• 14 August 2019

    Empowering caregivers

    Despite their critical roles, caregivers often feel unprepared to provide care and often receive little guidance from healthcare providers. What do they need to feel empowered?
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  • 18 June 2019

    Planning for the future: The concerns among older parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities

    Parents of children with intellectual disabilities must sometime provide ongoing care for their children, even during adulthood. These parents face significant challenges, including planning for their children's future care arrangements while anticipating their own aging and death.
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  • 22 May 2019

    Unbefriended: The tragic fate of many older adults

    Many older adults are unable to make decisions on their own, and do not have a family member or friend who can be their guardian, representative, or substitute decision-maker. These individuals are sometimes called ‘elder orphans’ or ‘unbefriended elders’. The limited body of research evidence paints a grim picture of these older adults, particularly in terms of their poor quality of life.
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  • 27 March 2019

    Taking action together to address homelessness

    Older adults are at increasing risk of homelessness due to lack of support, precarious health, economic and housing situations, and a lack of age-appropriate programs and services. We can collectively take action and leverage the assets of our health and social systems to address homelessness.
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  • 27 February 2019

    Cultivating health and well-being

    Gardening is more than a hobby. It is an amazing activity that can have positive effects on health and well-being. Before taking out your shovels and rakes, plan your gardening activities carefully: think about your health and safety, adapt your activities, and socialize.
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  • 13 February 2019

    Aging behind bars

    Aging behind bars poses challenges. Since the vast majority of inmates end up being released into the community, it is important to look into how prison conditions affect older inmates and the support provided to them in order to ensure the success of their rehabilitation and social reintegration.
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  • 6 February 2019

    Tackling a silent beast : Strategies for reducing loneliness and social isolation

    Older adults are especially at risk of experiencing social isolation and loneliness. The characteristics of strategies tackling these issues are important factors in determining whether or not they work.
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  • 14 December 2018

    Be prepared: Tips for facing disasters

    Climate change and rapid urbanization can increase the intensity and frequency of disasters. Many factors influence people’s ability to cope with disasters, such as age, health status, income, social support, and the communication channels used to inform them.
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  • 24 October 2018

    Companion animals: can they alleviate loneliness among older adults?

    Companion animals and animal-assisted therapies can improve the physical and mental health of older adults, and animal-assisted therapies appear promising to alleviate loneliness among older adults.
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  • 28 August 2018

    A socially acceptable gentrification: is it possible?

    Gentrification can exacerbate health problems among vulnerable groups, such as older adults, by limiting their access to needed services, affecting their social networks, and increasing their level of stress. Is it possible to control the negative impacts of gentrification and make it socially acceptable?
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  • 11 April 2018

    Are we equal in the face of aging? Challenges faced by LGBTQ2 older adults

    Although attitudes are changing and there is a growing recognition of the need to adapt the care provided to them, LGBTQ2 older adults (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans, queers and two-spirited) still face negative experiences, including problems related to access to health and social services.
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  • 2 April 2018

    Living with diabetes? Your peers can help!

    Do you struggle with managing your diabetes? If so, research shows that turning to your peers can improve your health.
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  • 15 January 2018

    Delivering home-care services: empathy and respect needed

    The aging population is expected to generate growing demands for high-quality home-care services. There is a need for flexible policies, procedures and guidelines on the delivery of home-care services to allow older adults to have a say about their needs and how to meet them
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  • 10 October 2017

    Treated and discharged: How to avoid repeat hospital visits

    Research evidence shows there are things we can do to avoid repeat hospital visits.
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  • 6 June 2017

    No one left out: Breaking down cultural barriers to support healthy aging

    Not everyone has the same opportunity to access health promotion programs that can save lives and prevent serious illness. Culturally customized materials and approaches can help.
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  • 22 March 2017

    5 tips to stay healthy at home

    Research-based recommendations to stay in your home and community safely, independently and comfortably for as long as possible.
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  • 7 September 2016

    Does caregiver stress affect the move to long term care?

    Providing care for family members with challenging chronic diseases like dementia can be highly stressful and take a toll on caregivers’ physical and psychological health. When caregivers become “burnt out” are their loved ones more likely to be placed in long term care facilities?
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  • 30 May 2016

    Do self-management programs for diabetes really work?

    Managing diabetes can be challenging for anyone, but for older adults with multiple health and age-related conditions, it can be especially difficult. Dr. Diana Sherifali weighs in on how self-management programs can be adapted to best support older adults with diabetes.
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  • 5 May 2016

    Telemedicine for foot care: Using technology to get back on your feet

    One study suggests that patients receiving follow-up care for diabetic foot or leg ulcers via telemedicine (online or by phone) may spend less time travelling without any negative effect on their health and lower costs to the healthcare system. Dr. Perry Mayer – an expert in diabetic foot care – offers his perspective on the issue.
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  • 25 February 2016

    Can you relate? Options to improve support for unpaid caregivers

    Providing unpaid care offers both rewards and challenges. A panel of caregivers share their thoughts and suggestions about how to better support caregivers.
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