In a 2001 survey conducted by Duke University and published in The Gerontologist, researchers found that almost 80 per cent of respondents aged 60+ had experienced ageism. The most frequently mentioned category of ageism was being told a joke that poked fun at older people, followed by being ignored or not taken seriously.
A growing body of research shows that people who are happier enjoy better health and longevity on average. Studies indicate that positive emotions protect against heart disease, and happy people are better able to perform daily living activities as they age. There is also good evidence to suggest that older adults who are physically active, volunteer, socially involved and pursue their passion in retirement are happier.
Sitting for long periods without any physical activity could accelerate biological aging by as much as eight years. Researchers found that active older adults had longer telomeres and sedentary seniors had shorter telomeres, a sign of faster-aging cells and greater health risks. Toronto Rehab researchers have also shown that exercising regularly and sitting less is much healthier than exercising for 30 minutes and being sedentary the rest of the day.
It turns out that catchy slogan from a 1970s hair-colour commercial might actually be true. Many seniors will tell you that, rather than feeling their lives are in decline (as typical ageist stereotypes would have us believe), they’re sure their lives have never been better. And that’s not despite their age, but because of it.
World Glaucoma Week highlights the need for older adults and others at risk to have regular screening to detect glaucoma before experiencing any symptoms. Early detection and treatment can slow down progression of the disease, and prevent or limit vision loss. You can also take action to prevent glaucoma, or better manage the disease to protect your eyesight, through a healthy lifestyle.
Dog walking doesn’t just give your canine pal a workout—it has big health benefits for you, too.A recent study by the University of Missouri and Miami University in Ohio found that seniors who walked dogs experienced greater mobility, lower body mass indexes and fewer doctor’s visits, the National Post reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.