Who says you can’t fall in love when you get older? Medley has found her “true love” – as least she thought it would be – after 20 years post divorce. Medley truly has a great time with this person, just like how she felt in her last marriage.

When Medley finally thought that this person must be “the one”, she came home one day and found that this person has taken away all personal belongings and left. She called and messaged the person a million times, but finally, when they answered their phone, their only response was: “We are not really a good match”.

Medley was heartbroken, and she felt a little ashamed that she was still struggling with a breakup entering her 60s.

The Fact Is: It Still Hurts When Break Ups Happen in Later Life

Breakup in your 40s, 50s, or 60s may be different than it when you are in your 20s, but the level of heartbreak could be the same. Although we will get more mature and more realistic about finding “the one”, breaking up still brings heartache, and sometimes it could even be worse due to age, amount of support from friends, commitment, etc. These factors could all contribute to how hard it is to get over a failed relationship. Also, you may need more companionship than when you were younger, which could make the process more devastating.

However, the good news is, given our extensive life experience and self-awareness, we can handle the heartbreak easier. Here are a few tips that you may or may not know about fixing your heart as much as possible after a bad breakup. Let’s see what’s useful for you.

What To Do to Heal from A Breakup Efficiently

Cut Off All Contact

The first step of moving on after a split is to accept it. Ignore your ex and don’t try to get in touch with him or her in any way.

 Unfollow them if necessary if you’ve been chatting on any social media platforms. Block their numbers so you won’t receive calls from them – it’s preferable to keep them at a distance and out of sight while you’re still vulnerable, as emotional recovery slows down when you still have contact with the other person. Remaining in contact can get you into another war that could only escalate your pain and anxiety with no positive results.

When a relationship ends, it’s best to cut connections for good. This will help you heal more quickly.

Allow Yourself Some Time to Grieve

Breaking up or getting divorced can be one of the most painful experiences in life – it feels like your whole world has turned upside down and now you have to deal with every memory and emotion that rains down on you. It is okay to get your emotions out and admit that you are sad, angry, confused, or resentful. During this special period, you are allowed to scream, sob, and yell your heart out. Find ways to release and let go of the pain as long as it doesn’t harm you or anybody else. Don’t suppress your emotions and take this painful part away from your healing process, fighting or ignoring the feelings could only prolong the grieving process.

Pick Your Support Team

While going through a breakup or divorce, many of us choose to isolate ourselves. It surely makes you feel safe to swallow all of your negative emotions by yourself, but the longer you spend by yourself, the more likely it is that you’ll become “ill” from the isolation. Researchers have found that people who are socially isolated have a 50 percent greater risk of developing dementia and may possibly die earlier (Senior Isolation).

Regular phone calls or video calls with loved ones can help keep you healthy while you are coping with emotions, so don’t be afraid to seek out help from your loved ones if you are feeling down.

Reclaim Your Life

Remember the hobbies you pushed aside during the relationship? It’s time to pick them up again. Reclaiming is a process of remembering who you are outside the relationship, and it gives us strong supportive energy during self-recovery. Whether you are pursuing your passion or saying “yes” to the social invitation you have always missed out on, you are regaining the part of yourself that you have given up when sacrificing for love.

Reconstruct Your Future Without Them

It is perfectly normal to have hopes and dreams and a future with your ex when you were still in a relationship. Another painful part about breaking up is realizing that your future has been shaken – what you have envisioned with the two of you no longer exists. It is important to recognize that your relationship with your ex will no longer define your future, but your relationship with yourself will. Acknowledging this fact and the feelings that come with this might be helpful in the healing process.

Enjoy Being Single

After a relationship ends, it takes an average of 11 weeks for people to recover their mental health, according to a study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. So, don’t rush into another relationship just because you think that the other person can replace the previous one and make you less lonely. In fact, it could only make the healing process slow down, and makes it even harder for you to get over your ex. Avoiding the pain only prolongs it. Instead, accept that you are single and are able to live as a “whole person” again. It then becomes a precious period of time to find out what you want and who you are before you find your next heartthrob.

In the End:

Healing from a breakup isn’t easy, and everyone deals with it differently. It takes patience, commitment, and of course, time, to let go of all the sweet or painful memories. Feeling devastated isn’t shameful – before healing a wound, you must first admit that you are bleeding.



After decades of hard work, the time finally comes to retire and enjoy your life. Last time we talked about  places that are senior-friendly to travel to for vacations (Senior-Friendly Vacation Spots), but settling down is completely a different case. When we talk about the best countries for retirement, Canada is at the top of the list. It is a beautiful country to retire in, given that it offers an appealing retirement lifestyle.

Bella and her husband have thought about it, too. They both have just retired and chosen Canada as the place to retire for a better quality of life. Surely, they are attracted to the high-quality healthcare and the low population density of the country, but the natural beauty and the friendly people in Canada also attract this couple very much.

However, because Canada is such a giant country, Bella was lost on where exactly they wanted to reside in Canada. If you are struggling just like Bella, this article will provide you with an in-depth discussion on places that are suitable for retired seniors to live in Canada.

What Do We Look for When Choosing a City to Retire?

  • Lifestyle

Lifestyle is a very important component for seniors to consider when planning their future place to reside. Although it is mainly a matter of personal taste, in this article, we will focus on the preferences of most of our clients.

Usually, small towns may not be appealing to those who have spent most of their lives in a bustling metropolis, even if they initially find them intriguing.

Before you consider, first think about your pursuits and hobbies. If you love staying in, then most cities are pretty much the same to you. However, if you are a person who enjoys traveling, hiking, or engaging in other recreational activities, you should select a retirement city that best suits your needs.

  • Cost of Living

No matter if you are on a tight budget or sitting on a pile of money, the cost of living is an important factor to consider when you move to a new place.

An expensive city will eat away your savings and make it more difficult for you to enjoy your later years.

It’s crucial to consider the cost of housing (rent/buy), food, transportation (public transit/owning a car), cost of services, and most importantly, the cost of doing things you’ve always wanted to do in your retirement.

  • Weather

Weather is more important than you think, especially for people who have chronic diseases. For example, you may not want to live in a humid city if you have respiratory problems or arthritis.

If you’re used to living in warm weather, moving to a freezing area can be a bad idea as well. Furthermore, you may not be able to handle the heat in a sunny location if you have always been living in a city with a high longitude.

