Canada Seniors

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Funding home care and long-term care is fast becoming the main challenge of our outdated medicare system -- a system developed in the mid-twentieth century for a young population that mostly required acute care from hospitals and physicians.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

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

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.