Canada Aging

Caregivers Need Help, Not Just Recognition

Laura Funk | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Living
Laura Funk

What caregivers need are accessible services for the person they are caring for, when they need them. Caregivers have told me they want access to services for themselves and the care recipient, not a pat on the back. This is the true meaning of recognition.

The Series Of Events That Leads To Elderly Health Issues

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Over the last few weeks, researchers have discovered a natural yet nasty phenomenon leading to troubles in the elderly. The reports focus on two very different parts of our bodies, the immune system and the microbial population in our guts. Though both studies were conducted in mice, the results unveil an inconvenient reality we may all face as we get older.

The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

Warren Beatty And My Dad

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 03.07.2017 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Two Sundays ago, I was watching the Academy Awards with my parents and during its last moments I had something of a surreal epiphany. I never thought ...

Should Our Health Care System Be Ageist?

Kenneth Rockwood | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Kenneth Rockwood

The complexity of ageing arises because, as we age, we are more likely to have more than one illness and to take more than one medication. And as we age, the illnesses that we have are more likely to restrict how we live -- not just outright disability, but in our moving more slowly, or taking care in where we walk, or what we wear or where we go.

Put End-Of-Life Wishes At The Top Of Your To-Do List

John Muscedere | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

The beginning of a new year and the accompanying reflections of what the future holds is the perfect time to tell family and friends your healthcare preferences in case one day you are unable to speak for yourself. This is called advance care planning and it is good to do for your peace of mind and for your loved ones too.

Here's The Reason You Should Get Your Flu Shot

John Muscedere | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

Seniors are the most significantly affected. In Canada, seniors represent 15 per cent of our population, yet account for up to 40 per cent of all influenza infections, the majority of all hospitalizations and deaths from influenza. Why? Because seniors are more likely to be frail and have chronic medical conditions that put them at high risk for influenza and its complications.

What Do We Really Want From Sex As We Age?

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Recently over coffee, a friend complained that none of her friends seemed to want to talk about their sex lives any more. Bear in mind, we are both hovering around 70. You might be thinking, "Of course your peers don't want to talk about their non-existent sex lives." And you would be wrong.

I Just Turned 51, But I'm Not Done Learning Yet

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I spent the first 51 years learning. Learning how to talk and walk. Learning how to read, attend school, make friends, earn money and preserve relationships. By no means am I done learning any of those things, and I have even more to learn.

Canadians Will Retire In Uncertainty If We Don't Act Now

Robert L. Brown | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

The Fraser Institute has argued recently that the federal government has failed to make a convincing case for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) expansion. But their viewpoint depends heavily on trying to determine how much income Canadians need to retire with dignity. So, do we really need an expanded CPP?

Improving Health Care For Frail Canadians Is A Win For All Of Us

John Muscedere | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

Of the $220 billion spent on health care annually in Canada, 45 per cent is spent on those over 65 years old, although they only represent 15 per cent of the population. It's time we improved the quality and quantity of care delivered for frail Canadians - and improve the health system for everyone in the process.

Women Shouldn't Suffer In Silence With Vaginal And Sexual Issues

Maureen McGrath | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen McGrath

Many women suffer vaginal and sexual health problems in silence as they age but few discuss it with their doctors. Despite being a society saturated in sexual images, important, helpful sex information about conditions like vaginal dryness, painful sex and low desire simply are not discussed.

You're Getting Happier With Age

Deri Latimer | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

While there can certainly be challenges that come with aging, there is some wonderful research supporting something quite different!

Fears Of Aging May Cause Earlier Death

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Living

I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid...

Will You Get Alzheimer's If Your Parent Has The Disease?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Let's start with some basic numbers. Excellent data from Canada indicates that eight per cent of people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia, and about two-thirds of those will have Alzheimer's disease. The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease doubles for every five years of life beyond age 65, making older age one of the most significant and predictable risk factors.

Can Activities Reduce Behavioural Symptoms Of Dementia?

Gail Elliot | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada
Gail Elliot

Shortly after my latest blog, entitled "I'm Engaged," I was delighted and honoured to receive an email from Dr. Laura Gitlin, Professor & Director of ...

In Praise Of Older Women (And Men)

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

I've got aging on my mind right now. Last Spring I celebrated a not insignificant birthday. Who am I kidding? They're all significant now. A few months ago I watched Isabel Allende's Ted Talk on living passionately at 71. It really inspired me. I've done a lot of thinking about age and aging since, and I've come to the following conclusions.

8 Ways To Maintain A Healthy And Fit Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Scientists studying recovery from brain injury have shown that parts of our brains possess the ability to regenerate throughout adult life. Neurogenesis, the regeneration of brain cells, suggests that maybe an old dog can learn new tricks after all.

What You Can Learn From Vegetarian And Vegan Diets

Lifetime Daily | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Lifetime Daily

Those who advocate for a vegetarian diet love to point out that vegetarians live longer and have a markedly lower risk of many common diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, than meat-eaters do. It's possible to enjoy many of the advantages of a vegetarian diet without completely swearing off meat and other animal foods.

3 Risks To The Aging Population Of Canada

Michael Gazer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

Canada is experiencing a demographic shift. Baby boomers, currently the largest generation, are rapidly reaching retirement age. By 2021, 17.8 per cent of the total Canadian population will be over 65 - that's nearly seven million people. By 2041, that number is expected to jump to 9.7 million, or 22.6 per cent.

Exercises That Will Keep You Feeling Your Best At 60+

The Huffington Post Canada | Caroline Topperman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Living

Keep your heart and bones healthy and strong!

Don't Let Age Come Between You And An Adventurous Life

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

What is it that holds us back? Sometimes it's something quite practical -- like the two herniated disks in my lower back -- or the fact that I've had four children and even a sneeze can result in something embarrassing. But sometimes it's not wanting to get out of our comfort zone.

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

John Muscedere | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
John Muscedere

In a country as diverse and varied as Canada, such a per capita funding model creates winners and losers. For provinces with flourishing economies and/or younger populations, the formula may be a welcome one. But for many provinces and territories, this funding formula fails to recognize and accommodate their particular challenges and needs.

Ageism: Tolerating Canada's Hidden Prejudice Is Getting Old

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

Ageism is by far the most tolerated form of social prejudice in Canada, way ahead of racism and sexism. One in four of us actually admits to treating someone differently because of their age. And those are just the ones who are aware of their actions.

Embracing Grey Hair Opened My Eyes To A New Depth Of Beauty

Loreli Cockram | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Loreli Cockram

Looking at my greying hair at least once a day, I stopped seeing it like I used to -- as a sign of defeat -- but more like acquiring a loyalty to my age. I started to accept the mantle of middle-aged maturity toward which this "crown" motivated me. It showed up mostly (surprisingly) in my relationships with other women.