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Moving<br />

CONSIDERATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT<br />

As a senior looking to downsize<br />

your home – what’s your lifestyle<br />

like? Are you in a position<br />

to choose what environment<br />

you wish to move to? Are you<br />

active and looking for engaging<br />

recreational facilities? Or do you<br />

have to move into an Assisted<br />

Living Seniors Home, where you<br />

are assured of the best quality<br />

care and attention.<br />

who is especially trained with an<br />

accredited<br />

Senior’s Real Estate Agent.<br />

The designations of these Agents<br />

is to understand your life situation,<br />

and to best guide you – whether it’s<br />

legal, tax, provincial regulations, or<br />

finding the most appropriate home,<br />

they take the stress out of the<br />

move.<br />

senior with the best discounted<br />

options.<br />

What do seniors need and<br />

require with downsizing? Agents<br />

support seniors to ask what<br />

family heirlooms are to keep, or to<br />

establish the value of antiques and<br />

collectibles. Clearing clutter is a big<br />

consideration in being guided to<br />

adjust sentimental attachments.<br />

There are many decisions to make<br />

with life-changing moves, and<br />

especially around family dynamics<br />

in any given situation. Along with<br />

having a family discussion, you<br />

may want to consult a REALTOR<br />

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a senior, all your concerns are<br />

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CONQUERING<br />

YOUR<br />

KITCHEN<br />

Photo credit: Janis Nicolay Photography<br />

Tackling the kitchen can be a little daunting… okay, maybe really<br />

daunting. Trying to design a kitchen that is both functional yet stylish<br />

can be tough, let alone actually getting into the ring and cooking<br />

delicious homemade meals yourself. But here’s the thing: kitchens<br />

aren’t just a trend and more and more homeowners are getting inspired<br />

to take on what is arguably the most important room in the home. This<br />

year, the <strong>2019</strong> <strong>Edmonton</strong> <strong>Fall</strong> Home Show is packed with experts ready<br />

to give you the advice you need when it comes to kitchen design and<br />

cooking. On the main stage, Vancouver’s Jamie Banfield is sharing his<br />

top tips for kitchen renovations and right next door on the Cooking<br />

Stage, Emily Mardell of www.choosefoodfirst.com is sharing her tips<br />

on creating delicious and easy meals using local foods. You can catch<br />

them both in person at the <strong>Edmonton</strong> Expo Centre October 18-20. For<br />

now, here are some of their tips to create your dream life, in the kitchen.<br />

“People are putting more emphasis on their cooking spaces and are<br />

being very strategic when it comes to designing their dream kitchens,”<br />

says Banfield. “Kitchens are one of the most used spaces in the home,<br />

so every detail counts.” Emily Mardell, registered dietician, couldn’t<br />

agree more. “I feel so blessed to be able to cook in such a functionally<br />

beautiful, and inspiring space. My favourite thing about my kitchen is<br />

the island. It’s the centrepiece of our home, and where we gather to<br />

cook, eat, and share. Even if we only have 15 minutes to recount our<br />

day, it’s the best 15 minutes hands down.”<br />

When it comes to renovating kitchens, it can sometimes seem simple,<br />

but according to Banfield “before long, you’re gutting down to the studs<br />

and starting from scratch. This area can be tricky and oftentimes, you<br />

may not be able to see all the costs with your eyes,” notes Jamie. “For<br />

example, even upgrading you appliances can be a bit more work that you<br />

imagined since some new technology might require an upgrade to the<br />

electrical panel.” The kitchen plan should take time and be well thought<br />

out. “It’s a lot more than just adding more counter space or changing up<br />

the backsplash. You have to consider the function, flow and fit of every<br />

item and design elements to ensure you keep loving your space for<br />

longer.” Finally, Jamie suggests investing in items that get the most usage<br />

