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Canada’s Seniors and Driving Safety

According to Consumer Reports, studies indicate that not being able to drive can increase one’s mortality risk and chances of suffering from depression. In this article, we discuss steps for keeping senior and elder drivers safe in Canada.

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For seniors, skin cancer prevention and sun protection is critical. According to the Canadian Skin Foundation, over 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year.

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It is estimated that 5-10% of the elderly population is faced with food allergies – but that the prevalence is underestimated and undertreated in seniors. Reactions from a food allergy can be very serious, and contact with even trace amounts of offensive foods can be life-threatening.

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A total of about 4 million (1 in 8) Canadians are affected by a food-borne illness. Of these, there are about: 11,600 hospitalizations and 238 deaths. Canada’s seniors need to be aware of the risks of foodborne illnesses, understand these infection warning signs, and take these steps for preventing senior infection from foodborne illness.

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Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually. Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

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