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  • 31 August 2021

    Taking control of your arthritis with evidence-based approaches

    Approximately 1 in 5 Canadians live with the pain of arthritis and more than half of them are under the age of 65. It is a complex disease with over 100 different types of arthritis that exist. Learn about evidence-based approaches for managing your arthritis and reducing symptoms.
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  • 25 August 2021

    Strategies to improve the quality of life of older adults living with dementia

    For older adults living with dementia, or mild cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, and agitation can arise due to the difficulty of learning new things, making decisions, loss of independence, and inabilities to complete daily activities. This can have implications on an individual’s quality of life. For caregivers and care professionals, finding opportunities to maintain or improve the quality of life of people living with this condition is a priority.
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  • 16 August 2021

    Creating a positive work environment for older adults

    The global pandemic has had an impact on the economy and many countries are considering slowly raising the retirement age to help with recovery efforts by keeping older workers employed for longer. But is staying in the workforce longer a positive experience for older adults?
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  • 10 August 2021

    How assistive devices can help older adults live more autonomously

    In Canada 1.1 million older adults use assistive technology to compensate for physical or cognitive limitations. However, despite the potential benefits of these technologies, there are some older adults who remain reluctant to use them. Whether you are a caregiver for an older adult, or you are curious about how an assistive device can help you, click through to read more.
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  • 3 August 2021

    Should I stay or should I go? 3 housing strategies for older adults

    Many older adults prefer to age at home for as long as possible and there are several advantages for doing so. As the level of autonomy and needs evolve, it may become more challenging to meet the care needs of older adults at home. The following three approaches to housing may be suitable to you or your loved ones.
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  • 28 July 2021

    Managing menopause: 3 strategies to help you on your journey

    Menopause typically happens as women approach middle age and can cause a range of symptoms and can also bring with it a host of complications, such as the increased risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. Whether you’re well into your journey through menopause or are nearing the start of this next chapter of your life, there are a few evidence-based strategies available to help women deal with the most commons symptoms and complications that accompany menopause.
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  • 20 July 2021

    What does successful aging mean for you?

    The term “successful aging” has been used to describe the quality of aging, which is influenced by a number of social and environmental factors as well as one’s physical health. Many older adults define successful aging differently, but there are 12 themes that emerged from a recent systematic review. We encourage you to explore them further and think about what aging successfully means to you.
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  • 13 July 2021

    Are you getting enough vitamin D?

    There are many health benefits associated with vitamin D. It can contribute to stronger bones, help fight off respiratory infections and regulate insulin levels. However, getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D can be challenging.
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  • 6 July 2021

    How your peers can help you age well

    Our peers are an important part of our daily lives, but did you know that when it comes to our health and well-being, leaning on our peers for support may help to improve health and social outcomes? By sharing advice and encouragements based on their own lived experiences, research has shown that our peer-support system can help us stay physically active, quit smoking and drinking alcohol, and lowering blood sugar to manage diabetes (among other things).
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  • 29 June 2021

    Maintaining social connections while benefiting from physical activity

    With vaccination campaigns now well underway and the number of new infections declining across the country, there is a glimmer of hope for resuming an active social life once again. Research shows that physical activity can help build relationships will also providing several other benefits such as improving self-confidence, helping to maintain cognitive skill such as memory, and improve mood, to name a few.
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  • 22 June 2021

    Canadian Men’s Health Month: Modifying your lifestyle to age well

    Canadian Men’s Health Month runs throughout the month of June. The goal is to inspire Canadian men to live healthier lives by making their health and wellness a priority. What puts a man’s health at risk as he gets older? The top risk factors are common and often preventable.
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  • 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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