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While it’s often recommended that we eat five-to-seven servings of fruits and vegetables each day, the CDC suggests that it could be as much as 13 for seniors and elders, depending on age, gender, and physical activity.

One of the most severe respiratory diseases, one that primarily affects people between the age of 65 and 74, is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to Statistics Canada there are over 1.5 million Canadians who have been diagnosed with COPD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly encourage older adults to be immunized in order to help reduce the risk of getting (and spreading) serious, often life-threatening disease. Frequency of immunization depends on the disease and the individual.

Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common age-related problem. According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the prevalence of dysphagia in persons 50 years of age and older is between 15-22%.

As we age, it’s important to maintain physical well-being, but often times, psychological, emotional, and social health can fall by the wayside due to increased isolation. Scientific and health communities have, for many years, viewed isolation as detrimental to the overall wellbeing of older adults.

It is not uncommon to think of HIV as something that primarily affects those that are younger – and that, consequently, it is of less concern as we age. The reality is that anyone can get HIV, regardless of age.

Prostate cancer is a growing concern for Canada’s seniors. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. It is the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.

Every year in Canada, there are over 50,000 new strokes—that’s one stroke every 10 minutes, and approximately 75% occur in those over the age of 65. This article contains signs you or your senior loved one will want to look for.

Research has indicated that there are several ways that older adults (and those of all ages) can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline – many of which are beneficial for other aspects of the body. Encourage your aging loved ones to incorporate the following best practices into their lifestyle.

For seniors, skin cancer prevention and sun protection is critical. According to the Canadian Skin Foundation, over 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year.

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