Canadians are living longer than before and researchers have identified a number of lifestyle factors that make those extra years worth living. Regular walking and other physical activities, socializing and lifelong learning each contribute to healthy, active aging. A nutrient-rich diet, a positive outlook on aging and regular sleep patterns also promote a long and healthy life for older adults.
If you find you’re the person providing the most care to your parent, you may want to engage your siblings and come up with creative ways they can also provide support—but what do you do if you have a sibling who is unwilling to help out with mom or dad?
Mood and anxiety disorders are the two most common types of mental health conditions affecting Canadians, including older adults. Many research studies show that moderate amounts of regular physical activity can help prevent depression and reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Regular leisure-time exercise has also proven to be effective in relieving anxiety and promoting feelings of well-being.
In 1943, a nine-year-old girl watched The White Cliffs of Dover and was enchanted by the views from an airplane cockpit. That moment sparked a lifelong dream for Carole Osanne Boucher, and she vowed to one-day fly in a fighter jet. “I knew at that moment that I wanted to experience flying,” she said.
Despite the long-held stereotype of creativity being the express domain of young people, many seniors feel they are at the height of their creative powers. This is not in spite of their age, but because of it. Having the time, the focus and the ability to draw upon a lifetime of knowledge and experience can boost creativity in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
September 29th is International Coffee Day. Wondering where Canada stands in the global game of coffee consumption?
Most people would agree that many activities in life require two hands. However, if you asked Chartwell Heritage Glen resident Lionel, he’d beg to differ. Living with only one arm for more than 60 years, Lionel firmly believes “It doesn’t matter how hard it is, there’s always a way that you can do it!”
A positive outlook on life and aging is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and greater longevity. Older adults with an optimistic outlook tend to recover faster from injury or disability, have a lower risk of chronic disease and a reduced risk of memory loss. Fortunately, studies show that optimism can be learned and pessimists can develop positive thinking skills through practice to support better health.
Lifestyle factors account for three-quarters of changes in the brain associated with cognitive decline, and modifiable factors such as being physical active, staying socially engaged and keeping your mind active can substantially reduce dementia risk. Dementia-friendly living spaces and assistive technologies that assess the risk of falling or wandering, or help with tasks of daily living, support people with dementia and family caregivers and can enhance their quality of life.
Can living in a retirement residence improve your health? It turns out a number of the reasons seniors choose to move into a retirement community are the same factors that can provide a multi-faceted health boost for both mind and body.