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Staying active is important as we age. Promoting recreational activities, creating public recreational spaces and community recreation programs, as well as supporting opportunities for older adults to engage in private or competitive recreational sports are all approaches to help those who want to age optimally. Learn more in our resources below.

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  • Evidence Summary

    Developing community-based coalitions and developing competences of older adults are important to promote physical activity

    International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2017)
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    Physical activity improves social functioning among older adults

    Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2018)
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    Exercise for the brain?

    Age UK
    What does the evidence say about whether brain training games work? The evidence is inconclusive but you should continue playing if they are enjoyable. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The Health Benefits of Physical Activity Among Adults and Older Adults

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Physical activity provides many health benefits for older adults. It can reduce the chances of many illnesses. It can also improve your mental and cognitive well-being. Learn some other benefits of physical activity and how you can get active in your community.
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    Features of built environments positively correlate with walking rates among adults

    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada (2019)
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    Arts can improve the quality of life of older adults

    The Gerontologist (2015)
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    Older adults

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Get help from your family and peer support network if you have a gambling problem. Older adults are at increased risk of developing gambling addictions due to unstable income and more free time.
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    Anxiety and depression

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression, can make a person more likely to participate in harmful gambling. This might be caused by other kinds of tensions in their life, like financial, relationship, and work struggles. Friends of gamblers are more likely to have mental illnesses too.
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    Environment

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Having easy access to gambling venues can make you more likely to develop gambling problems. If gambling is socially acceptable in your environment or venues are attractive you might be additionally at risk. Read the resource for more information on environmental factors that affect your risk of developing gambling problems.
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    Canadian Problem Gambling Index

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    The Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI) is a standardized tool used to measure problem gambling. Not everyone agrees that the CGPI is a perfect tool, but testing in the real world has shown that it is effective in identifying problem gamblers.
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    Fantasy sports

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Learn about fantasy sports in this resource. In fantasy sports, you compete with others to pick a sports team, and receive money if your team does well. Playing fantasy sports might be linked to gambling behaviors. The resource contains more information about kinds of fantasy sports and links to gambling.
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    Lottery

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Learn more about lottery gambling in this resource. Lottery gambling is one of the most common and socially accepted kinds of gambling. Many people consider lottery gambling to be a low-risk form of gambling, but new research suggests playing the lottery might be linked to problem gambling.
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    Slots and Video Lottery Terminals

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Learn more about slot machines and Video Lottery Terminals (LVT) in this resource. Slots and VLT are some of the most addictive and high-risk forms of gambling. To learn more about why these games make it easy to develop high risk gambling behavior, access the resource.
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    Priority populations

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Learn more about priority populations for gambling. Priority populations are groups at higher risk of getting gambling problems. Some Canadian priority populations are older adults, Indigenous people, and the poor. To learn about other priority populations in Canada, check the resource.
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    Social casino games: current evidence and future directions

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Social Casino Games have replaced the slot machines with a lever and three spinning reels. Social Casino Games are gambling-like video games found on social media sites where users can play with friends. These games act as a “gateway” for where individuals who would not normally gamble may start gambling.
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    Venue/casino

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Gambling harm is more common in areas closer to land-based gambling venues. Environmental factors can greatly influence problem gambling. Read this resource for information on the effect of casinos on the proximal community.
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    Interactive conceptual framework of harmful gambling

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    This resource is a map where you can explore different topics that influence gambling behavior. Some topics include: gambling types, culture, society, and exposure. You can access the topics you wish to discover by clicking on the menu bars.
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    Gambling cognitions

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    People with gambling problems often have false beliefs that contribute to their addiction, such as their belief in luck, superstition, and control. Use this tool to search for more examples and testing programs for this distorted thinking.
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    Personality

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Some personality traits make a person more likely to take up harmful gambling, like low self-control and antisocial traits. Use this resource to learn more about the link between personality and problem gambling.
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    Reward system

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    People may be more likely to develop gambling problems when they are more sensitive to winning and/or less sensitive to losing. Use this resource to learn more about how the reward system relates to gambling.
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    Gambling assessment

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Use this tool to learn about the different kinds of assessment tools available for problem gambling.
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    Gambling related harms

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Problem gambling involves financial harm, relationship disruption, emotional distress, and criminal activity. Read this resource for information regarding the detrimental effects of problem gambling.
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    Family and friends

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Evidence suggests that problem gambling increases the risk for family violence and child maltreatment. Read this resource for information on the effects of problem gambling on family and friends.
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    Individual

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Problem gambling can cause health-related issues, employment issues, and homelessness. Read this resources for information about the detrimental effects of gambling to the problem gambler.
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    Venue and community

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Casinos may positively impact the economy of the host community, but can also have detrimental effects to the citizens. Read this resource for information about the effects of new venues on the finance and citizens of a community.
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    Problem gambling and crime and its costs

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Gambling addiction can lead to crime, which is costly for the justice system. People with gambling problems and people doing crimes have shared risk factors. View this resource for policy proposals for reducing gambling crime.
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    Gambling and older adults: what do we know?