So, before deciding, take weather conditions into account carefully. The best way to decide is to visit the city you like in varied weather conditions/seasons before making a final decision about moving there.

  • Doctors Per 100, 000 People

Having enough accessibility to medical facilities and professionals is crucial as you get older. For those who already have chronic medical conditions or live alone, this is even more crucial. The concentration of doctors per capita is a measurement of how easily it will be for you to get medical care if necessary.

Top Places to Retire in Canada:

  • Kelowna, BC

  • Cost of Living: $1,071 per month (without rent)

  • Population: 217, 229

  • Weather: Average Max Temp – July: 27°C, January: 0°C

  • Lifestyle: Casual, retiree-friendly

  • Doctors Per 100, 000 People: 137

The top place surely goes to Kelowna, BC. When it comes to retirement communities, Kelowna is a place that you never want to ignore.

With over 18 percent of the population being made-up of retirees, which is significantly higher than the national average, Kelowna could be described as the heaven of retirement living – the nature and urban vibes are perfectly balanced in this area (especially during the tourist season).

If you’re willing to live a bit outside of the city, enjoy driving, and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and picnics by the lake, Kelowna would be a good option for you.

  • Victoria, BC

  • Cost of Living: $1,186 per month (without rent)

  • Population: 401, 700

  • Weather: Average Max Temp – July: 20°C, January: 7°C

  • Lifestyle: Welcomingly, expensive

  • Doctor Per 100, 000 People: 176

Victoria, BC one of the greatest places to retire in Canada because of its high doctor-to-population ratio and low property tax.

The weather in Victoria is dry and mild compared to Vancouver and has less snowfall. It’s also Canada’s most romantic city, so if you are looking to find a new love interest after relocation, Victoria is perfect for dating. It is especially romantic for those who enjoy flowers (and aren’t allergic to pollen). There is a reason Victoria is called Canada’s city of gardens.

In a nutshell, Victoria is a great fit for those who enjoy living in a densely populated urban environment and can afford a bougie lifestyle.

  • Halifax, NS

  • Cost of Living: $1,202 per month (without rent)

  • Population: 440, 332

  • Weather: Average Max Temp – July: 23°C, January: 0°C

  • Lifestyle: Big-city life

  • Doctors Per 100, 000 People: 145

Halifax is Nova Scotia’s largest city, with a population that accounts for more than half of the province’s total. Also, if you move to Halifax, you’ll have access to the best medical and healthcare facilities.

Halifax is a city that has beachy vibes, as the sea is the primary focus of most of the region’s outdoor pursuits, and the seafood is incredibly fresh. So if you enjoy surfing and fishing, Halifax is a nice pick.

  • Calgary, AB

  • Cost of Living: $1,197 per month (without rent)

  • Population: 1, 585, 900

  • Weather: Average Max Temp – July: 21°C, January: -2°C

  • Lifestyle: Dynamic

  • Doctors Per 100, 000 People: 143

As Canada’s second-largest city, the cost of living in Calgary is surprisingly lower than in many other cities, as both the cost of living and taxes are minimal in this area.

The city is bustling so if you are used to living in a busy city or looking for work after retirement, this is the place you are looking for.

  • Kingston, ON

  • Cost of Living: $1,194 per month (without rent)

  • Population: 136, 685

  • Weather: Average Max Temp – July: 25°C, January: -3°C

  • Lifestyle: Mild-paced

  • Doctors Per 100, 000 People: 138

Kingston might be a good fit for you if you don’t mind living in a city where the majority of residents are under the age of 25, consisting mainly of students from Queen’s University. There are many stories that can be told about the city’s past because of its strategic location and extensive history.

The laid-back atmosphere and leisurely pace of life in Kingston are ideal for retirees. Transportation in the immediate area is also fast, convenient, and cost-effective. However, Kingston’s greatest asset may be its world-class medical care – Kingston General Hospital is one of Southern Ontario’s largest healthcare facilities.






Judy is a 78-year-old lady and she has been smoking for more than half a century. Recently, she has noticed that her son has quit smoking so she asked how he felt without tobacco.

Expecting a negative answer, her son told her that he felt much different than before, in a good way.

“it was hard in the first month, but if you get used to life without cigarettes,” he said. “Your body feels so much better, and my singing has improved, too!”

Judy clearly knew that good things would happen if she quit smoking cold turkey, but it’d be a little annoying since she just couldn’t imagine what she would do if she were not smoking. Also, she wondered if she was too old to do so. Since she was already 78, it seemed a bit unnecessary to quit at her age.

Is It Too Late to Quit Smoking?

We always hear people saying things like:

“I have smoked for many years. It’s hard to quit.”

“The damage has already been done anyway.”

“I’m already old, why shouldn’t I enjoy cigarettes for the last few years in my life?”

However, the truth is, you can still quit in old age, and things would still be different. There are some immediate results after quitting smoking:

Short Term Effect

  • 20 Minutes After Quitting: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop.

  • 8 Hours After Quitting: Carbon monoxide levels decrease and the oxygen level in your blood returns to normal.

  • 1 Day After Quitting: The chances of having a heart attack decreases.

  • 2 Days After Quitting: Your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.

  • 2 Weeks To 3 Months After Quitting: Your circulation and lung function improves.

  • 6 Months To 1 Year After Quitting: Symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue is reduced. Your immune system improves, and your lungs start to regain normal function.

On the other hand, the benefits of quitting smoking are more prominent in the long run.

Long Term Effects

  • 1 To 2 Years After Quitting: Chances of heart attack, stroke, peripheral artery disease, and breathing problems decrease.

  • 5 To 10 Years After Quitting: Your risk of developing cancers of the mouth and throat would be cut in half.

  • 10 Years After Quitting: Your risk of lung cancer is cut in half compared to a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer in the bladder, esophagus, and kidney will also decrease drastically.

  • 15 Years After Quitting: Your risk of developing coronary heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker. Also, your longevity is extended by 10 years.

How to Quit Smoking as a Senior

Easier said than done; quitting smoking can sometimes be a long and tough battle for most people, especially for individuals who have been smoking for decades. However, you can split it into three stages so that you can make your journey easier and wiser.

