Information and Resources for Senior Health and Wellbeing
During a person’s advancing years, regular attention to physical and mental health becomes very important. From light exercise and proper nutrition to consistent mental stimulation, seniors, like everyone else, need an active and health-conscious lifestyle to ensure optimal physical and mental wellbeing.
Below is a collection of articles and resources created by Comfort Keepers Canada to provide information about Senior Health and Wellbeing and related topics.
Featured Articles on Senior Health and Wellbeing:
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
It’s estimated that at least 10% of the population will have a hernia in their lifetime. A hernia is described as a bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening. The causes and types of hernias vary depending on the location in the body, severity and symptoms. One thing holds true, no matter … Read More
Being out in the sunshine is a summertime tradition. Research shows that a majority of seniors rank being outside as one of the activities that bring them the most joy. But it’s important to practice sun safety when it comes to protecting our skin and enjoying the long summer days safely. Skin cancer is the … Read More
One in five adults suffer from arthritis, and the majority of these are seniors. For older adults to understand the stages of living with arthritis, it’s helpful to talk about how the disease is identified, diagnosed and managed. Arthritis is not a diagnosis – it’s a general term that covers more than 100 diseases and … Read More
Stroke is the third largest killer of Canadian adults, after heart disease and cancer. It’s also the primary cause of physical disabilities and is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as a cause of mental disability. While people at any age can be susceptible to suffering from a stroke, nearly three-quarters of strokes occur in people … Read More
Many of us enjoy having a cocktail with friends or drinking a glass of wine with dinner. For seniors, with a doctor’s approval, this doesn’t have to change. However, it’s important to be aware of the ways that alcohol can physically affect older adults, and how the signs of alcohol abuse look different for seniors … Read More
Oral cancer screening is an important test for older adults. Estimates show that more than 5,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and seniors are more at risk. 65% of those diagnosed with oral cancer will live past five years. That jumps to 85% with early diagnosis and treatment. Seniors may have … 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. Late-life depression affects about 15% of Canadians age 65 and … Read More