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Older people are more prone to developing gambling problems for a variety of reasons. Read this resource on information about how aging affects gambling patterns.
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    The circles of sexuality and aging

    American Society on Aging (ASA)
    Accept that your sexuality lasts throughout your lifetime. Express and fulfill your sexual needs confidently. “The Circle of Sexuality” is a model that describes your sexuality as a mixture of your sensual pleasures, need for intimacy, and sexual identity.
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    Game ON – The Ontario Government's Sport Plan

    Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Participate in amateur sports. The Ontario Government Sports Plan is working to make amateur sports more accessible for older adults. Participate in sports, develop your skills and achieve excellence.
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    Intergenerational programs offer benefits for both younger and older generations

    Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (2019)
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    Psychologists emphasize more self-care for older adults

    American Psychological Association
    Self-care is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes taking care of your physical and mental health. You should maintain your social circles virtually and from a safe distance. You should also look into building and maintaining healthy habits. Read this resource to learn more.
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    7 Tips for Managing Your Mental Health During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic can cause some people to face additional mental health challenges. This is why managing your stress and anxiety is especially important during this time. Create a routine and stay connected with your friends and family who can provide you support. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Inspiring Wellness: Your Guide to Active Aging in Manitoba

    Active Aging in Manitoba
    This resource can help older adults in Manitoba connect with services and events supporting active aging. The theme of this resource is "Inspiring Wellness". Read this guide to learn about different activities and services available to you in your community.
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    Older adults’ preferences for open space and physical activity in and near parks

    Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (2018)
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    The No. 1 Exercise That Could Prevent Falls

    Next Avenue
    Swimming is a recreational activity that can help avert falls. Swimming helps you build your strength and balance. Read this resource to learn more about how swimming can help you stay fall-safe.
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    Are You at Risk of Falling?

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    This quiz can help you assess your risk for falls and learn more about how you can remain independent as you age. If you have a score of 4 points or higher, you may be at greater risk for fall and you should consider speaking to your doctor about how you can reduce your risk.
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    Five ways to prevent or treat problem gambling among older adults

    Journal of Gambling Issues (2018)
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    Exergames can enhance social well-being of older adults

    Journal of Medical Internet Research (2018)
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    8 ways to thrive in old age

    Fraser Health
    There are many ways to stay healthy during old age and this resource describes 8 ways you can start making changes in your life. Some of these include exercising, eating a balanced diet, learning a new language, volunteering, staying social and getting in touch with your spiritual side.
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    Getting Older and Staying Physically Active

    Healthy Families BC
    Staying active during old age is a great way to stay healthy. Use this resource to learn some considerations you should keep in mind while implementing this change in your lifestyle such as finding a workout buddy, walking more, standing more than sitting and setting personal goals.
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    Walking - the benefits for older people

    Better Health Channel
    Walking is an alternative to strenuous exercise for seniors with health concerns. Regular walking offers many health and physical benefits for seniors and allows for personalized workouts. Before beginning, speak with your doctor to set a pace and level of walking that is right for you.
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    Healthy Eating and Regular Physical Activity: A Winning Combination for Older Adults

    Active Aging Canada
    Use this resource as a guide for healthy aging and learn how combining healthy eating and physical activity can slow down the progress of certain conditions and reduce your risk of falls. Tips on healthy eating and examples of exercises are provided for your convenience.
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    Your Personal Passport to Healthy Living

    Active Aging Canada
    Use this resource for more information on physical activity as a senior, healthy eating, mental health and beliefs & attitudes. First, learn about each topic and then fill in the blanks at the end of the resource to personalize your own personal passport for healthy living.
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    What Do We Know About Healthy Aging?

    National Institute on Aging
    Healthy aging can be achieved many ways and learning how to implement simple changes in your life can be beneficial as a senior. Exercising more often, paying attention to your weight, eating healthy foods rich in micronutrients and engaging with others while enjoying your favourite hobby are all great ways to improve your quality of life during retirement.
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    How Yoga Can Help Ease Your Pain

    Canadian Chiropractic Association
    If you are a senior and are thinking of starting to practice yoga, use this resource to learn about how yoga can help with chronic pain and ways you can practice safely.
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    Walking Workout: Walking Your Way to Health

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    If you are a senior and are looking for ways to remain active, consider using this resource to learn about the benefits of walking regularly. Also learn about how to get started if you are unsure about the process.
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    Why You Might Try Tai Chi for Balance and Fall Prevention

    Next Avenue
    Use this resource to learn how alternative medicine such as Tai chi and how it can help improve your balance, your mental health and spiritual health.
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    Taking SS Early Retirement: Weigh The Pitfalls First

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Learn about the benefits and disadvantages of taking pension money out early as social security during retirement.
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    Here's a research paper indicating that Men's Sheds are an important part of men's health...

