April 6, 2020
The importance of detection and management of food allergies for Toronto’s seniors: it is estimated that 5-10% of Canada's senior population is faced with food allergies, but that the prevalence in elders is underestimated and under-treated.
As we start to make our summer travel plans for this year, it is important to keep in mind your own medical needs or the needs of any senior loved ones traveling with you. Luckily, we have put together some suggestions to make this summer’s trip safe, easy, and pleasurable.
Winter is upon us. It is snowing. It is icy. The days are short and the temperatures are freezing. Conditions are dangerous, especially for seniors and the elderly. Good thing there are plenty of tips on preventing falls in during these cold winter months.
Winter safety for Toronto's seniors: winter—for many, a season of cold winds, ice, snow and isolation—is an especially important time for family, friends, neighbors and caregivers to keep a caring eye on seniors to make sure they are safe, doing well and have what they need.
According to the Canadian Department of Justice, approximately 10% of Canadian seniors are victims of consumer fraud each year. Seniors continue to be a rapidly increasing segment of the population targeted by con artists. In fact, financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they are now considered to be “the crime of the 21st century.”
About one third of the senior population over the age of 65 falls each year, but since many incidents go unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers – this estimate is most likely quite low. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.
There are so many potentially harmful items for seniors in kitchens. In fact, though maybe not surprising, kitchens are one of the most dangerous areas of a home for seniors. These potentially dangerous items, combined with physical issues such as diminished balance, vision, and reflexes, dramatically increase the risk of minor and serious injuries in the kitchen area.
Bathrooms can be quite hazardous ─ especially for seniors because they typically have slippery surfaces, and nothing dependable to grasp in order to prevent falls. Fall-related injuries can range from minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises to more severe injuries, including broken bones such as hip fractures, head contusions, and even spinal cord injury.