According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, strokes are the number one cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in Canada. Fortunately, strokes are also one of the most avoidable health problems. In order to reduce your chance of having a stroke, it is important to be mindful of the lifestyle and medical risk factors that can affect your health. Here are four ways you can help prevent a stroke from happening.
“When we first got here, my husband – who suffers from Parkinson’s – had a lot of trouble walking. We started going to the pool every day.”
About one-third of Canadian seniors living at home are at risk of poor nutrition. Older adults have higher rates of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure than middle-aged adults, but healthy eating can help prevent or slow down the progression of diabetes and other conditions. Eat smaller amounts of healthy foods more often to stop unwanted weight loss, and boost your appetite by eating meals with family and friends.
“Following your dreams right to the end is important. Everything I’ve experienced allows me to be happy now, and have no regrets. What I want for my children is for them to live their dreams, just like their mother did! Everything I lived before helps me live happily today.”
February is the season of love and romance—not to mention cards, cupids and couples. But even if you’re not in a romantic relationship, or have recently lost a spouse, Valentine’s Day is also a reminder of why we should celebrate the importance of friendship and connecting with loved ones in our lives.
Chronic conditions are a leading cause of death and disability, affecting almost 90 per cent of Canadian seniors. Better management of chronic diseases can help prevent serious complications from common conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Evidence shows that individuals who receive support from health care providers and community programs in learning how to manage chronic conditions have fewer health problems and enjoy a better quality of life.
For many older adults, taking medications is essential to overall health. However, taking a variety of medications can also lead to problems. For example: mixed up prescriptions or an adverse drug interaction.
One in five Canadians develops the winter blues, with the risk increasing the further you live from the equator. Watch for symptoms that recur in winter such as appetite changes, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and avoidance of social situations. Lift your mood through exposure to morning light, regular exercise, social stimulation, a southern getaway, or counselling.
Enjoy the beauty of the winter season by staying active, but take sensible precautions to avoid the dangers. Cold weather is responsible for 17 times more deaths than hot weather. Wear good winter boots to prevent falls, layer up to protect against hypothermia and frostbite. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and fires, properly maintain home heating appliances, and strategically place smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
About 60% of all cancer cases occur in people over 65, but Canadian seniors are less likely to participate in cancer screening than younger adults. Age-appropriate screening helps detect cancer early, which means people diagnosed with cancer can potentially benefit from less invasive treatment and a longer, healthier life. About one-third of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy body weight.