International Day of Older Persons

October 1st is International Day of Older Persons. The World Health Organization describes this day as an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the joys and challenges of aging in today’s world. The World report on ageing and health found that while we are living longer, there is little evidence to suggest that these extra years are spent in good health.

Inspired by this day, we've compiled our top read Blog Posts on the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal in 2017 to help support your healthy aging goals.

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DISCLAIMER: These summaries are provided for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professional. The summaries may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (

Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of new and old blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with changing public health recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website.