Canada Aging

Canada Must Address The Health Needs Of Its Aging Population

Russell Williams | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

We're fortunate to live in an era where the average life expectancy is today over 80 years young. Unfortunately, the flip-side of Canadians living longer and generally healthier is that many older seniors experience multiple health problems -- a common yet under-recognized health state known as frailty.

Older Adults Living on Low Incomes Need Housing Options

Arlene Adamson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Arlene Adamson

It was recently reported that Calgary has some of the most expensive seniors' housing in Canada, at $3,100 a month, some $1,000 over the national average. There's no doubt that the article has a point: we do need more affordable seniors' housing in this country.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

You Can Master the Art of Active Aging

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Embracing the aging process is important even though at times it may be challenging. There are many measures we can take to age more gracefully and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle but the key factor is fitness.

Long-Term Care Is a Struggle for Those Aging With HIV

Karen de Prinse | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living
Karen de Prinse

There is still a common belief that being HIV-positive is a death sentence, when in reality most people now reach the age of retirement, living with what is a serious, long-term illness. These inaccurate beliefs result in stigma and discrimination with often devastating effects.

Canadian Seniors Have It WAY Better Than Much Of The World: Rankings

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

A low poverty rate and universal healthcare kept Canada on top.

30 Things to Do by 30

Simone Castello | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Simone Castello

I just turned 30. Looking forward as a teenager, I never imagined that my 20s would be such defining years. What I never pictured in my big visual were all the little, seemingly insignificant things that would define my existence -- who I wanted to be as I stood on the threshold of the big three-oh.

Dear 20-Year-Old Me

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Living
Shanita Hubbard

It was an amazing time. You couldn't tell this Dr. Carter G. Woodson reading, Zeta loving girl anything! My college years were everything. I don't have any regrets, but if I had the chance to whisper some wise words to the afro-puff rocking young Shanita I would do it.

30 Things I've Learned About Style in Time to Turn 30

Anne T. Donahue | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Style
Anne T. Donahue

On Saturday, August 29, I turn 30. Three-oh. Twenty plus ten years. The age in which you are completely responsible for your own actions and can't, in any way, shape, or form, blame it on your "turbulent twenties" or "being young." That's why here, in the spirit of turning 30 and basking in life lessons, I present: 30 things I learned about style over the course of the last 30 years.

5 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Stay Young

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Living

Don't worry there's also a list of anti-aging foods!

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.

How to Manage Difficult Behaviour While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

It is challenging for many people to accept a loss of control as their independence gradually declines. Based on this loss of control, many become anxious, demanding, or resistant. This creates a new set of challenges for the caregiver.

42 Things I've Learned at 42

Ward Anderson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

With a toddler running around my house these days, I find myself looking back over the years and thinking of all I've learned in my four-plus decades on this planet. Since I turned 40, I've started making lists I can maybe pass her way one day. Here's 42 things I've learned at 42.

Canadians Need a Policy Nudge to Enhance Pension Contributions

Robert L. Brown | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of "voluntary" or "mandatory" enhancements to CPP. Neither may be exactly what Canadians want. Here's why.

The Pros and Cons of an Expanded Canada Pension Plan

Rob Brown | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Business
Rob Brown

A new report came out this week that reiterates what we've heard from other sources a few times now: Canadians aren't saving nearly enough for retirement. The Deputy Chief Economist of the CIBC warns that without pension reform now, younger workers today will see a steep decline in living standards as they retire. The Conservative government has recently announced it would like to have a dialogue with Canadians about a potential expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). While this, in itself, is a purely political action -- since it commits the government to nothing -- it is worth looking at what the possible outcomes might be.

Should Personal Experience Guide Health Care Policies?

John Hirdes | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
John Hirdes

In the absence of systematic evidence, anecdotes rule the day. Unusual cases of negligence, tragic rare events, and exceptional health system failures have been the fodder for media sensationalism triggering anxiety in the hearts of bureaucrats, health care managers and the general public.

Canada Needs a National Strategy for Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

The impacts of informal caregiving commitments do not remain confined to the home: they are felt in the Canadian workplace and reduce productivity. They translate into 2.2 million hours of reduced effort in the workplace every week and cause an estimated $1.3 billion productivity loss annually, says the report.

Canadian Seniors Deserve to "Age in the Right Place"

Arlene Adamson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Living
Arlene Adamson

Those of us in the industry who are committed to providing quality seniors' housing and care -- many of whom also deal with the reality of aging parents -- believe that there is a long overdue conversation that Canadians should be having with their families.

When You're Fat It's Everyone's Business

Monica Parker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Monica Parker

I was on the beach, happy to be alone. I was minding my own business, which is not allowed when one is fat. It's everyone's business. A beautiful redhead jogged past me wearing a pink string-thing. In a soft voice, she introduced herself as Melissa, and then said she hoped I wouldn't be offended. I work for a diet company and we have these amazing appetite suppressants..."

At 52, I Am Finally Happy With the Person I Am

Allyson Eamer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Allyson Eamer

Congratulations to me on having finally arrived at that wonderful place wherein it doesn't matter to me if people don't find me bright, interesting, engaging, articulate or attractive. I am finally -- at 52 -- happy with who I am. I have finally decided that I have things to say that are worth taking note of.

Cut Calories -- At Least For The Sake Of Your Muscles

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

It takes considerable self-discipline, but sticking to a hypo-caloric diet could benefit aging muscles, according to a study by researchers in Taiwan ...

Living Long Shouldn't Mean Living Lonely

Kim Samuel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kim Samuel

There is a kind of loneliness that cuts even deeper than feeling alone. Social isolation -- the lack of meaningful relationships and human contact and connections -- is a devastating affliction, with impacts ranging from depression to accelerated aging and the risk of early death. Older persons are especially vulnerable.Older people face multiple risk factors: a partner's death, disability, chronic illness, reduced or unstable income, loss of vision or hearing, frailty, fear of falling and fear of forgetting.

Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The trouble with inflammaging is how hard it can be to detect. One of the more popular directions in controlling inflammation involves targeting not human cells but microbial ones. The trillions of bacteria in the intestines are known to play a role in inflammation particularly in the elderly.

Coffee with Old Friends

Rob Mitchell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Rob Mitchell

A recent interview on the Podcast 'Bullseye' focused in aging, the passage of time and our perceptions on the world during various points in our lives...