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  • 19 March 2019

    Tools and resources for managing your finances

    Whether you’re looking to better understand tax credits and other benefits available to you, or simply looking to improve how you manage your finances in your later years, we have compiled some helpful resources to guide you.
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  • 12 March 2019

    It’s Brain Awareness Week: 3 ways to maintain brain health as you age

    It is Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. There are several ways to maintain brain health including exercise, sleep and social interaction. We have rounded-up the latest research in each area to help you stay informed.
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  • 5 March 2019

    Understanding the new Canadian food guide

    The government of Canada recently published a revised food guide, the first update in 12 years, that provides Canadians with new guidance on healthy eating. We have compiled the latest evidence-informed resources to help you better understand the new food guide recommendations using the latest trustworthy information from the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.
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  • 26 February 2019

    Four tips to make your winter getaway a healthy one

    Colder temperatures, snow, slush and shorter days often make us dream of a sunny getaway. If you’re planning to trade your winter boots for sandals on an upcoming winter vacation, we’ve compiled some helpful tips to make your trip enjoyable, and healthy too.
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  • 19 February 2019

    Six ways to stay socially active this winter

    Humans are social animals by nature, no matter our age. While social needs vary from person to person and may change with age, it is important to maintain relationships with family or friends. We have compiled a few helpful resources and ideas to keep you engaged this winter, and throughout the year.
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  • 12 February 2019

    How diet, exercise and medication play a role in your heart health

    February is Heart Month, a time to increase awareness of heart-related conditions and further educate Canadians on ways to improve their overall heart health. Read through the latest materials on how to improve your heart health and make it a priority this month, and all year round.
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  • 5 February 2019

    World Cancer Day: the latest on prevention, detection and treatment options

    World Cancer Day is an international day to raise awareness about cancer, encourage prevention, educate on detection, and inform people of treatment options. We have rounded up the latest evidence-based resources in three key areas to keep you up-to-date.
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  • 29 January 2019

    Five self-care strategies to support your mental wellbeing

    Mental illness can affect individuals of any age, including older adults. Common mental illnesses include depression and anxiety. Supporting mental health is a critical consideration to the healthy aging process. The good news is, in addition to the treatment recommended by your doctor, these five self-care strategies may help.
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  • 22 January 2019

    January is Alzheimer’s month: we’ve rounded up the latest research to keep you informed

    January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada, an opportunity to raise awareness of the most common type of dementia. Whether you want to learn more about dementia and what causes it or how to better care for a loved one diagnosed with this condition, our trustworthy, evidence-informed resources can help you.
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  • 15 January 2019

    Four ways to stay active this winter

    Older adults in Canada are more likely than any other age group to live a sedentary lifestyle, and winter weather can make it even harder to stay active. The good news is, there are many activities that can be done in the home or at a recreation centre or gym.
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  • 8 January 2019

    New year, new goals. How the Portal can be part of your healthy aging routine.

    With the new year, comes new intentions, some of which you’ve likely already set. If making your health a priority was on your list, the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is the perfect tool to help you. Learn more about the many helpful tools and article available on the Portal that will help to inform decisions about your health
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  • 1 January 2019

    Resolutions for a healthy 2019

    With the new year comes resolutions and promises to oneself to make the year ahead the best one yet. It is often a time for prioritizing important aspects of your life such as your health and making a vow to kick old habits. Whether your resolutions are to finally quit smoking, curb your alcohol consumption, or exercise more, we’ve compiled a few tips and resources to help get you started.
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  • 26 December 2018

    Beat those winter blues! Four ways to stay active, both body and mind

    Winter months mean shorter days and more inclement weather. This can make going outside less appealing and can lead to ‘cabin fever’. Here are four things you can do this winter to stay active. Your mind and body will thank you!
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  • 18 December 2018

    Thinking outside the (pill) box

    As people get older and suffer more age-related health problems, they’re likely to continue adding to the collection of pill bottles on their night stand or pill shelf. A doctor or pharmacist can help assess the benefits and risks of each one and “deprescribe” any that are no longer appropriate.
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  • 11 December 2018

    Combatting loneliness during the holidays

    The holidays can be a happy time but for some, it can also be a tough time, often exacerbated by illnesses or the loss of a loved one. Healthcare and socialcare professionals, friends, family members and neighbours can help break the cycle of loneliness, by identifying isolated older adults, providing them with care without infantilizing them, and visiting them regularly.
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  • 30 November 2018

    Put your health first this holiday season with these four tips

    The holidays can be a time of indulgence, leaving you feeling sluggish and even a little guilty. While it is important to enjoy this time of year, we’ve rounded up a few tips to keep your health top priority this holiday season.
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  • 28 November 2018

    The benefits of exercise, both body and mind

    When it comes to healthy aging, exercising our brains can be just as important as exercising our bodies. Read more about the benefits and consider adding more exercise to your daily routine.
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  • 20 November 2018

    Women’s health: a summary of the latest findings to help you age well

    Common health challenges for older adult women include breast cancer, menopause, and urinary incontinence. See what the latest research says about these conditions and others.
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  • 13 November 2018

    Flu season has arrived: the flu shot is your first line of defence

    The best defence against the flu is the influenza vaccine, especially for older adults who are at higher risk of complications from the influenza virus. Learn more about the flu and the benefits of getting the flu shot through our resources below.
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  • 6 November 2018

    Financial literacy month: How do you invest in your financial well-being?

    November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Financial literacy is a critical skill, especially in retirement as older adults (and their caregivers) face the challenge of making a realistic budget based on fixed and often limited incomes, while juggling many priority expenses.
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