Canada Seniors

Fighting The Over-medication Of Canadian Seniors

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

The case of 'too much medication' in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized for the serious problem it has become. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of too many prescription drugs because aging affects their ability to process medications.

For Healthy Aging, Stay In Control

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Being able to make decisions for themselves signals people that they are still alive and that their lives still have meaning, Duhigg writes. Even deciding to stage a nursing home insurrection can become proof that someone is alive and can assert authority over his or her actions.

Building A Strong Relationship Between Caregivers And Patients

Optimum Care | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

This National Nursing Week is a time to acknowledge the caregivers who are dedicated to keeping Canadians healthy, happy and active all the way into their later years. Just like nurses, there are many other people out there who act as the primary caregivers for the seniors in their lives.

Add These Senior Safety Precautions To Your Spring Cleaning

Optimum Care | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Household safety is especially important when it comes to seniors, who unfortunately experience many of their injuries within the home. Factors like declining vision, hearing loss and worsening bone density make injuries from minor trips and falls more likely.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

Limits Are Nothing To This Senior Attempting The CN Tower Climb

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
WWF-Canada

When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.

Spring Break Planning Tips For Senior Travellers

Optimum Care | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

The benefits of travel on the soul do not disappear as we grow older. In fact, there are many instances where travel has proven to be extremely beneficial for seniors, adding excitement, something to look forward to and an overall new perspective on living. In addition, helping your senior loved one recognize the dream of travel into a reality is a priceless gift.

Are You Too Old To Learn A New Language?

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

There are a lot of people who glibly toss the idea that older people cannot learn a new language around and, unfortunately, I think it influences some people who are past their thirties. They think they can't learn a language anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Is It Our Fault That We Are Not Saving Enough For Retirement?

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

While it is a worthy goal to maximize your savings prior to retirement, it is even more important that you retire debt free. If you retire and are still making payments on car loans, mortgages, or high interest rate debts like credit cards and payday loans you require a much higher income in retirement to survive.

Social Housing Emergencies Show Vulnerable Tenants Need Support

Sharad Kerur | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

Social housing communities are increasingly home to the most vulnerable members of our communities. The private rental market has left many renters behind, meaning that for families fleeing domestic violence, individuals wrestling with mental health and addictions challenges, and aging seniors on fixed incomes, social housing may be the only available option. It's become clear that both the public and the government now expect social housing providers to go above and beyond their traditional role as landlords, to assist at-risk tenants.

Why Seniors Are At Risk For Eye Diseases

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

One out of every three seniors in Ontario will have some form of vision-reducing eye disease. When you think about the strain and fatigue our eyes have endured throughout our lifetime, this makes sense. The countless hours spent in front of a computer screen or the damage caused by the powerful UV rays from the sun -- all of this slowly adds up.

Dementia Will Never Truly Take Away My Aunt Claire

Ngaio Hotte | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Ngaio Hotte

As a little girl, Aunt Claire was always my favourite. The oldest of my mother's siblings she was, to me, the picture of elegance. With her manicured nails, flawless make-up and effortless-looking hair, she could have put the ladies behind Holt Renfrew's cosmetics counter to shame.

More Ontario Seniors Are Visiting Food Banks Than Ever Before

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Over the past year, the Ontario Association of Food Bank saw a 35 per cent increase in the number of seniors visiting food banks. This growth is particularly concerning when looking at the aging population of Canada, where seniors are predicted to represent 23 per cent of the population by 2030.

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.

Alberta's Budget Is Short On Details And Funding For Seniors

Janice Curtis | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Alberta
Janice Curtis

It was a disappointing budget low on details for Alberta's fastest growing demographic - seniors. The percentage of seniors in Alberta is currently about 10 per cent and is estimated to double to 20 per cent by 2041. Even though Calgary is seen as a "young" city, our own demographic mix will mirror that of the province.

A Heartbreaking Look At The Life Of A 98-Year Old Woman Living Alone

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living

Call your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and all your great aunts and uncles too.

Reverse Mortgages: The Good, The Bad And The Misunderstood

Samantha Brookes | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Business
Samantha Brookes

There are a ton of regulations involved in reverse mortgages, but they are still becoming more and more popular because frankly they can be beneficial. Like any mortgage or loan it is all situational. For some people a reverse mortgage is a great idea and maybe even their best option, but for others it is just a way to incur more debt.

Here Are The Promises To Seniors Our New Government Must Keep

Susan Eng | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

There are many more election promises that will improve the quality of life for all Canadians as we age -- this election has been an embarrassment of riches in that sense. Many, like pharmacare or restarting the Health Accords, will take some time to work out so it's important to start the consultation and planning process right away.

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.

Stress Load On Ontario Caregivers Has Doubled In 4 Years

Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living

One third of those caregivers say they are too stressed out to do it any longer.

Joshua Ostroff

Let's Defuse The Boomer 'Demographic Bomb' And Save Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living

"I think there's still time but the crisis really is here. It's not an abstract thing anymore. It’s not that the baby boomers are coming, they're here."

Our Next Government Needs to Step Up Support for Long-Term Care

Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong

So what are the choices for those with elderly parents? Having adult children stepped up to their responsibility to take care of the seniors at home thereby sacrificing their career, hopes and dreams, or neglecting the seniors with inadequate care compounding the physical and mental suffering of those who cared for us when we were unable to take care of ourselves? Neither choice is acceptable. We are proposing an innovative way to find a solution to this problem.

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.

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.

What I Learned About Our Healthcare System While Waiting for Hip Surgery

Rob Brown | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Living
Rob Brown

One week before my scheduled operation I was told that I had been bumped for a situation that presented a "higher level of urgency." They had just added almost eight weeks to my wait time for reasons that were opaque, at best, and without logic to me. Why did this happen? In the end, I got no real answers, only rumours about parental leave (nothing sudden or unforeseen about that) and other factors that may or may not have been part of the equation. So, beyond my personal experience, the real question is: Are Canadian wait times for hip replacement justified or could they be shortened?