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Shingles: What Canada’s Seniors Should Know

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the Zostavax® vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles for seniors and elders by 51%. It’s also noted that the vaccine also reduces PHN risk by 67%.

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Diabetic eye diseases affecting Canada’s seniors: it’s estimated that 90% of seniors and elders with type 1 diabetes will be affected by diabetic retinopathy, and 19% of new cases of diabetes-related blindness occur in those 45-64 years of age.

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Senior breast cancer: It’s estimated that 1 in 9 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and an important risk for senior caregivers to be aware of.

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Senior fire safety: according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), the leading cause of fire deaths in the home for adults 65 years of age and older is smoking. The second leading cause is heating equipment.

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A study in 2012 showed that senior men and women 70 and older, who were recovering from disability, were 44% more likely to recover fully due to positive attitude toward aging. Read more about the importance of seniors and elders having a healthy attitude towards aging.

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