• 16 June 2021

    Medicine cabinet myths and misconceptions

    Millions of people have aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in their medicine cabinets and take them to tackle inflammation and all sorts of aches and pains – such as headaches, sore muscles, achy joints, cramps, and toothaches. Conversations around using aspirin and other NSAIDs as a prevention strategy for heart attacks, dementia, and cancer have been emerging. But is their use for this purpose safe?
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  • 8 June 2021

    How to identify elder abuse and take action to stop it

    Before the pandemic, it was estimated that 16% of older adults over 60 were affected by some form of abuse. It's believed that elder abuse has been on the rise since the global lockdown began; those providing support have seen an increase in the number of individuals seeking help. Read more about elder abuse risk factors, signs, and interventions.
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  • 1 June 2021

    National Health and Fitness Day: Get outside and get active!

    The global pandemic has, without a doubt, had an impact on our health, but through movement and activity, we can discover new ways to feel good, both body and mind. By taking advantage of the great outdoors and all that nature has to offer, we can ensure physical activity is a regular part of our routine.
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  • 26 May 2021

    Speech and hearing: Our communication gateway

    Our ability to hear and speak allows us to communicate with others, which is an important part of our emotional and social well-being. Issues with our hearing or speech that prohibit us from communicating can pose significant challenges such as social isolation.
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  • 19 May 2021

    Skin Cancer Awareness Month: 4 sun safety tips to put into practice

    Summer is fast approaching and many of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying the nicer weather. While basking in the sun’s golden rays can feel great, it is important to be diligent about sun safety.
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  • 11 May 2021

    Hypertension Awareness Month: 4 strategies for reducing your risk

    Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, can affect the body in many ways and is often referred to as the silent killer because it can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or other serious diseases without necessarily alerting you to a problem. Read more about strategies you can take to reduce your risk of high blood pressure or manage an already existing condition.
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  • 4 May 2021

    How Technology Can Help Our Mental Well-Being

    This week is Mental Health Week in Canada, and while mental health is an important topic to discuss regularly, the realities of the environment we are currently living in make it even more critical to talk about. As Canada endures a third wave of the pandemic in many areas across the country, people are dealing with feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, worry, loneliness, and isolation. Read more about how to harness the power of technology as a strategy that can help you strengthen your own mental well-being and remember to check in with others.
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  • 26 April 2021

    Walking Speed – Is It a New Vital Sign?

    An important part of your mobility is your ability to walk, and how fast you walk can be an important indicator of your overall health. Like your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and rate of breathing, there is evidence that your walking speed may be an important new vital sign.
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  • 19 April 2021

    Overcoming vaccine hesitancy to reach herd immunity

    As we battle a third wave of the pandemic across the country, now more than ever, it is important to communicate and educate populations on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. This is particularly challenging in a context where new information (and misinformation) about COVID-19 vaccines is emerging daily.
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  • 13 April 2021

    Train your brain: How to keep your mind sharp as you age

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns in many regions across the country, people are limited to activities they can do safely. While physical activity is important to keeping our bodies healthy, cognitive exercises can help keep our minds sharp.
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  • 6 April 2021

    Is it time to give up drinking? How alcohol affects your health

    It is estimated that 80% of Canadians consume alcohol, and of those who drink, nearly six million are considered heavy drinkers. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, consider exploring an AA support group in your community or consulting with a health care provider for guidance about available recovery support programs.
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  • 31 March 2021

    Beyond brushing: How to maintain good oral health as you age

    April is National Oral Health Month, a good time to check-in on your teeth and gums. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health and something that should be prioritized as a part of your regular routine. Older adults are at particularly high risk for oral health problems, and poor oral health in seniors has been linked to general systemic health risks.
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  • 23 March 2021

    Spring has sprung! Get outside and enjoy the invigorating effects Mother Nature has to offer.

    As the snow begins to disappear and temperatures rise, many older adults are eager to get outdoors. Whether you plan to work in the garden, go walking in your neighbourhood, local park or trails, people of all ages report experiencing relaxing or invigorating effects after enjoying the great outdoors. We have compiled a few ways to make the most of the Spring weather and reap the health benefits too.
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  • 15 March 2021

    3 ways music is beneficial to your health

    Given the deep connection that most of us have with music, it should come as no surprise that researchers around the world continue to investigate music's therapeutic benefits. Music is a safe, simple, and inexpensive strategy; however, it continues to be an underused tool. Whether for yourself, or a loved one, consider incorporating more music into your everyday life and enjoy the many benefits it provides.
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  • 8 March 2021

    How technology can help with your health goals

    Although using our devices in moderation is important, research has shown that the technologies we are using can also support our health goals. From helping manage medications, enabling socializing, providing access to health information, supporting weight loss, and more, technology can be a valuable part of our health and wellness journey.
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  • 2 March 2021

    How healthy eating can look different for everyone

    Every year in Canada, March is coined “Nutrition Month” and aims to raise visibility about the importance of healthy eating. This year’s campaign theme, “Good For You,” explores how healthy eating looks different for everyone depending on things such as one’s culture, personal circumstances, and nutritional needs. We explore what the research says about each of these three key areas below.
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  • 23 February 2021

    Your COVID-19 vaccination questions answered

    There has been a lot of anticipation for vaccine roll-out to begin, and now that it is under way, many people have questions about distribution and allocation. If you missed it, read more to learn about how decisions are being made and how challenges are being overcome to help Canada achieve “herd immunity” for COVID-19.
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  • 16 February 2021

    4 simple ways to make walking more fun

    Walking is a relatively easy way to stay active - it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or a gym membership to do. If you are looking for ways to make it more interesting, try Nordic walking for a full body workout, or walking to music to increase your pace. If you are looking to track your performance over time, a wearable device can help.
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  • 10 February 2021

    February is Heart Month: 4 ways to reduce your risk of heart disease

    Heart disease affects over 2.5 million Canadians each year and is the second-leading cause of death in Canada. Luckily, healthy lifestyle choices – like diet modifications and exercise – are a good way to combat heart disease. Other strategies that involve medication reviews and lowering salt-intake can also help lower your risk.
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  • 3 February 2021

    World Cancer Day 2021: Three strategies for cancer prevention

    Today, February 4, 2021, is World Cancer Day, a day to inspire change and mobilize people to action all year long. In Canada, cancer is the leading cause of death, but the good news is that up to 50% of all cancer cases are preventable. You can reduce your risk by improving key lifestyle factors, including your diet, the amount of activity you do, and by eliminating harmful substances.
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