Helping Canada’s seniors understand colorectal cancer and the importance of cancer screening: studies show that nearly 60% of colorectal cancer patients are 70 years of age or older, and it’s estimated that this number will only continue to rise.
Senior over-medication: 30–40% of Canada’s seniors take 5 or more medications on a regular basis. Of that group, about 10% of them take 10 or more drugs. Overmedication and taking multiple medications (technically called polypharmacy), are common and increasing to epidemic proportions among the senior population.
At least 1 in 8 Canadians seniors suffer from urinary incontinence according to a Stats Canada report. Bladder incontinence is a highly prevalent disease that not only affects a senior’s health, but impacts their daily lives emotionally, socially, and economically.
Respite care can benefit the health of both Canada’s seniors and their family caregivers. In a study, 60% of family caregivers, ages 19-64, reported “fair or poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers.
Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is NOT a normal part of aging. In fact, studies show that most seniors feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems. If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from depression, pay attention to these health indicators.