in your day-to-day life such as your appliances, hardware and sink and<br />

faucet. The joy in cooking at home isn’t going anywhere anytime soon<br />

and 6 will last forever with a kitchen designed right for you.<br />

Eating local has definitely become an important value for many<br />

Canadian families across the country. “For me, the value of eating<br />

local extends well beyond the benefits of freshness, seasonality, and<br />

nutrition. Eating local empowers my whole family to cultivate a more<br />

joyful relationship with the food on our table. After all, knowing where<br />

your food is grown, and the hard-working hands and hearts responsible<br />

for it—is a special thing.” Many homeowners are inspired to make a<br />

change when it comes to their nutrition and supporting local however,<br />

some struggle with the balance of eating right, what’s convenient and<br />

are concerned with the cost of it all. “Finding time to cook is more<br />

about creating time than having time. We’re all busy, but prioritizing<br />

eating together is something you’ll never regret. Set aside an hour, or<br />

two each week to prep a recipe, or a few ingredients to help kick-start<br />

quick, healthy meals.” For Mardell’s family, meal planning is a great way<br />

to ensure balance, both in the wallet, and in the kitchen. “Meal planning<br />

can be a helpful way to stretch food dollars. Knowing what you’re<br />

making, what you have on hand, and what you need to buy definitely<br />

helps keep the grocery list to the essentials. Enjoying frozen fruit, and<br />

veggies is a great way to save money, too. Frozen at peak freshness,<br />

and nutrition, makes them a healthy, practical choice.” Her tip? “You<br />

don’t nee to over plan! Prepare just do enough to give you a head start,<br />

and allow your creativity, and appetite to guide what you make.”<br />

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stage will be chock-full of <strong>Edmonton</strong>’s best, waiting to share their design<br />

tips, tricks and food samples! Between creating your dream kitchen<br />

to cooking meals you can’t stop dreaming about, The <strong>Edmonton</strong> <strong>Fall</strong><br />

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HOW TO HIRE A FENCE COMPANY<br />

Think about the last time you<br />

purchased a car. Chances are you<br />

didn’t go to the yellow pages, choose<br />

a dealership at random, and buy your<br />

car from the first lot you visited. Many<br />

times, though, this scenario describes<br />

the way homeowners find a fence<br />

company, they look in the phone book<br />

and call the company with the largest<br />

ad or the first one listed on the internet.<br />

But much like purchasing a car, finding<br />

a qualified fence company requires<br />

research and comparison shopping.<br />

ASK QUESTIONS<br />

Will they call the utility company to<br />

stake out buried lines?<br />

Are they responsible for sprinkler<br />

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What are the requirements if I own a<br />

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How deep do you set your posts?<br />

How far apart are the posts set from<br />

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ASK FOR AN ESTIMATE<br />

Invite fence contractors to look at the<br />

job and ask for an estimate in writing. In<br />

the quote also ask them to specify the<br />

time it will take to complete the job. Ask<br />

what their backlog looks like, how soon<br />

can they start and how long will it take<br />

to complete. Make sure the contractors<br />

are quoting on the same specifications<br />

– linear feet, like materials, posts,<br />

wood, stain, gates, etc.<br />

EXECUTE A CONTRACT<br />

Execute a contract specifying the<br />

work to be done, total cost, payment<br />

schedule, start date and estimated<br />

completion date. Make sure the<br />

contract specifies that the fence<br />

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There are a number of qualifications<br />

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Insurance: Be sure that the prospective<br />

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Your selected contractor should be able<br />

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Blue light<br />

and macular<br />

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With the advent and<br />

accelerated development of<br />

energy efficient light bulbs such<br />

as LED bulbs, much has come<br />

to light regarding the safety of<br />

what is known as blue light.<br />

Research shows blue light is a<br />

contributory factor in eye damage<br />

particularly macular degeneration.<br />

As opposed to red or nearinfrared<br />

light – blue light has<br />

a damaging affect on the<br />

photoreceptor cells in the eyes.<br />

Blue light may also be a<br />

contributory factor in other<br />

serious ailments, as it inhibits<br />

the secretion of melatonin - the<br />

hormone regulating sleep-wake<br />

cycles and regenerative sleep.<br />

Macular degeneration is<br />

irreversible. It is the degeneration<br />

of part of the retina known as the<br />

macula. This is considered normal<br />

in the aging process for seniors<br />

ranging in their 60s to 70s.<br />

When purchasing light bulbs or<br />

asking someone to, try find some<br />

analog bulbs and not LED bulbs.<br />

If you have to get halogen<br />

bulbs, choose the low-voltage<br />

incandescent halogen lights.<br />

The best colour bulb to purchase<br />

is warm white as opposed to cool<br />

white.<br />

Limit your exposure – particularly<br />

at night, to blue light and light<br />

emanating off computer, television<br />

and smart phone screens.<br />

Sleep in a darkened room. Use<br />

an eye mask to protect your eyes,<br />

and for a more relaxing, deeper<br />

sleep.<br />

Health Practitioners recommend<br />

eating foods that support eye<br />

health – particularly Omega-3<br />

fats, blueberries, leafy greens and<br />

vegetables.<br />

Be more aware of your exposure<br />

to blue light to avoid further or<br />

permanent eye damage. Seniors –<br />

your eye health is important.<br />

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Baking Soda<br />

a use for all<br />

seasons<br />

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Gone are the days when baking<br />

