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18 June 7, 2012 - St. Thomas/Elgin Weekly News

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Metcalfe Gardens celebrates 23 years, and more Seniors’ driving socialization and freedom that games room, and physiother- treat. Quality service and care to our seniors deserve. apy, it truly is the “Next best Customer service is priority habits seniors and their families With service options, suite place to Home”. number one, and our ContinuSubmitted by: Metcalfe Gardens

Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence has provided quality service and care to seniors and their families in Elgin County for over 23 years. A retirement community providing all the comforts of home, with the safety, security,

options, meal choices, and a busy recreational calendar, most say, we’ve thought of just about everything. From sun lounges on each floor to our main lounge, theatre area, beautiful dining room, café, chapel, library,

The St. Thomas Police Service Please contact us about these programs or services: Alzheimer Identification Program - Wandering Registry Program Elder Abuse Committee Senior's Taking Extra Precautions (STEP) For more information call: 519 -631-1224 ext 140 or visit www.stps.on.ca

Metcalfe Gardens provides food for the brain with our “Brain Gym” program, strength with our Physio therapy, and nourishment for the soul with our Chapel services. Nothing is more important than the friendships that develop and grow in this beautiful setting. Like home, Metcalfe Gardens is safe and secure with fire safety systems, sprinklers, call bells and staff available 24 hours a day. If you enjoy the outdoors, we’re surrounded by mature trees, flowers, and a lovely shady area to sit listen to the birds. If it is too warm outside, come into our fully air conditioned residence, listen to entertainment and enjoy a cold

These happy faces show that Metcalfe Gardens really is

“The Next Best Place to Home!” Comfort and Safety are the number one priorities for Metcalfe Gardens Residents. Drop in for a personal tour and we’ll treat you to lunch and tell you about our specials.

$500.00 off your first 2 months rent. If you would like to book a tour call Lori Lackey at Metcalfe Gardens 519-631-9393 www.diversicare.ca 45 Metcalfe Street, St.Thomas

519-631-9393

ous Quality Improvement Program ensures our services are top notch. Metcalfe Gardens Retirement Residence knows the value of community participation. From raising money and awareness of the Heart and Stroke Campaign, Canadian Cancer Society and Breast Cancer research, to collecting food for our local Stuff the Bus, Salvation Army / Food Bank, to being a Penny Drop for the Alzheimers Society we are involved in our community. From our intergenerational program to touring a local feature in the Metcalfe bus, residents’ are active and involved. Metcalfe Gardens, celebrating 23 years of Retirement Living! Call us, we’d be happy to treat you to lunch and show you why Metcalfe Gardens is “The Next Best Place to Home”

In the oldest age group, more men keep their licences In 2009, 3.25 million people aged 65 and over, or threequarters of all seniors, had a driver's licence. Of that number, about 200,000 were aged 85 and over. Self-reported survey data show that the majority of seniors, even those of more advanced ages, travel mostly by car. There was a substantial gap between men and women with respect to having a driver's li-

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cence, particularly in those aged 85 and over. In 2009, 67% of men aged 85 and over living in private households had a driver's licence, compared with 26% of women. In 2009, more than two-thirds (68%) of seniors aged  65  to  74  reported that their main form of transportation was driving their own vehicle. Less than 6% used public transit and 3% walked or used a bicycle. Among seniors aged 85 and over, 56% of men and 18% of women reported that their main form of transportation was driving their own vehicle. Self-reported health status data were used to rank seniors according to various levels of functional capacity. The ranking showed that the vast majority of seniors who had a driver's licence had good or very good visual and auditory capacities and cognitive abilities. For example, among seniors who were classified as having very good hearing capacity,  76%, or approximately  2.8  million, had a driver's licence. However, of seniors who reported having the most serious hearing problems,  53%, or  26,400, had a driver's licence. Of those,  25,000  had driven a vehicle in the month prior to the survey. More than  3  million seniors who had a driver's licence had very good or good visual capacity. Among seniors who did not see well enough to read the newspaper or to recognize a friend on the other side of the street, even with glasses, 19%, or 13,600, had a licence. About half of this group had driven a vehicle in the previous month. In  2009,  28% of people aged  65  and over who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, roughly 20,000 people, had a driver's licence. Of these seniors, 14,600 had driven in the month preceding the survey.

June 7, 2012 Issue  

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