• 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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  • 20 August 2019

    Alcohol and your health: make your happy hour a healthy one

    Worldwide, the number of people who drink alcohol is decreasing, but of the people who choose to drink, the amount consumed per person is on the rise. We have compiled the latest research on alcohol consumption, including risks and benefits, to help make your ‘happy hours’ healthier ones.
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  • 8 August 2019

    The emerging concern about gambling-related harms

    While many people gamble safely for entertainment, there is an emerging concern about gambling-related harms among some individuals and communities. There are a number of steps that can be taken to address problem gambling among seniors
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  • 7 August 2019

    Foot health: a ground up approach

    Aside from minor scrapes and bruises, a fall can make you fearful of falling again, and can also lead to serious injury, or even death. As you age, taking care of your feet could improve your chances of staying on your feet. Read more about foot health and its role in preventing falls in older adults in our resources below.
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  • 29 July 2019

    Life after a stroke: rehabilitating the mind and body

    Strokes can cause a variety of temporary or permanent disabilities, including paralysis, pain or difficulty completing daily activities such as walking, eating, or getting dressed. We have compiled some of the latest research on strokes including rehabilitating movement and language after experiencing a stroke.
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  • 23 July 2019

    Addressing homelessness: risk factors and prevention strategies

    Each year, there are more than 235,000 individuals who will experience homelessness in the country. Older adults are at increasing risk of homelessness due to a lack of support, precarious health, economic and housing situations, and a lack of age-appropriate programs and services.
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  • 16 July 2019

    Making the decision to retire and deciding what comes next

    If you’re thinking of transitioning to retirement, or are already retired, you may want to think about what meaningful roles you could play in your new life as a retiree. Many older adults go back to school or enrol in online courses to learn something new.
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  • 9 July 2019

    A closer look at the health benefits of Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is important to the development of dense, healthy bones, as it makes it possible for our bodies to absorb much-needed calcium. Research has also suggested that it may lower average blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and ward off respiratory infections in some people.
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  • 3 July 2019

    How technology is enabling us to drive smarter

    Driving is a complex task, regardless of age, but can become more difficult as you get older as your psychomotor, visual and cognitive skills slowly decrease. The good news is there are many new automotive technologies that have emerged to help improve safety and comfort for older drivers. To learn more about driving as you age, read on.
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  • 24 June 2019

    How technology can help you lead a healthier life

    Whether you are actively using technology in your everyday life, or just starting to introduce new technologies into your life, read more about the ways in which different technologies can help you lead a healthier life.
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  • 17 June 2019

    Welcome summer! The health benefits associated with the activities you love

    The nicer summer weather is a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. It is also a great time to do more of the activities you love, like walking, swimming, gardening and exercises like tai chi that can be done outdoors. Read more to learn about the several health benefits associated with many outdoor activities.
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  • 11 June 2019

    Abuse and neglect in older adults: Do you know the signs?

    As the population ages and the number of older adults increases, the amount of elder abuse is expected to rise too. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. The first step in dealing with it is to understand how to recognize that it is happening. We have compiled the latest resources to help you.
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  • 3 June 2019

    June is Seniors’ Month: aging stronger together!

    June is Senior’s Month, a time to recognize and celebrate older adults. While we celebrate seniors in our community, and their many contributions and achievements, Seniors’ Month also serves as an opportunity to generate increased awareness of the health and social issues that impact older adults.
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  • 28 May 2019

    The many health benefits of living an active lifestyle

    An active lifestyle decreases your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. It can even help improve things like balance. Read on to learn more about what the research says about the benefits of various forms of exercise.
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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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