soda, otherwise known as sodium<br />

bicarbonate was used just for<br />

baking, with a box of baking soda<br />

relegated to the back of the fridge<br />

to eliminate bad odours.<br />

Baking soda is now being<br />

recommended as a cleaner in the<br />

kitchen and bathroom. When made<br />

into a paste – it can be used to<br />

clean the oven, smelly and clogged<br />

drains, odourous garbage bags,<br />

appliances, dissolve grease stains,<br />

clean bathroom sinks, tiles, toilets,<br />

showers and tubs.<br />

Other uses in the kitchen might be<br />

to clean burned pots, with baking<br />

soda sprinkled in the base of the<br />

pot and heated boiling water, then<br />

removed with burnt parts more<br />

easily scrubbing off.<br />

There are however, many more<br />

benefits to baking soda from a<br />

physical health perspective.<br />

Whilst used with common sense it<br />

makes a great mouthwash, and as a<br />

tooth whitener now found in certain<br />

toothpaste brands. When sprinkled<br />

in a warm bath, baking soda will<br />

ease burns, the sting of insect bites<br />

and other itchy conditions.<br />

Because baking soda is more<br />

alkaline, it provides a healing<br />

environment for the body stressed<br />

from acidity and an unhealthy diet.<br />

Looking at stomach issues and<br />

heartburn – baking soda can be<br />

used to treat acid reflux. A teaspoon<br />

dissolved in a glass of water should<br />

give relief.<br />

It’s worth exploring additional<br />

benefits of baking soda. Using it in<br />

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as much as three to four times more<br />

expensive than aluminum?<br />

Well let’s look at the pros of<br />

using copper for your gutters,<br />

flashing, fascia, custom cladding,<br />

eavestroughs, leaderheads, snow<br />

guards, downspouts, end caps<br />

and flashing, miters, elbows and<br />

pipes - even rain chains. Yes the<br />

list of copper products is extensive.<br />

Copper is not only good looking<br />

- it’s practical too. It is the oldest<br />

metal used by man. Copper has a<br />

long life. It never rusts and does not<br />

require painting, unlike aluminium.<br />

Due to weathering and the oxidation<br />

process, depending upon the climate,<br />

it might take a year or two for some<br />

copper to turn green.<br />

The reason copper is expensive is<br />

because the trim has to be custom<br />

made, and installation is time<br />

consuming because of the additional<br />

soldering of joints. Workmanship<br />

requires specialized attention.<br />

Damage can occur if leaking copper<br />

downspouts and gutters are not<br />

properly installed. Copper salts are<br />

released with any stagnant water and<br />

moisture and can stain light coloured<br />

and porous materials like marble or<br />

limestone. This potential issue with<br />

copper drainage can be remediated<br />

by directing run-off away from<br />

the downspouts, and additionally<br />

applying sealant to porous materials<br />

in the immediate area. In order to<br />

avoid any problems, experts advise<br />

not to mix copper with aluminium<br />

parts, as their properties are different.<br />

Copper trim is beautiful let’s face it.<br />

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home, not to mention the durability<br />

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herbs that you have so lovingly<br />

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Flourishing in the sunlight, your<br />

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Thyme - For colds and flu, antiseptic,<br />

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spasms and cramps.<br />

Rosemary - For mental stimulation,<br />

digestion, allergies, nasal congestion,<br />

colds and flu, fungal infections, skin<br />

protection and food preservation.<br />

Sage - Headaches, hot flashes,<br />

toothaches, sore muscles, stagnant<br />

digestion, memory, brain function,<br />

infections.<br />

Parsley - For the kidneys as a<br />

cleansing tea, digestive issues,<br />

cystitis, vitamin C and B, neutralizes<br />

free radicals.<br />

Oregano - Treats colds and flu, fungal<br />

infections, mouthwash, inflammation,<br />

wounds and burns.<br />

Peppermint - Improves digestion,<br />

fevers, immune system boost, anxiety.<br />

Holy Basil - For anxiety and stress,<br />

bacterial and fungal infections, colds<br />

and flu, pain, ulcers, immune system.<br />

Lavender - Supports relaxed sleep,<br />

headaches, soothing for burns, bug<br />

bites, fungal infections, anxiety and<br />

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