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Kitchens are one of the most dangerous areas of a home for seniors. There may be physical issues such as diminished balance, vision, and reflexes ─ or a senior may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Many accidents and falls occur in the kitchen due to: cooking fires, water, grease and spills on the floor, reaching for hard-to-reach objects, appliance injuries, even inappropriate objects placed in a microwave.

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Bathrooms can be quite hazardous, especially for Canada’s seniors. Up to 80% of falls in the home occur in the bathroom. Bathrooms typically have slippery surfaces, and nothing dependable to grasp in order to prevent falls. Fall-related injuries can range from minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises to more severe injuries, including broken bones such as hip fractures, head contusions, and even spinal cord injury.

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Changes in sleep patterns, or what specialists call “sleep architecture”, occur as we age, and this may contribute to sleep problems in seniors and elders. 44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights per week.

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Canada’s seniors need strengthening exercise 2 to 3 days per week, and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. There are numerous low-impact exercises for seniors that can help their health and well-being in crucial areas: endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.

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The effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in seniors includes medications that slow the progression of joint damage and deformity. These drugs are called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and they are a vital part of an overall treatment plan.

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