Loneliness and Isolation Can Affect Senior Health in Canada

Canadian Census data showed that about one-quarter (24.6%) of the population aged 65 and over now live alone. Loneliness in seniors can cause early death as often as alcoholism, obesity, and heavy smoking. This article outlines tips for caregivers to identify and assist with senior depression in their elder loved ones.

Joint replacement is a serious decision for any family. Many factors can affect the recovery period, and each of these factors requires energy and dedication. A senior’s overall health and activity level are more important than age in predicting a joint replacement surgery’s success, so preparing the body and mind for the journey ahead is an important part of healing.

Dental care is a critical element of healthcare for seniors and elder adults. Research shows that mouth infections may be related to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, and other health problems. With some simple and healthy habits, seniors can improve and maintain oral health and enjoy a smile that lasts a lifetime.

Today, there are more than 10 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes. With more than 20 Canadians being newly diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, chances are that diabetes affects you or someone you know. However, it is known how to prevent and/or delay type 2 diabetes so these trends do not have to continue.

Seniors and elders with Alzheimer’s or dementias don’t only have difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, but also have trouble understanding others. Here are some ways to help you be successful at communicating with seniors and elders dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

More than 15 percent of Canadians 65 and older now have Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, and 95% percent of all elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias had at least one other chronic medical condition. This article helps elder caregivers who are assisting seniors with Alzheimer’s or other chronic conditions and diseases.

At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. Our goal for bone health should be to keep as much bone as possible for the rest of our lives. We can take action now to prevent bone loss and watch for warning signs of a more serious condition.

Pet therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful to Alzheimer’s patients and those affected by other dementias. Pets, and dogs in particular, can calm those affected by dementia, help them stay active, and help them stay social through interactions with passersby who cannot resist these fuzzy companions.

Insomnia and the inability to stay asleep are common complaints of older adults. While it is not uncommon for older adults to sleep more lightly than they did when they were younger, they still need a good night’s sleep. Having insomnia or feeling sleepy throughout the day could be indicative of underlying problems.

Ensuring senior adults are actively involved in their own health and wellbeing is a priority for health professionals and policy makers. Many of the difficulties associated today with growing older are preventable or at least manageable. Adults can grow older and remain active by making choices that benefit their overall health.

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