Healthy Retirement and Senior Living

senior living locationIn Canada, retiring and growing old comes with unique health considerations that one does not consider in the United States. Particularly the cold is an important factor to consider for those who are aging. While making retirement plans and choosing the location where one intends to grow old, considering the weather, climate and temperature can make a huge difference in the quality of life one will have in their senior years. After all, exercising and walking are essential to the elderly, and cold, icy climates can present dangers and hazards. It is also very important that seniors have proper medical care, nutrition and exercise regimens.

When it comes to selecting the best possible location in Canada to retire, one should certainly consider the warmest places first as warm or mild temperatures are much better for old joints and bones, and create safer conditions for mobility. One will not find a place in Canada that is free from icy winter conditions, however, one of the least icy places in Canada is the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. This region is situated in the upper most part of the North American Sonoran Desert and has warmer weather patterns than anywhere else in Western Canada. Senior homes in Vernon BC, Kelowna BC and Penticton BC are very popular places to age gracefully and make the most of your golden years.

The Okanagan Valley also has state of the art medical facilities and highly acclaimed doctors for the best in senior medical care. Situated in the heart of a gorgeous agricultural valley, surrounded by mountains and lakes, the Okanagan offers every kind of athletic activity to help seniors stay fit and active. There is plenty of sunshine in this location from April to September, and in the grayer winter months, temperatures are often above freezing. The senior community in the Okanagan is very prominent, and excellent support systems for senior nutrition, activities and social events is available to the elderly. There is unarguably no better place to retire in Canada than the Okanagan Valley.

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Caring for Your Teeth

tooth care British ColumbiaHaving healthy teeth makes a huge difference in our quality of life. Unhealthy teeth are very stressful to deal with. They are painful and require expensive, nerve-wracking dental procedures. If teeth problems are left unattended to, they can be dangerous to your health. Infected teeth can cause blood poisoning, decay and even damage to facial bones. Proper care of your teeth should not be taken lightly. In order to maintain good oral health and hygiene, it is important to educate yourself on the advice of dentists and oral hygienists, as well as understand basic natural methods of caring for your teeth.

Dentists and oral hygienists recommend brushing after every meal, but not immediately after. The acid content in foods is abrasive to teeth, and it is important to let enough time for the normal pH balance in your mouth to return before brushing. A manual toothbrush is good, but an electric one is even better for proper brushing. The brush should move in circular motions around the teeth, gums, tongue and roof of the mouth. Next, careful flossing, between the teeth and around the front and back of them is imperative. Swishing with mouthwash at the end is recommended.

The above advice is the recommended manual care routine you should adopt for yourself. However, it is important that you have a basic understanding of the chemical properties of teeth and how they react to your diet. Teeth are made of calcium, bone, nerves and enamel. They require sufficient calcium and vitamin D to remain strong, as well as good hygiene. This means it is important to eat calcium rich foods, such as kale, broccoli and milk, to give teeth the nutrients they need. It is also important to moderate foods that strip teeth of enamel, such as alcohol, heavy citrus and vinegar, as well as foods that cause tooth decay and infection, such as white flower and sugar.

Here in British Columbia, an impressive selection of dentists and oral hygienists is available to you to help you meet your oral health goals. Whether you are in need of a Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George or Penticton dentist, you will be pleased with dental options and professionalism found in British Columbia.