• 7 January 2020

    The truth about diets

    People are eager to start the new year off on the right foot by eating well in a bid to lose weight and improve their health. With an abundance of diets out there, there is no shortage of options available. But do popular diets really work?
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  • 31 December 2019

    Setting new goals and intentions for 2020

    Whether you are setting new goals or maintaining the ones you’ve already been achieving, we’ve compiled the latest evidence in areas such as diet, exercise, the arts and more to guide you.
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  • 24 December 2019

    How to stay active this winter

    For older adults, the fear of falling may prevent them from wanting to go outside. Whether at home, or at your local community centre, there are many activities you can do indoors. We have rounded up a few articles to inspire you.
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  • 17 December 2019

    Dealing with extreme weather events

    In recent years, it seems as though there has been an increase in extreme weather events. Older adults are more likely to be vulnerable when these events take place because of health and social factors like chronic conditions and social isolation. ​
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  • 10 December 2019

    Frauds and scams: Know your risks

    The ways in which criminals try to fraudulently get your money continue to expand as they create new tactics to trick people into providing confidential information. Older adults – who may have significant savings later in life – are frequently the target of these activities.
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  • 3 December 2019

    Tis the season! How to stay healthy during the holidays.

    The holidays can be a time of indulgence. Celebrating the season is often an occasion to socialize and gather with friends and family. While it is important to enjoy yourself, there are a few things you can do to make sure you maintain your health throughout the month.
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  • 26 November 2019

    How your health affects your sexuality as you age

    Did you know that it is your health, not age, that affects your sexuality? While certain health conditions can affect the libido and sexual capacity, many people still want and need intimacy, or have sexual desires as they grow older.
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  • 19 November 2019

    Diabetes care and prevention strategies

    Chronic diseases like diabetes are often ‘self-managed’ – a model of care that empowers patients to be in control of their own treatments. But managing diabetes involves a lot of responsibility and work and can leave some patients feeling overwhelmed.
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  • 12 November 2019

    How technology can enable a healthier life

    Whether it is helping older adults stay connected to combat issues such as social isolation or motivating us to set and achieve new goals, there’s no doubt that there are many positive ways technology can help us as we age.
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  • 5 November 2019

    Not all falls are inevitable: here’s how you can prevent them

    Falls can be a life-changing event, with one in five resulting in a broken bone or a head injury. The good news is that not all falls are inevitable, and there are many things that can be done to prevent them.
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  • 29 October 2019

    How to stay healthy this cold and flu season

    While it is possible to get a cold or flu at any time throughout the year, these viruses are most common in the fall and winter months. Research suggests the flu shot remains the best way to protect yourself against the flu.
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  • 21 October 2019

    How your artistic passions can boost your health and well-being

    Doing some of the activities you love can help to improve social engagement and well-being among older adults, and can reduce certain health problems such as hypertension, anxiety and depressive symptoms.
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  • 15 October 2019

    Breast cancer awareness, prevention, detection and treatment

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, and 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. As you get older, your risk of developing breast cancer increases, and women between the ages of 50 and 69 years of age are more likely to develop it.
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  • 8 October 2019

    Your mental health is an important part of healthy aging

    Mental health issues can affect physical health, emotional and social well-being, and overall quality of life. Supporting mental health is a critical consideration to the healthy aging process.
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  • 27 September 2019

    Celebrating National Seniors Day

    The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is committed to helping our community age well by providing trustworthy information about the health and social aspects of aging. By taking a proactive approach to your health and wellbeing, older adults can continue to participate in their communities and do the things they love.
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  • 24 September 2019

    World Heart Day: making a promise to live healthier

    Making small lifestyle changes can have a big impact and help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
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  • 17 September 2019

    Joint health, prevention and treatment

    Problems in and around our joints can range from relatively mild forms of tendinitis to severe body-wide rheumatoid arthritis. Joint pain is the most common symptom. While there is no cure for arthritis, research has shown that exercise can help with arthritis and other joint conditions and certain medications can help manage pain.
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  • 10 September 2019

    Prostate cancer: Knowledge is power

    It is estimated that approximately 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. While death rates have dropped significantly, continued education about risk factors, signs, symptoms, and treatment options are important to continue to make progress and improve survival rates.
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  • 3 September 2019

    World Alzheimer’s Month: addressing the stigma around dementia

    Early diagnosis of dementia is important for life planning as well as for learning about and accessing the best available treatments. Supporting caregivers of loved ones with dementia is important as the emotional and physical demands can be enormous.
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  • 27 August 2019

    How civic engagement and participation can benefit older adults

    Civic engagement, including volunteering, can address social isolation amongst older adults and provide a sense of accomplishment and belonging to the community. Civic participation is a pillar of our communities, and can help people keep a healthy, active and engaged life. Read more about the benefits of both for older adults.
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