the hunt for a deeper understanding of boredom, in all its absurd, irritating, and inspiring splendor.

Later Life

The Realities of Aging

An interdisciplinary introduction to the aging process which uses symbolic interactionism as the main theoretical perspective. Accessible, interdisciplinary coverage with chapters covering a variety of subject matter areas from biology to psychology, from economics to sociology, from political science to religion. Utilizes symbolic interaction perspective to explain behavior problems and an individual's adaptations associated with the process of aging.

Reclaiming Conversation

The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection. They are endangered: these days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity. But there is good news: we are resilient. Conversation cures. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human--and humanizing--thing that we do.

Loneliness in Later Life

Loneliness in Later Life concerns the personal and social changes associated with ageing, a topic which is becoming increasingly popular as the number of those in the Third Age themselves reaches unprecedented levels. It analyses the nature of loneliness, clearly distinguishing it from the experience of solitary living, which in its turn is explored, and valued. Through an examination of material drawn from literature and moderen research, including the author's own experience, the book arrives at the happy conclusion that older people are not in general, lonelier than when younger.

Senior housing

Senior Services

Senior Travelers

Gay Seniors 50 and Older

Senior Resources

Yoga for Seniors

Senior Fitness

Senior and Geriatric Pets

Gay Seniors Bisexual Men

Senior Women's Book Club

senior companions

Meandering Mohawks Camping Club - Mailing Address

Camping activities are held with member chapters across Southern Ontario from May to October
* major spring and fall campouts include chapters in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes
* annual "Campventions" held in Canada and the United States
* a chapter of the Family Campers and RVers (FCRV) and a member of the Ontario Provincial Association (OPA)
* Burlington chapter is actively involved in environmental preservation, conservation and clean-up activities
* meetings include speakers on camping and general interest topics

Bronte Horticultural Society

A gardening group
* members participate in annual district and Provincial conventions
* members volunteer to do community gardening at Sovereign House, Oakville Senior Centre (upon request)

Seniors for Seniors

Offers mature companions who assist seniors in the following capacities:
* Personal and homemaking companions
* Driver companions
* Live-in companions
* Overnight assistance
* House cleaners
* Drop-in companions
* In-home personal support

Appleby United Church - East Burlington Seniors Lunch

All seniors are welcome to come out for a healthy, nutritious and tasty lunch, as well as an opportunity for fellowship and socialization with other seniors, and occasional speakers or entertainment.

Provided in partnership with four other local churches (Holy Cross Lutheran, Pineland Baptist, St. Elizabeth's Anglican and St. Patrick's Catholic).

Seniors for Seniors

Offers mature companions who assist seniors in the following capacities:
* Personal and homemaking companions
* Driver companions
* Live-in companions
* Overnight assistance
* House cleaners
* Drop-in companions
* In-home personal support

United Senior Citizens of Ontario - Burlington Club 9 - Mailing Address

Seniors social club primarily for cards (bridge and euchre)
* refreshments served after card games
* hosts annual Christmas dinner and windup dinner

Flamborough Seniors

A seniors' club.

Hamilton. Healthy & Safe Communities Department, Recreation Division - Club 60 Seniors

Offers drop-in programs to older adults living in the community. Weekly activities include euchre ($3), cribbage ($3), table shuffleboard ($1), 4 and 6 handed bid euchre ($3.25), bridge ($3.25) and yoga chair exercise ($2).

Burlington. Clerks Department - Burlington Seniors Advisory Committee - Burlington City Hall

This advisory committee:
* provides insights to council on behalf of Burlington seniors regarding current issues, emerging concerns and issues such as transportation, isolation, affordability and service delivery
* provides input as requested to City staff and the Halton Region's Older Adult Advisory Committee
* responds to seniors' needs, subject to the evolution of relationships with other groups, such as the Burlington Civic Panel
* works toward identified goals in an annual work plan including hosting seniors discussion forums, support of strategic planning for development of local seniors services, public information

Its goal is to actively promote the well being and the quality of life for the seniors of the Burlington community

Kerr Street Big Band

* a program offered by the Oakville Seniors Centre
* Band performs at Veterans Appreciation Day in Nov

Halton. Social and Community Services - Assisted Living / Supports for Daily Living Program, Oakville - John R Rhodes Seniors Residence - Oakville - John R Rhodes Seniors Residence

Provides the Supports for Daily Living program to the residents of John R. Rhodes Seniors Residence and eligible individuals living in the surrounding Kerr Street neighbourhood

Support can include, but is not limited to:
* personal care including showering
* dressing/undressing
* assistance with pre-measured medication
* reassurance
* safety checks

Those who qualify for personal care services may also be eligible for:
* light housekeeping
* laundry
* assistance with meal services

Other locations for Supportive Housing/Supports for Daily Living Projects managed by the Region of Halton.

Burlington Stamp Club - Mailing Address

Stamp club for individuals interested in collecting, trading and discussing stamps