Understanding depression and tips on how to cope

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Having a bad day is common, but for some, feelings of sadness can last longer than 24 hours; in fact, it can last for days, weeks or even months. These feelings may be diagnosed as depression, a mental illness which can have negative effects on how individuals handle normal day-to-day activities. No matter at what age someone becomes depressed, it is a medical condition that requires attention and treatment.

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Why doing activities you enjoy can boost your mind, body and mood

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Therapeutic recreation enables older adults to participate in stimulating recreation and leisure activities safely, regardless of limitations in their abilities. Studies show that recreational therapy programs can help improve your physical mobility, strength and flexibility, and increase your mental alertness. Group-related recreation activities also increase social bonds with others, reducing loneliness and depression, and boost your morale and quality of life.

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4 ways to reduce your risk of stroke

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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.

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Good nutrition helps prevent or control age-related health conditions

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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.

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Studies show the health benefits of companionship during our retirement years

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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.

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How managing chronic illness can help boost seniors’ health and wellness

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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.

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Five ways to brighten your spirits and beat the winter blues

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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.

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Four tips to help seniors keep safe this winter

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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.

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