Alcohol Abuse in Seniors: Knowing the Signs

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.

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.

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