  • Step One: Prepare to Quit

First off, list all the reasons that make you want to quit, and the possible elements that trigger it. Be specific and look at them frequently. Then, envision your life without cigarettes. Imagine yourself as a non-smoker, and see how you deal with various social situations that may trigger you to start smoking again.

You can also tell your family and friends about your decision and let them motivate you through the process. It is also helpful to tell your doctor and plan it together.

Then, set a date, and get started!

  • Step Two: The Quitting Process

On the quitting day, throw out all of your cigarette and ashtrays, and anything else that can remind you of smoking. The point is that quitting all at once is always better than slowly cutting back. Then, after you realize the circumstances that made you want to smoke, fill them up with other things. For example, if you smoke when you don’t feel like sleeping, try playing a video game to keep your hands busy. Make a list of things you can do as alternatives to smoking, and whenever you are craving a cigarette, do these things one by one to take up your time.

Finding a support buddy is also helpful; it’s good to have someone that was successful at quitting smoking. They will know how to help you out when you are going through similar situations that they have been through. You can also set aside the money you would spend on tobacco, watch it grow in a jar, and reward yourself with this money after a while.

  • Step 3: Preventing Relapse

Relapse may happen, even for the people who have quit smoking for years. The most important thing to know about relapsing is that you learn each time so you can handle it better the next time. When you realize you are about to smoke again, there are 4Ds to prevent it:

  • Delay: No matter whether you are quitting smoking or stopping binge-eating, remember that the urge only lasts for a short while. Delay what you want to do for 10 minutes. In most cases, your craving will go away after a few minutes on its own.

  • Deep Breaths: Take a deep breath before the “evil” possesses you. It will make you relaxed and clear-minded so you can make a better choice on what to do next.

  • Drink Water: Drinking water also helps you to relax and calm down and help you to focus on things that are healthier.

  • Do Something Else: As we mentioned, distracting yourself from smoking is necessary. List what you can do instead of smoking: sometimes even washing your hands and face can help, too.

Some Withdrawal Symptoms You Should be Aware Of & What To Do About Them

  • Craving & Urges

It’s normal to have urges, and sometimes they can be strong and overwhelming. One important way to deal with your urges is to identify them, which means knowing that you are in a state of craving, and it doesn’t mean you “need” it immediately. Try the 4Ds prevention methodology to see how it works!

  • Getting Easily Irritated

Quitting a habit may feel like taking a part of your routine away, so it is very common to feel irritated and grouchy sometimes. Again, notice it, identify it, and let it go.

  • Feeling Restless

Feeling agitated and having a hard time concentrating is the same as feeling irritated. It is because your body is not used to getting not recieving the nicotine it used to. The best way to deal with restlessness is to do some physical activities, and cut back on caffeine, too.

  • Gaining Weight

Some people may experience a rise in appetite when they quit smoking. This is because of the stress of quitting a habit, and your taste has heightened after quitting, too. If you really want snacks, snack smart. Avoid those high-calorie foods and getting more exercise will help you to balance the urges as well.

  • Feeling Anxious and Depressed

People who smoke are more likely to have mood swings than people who don’t, and it happens mostly after quitting smoking. Nicotine does help to ease your anxiety for a short amount of time, but the withdrawal effect makes it worse. Remind yourself of why you are quitting, and learn how to deal with emotions in a new and healthier way. It will all pass in the end.






Nothing feels better than retiring, and Jay has been working decades just for this moment to come for their “senior vacation”.

The first thing he plans to do is to take his wife traveling – which is one of the most popular pursuits for people who have just entered a new phase in life. Jay wants to find a place that’s convenient, budget-friendly, yet still a perfect getaway from his hectic lifestyle, while his wife prefers something luxurious and dreamy so they can make this memory last a lifetime.

Finding a perfect destination for them seems daunting, and we know it may be happening to you and your partner in this busy season as well. However, we have collected a few senior-friendly cities that deserve a place on your post-pandemic bucket list. Without further ado, let’s see where there’s no regret in visiting!

Senior Vacation – Enjoy Natural Scenery:

Sedona, USA

Located just two hours from Phoenix, Arizona, the breathtaking red rock scenery makes Sedona the perfect destination for a day trip. If you enjoy hiking, make your way to the Devil’s Bridge on a sunny day;you’d be amazed by the magnificent view from the top. Be careful of your shoes: the “red” is caused by oxidation of the thin layer of rocks, so make sure to avoid wearing light-coloured shoes or they will get stained by the mineral.   

Tuscant, Italy

There are a thousand reasons to visit Tuscany – Art, History, Food, Wine … and certainly, the view. There are a few “must-dos” in the beautiful Tuscany: go for a hike on mountain La Verna, do truffle tasting in San Miniato, explore the ancient hill town on the Valdichiana Plain, and of course, don’t forget to visit a few wineries! One thing to remember before heading to Tuscany is to rent a car. Beautiful and well-preserved areas are mostly less connected by trains and subway, so renting a car is how you explore the place more efficiently.

 Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, also known as the “Lost City”, is considered to have the most heritage sites in the world, and is also the most visited tourist destination in Peru. October through April is the rainy season, so it’s better to visit Mach Picchu in the summer. It is an especially perfect destination if you like hiking, given that there are many mountains and valleys around there. But if you do not feel like doing a lot of walking, driving in Machu Picchu or taking buses are just fine to capture the beauty of the city.

 Zermatt, Switzerland

Who can resist Switzerland? When it comes to the famous spots in Switzerland, Zermatt is definitely the one worth visiting. Don’t worry if you can’t go skiing, the train through the Alps is one of the most beautiful routes in the world. There are also numerous bars, cafes, and coffee shops on the mountain, so you can just sit back and enjoy the stunning view of the Matterhorn.

Senior Vacation – Beach Lover:

Tulum, Mexico

For those who are looking for a tranquil and laid-back destination, Tulum should be included on their bucket list. Unlike Cancun, Tulum doesn’t give much “party vibes”. Instead, you can find high-end bars that allow you to enjoy the breeze and music on the beach.

Key West, USA

If you are like many snowbirds from the north, you will like Florida in the wintertime. Nature reserves and renowned walking tours make Key West an excellent beach city for anyone who wants more than just palm trees, and it has more peaceful surroundings than Miami. As a senior, you can do many low-impact activities like snorkeling and swimming with dolphins in Key West, or visit Earnest Heminway’s house for more history.

