Canada Seniors

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 | 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?

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.