    Men's Sheds
    This resource summarizes how the Men’s Sheds initiative can improve health by giving men a space to talk and do activities together.
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    Plan your future today - Live the life you want tomorrow

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    This resource shares videos to help older adults feasibly plan for social and support services as well as home adjustments to help them live independently in their community.
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    Domestic and inter-partner violence

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Families, including both partner and children, of problem gamblers are more likely to experience forms of domestic violence. Studies report high correlations between domestic abuse and the harms associated with gambling. The financial losses and the emotional stresses associated with gambling are some of the causes of violence.
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    A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

    Ontario Ministry of Senior Affairs
    This resource is a thorough guide to programs and services geared towards Ontario seniors. Some topics covered include recreation, finance, housing and health.
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    Online gambling

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Greater convenience, easier access, and the lack of real cash markers makes online gambling more dangerous than traditional gambling. However, internet gambling also allows players to limit the amount of money staked per hours played. Gambling companies may also use player tracking systems, warning players if their gambling behavior looks risky.
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    Independent Living Canada Events

    Independent Living Canada
    Independent Living Canada is an organization that supports people living with disabilities. Access this resource for their current events.
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    Gardening can improve the overall well-being of older adults

    Activities, Adaptation & Aging (2013)
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    Gambling disorder is a significant concern for the aging population

    Addictive Behaviors (2014)
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    Know your rights: Joining a gym or fitness club

    Consumer Protection Ontario
    There are many gyms and fitness centers to choose from. Read this resource for information on how to choose the right one for you.
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    Women 55 to 70+ Stats and Facts

    Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
    Older women are increasing in population as the baby boomers are transitioning into retirement. This leads to the requirement of activities and programs suitable for their demographic. This resource provides guidelines on effective programming for older women.
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    Comorbidities

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Possessing a mental health disorder puts you at higher risk for harmful gambling. You could be more susceptible if you suffer from depression, substance abuse, and anxiety.
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    Crime and deviance

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Studies show that those who partake in problem gambling are more likely to be involved in monetary crimes. This resource provides recommendations on possible preventative measures and treatment.
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    Substance use

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Substance use and gambling are highly correlated. They often interact and progress the severity of each other. Intervention may be necessary to treat these addictions.
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    Suicide

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    High stress levels can often cause suicide. Issues that arise from gambling, like significant financial loss and problems at work, can produce this stress, making problem gamblers more vulnerable.
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    Acculturation

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Studies show that immigrants who struggle to adjust to the culture of their new countries have a higher risk of harmful gambling. It is often used to cope with culture shock, loss of social status, and loneliness.
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    Religion

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Religion impacts gambling and help-seeking behavior. Faith can help people overcome gambling problems. Read this resource for information about the impact of religion on gambling habits and recovery.
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    Traditions

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Views of gambling can be positive or negative depending on the cultural norm. Read this resource for information on how culture and attitude affect help-seeking behavior.
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    Charity

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Charitable gambling in Canada helps fund non-profit causes. The harms of charitable gambling are still being researched.
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    Tools for individuals, municipalities, and communities

    Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Heritage is conserving culture. This resource provides tools for people, communities, and cities to preserve heritage.
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    The Who Am I? Scrapbook

    Today's Caregiver
    Creating a Who Am I? scrapbook can be a fun way to bring the family together to celebrate the life of a loved one in care. This scrapbook tells the life of a person and can help caregivers know their patients better. Get ready to be creative! Read this resource to learn more.
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    Making Memories: Activities for Older Adults to Preserve Your Personal and Family Legacy

    Institute on Aging
    Compiling memories with older adults with dementia can be both a fun activity and a way to establish a legacy. Look for photos, gather recipes, and get ready to have meaningful conversations. Not only will this activity be enjoyable for you both, it will also be meaningful to future generations. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Tools for people aged 70 and over and caregivers

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    Social distancing is helping protect us all from the spread of COVID-19. While the situation is temporary, it can still feel overwhelming. To cope, reach out virtually to your social networks and keep a positive perspective. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Whom Do Arts Benefit Most? Older Adults

    Next Avenue
    According to research, arts can provide therapeutic benefits to older adults and improve physical and mental health. It can also help overcome some of the cognitive and physical challenges that come with aging. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Clever Ways Senior Housing Has Kept Residents Engaged During the Pandemic

    Next Avenue
    Senior housing centres are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some centres have found new ways to keep residents engaged through arts and technology. While social distancing requires some changes, there is still room for connection and enjoyment. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Feeling anxious or low about coronavirus

    Age UK
    It is natural to feel anxious while staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Managing your feelings starts with acknowledging them and then connecting with supports like your friends or family. You can also sort out your routine and sleep schedule to feel more in control. Read this resource for more tips.
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    Preparing emotionally for retirement

    Age UK
    Preparing for retirement is about more than sorting out your finances. You also need to prepare emotionally and plan on how you will spend your time. Read the experience of one person in the UK who used a 3-point plan to transition from a fulfilling career to a fulfilling retirement life.
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    How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Active at Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    During the covid-19 pandemic, many caregivers are now staying at home with their loved ones. Older adults can feel bored without their normal routines and social activities. Read this resource to learn about some activities at home to stay active and engaged.
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    Look after your thinking skills

    Age UK
    Staying active mentally and physically is important as you age. Read this resource for a breakdown of what the science says about ways you can stay active. Once you know, it's time to make your action plan. Read this resource for guidance on how to include more activity in your life.
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    How To Become Tech Savvy Seniors In 10 Days

