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Senior Health and Wellbeing

Information and Resources for Senior Health and Wellbeing

During a person’s advancing years, regular attention to physical and mental health becomes very important. From light exercise and proper nutrition to consistent mental stimulation, seniors, like everyone else, need an active and health-conscious lifestyle to ensure optimal physical and mental wellbeing.

Below is a collection of articles and resources created by Comfort Keepers Canada to provide information about Senior Health and Wellbeing and related topics.

Featured Articles on Senior Health and Wellbeing:

With a little effort, you can slow the telltale signs of aging. Research and senior citizens who exercise and eat a good, balanced diet are proving this. Research at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, Calif., reaffirms the health benefits of exercise and found that it can even reverse the aging process.

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Hunger and malnutrition prove to be a much greater issue for seniors than younger adults due to a wide range of social circumstances, such as living alone, and health conditions, such as dementia.

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Dental hygiene for seniors affects far more than dental health. Good teeth can help seniors get the benefits of a balanced diet, while poor dental health can have a negative effect on other conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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Studies show that physical activity slows the aging process and increases seniors’ life span. The positive health effects of exercise for seniors and elders go deep, down to the cellular level. To reap these benefits for as long as possible active seniors should adopt a routine that gently prepares their body for the increased demand of an activity or exercise. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) explains that a good warm-up prepares a person’s body for more intense activity.

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The kitchen can be a dangerous place for seniors and elders. Not only are seniors over the age of 65 more likely to be injured in a kitchen fire, they are more likely to suffer a fall injury due to: items stored out of reach—both too high and too low—and the likelihood that meals are carried to eat in another room.

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