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Maturity Matters, Newsletter for Boomers & Seniors in Victoria, October 2011

Maturity Matters, Newsletter for Boomers & Seniors in Victoria, October 2011 

Every Month, in cooperation with our affiliation as Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, we publish and distribute a Newsletter Called "Maturity Matters",
Our Maturity Matters Newsletter offers Pfanntastic information and resources for Boomers, Seniors in and around Victoria and those that love and care for them.
Maturity Matters newsletter, for Seniors and Boomers for Greater VictoriaPlease use the links in this article to take full advantage of the Aging Friendly Information we have compiled for you.

We hope you enjoy the newsletters, and encourage your comments, thoughts, questions and feedback to Peter and Linda Pfann

Please also visit our additional Boomers and Seniors Resources,

Where you will find all the back issues of our Maturity Matters Newsletters as well as many other articles focused on Victoria real estate and other information for the aging and those that care for our elderly loved ones

 Maturity Matters Newsletter for October 2011 

Feature Article: Balancing Family Caregiving and Work

Approximately 70 per cent of the one million family caregivers in B.C. are balancing the demands of caregiving and working full or part-time. This can result in caregivers quitting their jobs, retiring early, cutting back on hours, turning down promotions and losing pension contributions. Employers experience higher absenteeism rates, more lateness and lower productivity.  Here are some ideas that might help those juggling the demands of work and caregiving: Article By, Family Caregivers Network Society  Reprinted with permission from Senior Living Magazine

Ask The Experts: How Do I Know if I (or someone I love) Has Dementia...and What Should I Do?
Q. How do I know if I (or someone I love) has Dementia … and what should I do?
A. If this article is of interest to you, I can imagine it is a worrisome question to be considering. For starters, don’t assume the worst because most memory changes associated with ageing are not due to dementia.
There are a number of conditions other than dementia that also interfere with normal brain function. For example, depression, medication toxicity and infections in the body sometimes affect us like dementia if left unrecognized and untreated.  

Dementia is an ‘umbrella-term’ that describes a failure of the brain to function normally interfering with daily living. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Memory loss, changes in mood and personality are commonly experienced and reported.
Here are some of the most common problems that people with early signs of dementia can experience:

This article has been provided by Laurie Duke, RN, CPCA. Laurie is a registered nurse who has worked in the field of geriatric psychiatry since 1993.  Laurie is a CPCA who is co-founder of GigaLuma Technologies, a company that develops online learning in health care and in value-driven, socially-focused organizations. 

Hearth Healthy Recipe: 
Tuna and Vegetable Pasta Casserole
This pasta favourite can be eaten right away or sprinkled with the breadcrumb topping and baked until golden for a perfect casserole dinner. Look for mixed frozen vegetables that are small that include carrots, peas, corn, lima beans and cut green beans. Makes 6 servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 to 35 minutes
Yield: 2.125 L (9 cups)

Recipe developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec. ©The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011.

Quote of the Month :
 Making a Difference
Source: W. Mitchell

Did You Know: 
Income Can Affect Health

The percentage of seniors reporting overall good health decreases with income.  

In 2003, 62% of seniors with the highest income level were in good health compared to only 41% of seniors with low or lower-middle income.Retire Well in greater Victoria
Source: Seniors in Canada, 2006 Report Card, (National Advisory Council on Aging)

Seniors Tip: 
Travel Insurance Tips
Personalize It - Some insurers offer add-ons that can give peace of mind and even save you money. Do you want to cover your golf clubs while you’re away? Travel Guard’s Golf Protector Coverage add-on, for example, covers your clubs, bag and shoes from theft or damage and covers your pre-paid green fees if you or your golf partner can’t play due to a medical emergency.
Get Added Value - Your travel insurance plan should add extra value to your trip. Travel Guard (, for example, offers a concierge service. One phone call can help you book a tee-off time, make dinner reservations or find the only store in the state that isn’t sold out of that toy your grandson wants.
Source: News Canada,
Victoria real estate, Retirement, Seniors and boomers, Real Estate

Peter & Linda Pfann, Selling Pfanntastic Victoria Homes Since 1986Peter and Linda Pfann, Specialize in assisting the 50+ and their loved ones with all their real estate (and related matters) in and around Greater Victoria BC, Canada and we pride ourselves with having compiled, researched and gained access to the best possible networks and resources benefiting Boomers and Seniors living in or planning to move to Greater Victoria.

This Information was provided to you compliments of Victoria BC Realtors, "Peter and Linda Pfann", Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA)®. CPCAs are committed to providing exceptional service, and have supplemented their professional training by learning about the unique and changing needs of the 50+ population.

Make sure that the professionals serving you have taken the time and made the commitment to learn more about YOU! To find CPCAs in good standing in your area, go to To Find additional Victoria, BC, Canada, Senior Focused Resources, please visit "The Elder Friendly Community Network"

To Find out how we serve Greater Victoria Boomers and Seniors and their families with their real estate plans and needs in and around Greater Victoria BC, please call Peter and Linda Pfann in Victoria BC, Canada at (250)-213-9490

Maturity Matters, Newsletter for Victoria and all Boomers and Seniors October 2011.





Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2



Peter & Linda -- What great articles in your newsletter. The feature really appealed to me as being a caregiver really took its toll on me. AS such, my eventual goal is to be able to help those who giveso much of themselves to help and care for family members. It's not an easy job and support by someone who has been there and understands is extremely helpful.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

HI Barbara,

Locally in Victoria the Family Caregivers Society, is very quickly becomming one of the most sought after sociaty as they are really making the so much needed support and assistance for family caregivers much easier.

The Family as caregivers for our aging is a very complex and difficult issue that is not getting anywhere enough attention by government and employers. Over the next few years the retiring boomers and aging seniors will dramatically shift the balance in society and the available services and resources.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC almost 9 years ago

Good stuff. I believe real estate is ultimately about life and if we only focus on selling real estate, we miss out on what is really important. Thanks for sharing these great articles.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 9 years ago

Hi Cal,

As you indicate, real estate is just part of life, and every thing that happens in life may have an impact on what and how people use real estate.


Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC almost 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, I finished my ABR course, with Negotiating as an elective, SRES is next

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

HI Chris,

Good for you, the SRES is a good course, you will enjoy it I am sure.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC almost 9 years ago

Thanks for what looks like some excellent weekend reading! I appreciate these links!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 9 years ago