2019 01 12 NEWS AND VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB
Fort Saskatchewan Record
Marie Wylie says Tyler J Mitchell took her cash, signed a contract and when it came time to shovel her property he split.
“I am disappointed on how he took advantage of me,” Wylie said. “How could he do this to people.”
Wylie signed a contract with Mitchell under the business name of YEG Services to clear her property on Oct 18, 2018, for a sum of $525 for the season starting November, 2018, to March 31, 2019. A contract which is not worth the paper its written-on Wylie says.
Wylie is warning other residents to never pay for a service with cash. Mitchell wouldn’t accept another form of payment Wylie said.
‘Use it or lose it’
Teaching seniors to use video games helps increase their brain matter and visual skills, study finds
Dr. Benjamin Zendel, Canada Research Chair in Aging and Auditory Neuroscience, was part of a study that found that regularly playing video games can improve cognitive functions in seniors.
The study participants, who were all aged 60 and older, were taught to play Super Mario 64 and spent 30 minutes a day, five days a week with the game. Six months later, the gaming grannies and grandpas had increased their brain’s grey matter and improved their short-term memories.
Joint UNB and U of M project will enter four nursing homes starting in January
Some researchers from the University of New Brunswick and the University of Moncton are heading into four nursing homes in January on a mission to get seniors on their feet.
“If there’s one segment of the population that would benefit more from standing, they’re probably the seniors,” said associate UNB kinesiology professor Danielle Bouchard.
Bouchard is leading an effort to evaluate the health benefits of standing, especially for people who can’t get up on their own.
‘Smart growth’ strategies could help those like Rasiklal Joshi, who often need more than a bus ride.
Transportation has always been difficult for anyone without a car in the post-war suburbs, whether they own a house or rent an apartment,
Routines like grocery runs, medical appointments and visits with friends require someone else to take the wheel, but it’s not easy for seniors to give up a driver’s licence and begin relying more on others.
“The vast majority of our society drives,” said Beverley Pitman, a planner with United Way of the Lower Mainland who specializes in healthy aging. “Seniors want to hold on to that feeling of independence because it’s so cherished in our society… [Many] don’t want to feel like a burden.”