Senior Home Safety – Reducing the Risk of Falls

Where Falls Stand One of the greatest threats to senior wellbeing and quality of life is falling. In fact, falls represent the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries of Canadian seniors. Here are a few key facts to highlight not only how pervasive falls are in this age group, but the toll they … Read More

A Good Day Gone Bad Ticks. These small arachnids get to us through a behavior known as questing, in which they perch themselves on tall blades of grass or plant stems and wait for something – or someone – to brush past. And that’s when they strike, biting down on the skin and attaching themselves … Read More

Quality, Not Quantity The older we get, the harder it becomes to get a good night’s sleep. Beginning in our late 20s, there’s a steep decline in the amount of deep sleep we get each night – and by the time we reach 50, that amount is reduced by more than half. For older adults … Read More

Falling Down Think back to when you were a child and all the times you fell down, whether from roughhousing with siblings or playing outside with friends. It could be said that falling down is an essential part of growing up. As we develop, our bodies adapt and we tend to stay upright a majority … Read More

Skating By In the midst of our daily lives, it’s not uncommon for us to push our body’s nutritional needs to the backburner. Think, for instance, of all the times you’ve settled for a bagel and a cup of coffee for breakfast, when you know full well that you really should have a more well-rounded … Read More

An Alarming Trend It’s not uncommon to associate alcohol consumption with younger age groups, but studies show that drinking among older adults is on the rise. Some attribute this to pervasive anxiety caused by the recession, while others note that baby boomers have gone through life without the aversion to alcohol experienced by older generations. … Read More

An Unsung Hero The liver is one of the body’s true powerhouses – an organ that performs a staggering number of important functions simultaneously. Not only does it convert nutrients into bile, a substance that helps with the digestion process, it also produces amino acids that play a key role in fighting infections. The list … Read More

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.

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