    Aging in place
    Learning the basics of technology can help make your life easier and keep you engaged. Look into different learning resources such as books and websites. You can also ask loved ones to teach you. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Best Video Games for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Video games can be engaging for seniors and have the potential to encourage cognitive improvements in older adults. World of Warcraft is one such popular game that could be beneficial for older adults. Read this resource to learn more about World of Warcraft and other brain games.
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    Top 5 Online Activities for Seniors

    Seniority: The Mavencare Blog
    Online activities are a great way for older adults to stay engaged and have fun. Before you start, make sure to think about your safety online. Once you've taken precautions, check out this resource for 5 different ideas about how you can engage online.
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    Digital And Trend-Forward Games For Seniors

    Aging in place
    Mental decline is a problem that affects many older adults. Exercising your brain and having fun is a good way to stay engaged and alert. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Brain Games for Seniors

    Senior living
    Brain games can be used to slow the onset and progression of memory loss. There are many types of games you can play such as memory games, word games, mobile games, and more. Read this resource for more ideas.
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    Best Websites for Playing Online Games

    Senior Planet
    You can find several engaging games on the Internet that are free to play. Create a new email specifically for your online gaming and do not share any of your personal information. After that, have lots of fun! Read this resource to learn more.
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    Healthy Aging

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Healthy aging is defined by many things. Social connectedness and protecting against falls are just two aspects of healthy aging. Read this resource to learn more and find additional resources.
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    Seniors' Guide 2015/2016

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource to find many healthy aging resources in Manitoba. You can learn about the many health, recreational, and financial supports in your community. Read this guide to learn more.
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    Social Activities for Seniors

    The YMCA's of Québec
    YMCAs of Quebec run programs and provide space for older adults to socialize and stay active. There are a variety of programs at little to no cost. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Aging well

    Help Guide
    Aging well means living your best life as you age. Staying healthy, active, and socially engaged are just some ways you can age well. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Coping with a Life-Threatening Illness or Serious Health Event

    Help Guide
    A sudden health problem can cause many difficult emotions. It may feel very difficult to cope but there is hope. Read this resource to learn some steps you can take to cope with a life-altering illness.
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    How to Exercise with Limited Mobility

    Help Guide
    Exercise can seem difficult with limited mobility. However, you can still enjoy its numerous health benefits by adapting your movements. Read this resource to learn some tips on how you can exercise with limited mobility.
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    Accessible travel: for all, to everywhere

    Canadian Transportation Agency
    This guide contains information about the accessibility services you can use when travelling. It will help you plan and conduct your journey. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Active Adult Living Communities

    Comfort Life
    Active adult living communities are communities you can live in during your retirement. You can maintain your hobbies and meet others who are as adventurous as you. Read this resource to learn about active adult living communities in Canada.
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    Activity Care Plans for the Elderly: Samples and Ideas for In-Home Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    An activity care plan sets activity goals for your older loved one. They are designed to suit their health and physical needs. Read this resource to learn how to create an activity care plan.
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    Indoor Activities For Seniors with Limited Mobility

    Institute on Aging
    If it is difficult for you to go outside, there are many activities that you can do indoors. Read this resource to learn about indoor activities to keep you active, creative and social.
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    Senior Activities: Hobbies for Seniors with Limited Mobility

    Aging Care
    Mobility issues can change how older adults recreate. Read from other's experiences on how older adults can still enjoy hobbies and activities when facing limited mobility.
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    Mobility and Balance

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Maintaining good mobility and balance are important to prevent falls and injury. Assess your level of mobility and balance by reading this resource. Learn more about how you can prevent falls.
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    Walking Groups and Resources

    Seniors Transportation: Access and Resources (STAR)
    If you are a senior who is looking to get more active while enjoying some fresh air, consider joining a walking group. Walking is perfect for those who cannot commit to more vigorous exercise and can connect you with people. Use this resource to learn the benefits of walking as exercise and find groups you can join in the Vancouver area.
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    Older Adults and Resistance Training

    Health Link B.C.
    If you are a senior who is considering starting resistance training exercises, use this resource to learn tips on how to get the most of your workout. You can get a complete guide to a full workout regimen using this resource.
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    Older Adults and Flexibility

    Health Link B.C.
    If you are a senior who is considering starting flexibility training and stretching exercises, use this resource to learn tips on how to get the most of your workout. You can get a complete guide to a full workout regimen using this resource.
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    Older Adults and Endurance Fitness

    Health Link B.C.
    If you are a senior who is considering starting endurance training, use this resource to learn tips on how to get the most of your workout and the benefits of exercising in a group. You can get a complete guide to a full workout regimen using this resource.
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    The Best Home Exercise Routines for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are a senior who is considering starting exercising again but do not want to leave the comfort of your own home, you have many options. This resource describes many simple exercises such as chair squats, arm raises, wall push-ups that you can incorporate into your everyday routine to enjoy the benefits of regular exercise.
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    Avoiding Sitting Disease: Time to Get Active!