Ocho Rios, Saint Ann, Jamaica

You can relax and experience Jamaican culture in this city that resides on the northeastern coast of the island. After lying on the beach for days, you can choose to take a hike in the forest, swim with dolphins, or just walk in the city and you’ll explore a lot of interesting things.

Ocho Rios is a cruise ship destination, so it makes it a popular place to stop for long vacations.

Patong, Thailand

Thailand is generally an affordable place to visit, and Patong beach in Phuket is a far cheaper option than other tropical destinations. Patong is especially suitable for senior couples to stay: imagine walking on the beach and sharing beers. It could be a wonderful memory for you two to reminisce.

Senior Vacation – City Views:

New York City, USA

“In New York…

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of!

There’s nothin’ you can’t do…” 

This is what the Big Apple (New York City) looks like in Jay-Z’s song (Empire State of Mind). New York City’s skyline may be the most recognizable and glamorous one in the world. There are two popular spots to view the NYC skyline:

  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Located in Rockefeller Plaza, Top of the Rock could be one of the most popular attractions in NYC. From there, you can get an unobstructed view of the Empire State Building, Manhattan’s midtown, and Central Park.

  • Empire State Building: Your NYC trip won’t be complete without seeing Empire State Building. There are two options to see the city from the Empire State Building: one is from the 86th floor, and the other one is from the 102nd floor. The view is not so much different between the two, but you can look through ceiling-to-floor windows instead of fences on the 102nd floor.

 Toronto, Canada

On the northern shore of Lake Ontario near the US border lies the most culturally diverse city in Canada – Toronto. In the downtown area, you can capture the city’s iconic CN tower nearly everywhere you go, which makes an identifiable view of Toronto’s skyline. There are a few places to appreciate the beauty of the city: Riverdale Park, Trillium Park, Polson Pier, etc. If you love having some cocktails while experiencing the spectacular views with your partner, try the One Eighty, which is located on the 51st floor of the Manulife center. Just as the name suggests, it lets you enjoy 180-degree views of the megacity.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong is best known as a shopper’s paradise. You can experience western life and Chinese customs all together at once. Here, you can enjoy abundant local dishes, or go shopping in duty-free shops, and more importantly: reach the summit of Victoria Peak to enjoy breathtaking harbor views and the majestic skyline.

Kuala Lumper, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is another business center in southeastern Asia. As the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur boasts a blend of Chinese, Indian and English cultures. You can visit all the highlights of the city in just three to five days. The cost in Kuala Lumpur can be more expensive than in some cities in Thailand, but it is still possible to make it budget friendly if you go window shopping. The must-sees in Kuala Lumpur include the Petronas Twin Towers, Merdeka Square, Batu Cave, etc. KLCC Park is also a great spot to view the city’s skyline, which makes zero regret to visit.





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Pets offer us many benefits as we age – companionship, exercise, and the delight that comes from taking care of another living thing. Though there isn’t extensive research on the direct correlation between pets and human health, it is undoubted that the little creatures can promote senior people’s wellbeing and quality of life.

Having a pet can surely lower your level of anxiety, and lessen depression and feelings of isolation (Senior Isolation). Choosing a pet that matches your energy level and lifestyle becomes very important in this case.

In today’s topic, we are going to introduce you to a variety of pets – from pets that require a moderate level of energy to keep up with, to mellows pets that suit your laid-back lifestyle. Let’s get started!

Best Pets for Seniors


Dogs make excellent lifelong friends for people of all ages, and they’re especially great for those in later years. Most of the best dog breeds for the elderly are those that are low-maintenance, small in size, and require less activity. Here are a few dog breeds recommended for seniors to have:

1. Bichon Frise

As a playful yet affectionate dog, the Bichon Frise has earned its reputation as an excellent all-purpose companion. They are, in genera,l very low maintenance, however they do need to go to the groomer on a regular basis so their fur doesn’t tangle.

Bichons are also known for their gentleness and cuddliness, making them ideal for elderly persons living in apartments and retirement communities.

2. Pug

Who can resist the gaze from a pair of big, innocent, and emotionally expressive eyes? Pugs are one of the most sweet-natured and kindest dogs among all breeds. They are small, loving, and match the energy level of most seniors. 

Pugs learn tricks fast and love food, so you never need to worry about wasting too much time training them.

Pugs are also suitable for living in a long-term care home, since they don’t bark a lot, and spend at least half of their day sleeping.

3. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are another popular dog breed for seniors. They require less attention, don’t shed much, and don’t need to be constantly groomed.

Given their compact size, they are easy to be carried around, and they make great companions for both seniors and children. So, if your grandchildren constantly visit your place, a miniature schnauzer would be their new best friend.

4. French Bulldog

French bulldogs are the most cheerful dogs among all breeds. They are small, muscular, and active. However, they are easy to handle given their intelligent and understanding nature. They are especially great for seniors who like to dress up their dogs.

As a result, French Bulldogs are excellent companions for elderly people with limited mobility or anyone who simply prefers a slower pace of life.

  • Cats

If you want a friend who doesn’t need to be walked every day, cats arw a wonderful choice. Cats are more predictable and are generally more happy staying indoors. Also, cats don’t make a lot of noise and require less medication than dogs, meaning they are suitable for anyone who just wants a companion and is not willing to spend much time taking care of their pets.

Different breeds have different personalities; some are independent, while some prefer to stick close to their human. Some need a lot of grooming, while some are relatively low maintenance. Here are three cat breeds that are very welcomed by seniors:

1. Ragdoll Cat

Because of its laid-back characteristics, Ragdolls are an excellent choice for seniors.

Ragdolls are well-known for their friendliness, making them a good option for elderly people who are looking for a pet to get along with their family and caregivers easily.

Note that Ragdolls are larger than common cats, and as a result, may need additional living space and a big litter box. If you have a small and crowded living space, a Ragdoll may not be the best choice.

2. Russian Blue

A good temper, intelligence, and loyalty have made the Russian Blue a popular breed among cat owners. They are suitable for people who prefer low activity since the most they want from a human is companionship. Even though Russian Blues are shy around people, once they build strong ties with their owner, they become very sensitive to the owner’s emotions and feelings.

