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.

Research has indicated that there are several ways that older adults (and those of all ages) can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline – many of which are beneficial for other aspects of the body. Encourage your aging loved ones to incorporate the following best practices into their lifestyle.

For seniors, skin cancer prevention and sun protection is critical. According to the Canadian Skin Foundation, over 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year.

Heart and Stroke Canada recommends that Canada’s seniors and elders should add muscle and bone-strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least two days per week. A sedentary (or inactive) lifestyle can negatively affect physical and emotional well-being, and can potentially increase risk of injury or development of diseases.

It is estimated that 5-10% of the elderly population is faced with food allergies – but that the prevalence is underestimated and undertreated in seniors. Reactions from a food allergy can be very serious, and contact with even trace amounts of offensive foods can be life-threatening.

The benefits of occupational therapy for Canada’s seniors: occupational therapy is a method of helping people lead independent and productive lives by allowing them to recover or develop skills needed to complete daily tasks. It has been known to be quite beneficial for seniors who feel as if they are no longer able to meet day-to-day challenges, both physically and mentally.

The importance of identifying and preventing alcohol abuse in Canada’s seniors: According to the NCADD, between 6 and 11 percent of elderly hospital admissions are due to alcohol or drug related problems.

Studies indicate that Irritable Bowel Syndrome may affect up to 20% of the population, and that 10% of elderly people are affected. Learn what causes IBS in seniors and steps you can take to help your elder loved one manage their IBS symptoms.

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