    American Senior Communities
    Seniors can fall into a routine quickly which eventually leads to a sedentary lifestyle that is not the best for their health and well-being. In fact, this type of lifestyle can lead to an increased risk of chronic disease and decreased life expectancy. Use this resource for ways to start getting active again and put your health in your own hands.
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    Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging for Adults

    Health Link B.C.
    It is important for seniors to be getting enough vitamins and nutrients from their diets. This resource shares the most important nutrients every senior should be receiving and various ways to incorporate this change into your lifestyle.
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    Get fit by gardening

    WebMD
    Use this resource to learn about the many health and mental health benefits that gardening can offer, if done right. Regular gardening can improve endurance, flexibility and strength and also a great form of therapy.
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    Secrets to healthy ageing

    Better Health Channel
    If you are a senior who is looking to make lifestyle changes to improve your health, use this resource for tips on how to get started. Healthy aging consists of getting active, eating a balanced diet, keeping you brain engaged by learning something new, modifying your home and staying social to name a few.
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    12 Springtime Activities for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Spring is the perfect season to get outside and get active. Seniors can stay active in their communities by going for walks on trails, eating outdoors at restaurants, going for picnics, gardening and trying out summer recipes.
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    Gardening: An Activity Anyone Can Do To Improve Their Health

    Seniority: The Mavencare Blog
    Gardening is a great outdoor activity for seniors with a range of physical abilities. Gardening also provides many mental health benefits such as improvements in mood, depression-like symptoms, fatigue and improves self-esteem.
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    10 Summer Activities for Your Aging Parents

    Seniority: The Mavencare Blog
    Some seniors have problems with mobility but this should not stop them from being physically active either indoors or outdoors. Suggested indoor activities include mall walking, water aerobics, and activities at senior centres. Outdoor activities can include bird watching, fishing, walking on trails or even gardening.
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    How to Get Started in a Senior Fitness Program

    American Senior Communities
    If you are a senior who is considering getting active and joining a fitness program, use this resource to help guide you in this process. Before starting, consult you doctor, set a couple fitness goals, find an activity that you enjoy and learn how to pace yourself to prevent injuries.
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    The Best Low Impact Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    Physical exercise has many health and social benefits, however for some seniors, low impact workouts are more appropriate for their needs. This resource provides you with some examples of low impact workouts as well as the hidden benefits of these types of exercise regimens.
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    Beneath the Surface: Aquatic Exercise for the Elderly

    Aging Care
    If you are a senior who is looking for new ways to get active, consider integrating aquatic exercise into your fitness routine. Exercising in the water has many health benefits that you may not expect and can also improve your social life as this type of exercise is mostly done in groups.
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    At-Home Exercise: Turn Housework Into a Workout

    Aging Care
    Some seniors cannot make it to the gym but they can still be active in their own home by turning housework into a workout. Some simple ways to incorporate physical activity in your life can be stretching and lifting when cleaning, using your stairs as an alternative to cardio and working your arm muscles while folding,
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    How Seniors Can Benefit from Adopting an Exercise Regimen

    Aging Care
    Adopting an exercise regimen during retirement can be very beneficial for your immune system, the prevention of chronic conditions and the maintenance of strong bones. Use this resource to learn the types of exercises that are best for seniors and level of ability.
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    The Best Swimming Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    Seniors can benefit from swimming exercises both in the summer and in the winter with others while reducing the force on your joints. Simple exercises are provided in this resource to get you started.
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    Healthy and active ageing

    Better Health Channel
    Healthy and active aging includes not only physical activity and eating, but also socializing with others and feeling a sense of community where you live. Tips on types of exercise and healthy food options are given to help you implement this lifestyle change.
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    Simple At-Home Exercises to Help You Stay Strong and Mobile

    Aging Care
    Physical exercise is beneficial for seniors as well as for caregivers of seniors and can help with strength and mobility. Some simple at home exercises are provided for those who do not have access to facilities or do not have enough time for exercise classes.
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    Daily Activities Can Improve Balance, Stop Falls in Seniors

    Aging Care
    Some seniors may find it hard to stay actif during old age, however by getting creative with different exercises, they can still enjoy health benefits. In fact, evidence shows that simply modifying everyday routines can improve balance and decrease falls in seniors.
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    6 Health Benefits of Dancing

    Aging Care
    If you are looking for a new way to get active during old age, consider dance as an alternative form of exercise. Dancing can help manage mood, improve balance, defend against dementia and heart disease and does not have include formal training.
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    Everyday movements for balance

    Fall Prevention Month Canada
    This resource is for seniors who are looking to improve their balance and reduce their risk of falling. Tips for simple movements that can be performed at home are provided for your benefit.
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    How to get up by yourself

    Finding Balance
    Use this resource to learn what you should in case you fall in your house and are alone. The most important thing to keep in mind is to remain calm, assess the situation and use furniture around you to get back up, if possible.
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    Let's Get Active! A Senior's Guide to Physical Activity

    Unlock Food
    If you are a senior who wants to remain active, ask your doctor what kinds of activities are recommended for you and use this resource for suggestions of activities for every season.
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    Exercise to avoid frailty

    Fraser Health
    If you are a senior who wants to stay active but is unsure how, read this resource for easy at home exercises that you can try to retain your strength, energy and well-being. All examples of exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment.
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    Physical Activity the Key to Healthy Living