3. British Shorthair

As one of the oldest recognized cat breeds, British Shorthair cats are very commonly presented as domestic cats in many families. They are very relaxed and independent, and not so active, making them good for seniors and beginners.

British shorthairs are very kind, loyal, and loving. They are independent by nature so don’t worry about sticking with them all the time. The only health problem of British Shorthairs is that they are prone to obesity, so feeding them right and watching their weight becomes very important.

  • Fish

Most pet fish are extremely low maintenance and don’t require much investment. All you need is a small freshwater aquarium, a filter, an air pump, lighting, and some fish food to have them. Freshwater fish are less expensive and easy to care for than other types of pet fish. Watching your fish can calm you down and improve your mood, meaning it is especially beneficial for people with high blood pressure and heart diseases to keep pet fish. Here are some aquarium fish for beginners to have:

1. Goldfish

Goldfish are very good beginner pet fish to keep since they are very resilient and easy to care for. They eat vegetables, algae, and other foods high in carbohydrates and low in protein. Note that goldfish tend to grow very large so it’s better to purchase a larger tank that has extra space for them to live.

2. Betta Fish

Beta Fish are pretty, small, and very beginner-friendly. Betta fish have very vivid coloration and beautiful fins. Although they don’t require complicated caring procedures, Betta Fish should be kept in high-quality water, so make sure to use a good filter and water conditioner before you put your little fish in there.

  • Rabbits

If you want a quiet, fluffy little animal to be your companion, get a rabbit! Just like dogs and cats, rabbits can be used for animal therapy, too. Taking care of a pet rabbit can help lower high blood pressure and potentially delay some dementia symptoms. Also, believe it or not, rabbits can bond with humans and can be litter trained. So, if you just moved into a downsized home, but still want to have an animal to build connections with, a rabbit would be a perfect choice. Holland Lops, Rex, and Mini Lops are all small-sized, calm-tempered, and easily cared for rabbits to have as pets.








It takes time to adjust to living in a smaller place, such as an Assisted Living apartment. Especially when all of your beloved furnishings is crammed into a single cot. Helen is facing the same situation, too. After she finished placing all her stuff in her new apartment, her friend came to visit.

“You shouldn’t have your bed facing the washroom because it will disrupt the flow of energy”, Helen’s friend said.

“What energy? What direction do you think it should be facing?” asked Helen.

“You should do some research on Fengshui. It’ll help you a lot” replied Helen’s friend.

Even though many of us have heard of Fengshui, few of us have a firm grasp of its meaning. In today’s article, we are going to discuss the principle and some basic rules of Fengshui, and hopfully it will guide you during your transition.

What Is Fengshui & Why Is It Important?

Fengshui, also known as Chinese geomancy, is an ancient Chinese practice of arranging pieces in living spaces in order to create balance with the natural world. Ancient Chinese wisdom states that selecting or configuring an object or location can harmonize with the spiritual energies that surround. Since our physical environments can play a major role in our feelings and comfort, this is what perpose Fengshui serves – a supportive Fengshui layout encourages the optimal and even flow of energy throughout the space. It is especially vital for seniors or others who spend a great deal of time at home or in long-term care homes. 

There are five elements in Fengshui: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, and Metal. Each element is associated with certain qualities in your home. A full analysis requires calculations based on where you are living, the design of a single room, placement and materials of the furniture, etc. This can be very complicated. However, there are general guidelines that we can follow to enhance how you feel in your living space, even if it’s just a room in a long-term care home.

Simple Fengshui Tips for Seniors:

  • Clear the Entryway

In Fengshui, your front door serves as a portal of energy, and your entryway represents the way that the energy enters your home and your body. As a result, it is crucial to keep the main entrance area clean and welcoming, so that more energy can enter and nourish you and your home. So, get rid of garbage, bulky furniture or anything that can obstruct the energy flow as much as possible.

  • Declutter

It’s understandable that older people’s homes are typically cluttered because it might be tough to let go of a lifetime’s worth of memories. The problem with clutter is that it may make homes feel overwhelming, cause tripping hazard, and obstruct positive energy.

Maintaining a clutter-free environment can reduce the risk of tripping and other health complications related to bacteria as well. So, make a list of the things you use most frequently, and for the rest, you can consider discarding or donating them (if you only have used them once or twice and don’t see yourself using them anytime in the near future).

  • Make Use of Mirrors

Placing a mirror in a dark corner can brighten the space and bring energy in. The mirror can face your favorite things or reflect the scenery outside your window. However, never place mirrors in front of a door, as this will deflect the incoming energy.

  • Incorporate Plants

Plants embody life energy, as they’ll add freshness and vitality to your home. Too much darkness and not enough fresh air might have an adverse effect on elderly people’s living spaces. So, simply add some plants to infuse your home with life and good vibes, and check out our blog post on “Simple Gardening for Seniors” to find out some easy gardening tips.

  • Limit Phones, Televisions, and Other Electronic Devices

Fengshui practitioners believe that electromagnetic imbalances caused by electronic devices can interfere with sleep. Research from sleep experts also supports this suggestion, and the experts advise keeping bedrooms as screen-free as possible.

Of course, televisions and phones may be an important source of entertainment for someone who’s physically disabled or bedbound. Consider a compromise: put a shade on the TV so it can easily be moved out of sight and turn off your phone before bed so it won’t interrupt your sleep.  








Shelly has had some serious issues recently. Her left calf has been so itchy that she can’t even fall asleep. It’s especially severe when she forgets to shower for a few days. Shelly has consulted her family doctor and the doctor told her that it’s because of aging. Shelly has never thought that getting old would change her skin, given that she used to have oily skin and pimples were her “best friend” when she was young. Now she realizes that it’s time to change her skincare routine as an aging adult.

As the largest organ in our body, our skin does change drastically, just like other parts of our body when aging progresses – it becomes thinner, rougher, and loses its shine. These changes are not only from an aesthetic point of view, but your skin generally becomes much more susceptible to diseases, which could cause more problems to your health. There are a few common skin problems you may face if you are over 60, which we will outline below

Common Skin Concerns in Older Adults

  • Dryness and Itchiness   

Seniors generally have issues with dryness and itchiness, especially the skin on the lower legs, elbows, and lower arms. The skin around these areas usually feels rough and scaly. There are many things that cause dry skin:

  • Not enough liquid intake

  • Excessive sunbathing

  • Being in a dry environment

  • Smoking

  • Stress

  • Losing function in sweat and oil glands

  • Diabetes

  • Kidney problems

  • Skin Infections

Bacterial infections are more likely to occur on dry skin since people with dry skin have more fissures and fractures, giving bacteria more chances to enter and cause surface infections. Elderly persons in crowded places, such as long-term care homes, are particularly vulnerable to the infestation’s proliferation.

