Canada Seniors

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?

Canada Medical Association Calls For National Seniors Strategy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Politics

Parties vying to win the federal election should commit to offering more tax incentives for those caring for elderly family members, says the association.

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.

Travel and Vacation Tips for Seniors on a Budget

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

As our boomers are reaching the age of retirement, their thoughts become centered around the amount of time they'll have on their hands, and how to fill it. As most are now empty nesters and not doing the nine-to-five, they have the flexibility to travel where and when they want.

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.

I Need a GPS To Navigate Canada's Healthcare System

Anne Day | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Anne Day

Right now the strategy seems to be to make it as difficult as possible for families to navigate the system and find the care their loved one needs. There are so many rules which means that the patient isn't eligible for this or doesn't qualify for that.

Canada's Baby Boom Is Nothing Like the One in the U.S.

Robert L. Brown | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

First, assuming that the baby boom is a post-war phenomenon means we jump to the wrong conclusion when guessing the cause. The baby boom was not the result of frisky soldiers returning to Canada. It was, instead, the result of the very good economic times in the period 1952 to 1965 allowing for at-home moms and large families.

Ontario Doesn't Need An Income-Based Drug Benefit Program for Seniors

Steve Morgan | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Rather than placing a tax on health needs -- as income-based drug plans do -- Ontario should consider a more positive road to universal pharmacare. Specifically, it should consider tax financing a universal drug benefit program that would give non-seniors the same coverage elderly residents enjoy today.

Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

Lee Tunstall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Alberta
Lee Tunstall

Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.

Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packinging

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.

Teaching Newcomers How to Complain

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

I heard a story this week about a civics lesson. It did not take place in a high school. It was a lesson both learned and taught by some elderly newcomers who were participants in a civic awareness project. Along with learning to speak English and finding out about the systems and the laws of Canada, these folks are being challenged to engage with their new communities.

Top Tips For Seniors To Avoid Getting the Flu

Eva Zatrak | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Individuals who have a chronic illness or are above the age of 65, should understand the importance of avoiding the flu. When you take the proper precautionary measures, you can avoid further complications. Unfortunately, fatalities are not uncommon within this population during flu season.

Don't Believe Media Hype - Seniors Are Not the Wealthy Generation

Arlene Adamson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living
Arlene Adamson

Seniors ought to age in the community along with the rest of us, enabling socialization and access to resources that keep them mentally, physically, and most importantly, socially active. Bringing up the standard of the actual facilities that already exist would be a good place to start, but a longer term vision requires new models altogether.

As a Senior, I Deserve Less Government Money

David Martin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

I might be betraying my demographic but I think it's time we seniors started asking for less. For years now, those in the over-60 age group have been making out like bandits while the younger generations struggle to make ends meet. Unlike in years past, there are now relatively few seniors in developed nations suffering in poverty. The iconic image of an aging widow living on cat food is today largely a myth. Older folks, for the most part, live comfortable lives.

The Feds Are Failing Canada's Seniors

Hedy Fry | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Hedy Fry

The Liberal government's Health Accord recognized that‎; the Council of the Federation recognizes that; health care advocates and health professions recognize that. This is the mandate of the federal government and it is time to stop passing the buck to provinces.

Top 10 Reasons Not To Start a War With Seniors

Susan Eng | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Eng

Much is made of health care costs for the frail elderly. But the healthcare spending curve by age group is actually U-shaped with equally significant amounts spent for childbirth and early childhood problems. So is one okay and the other to be disparaged? Does it need to be said that we were all once born and will all eventually get really old if we're lucky?

How An Aging Population Means Trouble For Canada's Debt

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Although aging Canadians were typically the most financially stable age group, older Canadians are piling up debt more quickly than other demographics. A recent study by the Vanier Institute of the Family showed that more than 70 percent of those aged 55 to 64 held some form of debt in 2012, up from 61 percent in 1999.

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

How Fast You Walk Might Predict Whether You'll Get Dementia

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The developed assesment will potentially allow for many more people to know whether they are at risk without complex testing.

Safer Streets Might Have Prevented This Little Girl's Death

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

It's a sad day for Toronto as a family will hold funeral for a seven-year-old girl. She was hit by a van near her home. Her death is an unimaginable loss to her family and the community. This loss of life should compel us to think about making our streets safer for all, but especially for pedestrians and bicyclists, who are more vulnerable than others are. The tragedy is raising questions about the harmful impacts of increased traffic on residential streets.

We Need to Talk About Seniors and Money

Yvonne Ziomecki | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Business
Yvonne Ziomecki

We've found that there's just not enough conversation around health and aging and its impact on money. It's extremely important that all ages, but especially seniors, prepare for major life changes -- from divorce to illness and everything in between.