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  • 21 May 2019

    Butt out: live smoke free to improve your health

    Most people know smoking is bad for you, but just how bad is it? Tobacco use is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for death due to lung cancer, and roughly 80% of lung cancers could be prevented if smoking was eliminated. Did you know that some of the benefits of not smoking occur within days of quitting? It is never too late to reap the benefits, and there are many strategies you can use to help you quit smoking for good.
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  • 14 May 2019

    Be prepared: tips for facing natural disasters

    Recent research on climate change and rapid urbanization predicts an increase in the intensity and frequency of natural disasters. In order to be better prepared should a natural disaster occur, we must understand the risks in our area and prepare a plan based on them.
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  • 7 May 2019

    The importance of hearing and speaking as we age

    Our ability to hear and speak allow us to communicate with others and are 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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  • 30 April 2019

    High blood pressure? Strategies you can take to improve your heart health

    May is Hypertension Awareness Month in Canada. An estimated 7.4 million people live with this condition that can increase their risk of strokes, heart attacks and other serious diseases. We have compiled the latest evidence-informed content to help you improve your heart health.
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  • 23 April 2019

    Spring is here – get outside and reap the benefits

    The weather is getting warmer and the days are feeling longer thanks to more sunlight. After what may have felt like a long winter, there is no better time to enjoy the outdoors than now. There are many ways to enjoy the great outdoors through activities that also improve your health and well-being.
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  • 15 April 2019

    April is cancer awareness month: the latest on prevention and treatment options

    Chances are cancer has affected your life in some way or another - either due to your own diagnosis or that of family members and friends. We have compiled some of the latest research about cancer prevention as well as treatment options to help you make decisions about your health.
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  • 9 April 2019

    Adopting healthy habits to maintain your oral health as you age

    April is National Oral Health Month, a good time to check-in on your teeth and gums. As we age, we have greater changes in our teeth and gums, which require more care rather than less. Learn more about maintaining your oral health as you age with our resources.
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  • 2 April 2019

    The rewards and challenges that come with caregiving

    Caregiving is one of the greatest gifts we can provide a loved one and can also be a very rewarding experience. But it can also involve many challenges to the health, well-being and financial security of caregivers. We have compiled some of our caregiver resources that may be of help to you, or someone you know.
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  • 26 March 2019

    The importance of lifelong learning

    Many people have the desire to learn throughout their lives. Lifelong learning has been shown to improve psychosocial outcomes, self‐esteem and self‐efficacy, as well as give a sense of purpose and hope and enhance competencies and social integration.
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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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