  • Wrinkles

This one goes without saying; our skin is doomed to have wrinkles as it ages. Sunlight and other environmental factors, such as pollution, can cause the skin to lose its elasticity, and the skin itself droops because of gravity. Smoking and other bad habits can accelerate this process as well.

There are a lot of claims on how to get rid of wrinkles, and you can see them everywhere in the media. Unfortunately, most of them don’t work. There are methods that work, but they can be harmful or even painful, and must be performed by a doctor.

  • Age Spots and Skin Tags

Age spots, also as known as “liver spots”, are caused by chronic exposure to sunlight. Face, arms, back, and even feet are popular locations for these larger-than-freckled brown spots.

Skin tags are pieces of flesh-colored skin with a raised surface. It is common in older adults, especially in females. The eyelids, neck, and body folds, including the armpit, chest, and groin, are the most common places to find them.

Skin tags and age spots are usually benign, unless they become irritated. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about age spots or skin tags.

  • Bruises

As we become older, our skin gets thinner, and our veins and bones are more visible, making them more vulnerable to injury.

Senile purpura, or bruises caused by ruptured blood vessels, is a common complication with aged skin, and forearms are the most prevalent place to them. In addition, aging causes the skin to take a longer time to heal after injury. It could be also either be a sign of a deficit in vitamins or a blood problem.

  • Skin Cancer

Seniors who have had more sun exposure earlier in their life may develop skin cancer. As we age, we are more likely to develop basal and squamous cell carcinomas, which are the most dangerous facial skin problems. They usually begin as tiny lumps and grow in size over time. So, if you notice any increasing skin growths or a sore that won’t heal, see your doctor.

How to Take Care of Your Skin as You Age

  • Cleanse

Cleansing your skin twice daily is a critical step for everyone, no matter what age you are. Cleansing the right way can also help relieve dry skin. Avoid hot baths, frequent showering or bathing, and excessive skin scrubbing. Choose cleanser that removes the oil, makeup, and pollution without stripping your skin of moisture.  Instead of using harsh soaps and alcohol-based products, there are many mild cleansers to use instead:

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

  • Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

  • Moisturize

Using a moisturizer is especially vital for people with dry skin. Consider double-duty formula moisturizers that can “draw in water” and “seal the water in”. Some seniors prefer using oil; just remember to apply serums beforehand. If you are living in a dry environment, using a humidifier is also useful in adding moisture to the room.

  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream Moisturizer (Rich)


Living in a big house is nice; many of us enjoy our leisure time with trees and flowers in our backyard, but what about those who live in an apartment or a retirement home, what does gardening for those seniors look like?

Jenny moved into a long-term care home last winter after her husband died. It’s been over six months now, and she misses him more than ever when summer is here. Jenny’s husband used to always make their garden nicely landscaped and decorated. The stone steps to their living room were surrounded by tulips, and there were several ball trees beside their cute little pond. Jenny remembers her husband putting so much effort into their little garden, and spending time with him on their beautiful porcelain tiles when evening came and held some of her favourite memories. Now, Jenny is living in a small apartment. She wants her happiness to last longer, just as if her husband was still alive, so she decided to try having a little garden on her balcony.

Living in a limited space doesn’t mean gardening is impossible; you can still have your beautiful “backyard” with even less mess and maintenance. There are a few things you need to prepare before you start to build your garden, and we will be discussing them below.


What You Need to Prepare for Gardening


Picture The Garden In Your Mind

What vibe do you want your garden to have? Where do you want to place your plants? It is better to plan the scenery in your mind before making it come true.


Invest In Tools

It always requires some investment when you are building your dream green place. For beginners, here are a few tools you might need to get your garden started, and you can either get them online (e.g., Amazon) or at stores like Home Depot:

  • Plants, seeds, or bulbs (of course)
  • Potting soil
  • A handheld shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • A watering can
  • Plastic or ceramic planter containers, according to your taste and need
  • Gardening gloves


Choose The Right Plants

The key to building a beautiful and easily maintained small garden is to choose the right plants that suit your residency and your preference.

Hibiscus is a great choice for a room with abundant sunshine, especially if your window faces south or west. Aloe vera, jade, and jasmine are other good options.

A spider plant is an excellent choice for a hanging planter in a room that receives a lot of light but also has a lot of indirect sunshine.

African violets are also a great choice because of their beautiful blossoms, which can brighten up any space.

If your balcony or living room is shady most of the time, it’s hard to provide an environment for your plants to grow well. However, there are still options: A philodendron is a good choice for low-light areas; just be sure to water it once a week. Dieffenbachia and ferns are two other low-light plant options as well.


Safe Gardening Tips for Seniors


Rest and Stay Hydrated

It is important to remember that as we get older, our physical abilities decline, therefore we need to take more time to rest and avoid pushing ourselves too hard. Fatigue can lead to dangerous falls, so it’s important to take a breather every 10-20 minutes.

It is also important to stay hydrated while you are doing hard work, especially when you are working under the sun. So, remember to bring a water bottle with you and have it in your sights; it will be a good reminder if you are indulging yourself in the blooming buds.


Wear Comfortable Clothes To Prevent Falls

Wearing the right attire is as important as getting enough rest while you are gardening. Remember to wear light clothes with some sun protection (e.g., a long-sleeved shirt and a wide-brimmed hat). You can also bring waterproof shoes since the grass can be dewy and wet. Avoid wearing slippers, as they will give no protection from slips and falls.


Pick The Right Time Of The Day

We know that gardening is not just about trimming plants, but also about enjoying the sunlight. However, it is important to choose the right time and enjoy it safely. The hours between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm are peak sun hours, so avoid doing gardening or any other intense outside activities during this time.


Ask For Help From Others

When it comes to doing heavy-duty tasks, it is good to have a friend or family member by your side in the event of any falls and injuries. On top of that, working with friends and family is also a terrific chance to add some social interaction to your day and tighten bonds.