    Canada Safety Council
    Adding regular physical exercise to your daily routine is the key to healthy aging and this resource outlines everything you need to know to get started. Some examples of simple exercises are included for your convenience.
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    Gardening for older people

    Better Health Channel
    Use this resource to learn about the many ways you can continue gardening in old age while still enjoying it’s many health benefits. Some adjustments may have to be made to help reduce the physical stress on the body and some safety measures must be addressed as well.
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    Make Physical Activity a Fun and Safe Part of your Healthy Life

    Active Aging Canada
    If you are a senior who wants to get active but is unsure of how to start the process, use this factsheet as a guide. Topics covered include examples of safe exercices, where to go, how to keep from getting bored, what to do if you are not feeling well and alternatives to conventional exercise.
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    Walking tips and advice

    Age UK
    Use this resource to learn how walking regularly can help your health, boost your mood and increase flexibility and learn some simple tips on how to get started. Even 10 -20 minutes of walking a day is enough to make a difference.
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    Physical Activity

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Use this resource as a guide for physical activity as a senior and learn about how to make a plan, which exercises are best and the benefits of staying fit during old age. Also learn about the importance of staying motivated by choosing an exercise program that you personally enjoy.
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    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults: 18-64 Years

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource as a guide for physical activity as a senior and learn about how to make a plan, which exercises are best and the benefits of staying fit during old age.
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    Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults: 65 Years & Older

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource as a guide for physical activity as a senior (65+) and learn about how to make a plan, which exercises are best and the benefits of staying fit during old age.
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    Pace Yourself: The Dangers of Over-Exercising

    American Senior Communities
    If you are regularly exercising as a senior, consider reading this resource to see if you are potentially over-exercising. The main concern is that too much exercise can cause more harm than good by raising your heart rate too high and straining your muscles.
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    The Best Senior Workouts

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior considering exercising more regularly, use this resource to learn about the benefits you will enjoy such as better mobility, less aches and pains, boosted mood and more energy. Some examples of exercises are provided for your convenience.
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    5 Reasons to Join a Senior Fitness Program

    American Senior Communities
    If you are considering joining a senior fitness program, use this resource to learn about the health and social advantages of joining a program near you. Some advantages include preventing falls, managing chronic illnesses, better sleep, and less reliance on medications.
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    4 Balance-Enhancing Exercises Seniors Can Do at Home

    Aging Care
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, consider integrating balance exercises into your workout. This type of exercise is perfect for those who are looking to improve their stability and decrease their risk of falling. Examples of movements are provided in this resource for your convenience.
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    Activities Top Tips: Encouraging Elders to Remain Active in Senior Housing

    Aging Care
    Staying physically active while living in long term care facilities can be hard to maintain as a senior. This resource shares personal stories from family members of seniors who are doing their best to remain active while living in assisted living facilities.
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    Which exercise might suit you?

    Age UK
    Use this resource to determine which type of exercise fits your abilities and needs best. As a senior, there are many options that you can choose from such as, walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, chair exercises and many more.
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    The Benefits of Stretching Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, consider integrating stretching exercises into your workout. Stretching improves range of motion and flexibility which both help to prevent injury.
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    The Best Core Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, consider integrating core exercises into your workout. Strengthening your core can reduce your risk of falls and can improve your balance and mobility.
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    Chair Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, consider integrating chair exercises into your workout. This type of exercise is perfect for those who are not as mobile as others yet still want to enjoy the benefits that come along with physical exercise.
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    How to Boost Senior Mobility

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active and increase your mobility during old age, consider making small changes to your everyday routine. Some tips include slowly starting to integrate small workouts into your routine, eating healthy, getting a good night’s sleep and finding creative ways to stay active.
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    Strength Training Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active while keeping your energy up, consider using this resource to learn more about different strength training exercises targeted for different abilities. Strength training has been shown to decrease pain related to osteoporosis, arthritis and diabetes.
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    Yoga for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active while keeping your energy up, consider using this resource to learn more about yoga. Yoga has many benefits for seniors in particular such as reducing stress, improving sleep, balance and mobility and alleviating aches and pains.
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    Exercise Tips for the Elderly

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, use this resource to learn which exercises are most beneficial for seniors. Staying active later in life can reduce risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
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    The Importance of Exercise for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, use this resource to learn which exercises are most beneficial for seniors. Staying active later in life can reduce risk of chronic diseases such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes.
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    The Best Balance Exercises for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    If you are senior who wants to stay active during old age, consider integrating balance exercises into your workout. This type of exercise is perfect for those who are looking to improve their stability and decrease their risk of falling.
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    How to overcome loneliness

    Age UK
    As a senior it can be hard to recognize loneliness and more importantly, when to get help. Use this resource as a first step in getting help while reading about ways to get back to your old self and stay engaged in your community.
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    Four Ways to Help Seniors Who Struggle with Depression

    Retired Brains
    Seniors are at a higher risk of developing depression due to increased feelings of loneliness. Use this resource to learn about four easy ways you can help seniors become more engaged in their own life by encouraging physical activity and social interaction, promoting independence and seeking professional help when needed.
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    Recreational Activities for Seniors

