The Respiratory System: Age-Related Changes & COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, more commonly referred to as COPD, is one of the most significant health problems facing adults in the U.S. COPD is a leading cause of death, falling just behind heart disease, cancer, and accidents. Approximately 500,000 Canadians have  been diagnosed with COPD, and it is estimated that an almost equal number … Read More

No matter what age we are, living a life of purpose, connection and joy is critical for our physical and mental wellbeing. For older adults, a variety of obstacles like vision loss, social isolation, mobility problems and memory issues can make enjoying life more difficult. More than 1.8 million Canadians over 60 years of age … Read More

As we age, our body’s natural defenses become less reliable. As a result, seniors are more susceptible to infection – including pneumonia. For Canadian seniors, hospitalization for pneumonia has a greater risk of death compared to any of the other top 10 reasons for hospitalization. Pneumonia is an infection that affects one or both lungs … Read More

At any age, our health and wellbeing are enhanced by regularly participating in the events and activities that bring purpose, hope and joy. For seniors, taking part in these activities can be more difficult, but it’s also more important to find a way to participate as we get older. Elderly people who feel younger than … Read More

One of the most important ways that seniors can stay healthy is to make sure they are vaccinated against common, preventable diseases. Over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. Research shows that a number of older adults aren’t getting the vaccines they need to help reduce their risk … Read More

Dietary needs evolve as people age, and seniors need to know how to manage those changes to maintain physical health and wellness. Older adults need to take an active role in shaping their diet and nutrition habits to ensure more energy, better disease prevention and quality of life. One in three hospital patients is malnourished upon … Read More

A Growing Problem It seems that there is a new recall on produce, poultry, dairy, or fish almost every week – not to mention reports of illness or hospitalization from contaminated food in restaurants. The threat of bacteria and parasites contaminating our food remains constant, even in a world of increased safety and regulation. And … Read More

Urinary incontinence is an issue that more than half of seniors deal with, and it can affect a senior’s health, social connections, and self-esteem. Managing incontinence is critical for seniors that want to maintain their independence and quality of life while remaining in their home. New guidelines released in 2018 recommend that women be screened … Read More

Diabetes is a condition that prevents someone’s body from properly processing sugars, leading to elevated blood sugar levels and negative health effects as a result. While diabetes has its own signs and symptoms, it can also make other conditions worse – conditions like heart and kidney disease. Seniors represent almost 48% of the total number of … Read More

Staying hydrated is important for maintaining health and keeping critical bodily functions working properly. This can be a challenge for some seniors because of changes that happen with age. Seniors may have a diminished ability to sense thirst, notice changes in body temperature and may be taking medications that have a dehydrating effect. Being dehydrated … Read More

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