As Johnny’s mother’s dementia got worse, he began to worry about himself. His grandma had Alzheimer’s years before she passed away, and now his mom has it.

Johnny has heard before that dementia could be hereditary, and now he kind of believes it. Although taking good care of his mom is now his firstpriority, Johnny thinks that he needs to find a way to prevent, or at least slow down, the progress of developing dementia. Is this actually something that could be achieved, or is it just wishful thinking? Today we’ll find out.

Is Dementia Preventable?

Although there is no clear evidence that dementia can be prevented in all cases, researchers found that a healthy lifestyle could significantly lower the risk of dementia as we age.

Two of the most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia. It has been shown that having a healthy lifestyle can decrease some risk factors of developing dementia.

Risk Factors of Dementia

Before we talk about the risk factors, there’s one thing you should know: risk factors are not the direct causes of a disease, rather, they present as the possible reasons that increase the chance of developing the disease.

Below, we have listed several risk factors that were demonstrated to increase the likelihood of developing dementia:

  • Age

The very first rist factor is obviously aging. As we age, we are more likely to suffer from dementia, even though it is not a normal part of the aging process.

The strongest known risk factor for dementia, on the other hand, is advanced age. Alzheimer’s disease affects one in every twenty Canadians over the age of 65. Individuals younger than 65 are not immune to developing dementia.

It’s called “early-onset dementia” for a reason.

  • Sex

Believe it or not, sex is another prominent risk factor for causing the disease, and  women are more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

A number of factors, including longer lifespans for women and fluctuations in estrogen levels throughout the course of a woman’s life, have been linked to this phenomenon.

  • Genetics

There are at least 20 genes that may enhance the chance of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

PSEN1, PSEN2, and APP (the three types of genes) are all known to play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and familial Alzheimer’s disease generally develops before the age of 65 in those who have one of these gene mutations.

There is a 50% risk that a kid will be born with one of these genes if their parents are carriers. However, the other genes connected with Alzheimer’s disease enhance the risk but do not guarantee that the condition will occur.

  • High Blood Pressure

Dementia is more likely to occur in middle-aged people with high blood pressure (hypertension) than in those with normal blood pressure. Because of its effect on the heart, arteries, and blood circulation, high blood pressure can raise your chances of developing dementia, particularly vascular dementia.

  • Smoking

Smokers are more likely to develop dementia than non-smokers or ex-smokers. According to the data from a 2019’s study, current smokers are 30% more likely to develop dementia in general, and 40% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Also, a longitudinal study found that smoking habits causes a decline in memory, cognitive function, and attention ability.

  • Diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are more common in people with mid-life type 2 diabetes (ages 45 to 65).

  • Obesity

Middle-aged obesity (between the ages of 45 and 65) raises the risk of dementia. A person’s risk of having type 2 diabetes is increased by obesity, which increases the chance of developing dementia, as we explained previously.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Researchers have found that traumatic brain injury has a moderate to severe correlation with dementia. The disease usually starts years after the patient’s original TBI. TBI could be linked to memory loss, decrease in concentration, incapability in communication, and even personality change.

  • Malnutrition

Many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, can be exacerbated by a diet heavy in saturated fat, sugar, and salt. See our blog post on “Senior Nutrition Guide to learn more.

  • Alcohol

Heavy alcohol consumption (more than 14 drinks per week for women and more than 21 drinks per week for men) raises the risk of dementia.

  • Depression

People who suffer from depression in their middle or later years are more likely to suffer from dementia.

However, even though dementia and depression may be linked, it has yet to be proven. There are conflicting views on whether depression is a risk factor for dementia or even an early indication of the illness.

  • Loss of Hearing

Dementia and cognitive decline can occur even at low degrees of hearing loss. Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, diminished self-confidence, and difficulty doing daily tasks. However, the specific impact on cognitive decline is still unknown. In our previous blog post, we have explained how to take care of a family member with hearing loss , which we hope can inspire you if you are in the situation.

  • Senior Isolation

Hypertension, heart disease, depression, and dementia are all made more likely by a person’s lack of social interaction. Senior isolation is a serious issue that occurs in many elderly people. If you or your loved one is suspected of experiencing loneliness and isolation, check out our blog post on “Senior Isolation to find out how to avoid that.

After reviewing a number of risk factors, you may now know that dementia is highly related to certain diseases such as diabetes, or stroke. In that, lowering the risk of getting dementia is still possible.

How to Lower the Risk of Developing Dementia

Albeit more studies are needed to be done before researchers know specific means to prevent dementia, there are still some steps we can do to promote our general health and lower the risk of many related diseases.

  • Quit Smoking

Smokers are more likely to develop many chronic diseases, and dementia could be one of the consequences. Quitting smoking can be a difficult process, but the end result is worth all the effort. Find support from friends and family; success will be difficult if you walk this road alone.

  • Manage Health Problems Including Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol

Contrel and monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar level. Eat a well-balanced diet, such as the Mediterranean diet that’s rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. Make sure to include particular protein sources that contain omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

  • Be Physically and Socially Active

Being physically and socially active could not only help you to manage your weight, but also keep senior isolation at bay. Try to do some aerobic exercises that could raise your heart rate but won’t harm your joints. Enjoying these activities with others could make the process much less boring!

  • Practice Cognitive Skills

Another way to maintain your brain health is to constantly stimulate it. You can try to learn some new skills or new languages. It is also helpful to play some games that require some brain power.

  • Avoid Head Injury

Always be careful when walking or jogging. Wear comfortable shoes and use the anti-slip mats in areas you constantly use. If you are an aging adult, always use railings in stairwells and wear a helmet when doing sports if necessary.

  • Limit Alcohol Consumption

Try to eliminate alcohol as much as possible in your diet. If it is too hard for you to quit, try to limit your alcohol intake to a certain amount, which means 350ml for beer, and 148ml for wine each day.






“Last Sunday, my grandson brought my beef jerky. He knows that it was my favorite snack when I was his age, but I hadn’t had it for years,” said Richard.

“And then a weird thing happened…I found that it was too tough for me to chew.

I asked my son why it was too dry and too hard, and he said it was the same kind of beef jerky that you can buy anywhere. Then I started wondering if it was my problem.”

