Getting enough sleep is important for good health and cognition, while chronic poor sleep can affect reasoning, verbal abilities and increase the risk of depression. Being physically active daily, relaxing before bed and optimizing your sleep environment can improve sleep. Avoiding sleep disruptors, limiting naps and eating sensibly can also help you enjoy longer, more restful sleep.
What colour will your 2019 look like? A calming blue? An invigorating red? Or maybe a healthy green? While we don’t usually define our days in terms of the colour wheel, there’s no doubt that colour can help define our mood and influence how comfortable—and safe—we feel in our surroundings.
Focusing on small, doable goals each day could have a big impact on your overall health. Eating more nutrient-dense foods, doing a variety of physical activities, thinking positively and stimulating your mind can help maintain or improve your cognitive and physical health. Staying socially connected, helping others, being creative and sharing laughs can lift your mood and promote healthy aging too.
The holiday season is a time to be joyful with family and friends, but for some older adults it can be stressful or socially isolating. You can reduce potential holiday stresses by reaching out to others, being physically active and enjoying treats in moderation. Pacing yourself and asking for help when you need it can also make the season less stressful and more festive.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, causing 85% of injury-related hospitalizations and 95% of all hip fractures. You can prevent falls by doing activities to improve your balance, strengthening your bones and wearing sensible shoes. Using appropriate mobility aids, if needed, bathing safely and reviewing medication side effects can also reduce the risk of falling.
Writing is an ancient and powerful form of communication and self-expression that also provides many physical, mental and emotional health benefits. Research studies have found expressive writing can help wounds heal faster, lessen symptoms for people with asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and boost heart health. Writing about positive experiences can lift your mood and improve sleep too.
One in four Canadians develop irreversible vision loss by age 75, but 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable. You can prevent or lower the risk of vision loss by protecting your eyes from sunlight, eating healthy and keeping active. An annual comprehensive eye exam is also essential for early detection and treatment of leading causes of vision loss such as AMD, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes-related eye disease.
While many people subscribe to the notion of performing random acts of kindness, there’s actually an official World Kindness Day, celebrated November 13. Launched 20 years ago by The World Kindness Movement, and now with 28 nations officially participating, its goal is to make our world a kinder place by inspiring individual and collective efforts.
One in five Canadians 65 and over is living with diabetes. An active, healthy lifestyle significantly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for older adults. Being active each day, eating healthy foods and losing excess weight can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes. Managing blood sugar based on individual needs, regular check-ups and daily foot care can also prevent or reduce diabetes-related complications.
November 6-12 is National Senior Safety Week in Canada, an initiative of the Canada Safety Council (CSC). As part of its mandate to keep mature Canadians healthy, independent and safe, the CSC raises awareness on a series of topics of concern to seniors, including fall prevention, drug safety, elder abuse and driving.