Canada Seniors

Show Love To Those Who Need It Most

Michael Gazer | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada
Michael Gazer

This Valentine's Day, why not spend time showing love to those who might need it the most? February 14 conjures up images of hearts, chocolates and l...

What Seniors In Love Really Look Like

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Canadians are preparing to be inundated with feel-good stories of love and romance. From the excitement of puppy love to heartwarming tales of soulmates finding each other despite the odds, it seems that none of us are immune to the effects of Cupid's arrow. Despite all this, a common myth still pervades that love, romance and the need for companionship fade over time, and that as we grow older, we become less interested in keeping love alive.

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.

Canada Needs A Strategy To Improve Senior Drug Safety

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

Many drugs prescribed to seniors have either not been adequately studied for this age group or have not been formally approved for the conditions they are being prescribed to treat. They are sometimes prescribed without any evidence they are safe and effective for them, and in some cases, even when they are known to present a possible risk (antipsychotics prescribed to older patients with dementia, for example).

Taking Control Of Family Health In 2017

Rachel Patel | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Patel

In light of National Pharmacist Day on Jan. 12, it's important to address the issue of medical adherence as it impacts the lives of millions of Canadians on a daily basis. It's a very real concern that pharmacists work to tackle every day.

Employer Health Plans Should Be Available To People Over 65

John Have | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Business
John Have

Many employee benefit policies in Canada are null and void past age 65, regardless of a person's employment status. That's because many employer plans still use age 65 as a criterion for ending insurance contracts instead of basing coverage on active versus retired status. It's time for governments to protect employee health benefits for our aging workers.

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.

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.

Seniors Need To Take Special Care During Flu Season

Dr. David Williams | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. David Williams

It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults because our immune defenses become weaker with age. While flu seasons can vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease.

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?

Who Will Teach Adults About Digital Literacy?

Cathy Burrell | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Cathy Burrell

Remember when your parents scrimped and saved to buy you 17 volumes of the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia? Well it's your turn to return the favour. Look through a local Continuing Education catalogue. Contact a nearby seniors centre. If they don't have a workshop that suits the older adult in your life, tell them what you are interested in and why. Digital Literacy is an essential part of lifelong learning. At any age.

Why Seniors Should Not Neglect Their Looks

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

One of the unfortunate but inevitable effects of aging -- for both men and women -- is that personal care like grooming and makeup seems to require longer and greater efforts. But it remains as important as ever, and so does getting properly and tastefully dressed.

These Seniors Can't Travel, So This Mobile Mall Comes To Them

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Style

Not only does the initiative give seniors access to nice, new-to-them duds, but it also reduces clothing waste.

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.

Senior Citizens Are The Unseen Face Of Hunger

Second Harvest | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Second Harvest

In 2015, Ontario saw a 35% jump in the number of senior citizens visiting food banks. It's a trend Second Harvest sees daily on its delivery routes. Last year, 70% of Second Harvest's agency partners noted that they serve seniors. Some agency partners, like Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors (LACS), are built specifically around servicing the needs of this growing and vulnerable population.

Ontario War On Addiction Needlessly Targets Seniors And Disabled

Marvin Ross | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Ontario just announced that it is starting its war against addiction and deaths from opioid overdoses by targeting the elderly and disabled. Beginning in January 2017, Ontario will no longer cover the cost of higher doses of certain pain medications on its drug benefit formulary.

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.

Here's Why Canada Needs A National Dementia Strategy

Dr. William E. Reichman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. William E. Reichman

Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

People Need Less Money To Live As They Get Older? (Not Quite)

Michael Wolfson | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Wolfson

Recently the C.D. Howe Institute released a short study just in time for the finance ministers' meeting - rolling out the tired, old argument that as people age, they do not need as much money to live as when they were younger. If only retirement were so easy.

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.

The Case For Publicly Funded Home And Long-Term Care

Réjean Hébert | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Réjean Hébert

Funding home care and long-term care is fast becoming the main challenge of our outdated medicare system -- a system developed in the mid-twentieth century for a young population that mostly required acute care from hospitals and physicians. But that need is changing rapidly with our aging population.

The Many Ways Seniors Can Have Fun — And Make A Difference, Too

Optimum Care | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

As seniors age, much of their time is freed from the commitments of work and family and they start to look for ways to participate more actively in their communities. As the saying goes, doing good makes you feel good, and the seniors who continue to make a difference every day are true testaments to that.

It's Time To Rethink Health-Care Policy For The Elderly

Neena Chappell | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Neena Chappell

As the Canadian population continues to age, there is a need to revisit conventional thinking regarding the provision of health care services for seniors to ensure that the system is sustainable for all Canadians. There are a number of misperceptions in current thinking.

Summer Safety Tips For Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Soaking up some sun and fresh air can help us feel good, and is a relaxing way to cope with caregiver stress or treatment for serious illness. Just remember that heat and dehydration, especially for children and seniors, can be potentially dangerous. Here's what caregivers need to know to enjoy the sun safely this summer.