“Well Richard,” replied Anthony, Richard’s good friend. “You’re a tough man, but sometimes you gotta admit that you’re old, and not as tough as you used to be! 

I’m not far from you. I haven’t been able to eat hard foods like beef jerky since my neck surgery, and Jane only has liquid food now because of her teeth. Now you won’t spot any crackers or nuts in our house. By the way, I have some really nice juicers if you want one.”

Just like Richard, Anthony and his wife Jane, and many older adults are facing the same situation – not being able to eat certain foods because of chewing difficulties.

In fact, chewing difficulties can also be ascribed to many other reasons, such as gum disease, physical changes from jaw/mouth surgeries, stiffness or pain in the jaw muscles, infections from radiation therapy, etc. These factors would greatly interfere with your eating, and there are risks that come afterward.

Risks Associated With Chewing Difficulties

Malnutrition is the most common outcome related to chewing difficulties. Generally speaking, many liquid foods such as soups, juices, and shakes are not able to provide enough nutrients and calories as foods that are dry and dense in their texture. A lack of macronutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) can cause harmful infection in seniors who already have compromised immune systems, and also increase the chance of developing dangerous heart arrhythmias.

In addition, improper chewing can elevate choking risks, which could be life-threatening. So cultivating good eating/cooking habits and eating the “right” foods become crucial at this point

Tips For Seniors with Chewing Difficulties:

–       Drink Beverages/Soups

Drinking liquid could help moisten the food and make it easy to chew and swallow. It is better to drink beverages or soups than drinking water since these can provide extra energy and minerals with your regular meals. Note that sugar-free and low sodium beverages/soups is recommended, especially for seniors with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

–       Use Dentures

When the teeth don’t work anymore, look for the ally! A set of artificial teeth can work the as same as your old teeth, so letting your “old friends” retire and replacing them with new ones would be a good idea.

–       Pace Your Consumption

A slow eater is always an elegant eater, and they are unlikely to choke. Cut your food into smaller chunks and let your fork rest on your plate between bites would be very helpful for your teeth in order to grind the food thoroughly. It also prevents acid reflux and engages all your senses while you eat.

Tips For Meal Planning: 

–       Follow Nutrition Guides

Even if there are many food groups you should avoid, it is still necessary to follow a nutrition guide to ensure both the variety and the balance of our diet is achieved. Check out the “Health Eating Food Pyramid” or “MyPlate Food Guide” for reference to food portions and types of foods we should include in our diet every day.

In brief, by the healthy eating principle, your diet should be composed of:

–       50 percent of vegetables and fruits

–       25 percent of grains

–       25 percent of proteins


–    Use The Right Cooking Methods

Selecting easy-to-chew foods isn’t enough; changing the way we cook is also important, and it gives you more options of foods to add to your diet.

Try to add low-sodium liquid to moisten the foods, and use a food processor to soften them afterward.

Steaming and simmering will also help the food absorb liquid and become soft enough to eat while frying and grilling will take the water away from the food. However, for some vegetables that are moisture-rich, frying and grilling will still make them soft and easy to swallow. So next time your elderly parents use your wagyu beef to make beef stew, don’t laugh. They are choosing the right way to cook for themselves!

–       Remove Seeds/Stones to Avoid Choking

When the teeth can’t process the food well, you will use the tongue. But for the foods that contain seeds, such as watermelon and grapes, our tongues are not useful to grind the seeds down. So it is important to remove the seeds before you eat to prevent choking or to avoid them altogether.

Here’s a chart of the food to avoid and choose for people with chewing difficulties.

Food To Avoid/Food To Choose:

Foods to Choose: 

  • Foods that are soft in texture, easy to chew and swallow.
  • Foods that are chopped into bite-size” (no more than 2 cm in size), ground, mashed and moist

Foods to Avoid:

  • Foods that are dry, hard, and stringy in texture.
  • Foods that are sticky and gummy.

Avoiding certain food does not mean you can no longer taste the gourmet. Here are some recipes that CareStory recommends if you have chewing difficulties. Enjoy!


1. Pumpkin Sausage Soup 

(Rich and satisfying. This is the perfect soup to enjoy in cold weather!)


  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 ounces unsalted chicken stock
  • 15 ounces pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. sugar or sugar substitute equivalent
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups shredded smoked cheddar cheese


  1.     Add oil to a soup pot or dutch oven. Add the onions and carrots, then cook them for 5 minutes as you stir them.
  2.     Add salt, pepper, and chopped garlic to the vegetables.
  3.     Break up the sausage into smaller pieces as it cooks in the pot. Make sure the meat is cooked well before you tilt the pot to the side and scoop out any extra fat.
  4.     Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and mix them well. Add water up to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
  5.     Add seasoning, and it is ready to serve.


2. Creamy Butter Mashed Potatoes

(It’s easy, it’s creamy, it’s good for any occasion.)


  • 5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2  sticks softened unsalted butter
  • 8 ounce sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1.     Cut the potatoes into small pieces to ensure they can all cook evenly.
  2.     Boil potatoes in water until they are fork-tender.
  3.     Drain potatoes and add in the cream, sour cream, and butter.
  4.     Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until it’s smooth. Add milk for thinning.
  5.     Add seasoning.


3.Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie

(It’s packed with fibers and vitamins, and a load of sunshine!)


  • 1/2 cup quick coats
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple cubes


  1.     Add the oats to the blender, and blend to a fine powder.
  2.     Add banana, coconut milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and continue to blend.
  3.     Add the mango and pineapple, and blend until smooth.


4. Peanut Butter Avocado Smoothie

(A one-minute drink that keeps you full and energetic for the whole day. Why not?!)


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Half an avocado


  1.     Blend the above ingredient in a blender until smooth.
  2.     Enjoy!


5. Tiramisu

(Who can resist Tiramisu? If you are looking for a no-bake dessert, here it is!)


  • 9 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces frozen whipped toppings
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 1/2 ounces ladyfinger cookies
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


  1.     Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth in a large mixing bowl.
  2.     Soak ladyfinger cookies in coffee in a square container.
  3.     Top the soaked ladyfingers with the creamy mixture.
  4.     Layer with whipped toppings by using a spatula.
  5.     Dust cocoa powder on top.
  6.     Refrigerate for 5 hours. Serve cold.






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