    Canadian Chiropractic Association
    If you are a senior and want to stay active throughout your retirement, consider reading this resource and learning about the many ways you can become involved in your community while engaging in recreational activities.
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    Swimming for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    Use this resource as a guide for physical exercise during retirement. Learn about the health benefits swimming has on seniors and how you can involved in your own community.
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    Why Walking is Beneficial for Seniors

    American Senior Communities
    Use this resource as a guide for physical exercise during retirement. Learn about the health benefits of walking regularly which include improved heart health, increased social engagement, better mental health and other benefits.
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    AgePage: Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life

    National Institute on Aging
    If you are a senior who is looking for new ways to stay active during your retirement, use this resource for safety tips and suggestions for activities you can try at home to stay fit.
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    Participating in Activities You Enjoy - More Than Just Fun and Games

    National Institute on Aging
    Learn about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle while engaging with your community in the best way you can. Getting involved in your community can be as simple as volunteering for organizations or planning trips with other seniors.
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    Seniors Can Find Confidence and Flow in Yoga Practice

    Aging Care
    Learn about the social and physical benefits that yoga can have on seniors. Yoga has been shown to help with balance, communication problems, dementia and confidence.
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    Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

    National Institute on Aging
    Use this resource as a guide for physical exercise during retirement. Learn about ways you can get started and stay on track, examples of exercises and how to make the most of your exercise.
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    Walking: The activity of a lifetime

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    If you are a senior and are looking for ways to remain active, consider using this resource to learn about the benefits of walking regularly.
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    Walking Clubs: A step in the right direction

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    If you are a senior and are looking for ways to remain active, consider using this resource as a guide on how you can start your own walking club and engage others in your community to join you.
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    Activity Tracker for Adults

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    If you are a senior and are looking for ways to remain active, consider using this resource as a checklist to maintain your physical health. A calendar is also provided to ensure regular physical activity.
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    New to Yoga? Stretches and Poses for Beginners - Part 1

    SeniorsZen
    If you are a senior and new to yoga, use this resource to learn some helpful tips for beginners.
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    Yoga Routine to Get You Started - Part 2

    SeniorsZen
    If you are a senior and new to yoga, use this resource to learn some helpful tips for beginners.
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    Five Reasons Seniors Should Practice Yoga

    Retired Brains
    If you are a senior and are looking for new ways to stay active in your retirement, consider practicing yoga for better balance, better mental health and other health benefits.
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    Activities Top Tips: Arts and Crafts for Seniors

    Aging Care
    If you are a caregiver for a senior, consider using this resource to learn about different arts and crafts activities to keep them busy and engage their creative side.
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    The Benefits of Dancing Tango for People of all Ages

    Next Avenue
    If you are a senior and looking for a new way to socialize with people your age, consider joining a tango class. Use this resource to learn about how easy it is to pick up this hobby and how it can reintroduce romance into your life.
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    9 Volunteer Jobs That Could Boost Your Health

    Next Avenue
    If you are looking for new ways to get involved in your community as a volunteer, use this resource for ideas on how to get involved as a senior.
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    Spotting Elder Abuse: Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    National Institute on Aging
    Consider taking note of mood changes, signs of violence, theft or neglect. Contact authorities or a geriatric care manager.
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    Education and Lifelong Learning

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Learning does not have to end because you are a senior. Use this resource to learn ways you can keep your mind engaged and alert by learning a new language, meeting new people or going back to school.
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    10 Ways for Seniors to Stay Engaged in Their Community

    SeniorsZen
    This resource describes ways in which seniors are staying engaged in their communities through volunteering, taking classes, staying active, joining seniors centres and other activities.
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    Thinking About Aging In Place

    Government of Alberta
    Consider practical advice for aging in your own community such as planning for social support, health needs and financial security.
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    Hobbies for the Elderly to Maintain Mental Health

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Consider how older adults experience mental health concerns as they age and ways to overcome physical limits.
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    Five Popular Hobbies That Appeal to Senior Citizens

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Consider hobbies such as scrapbooking, golfing, quilting, stamp collecting and fishing that help older adults connect with others and stay sharp.
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    Healthy Steps: Your guide to falls prevention and home safety

    ESS Support Services
    This resource shares risk of injury related to aging and describes ways to prevent falls such as modifying your home, using safety aids, monitoring medication and remaining healthy.
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    How to Organize a Retreat

    Next Avenue
    Consider planning a group retreat with friends who share a common interest such as arts, religion or physical activities. Use resource to plan details such as location, agenda and budget.
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    Build your own Utility Shed

    Men's Sheds
    As part of the Men’s Shed initiative, this resource gives a step-by-step guide on how to build a shed by following local laws.
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    Men's Sheds: About Sheds

    Men's Sheds
    Learn about Men’s Sheds as a gathering space for men to socialize and to do activities. Resource clarifies the history and purpose of Men’s Sheds.
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    Best Social Activities for Seniors

    Retired Brains
    Use this resource for inspiration on how to stay social and active throughout your retirement. Some examples of proposed activities include, volunteering, joining a club, taking a class and staying physically active.
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    What You Can Expect From A Great Assisted Living Community

    Caring.com
    This resource shares good qualities from assisted living communities such as listening to resident issues, promoting a community environment, allowing faith practice and being pet friendly.
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    Seniors’ Falls Can Be Prevented

    BC injury research and prevention unit
    This detailed research article shares the health and societal impact of falls on older adults in Canada as well as physical, environmental, and social risks for falling. Learn how to decrease risk of falling at home and in the community.
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    Prevent Falls Stay in the Game!

