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Diabetic Eye Diseases in Canada’s Seniors

Diabetic eye diseases affecting Canada’s seniors: it’s estimated that 90% of seniors and elders with type 1 diabetes will be affected by diabetic retinopathy, and 19% of new cases of diabetes-related blindness occur in those 45-64 years of age.

Senior breast cancer: It’s estimated that 1 in 9 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and an important risk for senior caregivers to be aware of.

Senior fire safety: according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), the leading cause of fire deaths in the home for adults 65 years of age and older is smoking. The second leading cause is heating equipment.

A study in 2012 showed that senior men and women 70 and older, who were recovering from disability, were 44% more likely to recover fully due to positive attitude toward aging. Read more about the importance of seniors and elders having a healthy attitude towards aging.

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.

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.

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