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Occupational Therapy for Canada’s Seniors and Elders

The benefits of occupational therapy for Canada’s seniors: occupational therapy is a method of helping people lead independent and productive lives by allowing them to recover or develop skills needed to complete daily tasks. It has been known to be quite beneficial for seniors who feel as if they are no longer able to meet day-to-day challenges, both physically and mentally.

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The importance of identifying and preventing alcohol abuse in Canada’s seniors: According to the NCADD, between 6 and 11 percent of elderly hospital admissions are due to alcohol or drug related problems.

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Pneumonia is a major cause of mortality among seniors 65 and older. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die each year from pneumonia than from car accidents. There are several primary reasons why seniors are more susceptible to contracting pneumonia.

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47% of Canadians over the age of 60 suffer from hearing loss, ranging from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. A senior with hearing loss may struggle with hearing alarms or telephones, or understanding speech on TV or radio; may be unaware that someone is talking or whispering; and may have a lack of understanding when talking on the phone, if several people are in a large room or many people are talking, or when a speaker’s face can’t be seen.

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Every year over the age of 40, our metabolism slows. Though our nutritional requirements stay almost the same as younger adults, our energy needs decrease. To keep our bodies feeling good and functioning well, we need to be aware of how our diet needs are evolving as we age. Every stage of life brings changes to our bodies, and taking an active role in diet and nutrition can mean more energy and better disease prevention in the future.

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