    Vancouver Coastal Health
    Learn how to make lifestyle adjustments to promote health and prevent falls. Discuss regularly with your doctor to learn side effects of medications and personal risks for falling such as blood pressure or eyesight.
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    Understanding and reducing the risk of falling for people with Parkinson’s

    Vancouver Coastal Health
    Learn about risks of falls and practical changes that can reduce risks for people with Parkinson’s. Resource shares strength and balance exercises as well as extensive assistance contacts within British Columbia.
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    Fall Prevention In Community Care

    Interior Health
    Learn about potential hazards within the home and community, personal risk factors and practical actions to improve strength and mobility.
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    Bruno and Alice—A love story in twelve parts about seniors and safety

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    Learn about simple steps seniors can take to prevent injuries by making their home safer and watching out for risks. Resource shares a story to demonstrate common risks and adjustments.
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    Thinking about aging in place

    Health Canada
    Plan to live in your community by making changes to your home. Consider moving to a community with social support, services, transport and other aging-related needs.
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    Seniors and Aging - Preventing Falls in and around your home

    Health Canada
    This resource shares medical, and environmental factors that can increase the risk of falling and describes how to minimize these risks through all parts of the home. Contact Public Health Canada for more information.
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    Preventing Falls in Older Adults

    Active Aging Canada
    Learn about risks and consequences of falling, and practical ways to adapt to your environment.
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    Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: First Report of Canada

    Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
    This resource explains the what the government is doing to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Use the table of contents to find the laws, policies and program created to protect these rights in each Canadian province and territory.
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    Summer is here, enjoy in moderation

    SeniorsZen
    As Summer approaches and temperatures increase, follow these seven steps to stay safe in the heat.
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    Independent Living Canada News

    Independent Living Canada
    Independent Living Canada is an organization that supports people living with disabilities. Access this resource for their current news.
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    5 real perks of being 55 and older

    After 55 living blog
    Take advantage of the financial benefits given to seniors 55 or older. These benefits lighten the financial burdens of traveling, learning, dining, shopping, and visiting national parks.
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    Urban green spaces designed for all generations

    If you live in the city, many urban green spaces, such as parks and trails, are available to enjoy in your neighbourhood. Learn about all the benefits of using and promoting the use of urban green spaces.
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    Reading to escape isolation

    In this troubled time when we are isolated, but also bombarded with stressful information, we must find solutions to entertain ourselves and escape (if only for a moment) from this reality. Could reading be part of the solution?
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    There can’t be too many cooks: Kitchen collectives to feed your needs

    Most Canadians eat out once a week or more, because it is more convenient, they don't have time, don't like to, or don't know how to cook. Some initiatives, such as collective kitchens, have been launched here and abroad to meet the nutritional, economical and social needs of people in the community.
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    Day centers: Safe and stimulating environments for older adults living with a loss of autonomy

    Many older adults and caregivers are benefiting from day centres, which offer programs of activities in professional care settings. Learn about the purposes of day centres, who benefits from them and how are they perceived.
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    Don’t go for broke : Addressing gambling-related harms

    Though most people gamble safely for entertainment, there is an emerging concern about gambling-related harms among some individuals and communities. There is a need to consider what changes could be made to reduce gambling-related harms and better support those at risk of problem-gambling behaviours.
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    Immersive technologies to address social isolation: Is a technological solution feasible and desirable?

    Immersive technologies are developing at great speed and have spread to many areas. While some envision that immersive technologies could alleviate social isolation and loneliness, the evidence remains limited and some experts have expressed concerns that they may actually exacerbate social isolation.
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    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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    How online learning can support optimal aging

    Many people have the desire to learn throughout their lives. No wonder so many older adults go back to school, while others turn to online learning!
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    Intergenerational programs: It takes a village to age optimally

    Intergenerational programs seem to benefit young people, older adults, and society as a whole. Let's learn how to build strong communities with strong intergenerational bonds!
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    Get back to your artistic passions to boost your health and well-being

    Arts have beneficial effects on patients, but also on community-dwelling older adults. It may be time to wake the artist inside you.
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    Public libraries: Community hubs responding to the needs of older adults

    Public libraries play a significant role in meeting the educational, informational, cultural, recreational, health and social-care needs of older adults.
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    The men’s sheds : A safe and inclusive space for older men

    Developing activities to promote social activity among older men, especially those who are lonely or socially isolated, is complex. "Men's sheds" can have beneficial effects on mental health and social well-being by allowing men to work, break social isolation and give back to their community.
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    It's not always just a game! Identify the risk of problem gambling among seniors

    Informing older adults about the risks of problem gambling is important, as well as promoting other types of recreational activities to nurture social interaction and reduce isolation.

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