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Senior Health Articles

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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Heart and Stroke Canada recommends that Canada’s seniors and elders should add muscle and bone-strengthening activities using major muscle groups at least two days per week. A sedentary (or inactive) lifestyle can negatively affect physical and emotional well-being, and can potentially increase risk of injury or development of diseases.

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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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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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